It’s important to know how to tell when the ground turkey is bad before you buy it. The first sign of spoiled meat is the color of the meat. The good stuff should be light pink, while the bad stuff should be dark. Discolored ground turkey is best to discard, and don’t use it as is. The second sign is whether or not it feels moist to the touch. Fresh ground chicken or turkey has a moist, crumbly feel, but slimy or sticky is probably spoiled.
The next sign that ground turkey is terrible is its smell.