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Turkey Bacon...looks gross in the package but taste like bacon!

This is huge for someone who doesn't eat red meat and misses my beloved BLT's.
I can't believe how something so dang ugly can fry up like the superstar it is and taste just like bacon.
Yeah, I said it...turkey bacon taste just like bacon...
; )

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  1. BC, hubby and I are on Weight Watchers and are totally happy to have turkey bacon. Some taste better than others, and feel more like bacon. We've tried Jennie-O, Butterball and Oscar Meyer. The OM wins by a landslide.
    When you're counting calories (or points, as it were) , every little bit helps. And neither DH or I want to waste our precious points on stuff that doesn't taste good.
    Let the naysayers say what they will. If this is the only way that you can have a BLT, then dammit, have your BLT any way you like.

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    1. re: jmcarthur8

      Thanks for the rec. on OM turkey bacon. I do love the Jennie-O turkey burgers too.

      1. re: jmcarthur8

        Damn straight..
        OM is the only one I've tried and with a $1 coupon, makes it around $2 bucks at my store.
        sweet..now, if I can get them to add a little maple flavor to it.

      2. for someone who considers hot dogs as a vehicle for condiments, the fat-free turkey hot dogs are great! they are low calorie (about 40-50 each) and have a much better (or less offensive) flavor than the fat-free beef hot dogs.

        1. I'm sold!
          With recommendation from CH'ers, I bought Oscar Meyer turkey bacon and it is quite good. I love, love! that it doesn't curl up in the pan so I don't have to chase it around or weigh it down. I love how fast it cooks up.
          I'm on a roll... I made waffles with turkey bacon this morning, and I fried more turkey bacon up for collards.
          I just don't know if I'll ever go back!
          Next: coat with maple syrup when it's cooking ;-0

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          1. Nothing beats the real thing but I do like Turkey bacon for something different. Something else I found a number of years ago that I enjoy is Morning Star Farms Bacon strips. These are 100% vegetarian, I do enjoy these as much if not better than Turkey Bacon, they crisp up real good but do not over cook them.

            Nutional Facts:

            2 Strips = 60 Calories

            4.5 Grams fat

            0.5 Gram Sat Fat

            3 Grams Polyunsaturated Fat

            1 Gram Monounsaturated Fat

            2 Carbs

            1 Gram Fiber
            0 Cholesterol

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            1. re: Buckeye_Local

              love love love their sausages and of course the Garden burger and I do my famous Patty Melt with rye bread, grilled up garden burger, grilled onions and thousand island dressing...omg..so good!
              I'm making tonight some tacos with the ground up garden burger stuff..that's really good but you have to gussy it up a little with fresh garlic and sea salt and fresh ground pepper.

            2. No, no it does not taste just like bacon.

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              1. re: jacquelines

                ok, it taste almost as good as bacon but nothing could ever take the place of the real deal.

                1. re: Beach Chick

                  haha, now I concur with this statement.

              2. Good for you for coming over to the dark side - lol!

                My husband doesn't eat any red meat products, so turkey bacon (along with turkey Spam, turkey pastrami, & turkey ham) has always been a staple in our house.

                It's delicious, & as you've found out, there's little difference between it & regular bacon outside of not having any grease. When I use it in recipes that call for bacon drippings, I just add a little extra-virgin olive oil to the pan.

                Oh, & for the more adventurous (& those with deep wallets), D'Artagnon puts out both Duck Bacon & Duck Prosciutto.

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                1. re: Breezychow

                  Dark side...LOL
                  Been there for almost 35 years...I consider it the 'enlightened side'..
                  ; )

                  1. re: Breezychow

                    but when did pork become 'red' meat?

                    1. re: KaimukiMan

                      Pork has always been red meat.

                      It is only a very successful marketing campaign that calls it white meat. Or "The other white meat."

                      Just because you say it doesn't make it so.

                  2. I'm glad to hear that lots of people like turkey bacon. I tried some for the first time at a Costco tasting station a week ago, unfortunately the woman had burned it pretty thoroughly and it didn't have a whole lot of flavor that wasn't Burn flavor. Now I may try it.

