I love ground turkey but it needs a little oil added to keep it from being too dry. My sister and I do use it wherever we usually use ground beef, especially since she won't eat beef.
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Since most ground beef recipes I make are very flavorful (tacos, chili, beef stroganoff) I don't notice it. I tried subbing turkey for pork in a Vietnamese dish and I definitely noticed something missing, but it was a mush simpler dish.
Not a fan, but then I don't use a lot of ground meat anyway
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I use it for all dishes that use ground meat. For a yummy healthy burger the kids like I mix in some oats, flaxseed, diced up onion and celery. My kids love these burgers- serve these with some oven baked sweet potato "fries". MMM
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I think ground turkey works great in all things you'd use ground beef in. I don't eat beef, so this is one of my go-to alternatives. I've made turkey burgers with it, spaghetti sauce, tacos, and it even makes great morning sausage patties when you add sausage seasonings like sage. The taste of ground turkey is very clean and lean, especially if you buy the very low-fat content turkey. Beef has a richer flavor, but from what I remember ground turkey and ground beef have similar textures. I love it!
Edited by: MOVITATIONALNAT at: 9/13/2010 (15:22)
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17 9/12/10 2:23 P
Used to until it became to pricy for me, I stay with whatever ground beef is on sale. I pan fry for use in cassaroles, tacos, spaghetti and other uses. After frying, I place in a collander and rinse the fat off with hot water before using. Often I fry the entire package, and after rinsing, draining, I divide the meat into several baggies, add favorite seasonings and freeze for later timesaving use.
I have tried and besides one meatball recipe I just can't do it.
I can tell the difference. The taste and texture are different and I just can't get past it.
I make recipes that call for ground beef so rarely and they are recipes where the "beef" flavor really stands out. I actually end up spending more money when I make beef recipes because I buy the fresh ground sirloin.
But I save on not making recipes with crumbled browned ground beef anymore - we've replaced it with pasta and veggies or grilled chicken.
It's what you like. I know a ton of people who love it and don't notice the difference so...maybe you won't notice it either.
Love ground turkey breast...I will often add finely chopped mushrooms when I'm using it to make taco or spaghetti meat. I've also found I can throw it in the crockpot and cook it, because there is virtually NO fat.
I make an awesome turkey burger with cilantro, mushrooms, waterchestnuts, garlic, green onions and teriyaki.
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Yes, I replace all ground beef with ground turkey. My family loves it have for years. When we go to someones house to eat and they use ground beef for a meal my family comments about it on the way home. They really prefer it over beef!
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I often use ground turkey instead of beef in tacos and spaghetti sauce. The taste is slightly different but just as good. To reduce the number of calories per serving, you can also dice some firm tofu and put it in when you're cooking, as soon as the meat is browned. It'll soak up the spices or sauces you add. I like around two parts meat to one part tofu.
Anything that used to take beef I now use turkey. After searching many recipes I found some super good ones for turkey burgers and a turkey chili that I (and all my co-workers) love. Experimenting with food is fun!
As someone mentioned, ground turkey can have the same fat and calories as beef. Ground turkey BREAST is much healthier. I use ground turkey breast exclusively. It's different than beef of course, but I'm not trying to mimic the taste of beef (such as if you buy ground soy crumbles) I'm simply exchanging it, so I like it. I have used it for everything from chili, spaghetti, breakfast casseroles, tacos, anything you can imagine. Try it lots of different ways, I'm sure you'll like it!
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I use ground turkey in everything from pasta sauces to meatloaf to chili. I also often mix ground meats (chicken, turkey and beef) for a little variety.
i never buy ground beef. and do be careful, regular old ground turkey is ground up everything, whereas the ground turkey breast, is only breast. just a thought. anyway, yes, it does taste slightly different, but really and truly in tacos and spaghetti sauce, sloppy joes, chili etc...the difference is soooo minimal. all the other flavors take center stage to flavor the meat. do try it, give it a chance on more then one meal, and i bet you find it's not bad at all! i do suggest flavoring with onions, garlic, and i find mushrooms add a great deal of moisture, as it can be dryer due to it's lower fat...if you make it into a burger, look for some good recipes here on spark for great turkey burgers and turkey meatloaf!
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I think it all depends on how well you season it. I cook with ground turkey sometimes, sometimes beef, but most often venison burger. I know lots of people don't like the taste, but I always make in IN stuff, and you can't even tell. The calories are so much better for venison burger and it hardly has any grease at all!
I only use ground turkey. I started because it was cheaper than beef. I can still tell the difference when I use it for burgers(not bad just different) and I'm not sure I'd like it in a meatloaf, but when it comes to spaghetti sauce, chili, tacos, anything that you would use beef for you can sub turkey and it'll taste just as good!
I raised a family on ground turkey because it was what I could afford. Recently I tried it again in chili and didn't like the taste. I don't eat much beef and seldom have ground beef, but when I do I buy very lean and don't plan to change. I think you can get used to the taste of turkey over time.
I like turkey burger. I can tell a difference if I am making burgers on the grill or when I use it for meatloaf, etc....but if it's mixed with spaghetti sauce or in a casserole I don't notice much of a difference. Either way, I like it.
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I use ground turkey in place of beef and I can't really taste the difference.
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My friend uses that rule. I could tell the difference, but I still liked it...
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My sister suggested that I use ground turkey in dishes such as tacos, sloppy joes, and so on. Basically anything that I would normally use ground beef and sauce/seasoning. Have you tried it and if so, can you tell a difference? Thanks for the feedback!
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