Crockpot Dinner Recipes Using Ground Turkey

Ground turkey is not as popular as ground beef, but it’s still a versatile meat that can replace beef to make your meals healthier. Ground turkey also works marvelously for a crockpot dinner. Crockpots are convenient at all times of the year, but they’re especially nice in the spring and summer when you don’t want to turn on your oven. Instead of overheating your house this season, check out these five ground turkey recipes you can make in the crockpot and enjoy the convenience of coming home to dinner waiting for you.

1. Slow Cooker Turkey Burgers

turkey burgers

These turkey burgers are easy to prepare and deliciously healthy | iStock.com

Summer is the season for burgers, and this recipe from Six Sisters’ Stuff puts a healthy spin on the specialty. Making turkey burgers helps you cut down on fat and calories, and preparing them in the slow cooker helps you cut down on stress. These meaty and cheesy burgers will cook in the crockpot on high for 2 hours before they’re ready to go on buns.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • ¼ chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons barbecue sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chopped dill pickles
  • 1 cup shredded Velveeta cheese

Head to Six Sisters’ Stuff for the full recipe. 

2. Slow Cooker Turkey Meatball Subs

turkey meatball subs

Make subs healthier by using ground turkey | iStock.com

Turkey meatball subs are also a game changer, and with this recipe from Five Heart Home, you can enlist ground turkey or beef. Next time you have a meatball sub craving, turn to your crockpot rather than the delivery menu. You can make sandwiches at half the cost and calories at home, and this recipe serves 4 so you can feed a family. Cook these subs in your crockpot for 8 hours and you’ll have a delicious dinner waiting for you once you clock out from work.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound lean ground turkey or ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup Italian breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 jar pasta sauce
  • 4 Italian rolls
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, optional

Head to Five Heart Home for the full recipe. 

3. Slow Cooker Turkey and Vegetable Soup

Turkey and vegetable soup

Turkey and vegetable soup is a warming, hearty dish made easy with a crockpot | iStock.com

Soup never goes out of season, and when the rainy spring days get you down, make this turkey and vegetable soup from Slow Cooker Gourmet. The prep is minimal, and the crockpot’s work will pay off in the end as you slurp spoonful after spoonful of this flavorful, healthy soup. This soup stars turkey, tomatoes, black beans, and any other vegetables of your choice, meaning the dinner packs a fiber and protein punch and will leave you feeling perfectly satiated.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground turkey, browned and drained
  • 1 (32-ounce) jar of your favorite pasta sauce
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15.5-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 to 3 cups veggies
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian herbs
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Head to Slow Cooker Gourmet for the full recipe. 

4. Crockpot Turkey Chili

Turkey chili

Turkey chili is easily put together in a crockpot | iStock.com

You can master turkey chili in a crockpot, and this recipe from Live Well Bake Often shows you how to do it. The food formula serves 6 and requires 15 minutes of your prep time. After that, the chili will cook on high for 3 hours or low for 6 to 7, so if you can brown the meat and throw your ingredients into the crockpot before work, you can come home to a house that smells like heaven.

Ingredients:

  • 1¼ pounds lean ground turkey (or lean ground beef)
  • 1 small white onion, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 (29-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Head to Live Well Bake Often for the full recipe. 

5. Slow Cooker Stuffed Peppers

stuffed peppers topped with cheese

Stuffed peppers are a breeze when you make them in a crockpot | iStock.com

Our last recipe comes from Damn Delicious, and it’s for slow cooker stuffed peppers. Packing your peppers with ground turkey rather than beef is a healthy way to eat your vegetables and lean meat, too. Into these peppers go ground turkey, brown rice, cheddar cheese, beans, and corn, and they’re especially tasty when topped with sour cream. The recipe for these pretty peppers serves 6 and once again, tucks in the fiber and protein.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound lean ground turkey or beef
  • 1½ cups cooked brown rice
  • 1½ cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup corn kernels, frozen, canned or roasted
  • 1 cup salsa, homemade or store-bought
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder, or more to taste
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 6 bell peppers, tops cut, stemmed and seeded
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream, optional

Head to Damn Delicious for the full recipe. 

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