I’ve been experimenting with one of my new favorite proteins – ground turkey. Usually the words ‘juicy’ and ‘ground turkey’ are not often put together, but I found the secret ingredient for seriously juicy ground turkey! And it’s so delicious.
While shopping at the grocery store, this lean protein seemed to always take the back shelf, never quite making its way into my basket. Recently I decided to switch up my proteins and give ground turkey a try. On its own, I found ground turkey to be a little dry and plain, so I took to the kitchen tinkering with the best way to prepare, season, and serve ground turkey. My ‘beef’ with ground turkey is that its low fat qualities can work against itself, turning this healthy, lean protein into a dry dish if not properly prepared.
After a few taste tests, I found the secret accompanying ingredient for seriously tender ground turkey. Mushrooms! Ground mushrooms to be exact. Trust me, with this juicy recipe, you will fall head over heels in love with ground turkey. Mushrooms add moisture, mouthfeel, and umami (beefy) flavor to the otherwise dry ground turkey. When mushrooms are chopped up into little bits, they easily and evenly mix with ground turkey making the protein so tender and flavorful while also giving the dish a veggie boost. And we all love that!
I love the flavors in this healthy ingredient combo and decided to create a really quick recipe, taking this mushroom and ground turkey recipe to the next level. Adding thyme helps to intensify the meatiness to the mushrooms, and garlic is the perfect complimenting ingredient. Use the secret ingredient juicy ground turkey recipe below for taco fillings, nacho toppings, accompanying a pasta dish, or sprinkled on top of a salad. Honestly though, the combinations are endless!
You can also play around with the mushroom to turkey ratio depending on the desired moisture level. The Mushroom Council says you can go up to an 80% mushroom, 20% turkey blend! And that sounds delicious.
Pro Tip: Portabella and crimini mushrooms have a stronger, meatier flavor while button mushrooms tend to be a little less bold and are a better color match for ground turkey or chicken. I am using button mushrooms for this recipe, but feel free to adjust the mushroom type depending on where your cravings are taking you.
Juicy Ground Turkey Recipe
How will you include this juicy ground turkey recipe into your meals? I would love to hear how you use it!Print
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 taco fillings, nacho toppings, with a pasta dish, or sprinkled on top of a salad.
- Prep Time: 10
- Cook Time: 20
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- 12 medium button mushrooms, cleaned and whole
- 2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 pound 99% lean ground turkey, raw
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Add mushrooms and garlic cloves to a food processor and pulse until the mixture turns to a ground beef consistency.
- In a medium bowl combine the ground mushroom and garlic mixture, raw ground turkey, chopped thyme, and salt. Mix all ingredients together until throughly combined.
- Heat a medium-sized skillet, setting the stove temperature to medium-high heat. Once the pan is hot, add olive oil to the skillet, evenly coating the skillet surface. Add the raw turkey, mushroom mixture to the hot oiled skillet, using a spatula to occasionally stir and break up mixture into smaller pieces.
- Once the mixture is cooked all the way through and is a ground consistency, you can enjoy immediately or cool and store for later use.
- If you don’t have a food processor, chop the mushroom and garlic cloves into fine pieces using a knife and cutting board
- Recipe yields a total of 3 1/2 cups, about 1 heaping cups for 3 people
Nutrition info per 1 cup serving
- 1 serving of vegetables, 3 1/2 oz protein
- 233 calories, 7 g total fat (1 g saturated fat), 478 mg sodium, 93 mg cholesterol, 3 g carbohydrate (1 g fiber), 36 g protein, 9% DV iron, 2% DV calcium, 2% DV vitamin A, 95% vitamin B6
- Serving Size: 3
- Calories: 436
- Sugar: 1
- Sodium: 520
- Fat: 29
- Saturated Fat: 7
- Unsaturated Fat: 18
- Trans Fat: 0
- Carbohydrates: 3
- Protein: 42
- Cholesterol: 159