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How To Cook Ground Turkey Without a Stove

how to cook ground turkey

If you want to minimize your red meat consumption but still want to enjoy the taste, then opting for ground turkey is your best bet. It contains less fat and cooking the turkey is also similar to cooking ground beef.

Speaking of cooking, if you want to prepare ground turkey but don’t have a stove or don’t want to use it, then you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we’ll discuss how to cook a ground turkey without a stove. So let’s get started.

How is Ground Turkey Different From Beef?

Before getting into the details of cooking a ground turkey without a stove, let’s first discuss how it’s different from ground beef. The primary difference between the two types is the fat content. Ground turkey is lean meat mostly while in contrast beef is rich in fat.

Turkey can be a little tricky to cook, even though the lean meat in generous quantities is good for your health. Keep in mind, the leaner the turkey meat, the greater the health benefits it brings.

However, at the same time, you’ll need to be more careful to avoid a tasteless and dry meal. It’s especially true if you want to cook ground turkey breast that is around 99% lean.

A Few Things to Keep in Mind Before Cooking Ground Turkey

If you can’t use a stove to cook your ground turkey then your best bet is to use the oven and you’ll need to buy 92% to 96% of lean turkey meat. It’ll have adequate fat to lean meat ratio to keep the meat from being too greasy or dry.

Use cookware made of cast iron, stainless steel, or aluminum for your meat. These materials distribute heat evenly because they are excellent heat conductors.

Use a pan that’s no bigger than your dish size to cook the meat evenly. A large pan with too much empty space will allow the water coming out of the ground turkey to evaporate quickly. Resultantly, you’ll end up with scorched meat.

Don’t use a small pot because it’ll prevent air circulation and efficient browning and roasting of the meat. You can also stir the ground turkey meat after every 15 minutes to ensure even cooking.

Once your ground turkey meat is cooked properly, you’ll need to let it sit for about 2 to 3 minutes after taking it out of the oven. Not only will it bring the meat to a safe temperature, but it’ll also evenly distribute the juices of the meat thoroughly.

How to Cook Ground Turkey in an Oven

You’ll need the following ingredients if you want to cook ground meat without a stove.

  • 1/2 to 1 tablespoon of canola or olive oil
  • 1/2  to 1/4 cup of diced onions
  • 1/3 to 1/4 cup of shredded carrots
  • 1 to 1/2 teaspoon of minced garlic
  • 3 pounds of 92% to 96% of lean ground turkey meat
  • 1 to 1/2 cup of chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup of flavored or plain bread crumbs
  • 1/2 to 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 3 eggs (or substitute if you can’t use eggs)
  • Vegetable oil spray
  • Loaf pan
  • Serving platter
  • Meat thermometer
  • Stir spoon
  • Mixing bowl

Once you have all these ingredients in place, you’ll need to follow the steps mentioned below to cook the mouthwatering ground turkey.

Step 1: Heat the Oil

The first step is to heat the canola or olive oil in a pan over medium or medium-high heat. Let the oil get hot and then add garlic, carrot, and onions. Now sauté the mixture until the vegetables soften.

Step 2: Add and Stir the Remaining Ingredients

Now you’ll need to add pepper, eggs (or substitute), bread crumbs, parsley, ground turkey, and sautéed vegetables to your mixing bowl. Stir the mixture well to combine all the added ingredients.

Step 3: Transfer the Mixture to Loaf Pan

Now you’ll need to transfer the mixture to the loaf pan but don’t forget to spay it to create a light vegetable oil coating. After transferring, use the spoon to pat the meat and also run it around the pan edges to create sufficient spacing between the meatloaf and pan.

Step 4: Bake the Ground Turkey Meat

Before placing the pan inside, you’ll need to preheat the oven to about 360 degrees Fahrenheit. After that, you’ll need to bake the ground turkey meat for about 40 minutes.

Before taking out the pan, test the doneness of the meat by inserting your meat thermometer. Make sure the temperature at the center of the meatloaf is at least 140 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 5: Remove the Pan

After 40 minutes, you’ll need to remove the pan from the oven. Don’t forget to let it sit for about 2 to 3 minutes so that the meat juices redistribute thoroughly. Then transfer the cooked ground turkey meat to a serving platter by using the spatula.

How to Cook Ground Turkey

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 to 1 tablespoon of canola or olive oil
  • 1/2 to 1/4 cup of diced onions
  • 1/3 to 1/4 cup of shredded carrots
  • 1 to 1/2 teaspoon of minced garlic
  • 3 pounds of 92% to 96% of lean ground turkey meat
  • 1 to 1/2 cup of chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup of flavored or plain bread crumbs
  • 1/2 to 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 3 eggs or substitute if you can’t use eggs
  • Vegetable oil spray

Instructions
 

  • The first step is to heat the canola or olive oil in a pan over medium or medium-high heat. Let the oil get hot and then add garlic, carrot, and onions. Now sauté the mixture until the vegetables soften.
  • Now you’ll need to add pepper, eggs (or substitute), bread crumbs, parsley, ground turkey, and sautéed vegetables to your mixing bowl. Stir the mixture well to combine all the added ingredients.
  • Now you’ll need to transfer the mixture to the loaf pan but don’t forget to spay it to create a light vegetable oil coating. After transferring, use the spoon to pat the meat and also run it around the pan edges to create sufficient spacing between the meatloaf and pan.
  • Before placing the pan inside, you’ll need to preheat the oven to about 360 degrees Fahrenheit. After that, you’ll need to bake the ground turkey meat for about 40 minutes.
  • Before taking out the pan, test the doneness of the meat by inserting your meat thermometer. Make sure the temperature at the center of the meatloaf is at least 140 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • After 40 minutes, you’ll need to remove the pan from the oven. Don’t forget to let it sit for about 2 to 3 minutes so that the meat juices redistribute thoroughly. Then transfer the cooked ground turkey meat to a serving platter by using the spatula.

Pro-Tip

As discussed earlier, it’s important to use 92% to 96% lean ground turkey meat in order to avoid overly dry or extremely greasy meat. You can also add 1 teaspoon each of oregano, Worcestershire sauce, and Dijon mustard, and 1/4 teaspoon of paprika to improve the taste of your dish.

Now you’re set and ready to serve your fully cooked, mouthwatering ground turkey meat.

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