                    1. I prefer Butterball turkey bacon. I forget how salty and greasy real bacon is, when I have it now. We've been eating turkey bacon for 11 years, since shortly after Mr. Sueatmo's multiple bypass. It adds a nice touch to our breakfast. There was an argument on this forum in the past about the fat content of turkey bacon. It is definitely leaner than regular bacon. For a decent sausage sub, you can try Morningstar faux sausage patties. I find that these are nice occasionally, if quite expensive.

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                      1. re: sueatmo

                        My gripe with Morningstar faux anything is the sodium content. It's through the roof. Not to mention all the other unpronouncable stuff they add to make it taste like meat. You're better off trying Jimmy Dean turkey sausage patties. It's not exactly low-sodium, but definitely better for you than the Morningstar fake stuff.

                        1. re: Breezychow

                          If JD turkey sausage works for you, the that's what I think you should eat. We tried several faux products. The Morningstar product was our fave. I remember eating turkey breakfast sausage and NOT liking it. Bacon and sausage are typically salty.

                          1. re: sueatmo

                            I could eat that whole package of Morningstar sausage links..for me, their heaven in a link form..

                            1. re: Beach Chick

                              I never tried the links. I'll have a look at the store. Thx.

                        2. re: sueatmo

                          I will compare Butterball tb to regular bacon. IME, tb has more sodium than regular bacon. As I'm only eating one piece, I prefer the rb. I don't get enough of a "fix" with tb, and I get too much sodium for my intake.

                          1. re: CookieLee

                            Butterball Everyday TB = 160mg/ 2 slices (14g product)

                            Oscar Meyer Center cut Bacon Original = 180mg/ 2 slices (10g product)

                            It just depends on which RB you are comparing to. If you are eating reduced sodium bacon, then perhaps TB is higher in sodium. Butterball comes in at 80 mg per slice. I happened to have bought real bacon for a treat for visitors we are expecting, so I have the OM bacon in the house to compare it to. When I chose this product, I was trying to choose trimmed bacon, but it is still really fatty.

                            1. re: sueatmo

                              We eat Nature's Rancher Uncured Hickory Smoked Bacon. 140mg / 2 slices (15g product)

                        3. OMG...made a kick ass BLT with my new best friend, OM Turkey Bacon..vine ripe tomt's, gobbs of mayo on whole wheat bread, lightly toasted and spring mix..ran out of romaine..
                          It was so frigging good..tasted almost like couchon...heaven!

                          1. I love turkey bacon and it's always on sale so very nice price.
                            BUT, the family hates it and gets annoyed when I make it as they're expecting the pig kind :(

                            1. Beach Chick, I've also found turkey bacon good for doing my bacon wrapped chicken breasts. I used to partially cook pork bacon before wrapping it around the chicken, but it still was flabby after cooking in sauce for a couple hours.
                              Turkey bacon is just another piece of poultry and never feels flabby, so I've used it for that dish for years, even before I stopped eating regular bacon for other meals.

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                              1. re: jmcarthur8

                                Got chicken breast ready to pound out, panko those bad boys, rolled in spinach, feta and then rolled up with OM turkey bacon...garlic mash pot's and roasted cauliflower...
                                Thanks jm!

                                1. re: Beach Chick

                                  I am definitely going to make that dinner. It sounds delicious!

                                  1. re: Beach Chick

                                    I have very thinly pounded veal and I'm going to take inspiration from this!

                                    1. re: monavano

                                      report back monavano..
                                      Turkey bacon is my new best friend..hee hee

                                    2. re: Beach Chick

                                      sounds delish.

                                      you roll it in chopped spinach and feta, then roll the turkey bacon around it?

                                  2. Thanks for this post - I now know to look for Oscar Meyer turkey bacon!

                                    My go to sub is turkey pastrami - because you can fry it up, and it gets crisp and peppery and caramel-y. Stunning. Tastes like salami and eggs when you cook it in eggs. Also really great in split pea soup.

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                                      1. re: happybaker

                                        I love turkey pastrami. I used reduced fat turkey pastrami to make Reubens for a long time, because I couldn't get reduced fat corned beef. It makes very good sandwiches.

