We Love Turkey Lovers’ Month

June 2017

In 2006, Dave Heineman, who was then governor of Kansas, signed a proclamation to name June Turkey Lovers’ Month. While turkey is a delicious, better-for-you option that works across all dayparts, all year long, June is the perfect time to learn more about this versatile protein that patrons crave.

A three-ounce serving of boneless, skinless turkey breast packs 26 grams of protein, just one gram of fat and zero grams of saturated fat—making it higher in protein than the same size serving of chicken or top loin beef. In addition, turkey contains selenium, potassium and an array of B vitamins.

According to Technomic’s Poultry Report, 89% of turkey consumers agree that the protein is healthier than beef or pork. 33% would order turkey more often if it were available on menus, and 37% would like to see turkey as a protein choice for a wider variety of menu items.

The demand for turkey is there. Is your menu meeting it? See how restaurants throughout the U.S. are taking turkey up a notch, and find recipe inspiration from the nation’s most trusted turkey brand:

  • Make the most of Asian flavor trends by incorporating turkey. Fast-casual establishment Fresh&Co has featured an Asian-inspired lunch bowl made of Thai-spiced turkey, quinoa and veggies. Get inspired with these tasty Korean BBQ Turkey Won Ton Tacos. They include pulled turkey marinated in soy sauce, ginger, sake and sesame oil to take patrons’ taste buds on a trip to Korea.
  • Upgrade the classics. Jetties sandwich shop has menued a decadent turkey sandwich topped with mushroom gravy and served alongside sweet potatoes and onion stuffing. You can take the traditional flavors of turkey and cranberry to delicious new heights with this Turkey Filet Sandwich. A grilled turkey breast filet is layered with mayo, lettuce, stuffing and cranberry sauce on thickly sliced whole wheat bread to create an instant patron favorite.
  • Go big and bold with turkey burgers. 5 Napkin Burger offers an Italian Turkey burger topped with melted mozzarella, spicy tomato sauce and vinegar peppers. It’s easy to make your own flavorful turkey burger masterpiece. Try the White Turkey Burger with Cranberry Chili Chutney. Spiced-up cranberry relish makes this burger a must-have for lovers of bold flavor combinations.

We have even more recipe inspiration in our Culinary Center, and the high-quality, trusted turkey products to match. Be sure to visit our Facebook page and let us know how you’re celebrating Turkey Lovers’ Month.


June: Turkey Lovers' Month, The Baltimore Sun, October 2011.

Turkey Nutrition, National Turkey Federation.

Oaklander, Mandy. Is Turkey Actually Good for You?, TIME Health, November 2014.

Technomic Center of the Plate: Poultry Consumer Trend Report, 2017.

fresh&co’s Fall Offerings Include Quinoa Bar, QSR, November 2013.

Rojas, Warren. Get Turkey All Year Round At These Restaurants, Eater, November 2016.

Myers, Dan. These 8 Restaurants Make Turkey Burgers You’ll Actually Want to Eat, The Daily Meal, July 2016.

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