Healthy & Juicy Ground Turkey

Ground turkey on its own can be a little dry. Give ground turkey a veggie boost with this delicious recipe and never have dry, boring ground turkey again! Serve this versatile ground turkey recipe as a taco fillings, nacho toppings, with pasta, or sprinkled on top of a salad. Using ground mushrooms in this recipe will make your turkey taste like beef and will add lots of moisture.

  • Author: Michele Sidorenkov, RDN
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: about 3 cups 1x
  • Category: Protein
  • Method: Sautée
  • Cuisine: American



8oz. of sliced mushrooms

2 garlic cloves

1 tablespoon fresh thyme (just leaves, no stems)

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 pound 99% lean ground turkey

1 tablespoon olive oil


  1. Pulse in a food processor: Add mushrooms garlic cloves, and thyme to a food processor and pulse until the mixture turns to a ground beef consistency (about 20-25 pulses).
  2. Mix all together: In a medium bowl combine the pulsed mushroom mixture, ground turkey, and salt. Mix all ingredients together until throughly combined.
  3. Cook: Place a medium-sized skillet on the stove and set the temperature to medium-high heat. Once the pan is warm, add olive oil, then the turkey mushroom mixture to the skillet. Cook for about 20 minutes using a spatula to occasionally stir and break up mixture into smaller pieces. The ground turkey is ready when the meat has throughly browned and reached a temperature of 165˚F.



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  • Substitutions:
    • Substitute 1 tablespoon of fresh thyme for 1 1/2 teaspoons of dried thyme or dried Italian seasoning
    • Substitute olive oil for any neutral flavor cooking oil that can withstand higher cooking temperatures, like canola, avocado oil, or sunflower oil
  • If you don't have a food processor, you can use a knife to chop the mushroom, garlic, and thyme into fine pieces.
  • 1 cup of this recipe is equal to 1 serving of vegetables.
  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 4 days or in the freezer up to 6 months.


Keywords: healthy ground turkey