                                        I am a long time user of TB. Butterball is my brand of choice. Jennie O is my least favorite.

                                        1. re: sueatmo

                                          I've never had a Reuben since I don't eat Corned Beef but the Turkey Pastrami is a great idea for me to enjoy since it has all things I love...it's served with a 1,000 dressing?
                                          Thanks!

                                          1. re: Beach Chick

                                            Traditionally Russian but Thousand Island works just fine. I usually add a bit of Mustard and Horseradish to the dressing for a little extra kick.

                                            1. re: acgold7

                                              Liking the way you roll ac with that horsey and mustard..

                                            2. re: Beach Chick

                                              My Reubens aren't traditional, because I detest Thousand Island dressing. I use mustard on one side and horseradish spread on the other. But, TID is indeed the traditional spread for Reubens. There is a good basic recipe in my old Joy of Cooking. I wrap the 'wiches in foil, and bake. There is a sort of argument about what sort of cheese to use, but it should be in the Swiss family. And I like Pepp. Farm rye or pumpernickel. I add a few caraway seeds to the saurkraut. I am sure you can find a million variations.

                                              Serve with warm cinnamon applesauce, dill pickle spears and good quality potato chips. Or sub out a good slaw for the applesauce.

                                              I've been dreaming about Reubens for a week or two now that the weather is cooler.

                                              1. re: sueatmo

                                                Stop this! You are making me hungry! (I do have some turkey pastrami split pea soup ready and waiting, but your Reuben sounds so good!)

                                                1. re: happybaker

                                                  Your dinner sounds fine to me. I love split pea soup, but Mr. Sueatmo does not, so I never make it.

                                                  There is a German restaurant in San Antonio where I had very nice split pea soup. I believe it had a wurst in it. Very good.

                                                2. re: sueatmo

                                                  Aside from the Russian vs TI issue, I would think your reubens are not traditional because you're using a) pastrami instead of corned beef and b) turkey pastrami at that. It still sounds tasty, but it's no longer a reuben IMHO.

                                                  1. re: Dax

                                                    Probably true. But what I would call it? And I have located reduced fat corned beef, so the last few Reubens I have made, have been made with corned beef. I think I prefer the turkey pastrami though.

                                                    1. re: sueatmo

                                                      It's almost a Rachel with pastrami but since you're using turkey pastrami, call it a sueatmo special!

                                                      1. re: Dax

                                                        Oh, a Rachel! I didn't know that a pastrami with saurkraut was a Rachel. Why would it matter if it was made with turkey pastrami. And by the way, turkey pastrami can be very very good.

                                                        1. re: sueatmo

                                                          No, a Reuben but made with Turkey instead of Corned Beef is a Rachel. At most real delis a Reuben can be made with either Corned Beef or Pastrami and they don't complain. The Original Reuben was made with Corned Beef but it has evolved so today it's either. Also, while the Original -- and the way I prefer it -- is Grilled on both sides, many places in NYC and elsewhere serve it open faced as a huge mountain of meat, kraut and melted cheese on top. Your wrapped-and-baked version is yet another way to go.

                                                          1. re: acgold7

                                                            I wrap mine in foil and bake them, per instructions in the older Joy of Cooking I own. It is way easier to do when you are feeding a family, than grilling them. I've encountered open faced Reubens. Honestly, I like mine very well. I can't eat them often, but sometime this fall I will make us one.

                                          2. OK - does everyone like turkey bacon? I have never tried it, and I really like real bacon, but will I like it? I was surprised to see that no one said they hated it. Is it really that good? I am asking because I am trying to change some of my eating habits, and I miss bacon. Is it good like, you will hardly miss real bacon, or is it good like, if you can't eat bacon any more, this will do?

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                                            1. re: jeanmarieok

                                              Try different brands, and see for yourself. Read the fat and sodium contents and compare with your preferred brand of bacon. Actually I like it fine. It is however imitation bacon. But, you can decrease your fat and sodium intake by using TB, especially if you eat bacon regularly. It is certainly easier to cook.

