Here are my favorite wild turkey recipes of all time to celebrate a successful spring turkey hunt!
One of the best things about turkey season is the opportunity to harvest a wild turkey and get delicious turkey meat. While there’s not necessarily anything wrong with farm-raised turkey, it simply can’t compare to a wild turkey that has been properly harvested and cooked. However, harvesting a turkey is only the first step: once you have your turkey, you need to use the right wild turkey recipe.
Luckily, you’ve come to the right place, here are my picks for the 11 best wild turkey recipes that guarantee you’ll come back for more. They are also not limited to wild turkeys and you can also prepare a tasty meal using most of these recipes with a store-bought bird as well.
Also, I would be remiss if I didn’t recommend another resource for turkey hunters interested in making the most of their harvest.
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Steven Rinella’s MeatEater Fish And Game cookbook is an exceptional resource that provides excellent wild game recipes for some of North America’s most popular game and fish species (including turkey). Wild game, particularly venison, sometimes gets a bad rap because hunters handle or miscook their meat. Fortunately, this book is the perfect tool to help cooks with varying degrees of skill prepare a delicious and healthy meal from almost any species of wild game or fish.
The free recipes you’ll find below are good, but they can’t keep a candle to what you’ll find in high-quality wild game cookbooks written by people who really know what they’re talking about, like the one mentioned above.
Okay, now that we’ve gotten it out of the way, are you ready to get started with some really tasty turkey recipes?
Grilled wild turkey
10-12 3-ounce turkey breast fillets
1/2 tablespoon pepper
1x tablespoon kosher salt
extra virgin olive oil
3x garlic cloves, crushed and peeled
Season the turkey fillets with salt, pepper and garlic and place them in olive oil. Then cover and cool the mixture for 1-2 hours. Let the mixture marinate at room temperature for an additional 20 minutes before removing the turkey fillets from the marinade. Roast the turkey fillets for 3-4 minutes on each side over medium-high heat.
Courtesy of Field & Stream
BBQ Wild Turkey Recipe
whole wild turkey (seasoned and plucked)
1/2 cup chopped green onions 1x cup
3x tablespoons parsley 1x tablespoon
1/2 cup margarine
If you like barbecue, then you really need to try this wild turkey recipe. First, cut the turkey into pieces through the grain. Then cook the onions in a pot until tender in margarine and all other ingredients to mix. Bring the pot to a complete boil. Cover each piece of the turkey with this mixture and continue basing the turkey on the grill for 45-55 minutes.
Courtesy of The
Wild Turkey Zone
Bang Bang Wild Turkey
turkey breast marinated in salt, sugar and vinegar for 10 minutes 1x
cucumber, cut into phosphorus pieces
1/2 tablespoon pepper
4x tablespoons soy sauce 2x tablespoons sugar 2x tablespoons
red chili oil 4x tablespoons
peanut butter, Creamed with sesame
Cook turkey breast well in a pan or grilled and let cool completely. Then soften the turkey breast with a roller or mallet. Shred the meat with a fork and combine the cucumber sticks with the shredded turkey and place it on a small serving plate. Combine soy sauce, sugar, chili oil, black pepper and peanut buttercream in a sauce and pour over the turkey.
Courtesy of US Sportsmen’s Alliance
Wild turkey breast
celery ribs 3x
peeled and thinly sliced carrots
3/4 tablespoons garlic powder 3/4
tablespoons onion powder 1/4 cup
grated fresh onion
Better Than Bouillon Turkey Suffice 1x tablespoon
dried parsley 4x eggs 2x tablespoons
5-6 cups filling
celery, carrots, garlic powder, onion powder, grated onion, parsley, turkey base, salt and pepper in a Dutch oven. Then fill the Dutch oven almost completely filled with water and boil the mixture Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 1.5-2 hours or until the turkey is tender and can be easily removed from the bone. Remove the turkey from the mixture and let stand until cooled. Remove the meat from the bone and put it back in the Dutch oven. Mix the filling with 4x egg whites and roll them into small balls. Fry the balls in a pan with 2x tablespoons of butter until golden brown all over. Drop the dumplings into the soup to heat for a few minutes before serving.
