Cooking with Ground Turkey

July 9, 2013

We all know ground turkey or chicken is healthier then beef. But what if you miss that beef flavor? I have come up with a way to make turkey or chicken burgers, loaf, or pretty much any recipe you swap ground turkey or chicken for beef, taste like you DID use beef! It's easy:


Take the chicken or turkey, and mix in (for 1 pound of meat)
  • 1 1/2 tsp of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp of ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp of ground coriander

Then cook your meat, whether it's a meat loaf or just hamburger helper! Add your regular seasonings once you've added your "beef" flavoring. It really does taste so much beefier!


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March 29, 2011

The economy is tough, so we are eating more ground turkey instead of ground hamburger. It is always difficult for me to get the turkey to taste less like turkey and to get brown.


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April 3, 2006

When cooking with ground turkey, make sure to drain all the grease off by browning it, then placing in a colander and letting the grease drip out.


December 2, 2009

Substitute frozen ground turkey bought at a discount grocery store such as Aldi or Save-a-Lot. It is about $1 a pound in any recipe that calls for hamburger.


I never buy ground beef unless it is on sale for .99 a pound.



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August 3, 2012

How do you crumble ground turkey finely?

By Pam


August 4, 20120 found this helpful

If you need to brown the turkey, do so over low heat and mash with a fork while stirring steadily. If you just need it cooked, cook in a saucepan in a cup of water, stirring constantly until the meat is no longer pink. Drain and use in your recipe. If you make homemade soup, save the water to add to the next pot. Hope this helps.

August 7, 20120 found this helpful

I use turkey for every thing. You do it exactly like ground red meat, it just has so much less fat. Doesnt brown the same color as red meat either. Cook until not pink. I use a spatula over medium to low heat,stirring until done. You'll notice there isn't any fat, if you have any just drain as you would with red meat.


You can take turkey breasts if have food processor (great blender like I do) it will grind into ground meat. Substitute turkey for any recipe that calls for ground meat. Sorry, I don't use water to cook mine, here are 2 ways sure one will work great for you.
Good luck, I love using turkey sure you will, too !

August 8, 20120 found this helpful

I use a good old fashioned potato masher to break down ground beef and ground turkey, when cooking.

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March 27, 2011

My new stove just went out, hmmm? I am cooking ground turkey in my crockpot, on high. Does anyone know how long it needs to cook, for it to be food safe? Any help would be much greatly appreciated. Thank you.

By hazelsparcel


March 28, 20110 found this helpful

My crockpot chilli is cooked with ground turkey instead of ground beef. It takes 2-21/2 hours for the turkey to get done on high

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March 29, 2011

Fool your finicky eaters with low-fat ground turkey. The trick, add some browning sauce to mixture as you are frying it.

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