                                              1. re: jeanmarieok

                                                jeanmarie, I guess the crux of it is that if you think of it as pretend pork bacon, it's going to taste and feel like fake bacon. If you can see it as a separate food item, and try it on its own merits, you may not find yourself disappointed.
                                                We all know that we love bacon - real bacon. But for many of us, it's not a good healthy option anymore. So rather than have none, we are happy to have an alternative. And, like any other healthy choices, we want the best tasting option we can find.
                                                Since you've already given up bacon, you're halfway there. And yes, this will do. But it will do just fine for me.

                                                1. re: jmcarthur8

                                                  OK. I bought some Oscar Meyer brand, and I'm going to try it. Thanks for all the information.

                                                  1. re: jeanmarieok

                                                    To me it's not bad at all in a nice BLT or other sandwich. But on its own, you will definitely notice a BIG difference between turkey bacon and real bacon....more like a "this will do" experience.

                                                    1. re: Bliss149

                                                      I liked it on a sandwich - actually it was fine in a turkey club, less fine, but I am shocked to admit, passable in a BLT. I didn't care for it by itself. It does replace the salty, crunchy texture parts of bacon pretty well.

                                                  2. I like turkey bacon if it's super crispy but all the ones I have tried taste somewhere between cardboard (some brands taste like wet cardboard, some dry) and something about a 3 on a real bacon taste. And dear god, no maple syrup taste to bacon!

                                                    1. Let's see--since everyone's raving about it, Oscar Mayer turkey bacon ingredients:

                                                      Turkey, Water, Salt, Sugar, Contains Less than 2% of Sodium Lactate, Canola Oil, Sodium Diacetate, Sodium Phosphates, Smoke Flavor, Sodium Ascorbate, Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Sodium Nitrite, Dextrose, Soy Lecithin.

                                                      I don't eat bacon that much, but when I do I eat Applegate Farms Sunday Bacon. That ingredient list:

                                                      Organic Pork, Water, Sea Salt, Contains Less Than 2% Of The Following: Organic Evaporated Cane Syrup, Celery Powder.

                                                      So chemicals > a couple ounces of red meat if you have two slices. Okay ...

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                                                      1. re: MandalayVA

                                                        Ha...bet your the life of the party..
                                                        ; )

                                                        1. re: Beach Chick

                                                          +1.
                                                          ps... nice cherry-picking a brand of bacon that has 5 ingredients and no nitrates to make your point. That's like shootin' fish in a barrel.

                                                          1. re: monavano

                                                            Okay, I'll play--here's the ingredients for regular OM bacon:

                                                            Cured with Water, Salt, Sugar, Sodium Phosphates, Sodium Ascorbate, Sodium Nitrite

                                                            Still much fewer ingredients than the turkey bacon because a bunch of chemicals don't have to be pumped into it to make it taste like bacon. I mainly use bacon as a flavoring in a dish, not as a huge protein source. Try using turkey bacon as a seasoning. I have. It's gross.

                                                        2. re: MandalayVA

                                                          I completely agree. There is absolutely no comparison between the tastes and textures of real bacon and turkey bacon. If one elects to elevate a dietary principle over flavor and enjoyment, fine, but don't pretend that any of the "substitute" products are anything more than replacements that help in rationalizing the choices.

                                                          Given the artificial means employed to make these phony versions, I'm not sure that the additional fat contained in the real products poses a greater health risk. In fact, it seems that the failure of reducing fat in the American diet to lead to any significant reductions in heart disease or obesity rates suggests otherwise. I'll stick with avoiding unnecessary chemicals, reasonable amounts of saturated fats, and an active life.

                                                          1. re: MGZ

                                                            And yet here you are, in the Turkey Bacon thread to what? feel better about yourself? Get an 8 ball of superiority? Look down on others' choices? Validation?
                                                            You certainly can't be here to contribute to the conversation with all that bombastic blather. I mean, read the OP's damn post and then think about it... OP does not eat red meat and enjoys turkey bacon.
                                                            Do you still think you're comments are helpful or collaborative in any way?
                                                            I don't.

                                                            1. re: monavano

                                                              Clever.

                                                              The OP asserted, "turkey bacon taste just like bacon." I disagreed. Pretty much the nature of discussion, particulary those that often rely upon the dialectic to make them interesting.

