Ground Turkey Recipes

Enjoy delicious, wholesome meals with Butterball ground turkey. With multiple options including fresh or frozen, and seasoned or unseasoned varieties, there's a Butterball ground turkey product for any dish. Substitute Butterball ground turkey in recipes that call for ground beef. 

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Your ground turkey questions, answered

How to cook ground turkey?

Ground turkey is easy to substitute in any recipe that calls for ground beef. Whether you crumble it in a skillet or make patties for the grill, cook ground turkey just as you would ground beef. Turkey has a mild flavor profile, so don't forget to use your favorite seasonings and spices. Wet ingredients, such as soy sauce or Worcestershire sauce, help keep ground turkey from drying out while cooking. All ground turkey must reach an internal temperature of 165°F prior to serving. Find specific instructions, including recommended cook times, for your preferred Butterball ground turkey product here.

How long does ground turkey last in the fridge?

Keep fresh uncooked Butterball ground turkey refrigerated and use or freeze within three days of the sell-by date on the package. Cooked ground turkey will stay good in the fridge for three to four days.

How to tell if ground turkey is bad?

Fresh ground turkey has a light pink color and little to no fragrance. If ground turkey meat looks gray or off-colored, or has an offputting odor, do not consume it. Ground turkey should always be used by the "best by" date on the packaging. Fresh, uncooked ground turkey will stay good in the refrigerator for up to four days. Freeze ground turkey for longer storage. Remember to always follow safe food handling instructions to reduce the risk of food-borne illness.

How to season ground turkey?

Season ground turkey just like you would season ground beef. Ground turkey is a leaner alternative to beef and works in practically any recipe that calls for ground beef. To help ground turkey stay moist while cooking, add a splash of soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, sriracha, or whatever suits your meal's flavor profile. Ground turkey on its own has a mild flavor, so don't be afraid to season generously. For flavor inspiration, browse our collection of ground turkey recipe ideas.

How to defrost ground turkey?

Defrost frozen Butterball ground turkey in the fridge for up to four days before cooking. Never thaw frozen turkey at room temperature, as it increases the risk of food-borne bacteria.

How many calories in ground turkey?

Butterball ground turkey calories per serving range from 120-230 depending on your specific product choice. The amount of calories in ground turkey recipes depends on the ingredients used and portion size. For easy reference, each Butterball recipe page includes calories per serving.

How long can you freeze ground turkey?

Ground turkey can be frozen indefinitely; however, it begins to lose moisture content and flavor after three to four months. For best results, thaw and use frozen ground turkey within four months of its purchase date.

Can you cook frozen ground turkey?

Frozen ground turkey must be thawed before cooking. Thaw ground turkey in the overnight refrigerator or a cold water bath. Never thaw frozen turkey meat at room temperature.

How much protein is in ground turkey?

The amount of protein in Butterball ground turkey ranges from 12-27 grams, depending on your specific product choice.