12 Easy Ground Turkey Recipes for Busy Nights

turkey fried rice displayed on a table with a napkin and glass of water
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Ground turkey is healthier than beef, less pricey than lamb—and, as you'll see from these recipes, fast-cooking and versatile, too.

Try a few of these easy ground turkey recipes to make your weeknights easier.

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Turkey-Rosemary Bolognese

Dish of turkey bolognese displayed on a table
Brie Passano

This tasty pasta dish comes together quickly.

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Turkey and Feta Flat Bread

Turkey and Feta Flat Bread
Raymond Hom

This easy, pizza-like flat bread comes together quickly with storebought pizza dough.

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Turkey-and-Rice Meatballs

Turkey-and-Rice Meatballs Recipe
Caitlin Bensel

These tasty meatballs make a fast and easy weeknight meal.

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Pasta With Turkey and Broccoli

Dish of pasta with turkey and broccoli
Raymond Hom

Quickly sautéing ground turkey in a splash of olive oil with garlic, fennel seed, and red pepper flakes creates a pasta sauce that's every bit as savory and satisfying as many that require twice as much effort. Another trick? Preparing the broccoli in the same pot as your pasta keeps the process streamlined and means fewer dishes need to be cleaned.

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Turkey Empanadas With Salad

Turkey Empanadas With Salad
Raymond Hom

Raisins and olives tucked inside give these tasty pastry pockets an unexpected touch of briny sweetness.

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Turkey Meat Loaf With Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans

Turkey meat loaf with mashed potatoes and green beans served on a plate.
Raymond Hom

Ground turkey lightens up this comfort-food classic; top with barbecue sauce instead of ketchup if you prefer a smoky flavor.

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Turkey Sloppy Joes With Coleslaw

Turkey sloppy joes with coleslaw served on a plate.
Raymond Hom

A mix of tomato sauce, barbecue sauce, and Worcestershire ensures the sandwich is juicy and flavorful.

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Turkey-Barley Vegetable Soup

Bowl of turkey-barley vegetable soup
Raymond Hom

Add the spinach just before serving to preserve its bright color and fresh flavor.

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Turkey-Chorizo Tacos

Ground Turkey and Chorizo Tacos
Raymond Hom

Chopped spicy Spanish sausage perks up mild ground turkey.

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Eggs With Turkey Breakfast Sausage and Fruit

Eggs With Turkey Breakfast Sausage and Fruit
Raymond Hom

Make your own delicious sausage patties in minutes by combining ground turkey with maple syrup, sage, and thyme.

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Turkey Fried Rice

Turkey fried rice served in a bowl
Raymond Hom

Chock-full of colorful veggies, this dish gets a boost from hoisin sauce and rice vinegar.

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Thai Turkey Salad

Thai Turkey Salad
Raymond Hom

Crispy, crunchy, sweet, and tart, this salad will surprise you with its range of flavors and textures.

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