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Best Ground Turkey Recipes

by Rameen Nadeem
Best Ground turkey recipes

Ground turkey, or minced turkey, is a mixture of dark and light turkey meat with remaining skin and visible fat processed together until a “ground” form emerges. The turkey meat, skin, and also fat are taken off the bone and processed with additives. Ground turkey is super low-cost meat that’s easy to cook and also adds lean protein to pasta, soups, burgers, and more. Ground turkey Nutrition facts are Calcium, Protein, Sodium, Iron, Saturated fat, and Cholesterol also.

Is ground turkey nutrition facts healthy?

Ground beef and turkey are both nutritious meats that provide protein, fat, and a variety of vitamins and minerals. Turkey is generally lower in saturated fat than beef. As such, it may be a better choice for heart health. Fat-free turkey is also the lowest-calorie option if you’re interested in weight loss.

Is ground Turkey considered processed meat?

Ground turkey has no processed meat. American Cancer Society guidelines have recommended a diet rich in plant foods ever since our first special report on diet and cancer prevention in 1984. Those guidelines recommend consumers limit their intake of processed and red meat also.

Is ground turkey good for high cholesterol?

If you are watching your cholesterol levels, you know that it is important to look at the cholesterol content, as well as saturated and trans fats, in the foods you consume. Turkey can be an excellent choice if you’re looking to limit your saturated fats, but, of course, it’s all in how you prepare it.

Recipes of Ground Turkey Nutrition facts

Ground turkey is one of those ingredients we always keep on hand. Also, it cooks up quickly and is versatile enough to use in burgers, chili, meatloaf, and more.

Turkey Meatloaf


  • 1½ cups finely chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • roasted red pepper tomato sauce or ketchup
  • 1 medium carrot, cut into ⅛-inch dice
  • ¾ pound cremini mushrooms, trimmed and very finely chopped in a food processor
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1½ teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • ⅓ cup finely chopped fresh parsley
  • ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon of ketchup
  • 1 cup fine fresh bread crumbs (from 2 slices of firm white sandwich bread)
  • ⅓ cup 1% milk
  • 1 whole large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 large egg white, lightly beaten
  • 1¼ pound ground turkey (mix of dark and light meat)
  • Direction

Step 1

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Step 2

Cook onion and garlic in oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over moderate heat, stirring, until onion is softened, about 2 minutes. Add carrot and cook, stirring, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add mushrooms, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until the liquid mushrooms give off is evaporated and they are very tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in Worcestershire sauce, parsley, and 3 tablespoons ketchup, then transfer vegetables to a large bowl and cool.

Step 3

Stir together bread crumbs and milk in a small bowl and then let stand for 5 minutes. Stir in egg and egg white, then add to vegetables. Add turkey and remaining ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper also to the vegetable mixture and mix well with your hands. (Mixture will be very moist.)

Step 4

Form into a 9- by 5-inch oval loaf in a lightly oiled 13- by 9- by 2-inch metal baking pan and also brush meatloaf evenly with remaining 2 tablespoons ketchup. Bake in the middle of the oven until the thermometer inserted into the meatloaf registers 170°F, 50 to 55 minutes.

Step 5

Let meatloaf stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Ground Turkey Meatball Garlic Bread Heroes


Makes 8 servings

Tomato Sauce:

  • 1 (28-ounce) can of whole tomatoes in purée
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • 3 cups coarse fresh bread crumbs (from 5 to 6 slices of firm white sandwich bread)
  • 2/3 cup whole milk
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/4 cups grated Pecorino Romano (about 5 ounces)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 pounds of ground turkey (not breast meat)
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

Garlic Bread:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons grated Pecorino Romano
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 12 hot dogs or long potato buns or hoagie rolls

Special Equipment

An instant-read thermometer

Direction Ground Turkey Nutrition Facts

Make Tomato Sauce:

Step 1

Pure tomatoes with their purée in a blender also.

Step 2

Heat oil in a large heavy pot over medium-high heat until it shimmers, then sauté onion until golden, 5 to 6 minutes. Then add garlic and sauté 1 minute. Add tomato purée, sugar, and salt and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until thickened, 30 to 35 minutes.

Make Meatballs While Sauce Simmers:

Step 3

Stir together bread crumbs and milk in a large bowl and then let stand for 10 minutes.

Step 4

Stir in eggs, cheese, garlic, parsley, oregano, and salt, then add turkey and blend with your hands until just combined well (do not overmix).

Step 5

Form 1 1/2-tablespoon portions into meatballs and arrange on 2 well-oiled large, heavy, rimmed baking sheets also.

Make Garlic Bread:

Step 6

Stir together butter, oil, garlic, salt, cheese, parsley, and pepper also in a bowl. Spread about 2 rounded teaspoons of garlic butter onto both split sides of each bun. Then arrange buns, buttered sides up, on a large baking sheet.

Broil Meatballs and Garlic Bread:

Step 7

Preheat broiler.

Step 8

Broil meatballs 3 to 4 inches from heat, turning over once, until golden and just cooked through (165°F on an instant-read thermometer), 5 to 8 minutes.

Step 9

Broil buns, buttered sides only, until golden, 30 seconds to 1 minute, watching closely (buns brown fast).

Assemble Heroes:

Step 10

Spoon some sauce on each bun, then top with 4 meatballs (depending on the size of the buns), and drizzle with more sauce.

Cooks’ Notes:

  • Tomato sauce can be made up to 2 days ahead and then chilled in an airtight container. Reheat before using, thinning with water, if necessary, to desired consistency.
  • Garlic butter can be made up to 2 days ahead and chilled in an airtight container also. Bring to room temperature before using.
  • Meatballs can be formed 1 day ahead. Then put them on a wax paper-lined baking sheet, cover them tightly with plastic wrap, and chill.

Nutrition Facts

Ground turkey Nutrition facts are

  • Calories: 181.
  • Protein: 23 grams.
  • Total Fat: 10 grams.
  • Saturated Fat: 2.5 grams.
  • Carbohydrates: 0 grams.
  • Cholesterol: 88 milligrams.
  • Sodium: 77 milligrams.
  • Iron: 1.3 milligrams.

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