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 Take your nachos to another level! These BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger Nachos are a twist on the classic burger. They’re made with ground turkey, and the final topping totally makes this recipe.

pan of bbq bacon cheeseburger nachos topped with cole slaw and barbecue sauce drizzle.

This post is sponsored by Reser’s Fine Foods, all opinions are my own

Chips & Cheese, is there anything better? Melty gooey cheese on crunchy salty chips? YUM! And that’s only the beginning of this ground turkey nachos recipe.

BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger Nachos are a fun way to change up this crowd-pleaser.

I’ve always adored Mexican food. I’ve said it before, but if there’s one cuisine I had to eat for the rest of my life, it would be Mexican. Tostadas, Pork Carnitas, Steak Fajitas, Guacamole… All. Day. Long.

Although these Cheeseburger Nachos aren’t exactly Mexican, you’ll love them! Just gotta try something different every now and then, ya know?

sheet pan of bbq bacon cheeseburger nachos made with ground turkey, topped with cole slaw and drizzled with bbq sauce

Is Ground Turkey healthier than ground beef?

So most of you when you think of a cheese burger are thinking of beef. And I do too. However, I do love turkey burgers (this Asian one is amazing!) as well. You might be wondering, why ground turkey. Is it better?

Overall ground turkey is seen to be healthier than ground beef. But, it really depends on the lean to fat ratio of the meat you are buying. Here’s how things measure up for 93% lean 7% fat

  • Turkey has maybe 10 more calories than beef, so not a huge difference
  • They both bring you equal amounts of protein
  • Turkey has less saturated fat than beef
  • Light meat turkey is leaner than both dark meat turkey and beef

One of our favorite ways to enjoy ground turkey is in this easy turkey skillet dinner.

Does ground turkey taste good?

Yes! When you’re using turkey as a substitute in a chili, or sauces or stews, I really don’t think you can tell. A burger definitely has a different flavor, but still delicious. I tend to top my turkey burgers with different ingredients than I do my traditional burger.

How to make bbq bacon cheeseburger nachos

I’m getting hungry, how about you? Let’s talk about these Cheeseburger Nachos!

ingredients for ground turkey nachos recipe: pan of tortilla chips, shredded cheese, diced bell peppers, diced onions, diced tomatoes and raw ground turkey

Step one: Cook the onions in a skillet for about 5 minutes, then add the ground turkey and brown until cooked throughout. Add some barbecue sauce, and set aside.

Step two: Lay the chips out on a baking sheet and load it up with cheese, meat mixture, bacon, and bell peppers.

Step three: Bake!

After baking them, top with tomatoes, Reser’s Stadium Cole Slaw and barbecue sauce.

The Reser’s Stadium Cole Slaw MAKES this dish!

It has a unique flavor of mayo, mustard, sweet relish, ketchup and a dash of hot sauce for a little zesty bite at the end. It’s SO good!

2 containers of resers stadium cole slaw stacked. The one on top opened with a spoon in it. sitting next to a pan of cheeseburger nachos with ground turkey

I love that Reser’s uses high quality ingredients, no artificial colors, flavors, or high fructose corn syrup. I can feel great about serving this up to my family and friends.

Tips for making Ground Turkey Nachos Recipe

  • Depending on how lean your meat is, you may need to drain.
  • Make sure your chips are in a single layer.
  • Do 2 layers of chips and cheese, then the toppings.
  • Don’t overload your toppings, this can make the chips soggy
  • I like to add the tomatoes after cooking, but this is completely optional. I do this to prevent slimy tomatoes, even though I do like them cooked.
  • Use a large half sheet pan or two to feed a crowd. This recipe is very versatile, so you can make as little or as much as you’d like.
hand pulling a chip off a pan of ground turkey nachos topped with coleslaw, barbecue sauce and a side of pickles. Resers stadium cole slaw in the background

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pan of bbq bacon cheeseburger nachos topped with cole slaw and barbecue sauce drizzle.

BBQ Bacon Cheese Burger Nachos with Ground Turkey

Crunchy chips with melty cheese topped with ground turkey, onions, bell peppers, tomatoes, cole slaw, and barbecue sauce.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 630kcal


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 pound ground turkey 93% lean, you will have left overs
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 16 oz corn tortilla chips
  • 8 oz cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1/4 cup bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 1/2 cup orange bell peppers diced
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes diced
  • 1/2 cup Reser’s Stadium Cole Slaw


  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Warm the oil in a skillet and add the onions, saute’ until translucent, about five minutes
  • Add the ground turkey, and brown until cooked through. When it’s finished, drain if necessary
  • Add barbecue sauce, and stir. 
  • Place 1 layer of chips on a sheet pan, top with cheese. Add a second layer of chips and a second layer of cheese. Then add meat, bacon, and bell peppers.
  • Bake the nachos in the oven for about 10 minutes or until cheese is melted, but not bubbly. Remove from the oven and top with tomatoes and cole slaw. Drizzle with barbecue sauce.


Calories: 630kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 91mg | Sodium: 811mg | Potassium: 455mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 990IU | Vitamin C: 15.9mg | Calcium: 520mg | Iron: 2.3mg
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  1. Thanks Erin. You know how you think something sounds good, but it actually turns out better than you imagined? That was this recipe!!

  2. 5 stars
    Wow! Drooling! I love nachos and I like your spin on traditional ground beef nachos. Yum!!