We’ve put together the most delicious, budget-friendly, family-approved Instant Pot ground turkey recipes making weeknight dinners easy, from stuffed peppers and cabbage rolls to lasagna and taco soup.
Minced meat is something many of us always have handy. We buy it on sale or in bulk, it freezes easily, it comes in the clutch when you need some protein on the table, and it can be used in so many dishes. Most of us probably have our go-to meatball or meatloaf recipes for ground beef or ground turkey, but perhaps you haven’t quite figured out how to best use it in the Instant Pot yet.
Today, we’re highlighting a collection of the best Instant Pot ground turkey recipes. These healthy, lean protein dishes will be useful for weeknight dinners, packing lunches for the week, and feeding your family.
1. Turkey Meatballs with Japanese Gravy
Let’s kick things off with a meatball recipe. Meatballs are amazing in the Instant Pot because you can cook them from scratch in there, or cook a batch from frozen in the sauce for a meal later down the line. These lean meatballs are packed with red chilli and cilantro, chilled in a teriyaki-inspired Japanese broth. Recipe from Instant Pot Eats.
2. One-Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
This recipe keeps it light and healthy with whole grain or gluten-free spaghetti, cooked to perfection under pressure. Instead of beef, this recipe incorporates lean turkey into the red sauce for a hearty and full meal. Serve this easy one-pot meal with a bit of Parmesan or bread. Recipe from Skinnytaste.
3. Instant Pot Turkey & Pumpkin White Chili
A white chili implies the use of white beans and white meat. This recipe does just that. Cooked in a pumpkin sauce and served atop white rice, it’s a comforting twist on a classic recipe. Garnish with green onion, jalapeno, lime, and cilantro to deepen the flavor twist. This recipe makes a healthy complete meal to pack for lunch – perhaps just add some greens. Recipe from Instant Pot Eats.
4. Ground Turkey Meatloaf
Meatloaf is great when made in the Instant Pot. The steaming process makes sure it’s cooked all the way through, and you can really seal that flavor in by finishing it off in the oven while avoiding overcooking and drying out. This meatloaf is a pretty classic recipe using turkey and adapted for the pressure cooker. Sometimes, life just calls for keeping it simple. Recipe from Simply Happy Foodie.
5. Instant Pot Ground Turkey Chili
Chili is a craving you just can’t kick when it comes on. Indulge in this healthy turkey chili made in the Instant Pot with veggies, black beans, green chiles, and spices that will infuse every last bite of the dish with an unbeatable smoky and spicy flavor. Top with cooling cheese and/or sour cream for the best results. Recipe from The Kitchn.
6. Turkey Taco Pasta
This isn’t your average bowl of pasta! If you’re feeling like something fun and festive, this colorful meal is the one for you. The kids will also adore this one. This one-pot affair is packed with turkey, sweet onion, corn, tomatoes, and cheddar. It’s everything you love about tacos mixed into a bowl of noodles… what’s not to love? Recipe from A Cedar Spoon.
7. Turkey Stuffed Peppers
Instant Pot stuffed peppers are always a good dinner choice. Everyone loves cutting into one of these, and it’s so easy to prep these for cooking ahead of time too. These bell peppers are filled with lean ground turkey, brown rice, seasoned bread crumbs, and cheese for a light, protein-rich, filling meal. Recipe from Cooking Light.
8. Turkey & Vegetable Lasagna Soup
Can’t decide between lasagna and soup? Fortunately, you just don’t have to. Gluten-free noodles, meat, vitamin-rich spinach, bell peppers, zucchini, and cheese bring balance to this meal with a super healthy lineup. This comfort food recipe will help you unwind for a hearty meal without sacrificing nutrition. Recipe from Meaningful Eats.
9. Ground Turkey Burrito Bowls
Burrito bowls are perfect for those of you avoiding grains. This dish comes together with a protein-heavy blend of turkey mixed with taco spice, corn, beans, salsa, and rice which you can cook ALL at once. These bowls are perfect for packing throughout the week, and they’ll fill you up with tons of fiber, veggies, healthy fats, and more. Top off with all your favorites, and forget the lunch rush at Chipotle! Recipe from Diethood.
10. TuRKEY Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
Stuffed cabbage is a humble meal, but no doubt it takes a while to cook. It’s a popular slow cooker meal, but some of us need dinner… and not in 1-8 hours! This recipe will have your meal on the table in around 20 minutes with a hearty filling of ground turkey, juicy ground chicken, and rice. You really can’t go wrong with this. Make sure to freeze some for later! Recipe from Girl & The Kitchen.
11. Turkey Meatballs & Spaghetti Squash
This perfectly paleo recipe takes everything you love about spaghetti and meatballs and makes it a grain-free, gluten-free reality for a lighter option when you just want a big ol’ plate of pasta. Let’s face it – we all do sometimes. This recipe is sure to satisfy, and everything cooks at once. Trust me – if you haven’t made a spaghetti squash in your IP yet, it’s the time! Recipe from Half Baked Harvest.
12. Italian Turkey Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are an awesome vessel for transferring tasty dishes into your mouth. This grain-free alternative to a starchy base like rice, pasta, or white potatoes is a great boost of nutrition offering up essential vitamins and minerals alongside filling fiber and protein. These make for great lunches that’ll tide you over until dinner, and you can cook everything at once. Recipe from Hungry Hobby.
13. Turkey Baked Ziti
Make your all-time favorite Italian pasta dish at home in a single step! That means this recipe is a one-pot meal so you can spend less time savouring the cheesy, tomato-y, meaty goodness and less time thinking about the pile of dishes that need to be washed. Watch out – you’re going to want seconds and thirds. Recipe from Life Made Sweeter.
14. Sausage, Kale & Sweet Potato Soup
This soup is a perfect winter warmer boasting nutrient-dense kale for some leafy green action, immune-boosting sweet potato, and turkey sausage. You can up the heartiness by going 50/50 with pork and turkey, adding some more fat to the mix (and subsequently, flavor). Any which way you spin it, this soup is a hug in a bowl. This recipe also contains slow cooker instructions. Recipe from Wholesomelicious.
15. Paleo pumpkin turkey chili mole
This turkey chili is meaty without the legumes making it paleo-friendly and low-carb. If you like a little chocolate in your sauce, mole is the right choice for you. This beautiful meal will warm you up and soothe your soul. It’s a freezer-friendly meal too, so save some for a rainy day. Recipe from Real Food With Dana.
Ground turkey is SO versatile. Remember, you can use ground turkey in place of ground beef in most recipes or mix and match. We hope you enjoy this collection of unique, nourishing, and family-friendly meals.