Courtesy of MissHomemade.com
Roasted wild turkey recipe
(seasoned and plucked)
6-8x red potatoes
in quarters 2x
pounds baby carrots
apples cut into quarters
1x teaspoon salt 1x teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup maple syrup
1x tablespoon lemon juice 2x
1/4 cup barbecue sauce
2x tablespoons ketchup
Place the turkey in a roasting pan and place the sliced apples inside the turkey. Place the potatoes, onions and carrots around the turkey. Pour water over the vegetables. Rub the salt and pepper and rub all the turkey. Combine everything else and place a spoon over the turkey. Cover and bake at 325° for 3.5 hours. Suffice if you wish.
Courtesy of Taste of Home December/January 1999, p39
turkey with chicken recipe Ingredients: 1x
2x cups flour
1x 16oz bottle of Italian dressing
1/2 tablespoon lemon pepper
tablespoons melted butter
Salt (as needed) Pepper (as needed)
Cooking oil (as needed
No list of the best wild turkey recipes would be complete without a fried wild turkey recipe! Marinate the turkey strips in Italian dressing, lemon pepper and liquid smoke for 8 hours or overnight. Beat the eggs in the milk. In a separate bowl, mix the salt, pepper and flour. Then dip the turkey strips in the egg/milk mixture and then in the flour dough. Fry in oil until golden brown and drain on paper towels. Serve with sauce made with 2x tablespoons of flour combined with 2x tablespoons of melted butter, salt and pepper in a pan. Slowly add 1x cup of milk and stir until thickened.
Courtesy of The
Wild Turkey Zone
Lemon Wild Turkey
pound skinless and boneless wild turkey breasts cut into 1″ strips
1x tablespoon olive oil 1x tablespoon
dried Greek seasoning
3 cup dried orzo
1/2 lemon, cut into wedges or pieces
Directions: Preheat oven to 400°F. Brown the wild turkey on both sides in a Dutch oven in olive oil over medium-high heat for 5 minutes. Add the orzo, chicken broth, lemon slices, lemon juice, Greek seasoning, salt and pepper. Cover and bake for 35 minutes or until the turkey is tender and no longer pink.
Courtesy of US Sportsmen’s Alliance
turkey, cooked and
chopped 6x diced
1x chopped onion 1 1/2
2x teaspoons baking powder 1/2 cup milk
1x can chicken soup cream
chopped green pepper
2 teaspoon salk 1
carrots in a saucepan and cover with water. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until tender. Then train and reserve 1x cup of the liquid. In a skillet, sauté the onion and green pepper in 2x tablespoons of butter until tender. Blend both mixtures in a bowl. Then place the mixture in a saucepan with the turkey and cooked vegetables. Bake at 425°F for 15 minutes.
Courtesy of The Wild Turkey Zone
Another recipe for grilled wild turkey breast
1x wild turkey breast
with bone cut in half 1x
bottle of fat-free Dijon salad dressing
for placing turkey
in a large zip-lock bag, add a whole bottle
of salad dressing
and refrigerate overnight. Drain and discard the marinade and roast the turkey while covered over medium indirect heat for 45-55 minutes.
Courtesy of Taste of Home April/May 2002, p60
wild turkey rolls
1-1.5 pounds wild turkey breast cut into 1.5″ cubes
pound coarsely chopped bacon
can pickled and sliced jalapeños
4 cup olive oil
1x tablespoon brown sugar 2x tablespoons
white vinegar 2x tablespoons
1/2 tablespoon ground
teaspoon garlic powder
Mix olive oil, brown sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, ground pepper, garlic powder and salt in a mixing bowl to make the marinade. Then place the turkey cubes in the bowl and let it marinate for at least 2 hours. Cut each piece of bacon in half and place a slice of jalapeño and once a turkey cube in the center of the bacon slice. Roll the bacon over the turkey and hold it in place with a toothpick. Heat the grill over medium heat. Place the rolls on the sides and cook slowly. Turn them every few minutes. Keep a spray water bottle handy to treat sprouts of bacon fat. Once the bacon is fully cooked, the turkey should also be ready. Remove from the grill and let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
Courtesy of Something Sweet Something Salty
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