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How To Cook Ground Turkey on The Stove

How To Cook Ground Turkey on The Stove

Ground turkey is a low-fat, high-nutrient substitute for ground beef. It has a robust, fulfilling flavor when cooked properly, and it’s delicious on its own or in soups and pasta dishes. By substituting ground turkey for red meat, you can reduce your red meat intake and calories while still enjoying your favorite hamburger comfort dishes.

Ground turkey is cooked similarly to hamburgers, but it requires more moisture or grease from vegetables or oil because it has less fat than ground beef. In this article, you will learn how to cook ground turkey on the stove. You’ll also get some recipes that will show you how to cook ground turkey on its own and as a burger.

What Is a Good Seasoning for Ground Turkey?

Cumin, flavored salt, Italian seasoning, paprika, chili powder, black pepper, garlic powder, chili flakes, and oregano are some of our favorite spices to use in ground turkey recipes. However, you can add any spices you want to customize this recipe to your liking. Fortunately, practically any spice or herb pairs well with ground turkey.

 

How to Cook Ground Turkey on The Stove

Ingredients

  • Ground turkey (as much as needed)
  • Olive oil or any other cooking oil
  • Salt and pepper

Materials

  • 10 to 12-inch skillet
  • Spatula
  • Thermometer

Cooking Method

Preheat The Pan and Oil

When cooking ground turkey in a skillet, it’s important to get the pan up to temperature before adding the meat. Start by adding 1 or 2 tablespoons of oil to the skillet over medium-high heat and cook for about a minute.

 

Toss In the Ground Turkey

Using a wooden spatula, break up the ground turkey rather than leaving it as a single block. Let it to cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

 

Wait For It to Brown

The ground turkey will begin to brown, initially appearing white-grey. Keep splitting the meat into bits as it cooks. Add salt and pepper to taste. Try not to stir too much. Allow the ground turkey to finish cooking on its own.

 

When Will It Be Done?

The cooking time for ground turkey is around 14-16 minutes. When it’s all evenly brown and no longer pink, it’s done. If you want to be certain it’s cooked, use a thermometer to check the temperature—it should be a minimum of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

Cooking ground turkey too long can make it very dry. When the ground turkey is properly cooked, it turns white and loses its pink hue.

How to Cook Ground Turkey Burgers

Everyone has a craving for a delicious burger now and then. You can enjoy a delicious turkey burger without having to deal with the effort or inconvenience of turning on the grill.

Turkey burger patties can be made in advance and then refrigerated (or frozen) until you are ready to cook them. You can also buy premade patties if that is easier. Turkey burgers cook well on the stove, as they are wet enough to hold together in a frying pan rather than dropping through the grates of a barbecue. Furthermore, because they are flat, they are cooked instantaneously and uniformly without charring or drying out in any areas.

How To Cook Turkey Burgers on The Stove

  • To begin, prepare a large baking tray by lining it with baking parchment paper and spraying it with non-stick cooking spray. Then, in a large mixing bowl, add the ground turkey and any seasoning you like. Mix it up with your clean hands.
  • Now, divide the meat into equal-sized balls and place them on parchment paper. Press each one into a thin patty using the palm of your hand.
  • Put them in the fridge for approximately 20 minutes. You can even store them in the fridge or freezer for later use.
  • When you’re ready to cook, just drizzle a small quantity of oil into a non-stick skillet and cook on medium-high heat.
  • Cook each side for 6-7 minutes.
  • Put the cooked burger on a bun and enjoy!

Tips

Here are a few pointers to help you make your ground turkey taste even better!

  • Drain the oil. If you’re cooking ground turkey in a skillet, make sure to drain all the oil when it’s finished. Place it on a dish with a few strips of paper towels on top and set it aside.
  • Cooked ground turkey can be eaten right away, but it can also be refrigerated for up to a week or frozen for up to 3 months.
  • Season it. Try experimenting with fresh herbs and spices when grilling ground turkey in a pan or grilling turkey burgers. Try seasoning the burgers with sage, basil, rosemary, or parmesan cheese!

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