Turkey Cutlets: Fast Weeknight Meal!

Turkey Cutlets: Fast Weeknight Meal!

Today we are sharing our Turkey Cutlets recipe from the What a Good Eater! cookbook, and we know you’re going to love it! This recipe is extremely popular with both adults and kids. It is inspired by Amy’s grandmother, who made these regularly for her family. Ready in under 30 minutes, Turkey Cutlets make a delicious, fast weeknight meal!

You might remember when we recently posted ideas for different ways to use yogurt in meals, for those of you with yogurt-loving toddlers out there! In that post we recommended using yogurt as a dipping sauce for a favorite patty or cutlet, and these cutlets are great to try. When we had parents test these cutlets with their little ones, they were a HIT! And the best part is that the whole family can enjoy them for dinner. We hope you enjoy them as much as our testers!

“Turkey Cutlets”

My grandmother, a renowned caterer, cooked hundreds of cutlets at a time for our family while we were growing up.  My three sisters and I would devour them in a matter of days, and once again, we’d be left, cutlet-less. 

These little patties appease children of all ages, from babies to teenagers.  They refrigerate and freeze well, making for an ideal leftover choice when you’re in a pinch.  Try serving these plain, with mashed avocado, ketchup, hummus, sour cream, or your baby’s favorite dipping sauce and show them how to “dip.”  If at first your baby seems reluctant, you can try melting some cheese on top.  Adults can also try these cutlets in a sandwich with mustard or ketchup or crumbled over a salad.

Age: 12 months+
Yield: approximately 10-14 cutlets
Food storage: refrigerator-friendly, freezer-friendly
Prep time: 9 minutes
Cook time: 18 minutes
Serving options: self-feed, family-friendly meal


  • 1.3 pounds ground turkey, preferably organic
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons garlic paste
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, seeds carefully removed
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided

Place the turkey, salt, pepper, cumin, coriander, turmeric, garlic paste, lemon juice, and egg in a large mixing bowl.  Mix the ingredients thoroughly with your hands. 

Create small hamburger patties or “sliders” 2 ½ inches wide and no taller than ½ inch to ensure they cook through.  Set the cutlets aside on a plate. 

Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat.  Once the oil is hot, pan fry the cutlets in batches, placing 5-6 patties in the pan at a time.  Take care not to overcrowd the pan or flatten the patties by pressing down with the spatula.  Cook the cutlets for 3-5 minutes on each side or until the patties are golden brown on both sides, fully cooked, and no longer pink in the center. 

Transfer the cooked cutlets to a plate lined with a paper towel to drain any excess oil.  Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil, pan fry the next batch, and repeat the process.  Allow them to cool, and serve bite-sized pieces appropriate for your child.

If you like this recipe, check out our cookbook What a Good Eater! for baby & toddler recipes with healthy herbs and spices to add flavor and broaden your baby’s palette, now available on Amazon! If you enjoyed this post, sign up to receive our newsletter for other great ideas on feeding your baby, toddler, and family.

About Amy Godiwalla

Amy Godiwalla is co-author of the What a Good Eater! cookbook, available on Amazon. Amy and her husband, Shaun, live in Denver, Colorado, with their two little boys. When Amy is not feeding little mouths or inventing recipes, she enjoys hiking, yoga, snowboarding, cooking, entertaining, traveling to the mountains, sipping hot chocolate at ski resorts, and wine tasting.


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