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How to Serve Turkey to Babies and Toddlers

Ground Turkey Stir-Fry can be adapted to feed the whole family.

In December 2020, the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) was published, citing specific nutrition recommendations for babies and toddlers through 24 months, including the importance of incorporating lean protein into the diet. Previously, guidance for children under two years had not been included in these federal recommendations in a substantial way. However, the report indicates that this period of development is critical to establish nutritious eating habits that can last a lifetime.

The guidelines specifically highlight two nutrients that should be included for babies over 6 months old: iron and zinc.

At about 6 months old, introduce infants to nutrient-dense complementary foods…Encourage infants and toddlers to consume a variety of foods from all food groups. Include foods rich in iron and zinc, particularly for infants fed human milk.

Excerpt from the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans

And guess what lean protein has both? Turkey! 

According to food blogger and nutrition specialist Emily Dingmann of My Everyday Table, the best way to do this is by preparing “one family meal” that can be easily adapted to satisfy the whole family. Dingmann prepares Turkey Stir-Fry for the whole family and answers some frequently asked questions about the best ways to adapt turkey for babies and toddlers below.

What does the DGA say about feeding babies and toddlers?

Portion of ground turkey suitable for babies.

According to the DGA, the period between six months and two years of age is an important time to encourage babies and toddlers to try a variety of nutrient-dense foods: veggies, fruits, grains and lean proteins like turkey.

The idea of babies eating what everyone else is eating is not new. It is part of the baby-led-weaning approach, but it is a shift from the standard baby purees and puffs.

It is also recommended to avoid added sugars and foods higher in sodium.

Note: According to the DGA, it may take up to 8-10 exposures for an infant to accept new textures and flavors for the first time.

Can babies have turkey?

Yes. Once babies are six months old and eating solids, they can eat turkey. However, it is important to make sure portions are appropriate for their eating stage and not a choking risk.

How do you introduce turkey to a baby?

Turkey Stir-Fry Plated for Toddlers.

There are a few ways to do this. If going with a pureed approach, simply cook the turkey and puree it with some rice and veggies. When babies develop more hand control, they can start eating finger foods. Offer pea-sized pieces of soft foods like ground turkey and cooked veggies.

Try this Turkey Stir-Fry recipe for step-by-step instructions on adapting the dish for babies and toddlers.

Note: Toddlers and young children don’t always do well with food touching, so you may want to serve the meal components separate.

Should I choose one feeding method for babies?

Before you get caught up in a feeding method, don’t feel like you have to decide on one OR the other. It is reasonable to do a blend of purees and baby-led-weaning. There are a lot of strong opinions on these methods, but ultimately, decide what works best for you and your family. A mix of both is totally fine.

What matters is that you are feeding and exposing babies and toddlers to a variety of nutrient-dense foods and flavors.

When can I begin serving “one family meal?”

The DGA recommends babies and toddlers are exposed to a variety of nutrient-dense foods, similarly to what the entire family should be eating.

Regardless of the age of your children, my answer is always…NOW! The only exception is that your baby needs to be ready for solid food. So, bring them to the table and serve them what everyone is eating – one family meal!

Turkey Avocado Patties For Baby (BLW) Toddlers, Kids

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Soft turkey patties for baby made with ground turkey and soft avocado, no bread or flour needed. These turkey avocado patties are perfect for babies 6-7 months and up, baby led weaning (as finger food) including toddlers and older kids.

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Turkey Patties For Babies / Toddlers /Kids

Easily make these mini turkey burger patties without egg and breadcrumbs (the avocado makes them nice and soft & provide nutrients) – they’re best served with vegetable purees.

The ground turkey patties can be made ahead of time, they’re freezer friendly, and perfect when doing GAPS diet for babies and older kids. Suitable for school lunch box as well.

Constantly coming up with healthy meal ideas for babies and toddlers is a full time job in itself.   That is why I like to have some easy baby meals stashed in the freezer. The best part: it’s convenient to have baby food that can be mixed and matched with vegetables, grains or pasta to create meals throughout the week. 

Ingredients For Turkey Avocado Patties

  • Ground turkey – for a softer patty use thigh meat, and preferably organic.
  • Avocado – ripe soft avocado, diced. Mash with a fork if you’re worried about chocking.
  • Lemon juice – the sourness will provide a zesty kick and preserve the avocado’s green color.
  • Onion – diced, for flavor (onion powder also works).
  • Garlic – minced, for flavor.
  • Coriander – it will bring some citrusy, nutty and woody taste. It improves the taste a lot if you’re not using any salt for small babies.
  • Salt + black pepper – for babies older than 12 months.
  • Egg – acts as a binding agent. See recipe card below for egg free version.
  • Fat for frying – use oil, ghee, or animal fat (I used ghee).

