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Ground Turkey Ideas?

cortguitarmancortguitarman Posts: 2,061
edited September 2012 in EggHead Forum
I have some ground turkey in the freezer. I'm not a fan of turkey burgers and I just don't know what to do with it. Any thoughts?
Mark Annville, PA


  • Richard FlRichard Fl Posts: 8,248
    I have made meatballs out of it before.
  • Mighty_QuinnMighty_Quinn Posts: 1,878
    edited September 2012
    Meatballs, tacos, sloppy joes, mix with pork for meatloaf.....pretty much anything you normally use ground beef for is fair game.
  • It works OK in spaghetti.


    Dripping Springs, Texas.
    Just west of Austintatious

  • TonyATonyA Posts: 582

    I've frozen ground turkey before and it does't exactly come back the same .. It's a little too soft .. mushy ...  I'd say go with a meatloaf .. use plenty of breadcrumbs.

  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 26,658
    Ground turkey meat can taste very dry.  I'd suggest a moist dish, like what mighty_quinn said - tacos, sloppy joes or mix with something that holds moisture - bread.  You can always add fat, but that kinda defeats the purpose of a lean ground meat like turkey.
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  • I'm going with a variation of Griffin's zucchini boats
    Mark Annville, PA
  • White bean and turkey chili. It's awesome


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  • I only use ground turkey for chili. For me it is to dry for anything else. My sister in law and her husband don't eat beef (!!!) so they use 100% in place of beef. It is not as good IMO and I don't have any religious or health restrictions preventing me from eating the real deal. I do like in chili bc less oily so I'll go 1/2 and 1/2 with turkey and beef or 3 parts turkey to 1 part beef. And like TonyA said, it seems musher after being thawed out
  • BrownieBrownie Posts: 1,023
    I'm going with a variation of Griffin's zucchini boats
    +1. I think we found a winner.
  • BotchBotch Posts: 6,332
    edited September 2012
    A few weeks ago I tried a turkey burger recipe in the current Cook's Illustrated; I'm really liking them (although they were a lot of work boning your own turkey), and I don't know how frozen would work, but this recipe definitely changed my mind about turkey burgers:
    Live fast, die young, and leave a well-marbled corpse.  
    Ogden, Utard.  
  • Thanks for all of the ideas. The zucchini boats were really good. I sauteed peppers and onions and mixed with the turkey after I browned it. Topped them with mozzarella. I also added Tasty Licks Burger Meister rub to the turkey.

    I think that the next time I'll use Asiago cheese to give them a more salty and bold flavor.
    Mark Annville, PA
  • Make sure you get ground turkey with about 15% fat added for use as a burger. Salt & pepper then put the patties in a skillet on the stove and cover with lid. The lid keeps them moist. Cook to an internal temp of 165F and enjoy.
    XL BGE

  • Egg the veggies and give them a quick spin in the processor and otherwise follow the recipe, replacing all the meat for turkey.  

    Mind bendingly good.
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