Ground Turkey Dinner Ideas

Need some ground turkey dinner ideas to inspire you to use this affordable protein source? There are many things to make with ground turkey and I hope that this post helps you find ways to comfortably include ground turkey into your meals.

Ground Turkey Dinner Ideas (gluten-free) - Tayler Silfverduk, celiac dietitian

Why Use Ground Turkey in Recipes?

Ground turkey is great to use in recipes because it’s full of protein. Protein helps support your immune system, healing, hormones, cell health, and more. Not only is ground turkey a good source of protein but it’s also affordable.

Animal protein sources can be quite costly. When you compare a 16oz roll of ground turkey at $1.99-$3.99 to ground beef which is $4.99 and up. ground turkey is clearly more wallet-friendly.

Because it’s more affordable than many other protein sources, and it’s full of protein, ground turkey is the perfect ingredient to add to your meals.

Types of Ground Turkey?

There are a few different types of ground turkey to use in dinners. The key difference between the ground turkey meats is the fat content.

In other words, how much dark meat is present in the ground turkey determines how much fat is there. Fat content of your ground turkey will change the texture, flavor, and nutrition of what you cook slightly. So let’s talk ground turkey types:

99% ground turkey is a lean ground turkey with more white meat in it. Because this ground turkey has almost no fat, the end result will be drier.

93% – 95% ground turkey will have a bit more fat in it and will be softer and moist.

Depending on your health and recipe goals will determine which type of ground turkey you’ll use in dinner recipes.

Ground Turkey Dinner Ideas (gluten-free) - Tayler Silfverduk, celiac dietitian

Ground Turkey Dinner Recipes

Now that I’ve sold you on using ground turkey in your recipes, let’s talk ground turkey dinner ideas! The following easy ground turkey recipes are some of my favorites. Enjoy!

  • Turkey Rice Stuffing – This ground turkey rice recipe is absolutely delicious. I make it as a gluten-free Thanksgiving meal to take with me to other people’s houses. However, this quick ground turkey recipe is honestly amazing ALL year long.
  • Sweet Potato Fry Casserole with Turkey and Cranberries – Keeping things festive with these recipes using ground turkey, this Sweet Potato Fry Casserole is amazing! You have to try it!
  • Apple Butternut Squash Hash with Ground Turkey – a delicious gluten-free breakfast or brunch recipe to make with ground turkey. It’s got all of the delicious flavors that highlight not just the turkey but the sweetness of the squash and apple too.
  • Turkey Sheperd’s Pie – this gluten-free turkey recipe is the perfect way to make this delicious dish more affordable but still delicious. A must-try if you like the regular shepherd’s pie with ground beef.
  • Korean Ground Turkey and Rice Bowl – Another amazing gluten-free recipe with turkey, this Korean rice bowl is delicious. 
  • Ground Turkey Meatloaf – a fun twist on meatloaf is to make it with turkey! This recipe is also gluten-free, using almond flour instead of bread crumbs. Yum!
  • Turkey Egg Roll Bowls – like egg rolls? Here’s a fun gluten-free twist on egg rolls. Turn them into bowls! (If you know me, you know I love turning things into bowls, so I’m already a fan!)
  • Turkey Meatballs – this is a gluten-free meatball recipe using turkey instead of ground beef and gluten-free bread crumbs instead of normal ones. If you like meatballs, this is a must-try!
  • Turkey White Bean Chili – a fun nightshade-free and gluten-free twist on a classic. This turkey white bean flavor packs tons of flavor and coziness.
  • Instant Pot Turkey Alfredo – Want an excuse to break out the instant pot? Make this delicious turkey alfredo recipe. I’m down for anything with cheese, what about you?

Ground Turkey Dinner Ideas

Using turkey in recipes can be an easy way to substitute a more affordable protein source for pricier ones. When I go to think about making recipes with ground turkey, I think about ground beef recipes. Some recipes to substitute turkey for ground beef include:

  • Loaded french fries
  • Taco filling
  • Empanada filling
  • Meatloaf
  • Hamburger patties
  • Meat bangers

And more! Ground turkey is extremely versatile and I hope this encourages you to cook more with it!

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