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Ground Turkey Turnovers – A Quick And Easy Meal

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The Ground Turkey Turnovers are a quick and easy weeknight meal that you can even eat on the go! Loaded with lean meat and lots of veggies, this is fast food you don’t have to feel bad about. Think of it as a clever way to reuse Thanksgiving leftovers as well when you substitute ground turkey for shredded turkey.

turkey turnovers stacked on a plate with title text reading Ground Turkey Turnovers

When I was putting together last week’s menu for the week, the first three suggestions I received from my family happened to start with the letter “t.” Since I’m a nerd always up for a challenge, I decided to carry the “t” theme through the entire week.

Monday – Chicken Tenders

Tuesday – Tacos

Wednesday – Tilapia

Thursday – Turkey Casserole

Friday – Tortellini

Saturday – Tenderloin

Sunday – Turnovers

overhead view of turkey turnovers stacked on a plate

Why Ground Turkey Turnovers?

The turnovers got thrown in because I was trying to avoid “cheating” by falling back to repeating “turkey” or relying on cooking techniques like “toasted.” I don’t know why I felt compelled to abide by these self-imposed rules, but I considered them an integral part of the challenge.

After congratulating myself on my victory over T-week, I realized that I would need to come up with a turnover recipe. My family was less than thrilled that for the sake of my competition with the alphabet, they were going to be subjected to an experimental recipe (not all of my attempts in the kitchen are successful), which is why we were all delightfully surprised that this meal turned out amazing.

It got a thumbs up from everyone except my 11-year old son who refused to eat it when he discovered it had cream cheese in it. It was actually a blessing in disguise that he declined dinner though because everyone else in the family went back for seconds, which wouldn’t have been possible if he’d eaten his share.

closeup view of a piece of a turkey turnover on a fork and knife next to the rest of the turnover on a plate

How to Make Ground Turkey Turnovers

Curious about how I made them? Well, first I gathered up a few simple ingredients.

ingredients in bowls needed for ground turkey turnovers

Then I browned the ground turkey in a skillet.

a wooden spatula stirring ground turkey cooking in a skillet

Next, I and added onion, green pepper, and mushrooms.

diced bell pepper, mushrooms, onions, and ground turkey cooking in a skillet

Then I added the seasoning and cream cheese.

cream cheese, seasoning, diced bell pepper, mushrooms, onions, and ground turkey cooking in a skillet

I  stirred continuously until the cream cheese was melted and incorporated well into the ground turkey mixture.

a wooden spatula stirring turkey mixture in a skillet

Next, I laid out the crescent rolls in rectangles made up of two of the triangles and pressed the seam between the triangles to close them. I also rolled them out a little to make them just a little bigger.

After I had the dough prepared, I spooned some of the ground turkey mixture onto one half of the dough.

turkey mixture on half of the dough on a wooden cutting board

Finally, I folded the other half of the dough over the ground turkey mixture and pressed the edges closed with a fork (to make a crimped crust).

a fork pressing down the edges of the dough of the turkey turnover on a wooden cutting board

Bake at 375° for 11-13 minutes.

ground turkey turnovers on a baking sheet

Serve warm. You can serve with a side of fresh veggies if you want, even though there are vegetables baked into the turnover. If you skip extra veggies, consider tossing on some garnish for color.

turkey turnovers stacked on a plate

Ground Turkey Turnovers

Here’s the printable recipe card for these ground turkey turnovers.

📋 Recipe

Ground Turkey Turnovers

Corinne Schmitt
A great recipe for an appetizer or dinner!
4.47 from 13 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes
Cuisine American
Servings 6 -8 servings
Calories 128 kcal


  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1/2 medium onion diced
  • 1/2 green bell pepper diced
  • 3-4 mushrooms sliced
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 8 oz pkg cream cheese
  • 2 pkgs refrigerated crescent rolls


  • Brown ground turkey in a skillet over medium heat.
  • Add onion, bell pepper, and mushrooms. Cook over medium heat until onions are translucent.
  • Add black pepper, garlic powder, and cream cheese. Stir until cream cheese is completely melted and all ingredients are mixed well. Remove from heat.
  • Preheat oven to 375°.
  • Divide crescent roll dough into 8 rectangles. Press the seams along the center to join the triangles together.
  • Spoon the ground turkey mixture onto one half of each rectangle. Fold the dough over, pressing at the seams to seal. Crimp the edges with a fork.
  • Bake at 375° for 11-13 minutes.


Calories: 128kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 19gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 42mgSodium: 114mgPotassium: 292mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 56IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 4mgIron: 1mg
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!
a collage of turkey turnovers stacked on a plate with title text reading Ground Turkey Turnovers

13 thoughts on “Ground Turkey Turnovers – A Quick And Easy Meal”

  1. My husband doesn’t like sour cream but I think he would try this because it’s cream cheese. This is very creative and I am going to try it. I am going to go ahead and pin this, if you don’t mind! Thanks so much for linking up to Making Your Home Sing Monday!

    • I’m looking forward to linking up with you every week at Making Your Home Sing Monday. I found a lot of great ideas there. Thanks for stopping by!

      • Thank you! I am happy to have you and glad you’re sticking around to link up with us each week! 😉 I made the turnovers last night and they were yummy! Everyone loved it.

        I showed my hubby your pin picture and said “Of course, mine doesn’t look as pretty as hers does” and he said “What do you mean? It looks the same to me,” and I looked at his and it DID look pretty good, lol! The one I was eating was a little hurried and scrunched up as I tried to get it done and in the oven before my family had to leave.

  2. What a fun idea with giving your menu plan a theme. They already looked delicious but since they remind me on Jamaican beef patties, I want to make them even more now!

    • Ooh! I’m going to have to try some Jamaican beef patties. They sound delicious and different. I love to vary our menu.

  3. We’ve never made turnovers before. I bet the kids would really enjoy it. We used to cook a lot with ground beef but have cut way back and eat a lot of chicken. Don’t think I’ve bought ground turkey before… just never think of it.

  4. 5 stars
    Thanks for the recipe. We just bought 40 pounds of chicken and i think we’ll try these this week.

  5. These Turnovers Look So Good & Healthy Too, I Will Definitely Have To Try Making These!!

  6. “T Week” sounds like fun! These turnovers look delicious, and I bet the kids loved the hand-held little pies! Thank you for sharing these at Treasure Box Tuesday! 🙂

  7. I love that you’re a nerd that feels compeled to create an alphabet meal challenge because these turnovers sounds perfect for a cozy winter dinner.

  8. Hi Corinne – These turnovers look quite yummy and I bet you could adapt them a lot of different ways. I’ve never made the crescent rolls like that before and will have to try sometime soon. Hugs, Holly

  9. Your turkey turnovers look delicious! Great idea to have a week of meals starting with T.


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