How to Slow Cook Ground Turkey

Ground turkey is a healthy alternative to ground beef that is usually lower in fat and calories, but supplies just as much protein. Often ground turkey is browned in a skillet before adding to recipes or formed into patties to make a turkey burger. But your slow cooker can create a tender and juicy pot of ground turkey that can be added to any number of recipes. A few seasonings and several hours of cooking are all it takes to successfully prepare ground turkey in your slow cooker.


Step 1

Spray the interior of your slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray.

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Step 2

Place your ground turkey in the slow cooker, and sprinkle it with salt and pepper..

Step 3

Add the dried parsley, garlic powder and dried oregano.


Step 4

Cover the slow cooker tightly with the lid, cook it on low heat for three to four hours.

Step 5

Take the lid off the slow cooker, and gently stir the ground turkey to break it up into bite-sized pieces.


Step 6

Re-cover the cooker, and cook the ground turkey for three to four more hours.

Step 7

Remove the ground turkey with a slotted spoon.

Things You'll Need

  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • 2 lbs. ground turkey

  • Salt and pepper

  • 2 tsp. dried parsley

  • 2 tsp. garlic powder

  • 2 tsp. dried oregano

  • Slotted spoon


Make a ground turkey meatloaf in your slow cooker. Combine the turkey with diced onion, minced garlic, bread crumbs, salt and pepper. Place it in the slow cooker and form it into a meatloaf shape. Bake for six to seven hours, and serve with potatoes and vegetables. The same method can be used to make slow cooker turkey burgers. Instead of forming into a meatloaf shape, form into several patty shapes.

Season your ground turkey with other spices, if you desire. Basil, dill, ground mustard or paprika all create flavorful ground turkey.

Add slow-cooked ground turkey instead of ground beef to your favorite recipes, such as stuffed bell peppers, pasta sauces, soup, stew or chili.

Combine ground turkey with barbecue sauce to make a barbecued meat sandwich.


The cooking juices can get very hot, so be careful not to splash them on you when taking the turkey out of the slow cooker.