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How To Make Turkey Patties For Baby

  1. Prepare the ingredients: chop the onion, dice the avocado and mince the garlic.
  2. Combine: mix the ground turkey meat, the raw egg, avocado, onion, garlic, lemon juice and seasonings.
  3. Form small patties: take about 1/2 tablespoons of mixture and form a ball, flatten in your palm or with a spatula. Be sure they are uniformly flat so they cook inside well at the same rate.
  4. Fry: In a preheated skillet (make sure the pan and oil is hot enough, the fritters should sizzle when dropped in. Not too hot though, you need them to cook inside too.) place the patties and cook until the underside is nicely golden brown, about 2-3 minutes. Flip and cook on the other side. Continue cooking, adding more oil if needed.

Recipe Variations:

  • Egg free – add about 2 tablespoons of flour instead. Or you can omit them entirely. The turkey patties will have a tougher texture but it’s totally doable.
  • Add flavor:add cheese, herbs, and other vegetables.
  • No ground turkey – use ground chicken instead.

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Oven Baked Turkey Patties

If you decide to bake them in the oven instead of frying, then preheat the oven at 400 F. Bake the turkey patties on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper (uncovered) for about 18-20 minutes, or until middle is cooked through.

Tips For Making Ahead

Gather the ingredients and form the patties, place them on parchment paper covered cookie sheet. Freeze them raw. Once frozen transfer them in a plastic bag and keep frozen for up to 3-4 months. When you need a quick finger food or meal for your baby, you’ll have fresh tasting turkey patties in no time!

How To Store

  • Store leftovers for 3-5 days in the refrigerator (closed container).
  • Freeze up to 3-4 months in an airtight container (see instructions above).
  • Thaw / reheat cooked patties – just pop them out of the freezer and place them on a parchment paper covered sheet. Cover with foil and reheat at 170C /350F until heated through (about 15-20 minutes.) If raw (let them thaw overnight in the refrigerator first)- then cook them on the skillet or in the oven as if they are freshly made.

Related: Avocado Baby Food Ideas + Combinations

Need more recipes for your baby or toddler? Check out the finger foods category for more ideas!
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Turkey Avocado Patties For Baby | Toddlers | BLW | Kids


Soft turkey patties for baby made with ground turkey and soft avocado, no bread or flour needed. These turkey avocado patties are perfect for babies 6-7 months and up, baby led weaning (as finger food) including toddlers and older kids. Make these mini patties without egg and breadcrumbs serve them with any vegetable puree. Great for kid’s school lunch box too.

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DIETS: Gluten Free, Dairy Free

Prep Time 10 mins

Cook Time 35 mins

Total Time 45 mins

Course Main Course, Side Dish

Cuisine Baby Food

Servings 25 Turkey Patties

  • 1 lb ground turkey (use thigh meat and preferably organic.)
  • 1 large avocado (ripe soft avocado, diced.)
  • 1 medium onion (diced for flavor (onion powder also works).)
  • 2 cloves garlic ( minced)
  • 1 large egg (see notes below for egg free version.)
  • 3/4 tsp coriander (seed, ground)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/3 tsp sea salt + 1/4 tsp black pepper ( for babies older than 12 months)
  • fat for frying (oil, ghee butter or animal fat )
Prepare The Ingredients
  • Dice the onion, the avocado and mince the garlic.

  • Mix the ground turkey meat, the raw egg, avocado, onion, garlic, lemon juice and seasonings.

Form Mini Patties
  • Take about 1/2 tablespoon of mixture and form a ball, flatten in your palm or with a spatula. Be sure they are uniformly flat so they cook inside well at the same rate.

Fry The Turkey Patties
Recipe Tips and Substitutions
  • Egg free – add about 2 tablespoons of flour instead. Or you can omit them entirely. The turkey patties will have a tougher texture but it’s totally doable.
  • Add flavor: add cheese, herbs, and other vegetables.
  • No ground turkey – use ground chicken instead.
  • Oven Baked Patties: preheat the oven at 400 F. Bake the mini patties on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper (uncovered) for about 18-20 minutes, or until the middle is cooked through.
  • Store leftovers for 3-5 days in the refrigerator (closed container).
  • Make Ahead: form the patties, place them on parchment paper covered cookie sheet. Freeze them raw. Once frozen transfer them in a plastic bag and keep frozen for up to 3-4 months. 

Serving: 1patty

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Cooking time: 40 min PT40M
  1. Step 1:

    How to make turkey patties for kids? Prepare the necessary ingredients for this. Scroll the turkey meat through a meat grinder and turn it into minced meat. You can also buy ready-made stuffing. In this case, I prefer to make minced meat myself, as I know exactly what quality product it is made from.

