Healthy Substitute to Red Meat: Wild Turkey

After a successful season, hopefully, your freezer is stockpiled with fresh, delicious wild turkey meat. The question is, in how many different meals can you really use turkey? Believe it or not, you can use it as a delicious substitute for beef in tons of popular recipes. None of the hard work you put into bagging gobblers this season will go to waste if you get creative and try some of the recipes we found. And as a bonus, by choosing turkey instead of red meat, your pallet will not only be pleased, you’ll be healthier too.


Wild turkey is lean, low in fat and great for your cholesterol levels Three ounces of wild turkey meat contains only 55 milligrams of cholesterol and one gram of fat. The same amount of ground beef contains 66 milligrams of cholesterol and 25 grams of fat. Not to mention you can be sure that your wild-caught turkey wasn’t given antibiotics and hormones.


This is no boxed Hamburger Helper Stroganoff. Stroganoff is a versatile recipe that most people know and love. Traditionally a beef recipe, adding wild turkey and slightly tweaking the recipe will give your family a meal they won’t soon forget. Check out a delicious recipe we found here.

Sloppy Joes

Sloppy joes are a favorite comfort food for many. The only thing that could make it better is using meat that you’ve hunted? Try this hearty Sloppy Joe e by Taste of Home. If you prefer your sloppy joes to be more tangy or spicy, feel free to alter the recipe to your tastes.


Change up this classic game day food! This recipe for braised wild turkey meatballs with brown gravy and cranberry sauce is the perfect mix of savory and sweet and can be eaten alone as an appetizer or used in a sub. The recipe is a new take on an old tradition and sure to be a huge hit at your next party or tailgate.

Turkey Burger

If you’re searching for a healthier alternative to your burger recipe, look no further. This wild turkey burger recipe will become your new go-to for burger night. Start by grinding the meat, then form it into patties. Finish it off with your choice of toppings and enjoy!

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