Turkey Recipes for Summer Celebrations

By Kelly Visser, Iowa Food & Family Project

Whether you’re firing up the grill for Father’s Day or attending a backyard bash for the Fourth of July, turkey can be the perfect menu item for any summertime holiday. Not only is it tasty, it’s also versatile, affordable, low-fat and packed with protein.

In honor of National Turkey Lovers’ Month, we’ve worked with the Iowa Turkey Federation to bring you a few twists on the traditional Thanksgiving turkey to “gobble up” for your summertime celebrations.

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  Grilled turkey tenderloins on a stick. 

Grilled turkey tenderloins on a stick. 

Grilled Turkey Tenderloin

If you’re looking for a way to celebrate Father’s Day, consider preparing a meal as a family. Cooking as a team gives your family an opportunity to spark conversation and create memories. Looking for a simple dish to make as a family? Try this Grilled Turkey Tenderloin with Avotziki Dipping Sauce. While adults handle the grilling, kids can help mix the marinade and dipping sauce.

Turkey Dip

Turkey doesn’t always have to be the main dish. It can be the star of an ooey, gooey cracker, chip or veggie dip. For your next summertime potluck celebration, this Cheesy Buffalo Turkey Dip is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Turkey Tacos

Life is all about the everyday celebrations, so why not add a special Taco Tuesday to your summertime calendar? This Not Your Momma’s Turkey Taco recipe was named the 2016 Iowa State Fair People’s Choice Best New Food Item, so you know it will be a delicious addition to your menu

Grilled Turkey Kebabs

Try adding grilled kebabs to your Fourth of July grilling menu. Simply pick out your favorite veggies, fruits or meats and fill a skewer using any pattern of ingredients you’d like. Let your creativity — and independence — shine! If you need a little inspiration, try this Sweet & Sour Turkey Kebab recipe.


For more ideas on bringing turkey to your summertime celebrations, be sure to visit the Iowa Turkey Federation website.

Are you curious about how that tasty turkey got to your plate? It was likely raised by an Iowa farmer, like Tim Graber. He and his family raise turkeys in Washington County. Learn more about Tim