  2. Step 2:

    Soak the loaf in milk and leave it to soak for a while. nine0003

  3. Step 3:

    Place the finished ground turkey in a spacious bowl. Peel the onion, rinse in cold water. You can pass the onion through a meat grinder after the meat, or just chop it very finely. Add the chopped onion to the bowl with the minced meat.

  4. Step 4:

    Squeeze the soaked loaf out of the milk and pass through the meat grinder, add to the bowl with the meat. A loaf added to cutlets will make them softer and juicier. Crack one egg into a bowl.

  5. Step 5:

    Add some salt to the meat mixture. Mix all ingredients well with each other until smooth. If the stuffing is liquid, then you can add a little semolina to it. Lightly beat the entire meat mass on the bottom of the bowl so that the minced meat becomes denser and the finished cutlets do not fall apart.

  6. Step 6:

    Pour some vegetable oil into a hot skillet. Form small patties with wet hands, roll them in breadcrumbs and place in the pan. Fry the cutlets on both sides quite a bit so that they are slightly seized. nine0003

  7. Step 7:

    Then pour hot water into the pan, cover and bring them to a boil over low heat. It will be enough to put out the cutlets for 2-3 minutes on each side.

  8. Step 8:

    Baby turkey patties are soft and very tender. Favorite children's side dish is pasta. Supplement them with cutlets and call the children to the table. Bon appetit!

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Turkey can be substituted for chicken or any other meat of your choice. But keep in mind that in this case, the cooking time and calorie content of the dish will change.

To avoid irritating the eyes when cutting onions, rinse the onion and knife with cold water. A cutting board will not absorb an unpleasant onion smell if you rub it with a slice of lemon before cutting it.

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    Turkey in baby food

    If your family has not cooked turkey for children before, you have lost a lot. Try to learn how to cook with turkey meat, because you can make a lot of it. Your child will love it, no doubt about it! nine0003

    Start with diet puree for children. Already from 8 months you can offer formula-fed babies, and babies from 9. It is better to offer a turkey after getting acquainted with rabbit and beef meat.
    You should start with 1 teaspoon of minced meat, if everything goes well, then in a month the volume of mashed potatoes can reach 3-4 tablespoons per day.

    Turkey benefits
    The meat of this bird is hypoallergenic and low in calories, so nutritionists strongly recommend using it in the nutrition of children up to a year old. Meat contains vitamin E and equally important vitamin B6. And in terms of sodium content, it surpasses even veal and beef. Turkey contains virtually no cholesterol, it is easily digestible. The baby receives not only protein, but also other trace elements necessary for a growing body. These are iron, iodine, potassium, manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, magnesium. Dishes from turkey meat are unique in that they improve metabolic processes in the body, it is not just that they were included in the diet for anemia. nine0003

    How to cook a turkey for a baby?
    The main indicator is that only fresh meat should be used for baby food. And, of course, pre-remove the skin. If you want to bake a fillet, you first need to cook it for about half an hour. And by turning the fillet into minced meat, you can even make meatballs, meatballs and sauces. It turns out such dishes that all children like!

    What to cook with turkey

    Weaning turkey puree
    A simple and easy turkey recipe for first feeding.
    You will need:
    Turkey meat fillet - 100 g per serving.
    Boil the meat in purified water (special, baby or filtered), do not salt.
    Put a piece of meat on a plate and puree with a blender or a regular “crusher”. In order to make the product more puree, you can add the broth in which the meat was cooked.

    Baby turkey soufflé, slow cooker recipe

    You will need:
    Turkey fillet, 100g per serving,
    Chicken egg, 1 pc. ,
    Slice of white bread, 1 piece,
    Milk - ¼ cup.
    Butter, salt to taste.
    This turkey soufflé recipe can be made in both the double boiler and slow cooker.

    Grind the turkey meat, place in a blender bowl.
    Add milk to meat, bread without crust.
    Grind the turkey, bread and milk with a blender, getting a homogeneous mass. nine0081 Next, carefully separate the yolk and white of the egg. Immediately add the yolk to the turkey puree from the blender and mix with a spoon.
    The protein should be beaten separately, and then added to the future soufflé.
    Lubricate the pre-prepared soufflé mold with butter, put the mass there.
    We put the molds on the wire rack if we are preparing a soufflé for a child in a slow cooker and cook in the “steamed” mode for about 40 minutes.
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    Baby turkey meatballs

