Turkey Appetizer Recipes

Using turkey is a great way to change up your appetizer offerings. Try recipes for turkey spring rolls, turkey jerky, turkey meatballs, and turkey nachos and find a new favorite.

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Deluxe Egg Rolls

Rating: 4.5 stars 24
After many experiments, this is my ultimate egg roll recipe.

Turkey Meatballs

Rating: 3 stars 9
This is a main dish, ground turkey meatballs made with instant rice and simmered in onion soup. Tastes great!! Serve with veggies - the rice is already inside!

Leftover Turkey Spring Rolls with Cranberry Sweet and Sour Dipping Sauce

Rating: 4.5 stars 40
This lends classic Asian flavors with an all-American twist. I suggest enlisting the help of a couple of people rolling the spring rolls. This takes up the majority of the prep time. I bake the rolls instead of frying them to cut down on the calories, but you can deep fry them for extra flavor. If you can't find spring roll wrappers, use the egg roll wrappers. They don't bake well, so deep-fry them instead. Use real soy sauce brewed from soybeans, and not the stuff with caramel coloring and salt.

Leftover Turkey Nachos

Rating: 4 stars 4
A great way to use up some of that leftover turkey from a holiday meal. You can also use cooked and cubed chicken breast if you prefer. It can be used as an appetizer or doubled for a main dish.

Baked Hawaiian Sandwiches

Rating: 4.5 stars 189
These sandwiches are quick, easy, and always a hit. They can be served at receptions, baby showers, Bible studies, or tailgate parties! I have made large quantities and they have always turned out. Sandwiches can be made up in advance and stored in refrigerator until ready to bake. Try them and enjoy!

Baked Turkey Meatballs

Rating: 4 stars 48
Quick, healthy, and delicious!

Easy Snack Wraps

Rating: 4.5 stars 206
So easy to make, these bite sized wraps filled with turkey, cream cheese and veggies are a great way to fill up an appetizer tray - and your hungry guests' bellies.
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Turkey Cocktail Meatballs with Orange Cranberry Glaze

Rating: 4.5 stars 90
You can make these ahead and freeze them without the glaze, then the day of the party, defrost them and simply reheat in the sauce.

Turkey Croquettes

Rating: 4.5 stars 23
This is a great recipe to use up leftover turkey or chicken. It does not taste anything like leftovers. Makes about six 2-inch croquette balls. Definitely need to double or triple recipe for large groups as I can eat 2 croquettes easily.

Larb Gai Nikki-Style

Rating: 5 stars 13
Bad haircuts make me crazy. Literally. I turn into a 3-year-old, crying, sniffling, ranting things like, 'My hair will never grow back!' So, when I met Nikki over a decade ago, I've stuck to her like how Bon Jovi groupies have stuck to the oh so fab Jon. On my recent visit with Nikki, I learned that not only is she an ace stylist, she apparently is the keeper of Thai cooking secrets. I'm usually dozing when Nikki is doing her hair magic… the reason why I didn't know this sooner. Anyway, Nikki shared her mom's ground chicken cooking technique for Larb Gai. Hope you enjoy it.

Gluten-Free Turkey Meatballs

Rating: 5 stars 22
My mom developed this recipe after many attempts at gluten-free meatballs. We now have a delicious and healthy way to eat a food we love!

Ground Turkey Lettuce Wraps

Rating: 4.5 stars 5
Easy and delicious lettuce wraps made with ground turkey. Top with green onions, peanuts, and peanut sauce as desired.

Inspiration and Ideas

Meatball-Stuffed Crescent Rolls
Rating: Unrated 1
These ground turkey meatballs stuffed in crescent rolls are perfect appetizers for any party! They need a little extra time to make, but they are delicious!
Asian Turkey Meatballs
Rating: Unrated 3
Cilantro, scallions, and sesame oil add Asian flair to these turkey meatballs served with a sweet soy dipping sauce.
Spicy Turkey and Cranberry Pinwheels
Rating: 4 stars 9

Wow your holiday guests this year with these spicy festive pinwheels. Turkey, cheese, and cranberry salsa are rolled together to create colorful and delicious finger food. This recipe can easily be halved.