                                                              Moreover, another posted the question, "Is it good like, you will hardly miss real bacon, or is it good like, if you can't eat bacon any more, this will do?" I answered. Again, a fundamental part of discussion.

                                                          2. re: MandalayVA

                                                            Mandalay,
                                                            Since you mentioned Applegate Farms Sunday Bacon, I took a look at their website and found that they have an organic turkey bacon. Thanks! I can't wait to try it. Apparently WF carries it.

                                                            I compared nutrition info on the regular and turkey bacon, both organic. Their website calls a serving of pork bacon 14 grams and a serving of turkey bacon 28 grams, so I doubled the pork specs. If I am reading the servings sizes wrong, please correct me!

                                                            Fat.....pork 10gm....turkey 1.5gm
                                                            Saturated fat....pork 4gm.....turkey 0gm
                                                            Cholesterol.....pork 20mg...turkey 25mg
                                                            Sodium...........pork 580mg...turkey 200mg
                                                            Fiber..........pork 0gm......turkey 0gm
                                                            Protein......pork 8gm....turkey 6gm

                                                            Yes, you're right, OM carries a long list of ...stuff. But if we are comparing regular anything to organic, the organic will always look healthier. That really wasn't the point of this thread, though. If it's health I'm looking for, bacon is not the first thing I think of.

                                                            1. re: jmcarthur8

                                                              I'll have a look when I visit WF. However I don't really need more products to buy there!

                                                          3. While I do _like_ turkey bacon once in a while just to 'change things up', I would definitely agree that it really is nothing at all like proper (pork) bacon in taste OR texture...Kind of in the same category as "turkey pastrami"...it is actually nothing even remotely like actual pastrami, but is a unique product all it's own.

                                                            Again, I _like_ some of the turkey products (turkey ham is actually a particular favorite) but not as a healthy alternative since I doubt very much that these products are any healthier than the products they attempt to imitate. In some cases, it wouldn't surprise me if the actual pork products were even healthier.

                                                            But like all things, in moderation some of the turkey fakes are not so bad tasting and do offer a change of pace. However, I can't really say I like _any_ of the turkey "link" sausage products, however (breakfast, Italian, Kielbasa, etc.)...they just taste _too_ fake, far too salty, and too loaded with chemical flavor enhancers.
                                                            And turkey hot dogs are probably the ultimate abomination.

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                                                            1. re: The Professor

                                                              If turkey hot dogs were an "abomination", I wouldn't eat them. But I do because I like them.
                                                              The majority of these turkey products are made from pressure cooked turkey carcasses centrifuged to get the tiny bits of meat off and then formed and flavored into "bacon," "hot dogs," "pastrami," or whatever. How can you say one is better than the other.

                                                            2. People who eat turkey bacon are doing so because the want a bacon sub, with less fat. I fried bacon 3 times this week, and its a pain, compared with turkey bacon. You can easily tell the difference, but oddly enough, we like the turkey bacon just fine. How many of you TB haters eat real maple syrup, instead of Aunt Jemima? Or use a mix for hot chocolate instead of cocoa, sugar and milk on the stove? Or make turkey chili instead of hamburger chili? Or use ready made salad dressings, instead of your own vinaigrette or blue cheese dressing?

                                                              And besides, no one ever said that bacon was some sacred thing. It's just bacon.

                                                              1. Let the OP believe that it tastes just like bacon. Let's not take away her enjoyment of it and BLTs.

                                                                I don't think that it tastes just like pork bacon, but it is still good in it's on right. I like having a little bit of meat with my breakfast, so if I could I'd have pork bacon every day. Unfortunately my bf is trying to lose weight and only eats bacon on weekends. Lucky for me he hates turkey bacon. So thank you Beach Chick for reminding me that turkey bacon isn't all that bad.

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                                                                1. re: viperlush

                                                                  Thanks viperlush..
                                                                  Haven't had a BLT in over 35 years, so it was pure joy to find that turkey bacon tasted to me like I remember bacon to taste like.
                                                                  I've only tried the OM and it works for me and brings back the beloved BLT back into my life!

                                                                  Thanks to all and long live bacon and turkey bacon too!