    A very tasty and healthy turkey recipe for a child.
    You will need:
    Minced Turkey, 500 g,
    Bulb 1 piece,
    Cauliflower, 200 g,
    3 slices of white bread and loaf,
    Low-fat sour cream - about 3 tablespoons,
    Tomato paste (the simplest) - to taste,
    Flour (any, preferably wheat) - 1 table. Spoon,
    Water - 350 g,
    To taste: garlic, salt, spices.
    Soak bread in boiled water.
    Tear the cabbage into inflorescences and boil in boiling water for literally 3 minutes. After removing the inflorescences from boiling water, it is better to rinse them with cold water so that they do not “boil”.
    In a blender, chop the onion and garlic, if it is in your recipe. You can also cut it very finely, but through a blender it will be faster.
    Add bread, salt, seasonings if you have them. To mix everything. nine0081 Beat the minced meat and form small cakes according to the number of meatballs.
    In the middle of each cake, put the future filling for meatballs - a piece of cauliflower, boiled in advance.
    Roll up meatballs.
    Mix sour cream, flour and tomato paste immediately in a pan. Add water.
    Put meatballs in this sauce and bring them to a boil.
    Simmer covered over medium or low heat for about half an hour.
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    Turkey rolls, diet recipe for children

    You will need:
    Turkey fillet 700 g,
    Low-fat kefir - 200 g,
    Bulb large,
    Bulgarian pepper,
    Dill, salt to taste.
    Cut the meat lengthwise as thin as possible.
    Rinse the pepper well, remove the seeds and also cut lengthwise.
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    Gently form fillet rolls with pepper inside, lay them tightly in a row in a mold.
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    Turkey rolls for a child are baked for 40 minutes at a temperature of 150 about C.
    To taste, you can add any other spices during the cooking process.

    Turkey stew

    A great recipe for a dietary dinner for a child.
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    Turkey fillet - half a kilogram,
    Green apples (preferably sour) - 3 or 4 pieces,
    Potato - 0.5 kg,
    Flour - 1 table. spoon,
    Salt, paprika, pepper to taste. If the child is on a special diet, it is better to refrain from these products.
    Grate the turkey fillet with salt and the necessary spices, place in the culinary sleeve and bake until tender, about 40-50 minutes. Attention: we still need the juice that the meat gave. nine0081 While the turkey is cooking, you need to boil the potatoes in their skins, salt to taste.
    These two ingredients of diet stew - turkey and peeled potatoes - cut into cubes.
    Also cut apples into cubes. You can pre-peel them, but you can not peel them.
    Pour the juice from the turkey meat stewed in the sleeve into a deep frying pan (or other dishes that you are used to), add flour, then potatoes, apples and turkey, cut into cubes. nine0081 At this stage, you can add water to taste, depending on how you want to make the stew for the child, so that it is dryish or thinner.
    Baby turkey stew is simmered over low heat until the apples are soft.
    Poultry meat in combination with apples will definitely please the baby!

    Turkey salad

    The turkey salad recipe comes in handy when you have leftover meat from yesterday's dinner, for example.
    You will need:
    Large tomato - 1 piece,
    Celery, if you like,
    Salt, pepper, mayonnaise - to taste.
    Cut the meat, tomato into small cubes, tear the salad into 3-4 parts.
    Mix all ingredients and you're done!

    Baby Turkey Meatballs

    You will need:
    Turkey breast (you can fillet) - half a kilo,
    Small bulb,
    Quail eggs,
    Greens to taste.
    Pass turkey meat through a meat grinder, add finely chopped onion there, mix.
    Break the eggs and also mix with minced meat.
    Add herbs to taste.
    Form small meatballs, freeze in the freezer.
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    Turkey and apple recipe for children

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    Medium Bulb,
    Garlic - 2 cloves.
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    Baby turkey casserole

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    Potato - half a kilo,
    Turkey, fillet - half a kilo,
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    Hard cheese of any kind - 100 g
    Boil potatoes, mash them, you can use the mashed potatoes left over from your dinner the day before.
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    Sprinkle with grated cheese.
    Fry minced meat in oil until half cooked.
    Put the second layer of minced meat in the form.
    The third layer is the remaining puree.
    Top with sour cream.
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    Baby turkey fillet, oven recipe

    You will need:
    Turkey fillet,
    Garlic to taste,
    Spices to taste.
    Roll a whole piece of turkey meat in spices and put whole cloves of garlic into the cuts made in advance.
    In order for the meat to turn out soft and juicy, the fillet must be wrapped in foil.
    Bake the meat in the oven for 1 hour, in a slow cooker - according to the instructions.
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    Baby turkey goulash for a two year old

    You will need:

    Turkey fillet, 700 g,
    Medium size carrots, 1 piece,
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    Sweet pepper, 2 pcs,
    Garlic, a couple of cloves,
    Tomato paste, 2 tbsp.

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