Salisbury Turkey Steak

Salisbury steak isn't just one of those pre-packaged frozen dinner choices anymore.  That's what I used to think of--the thought of Salisbury steak was synonymous with mediocre frozen food .  I haven't eaten it in years, but decided to try out a homemade version after thinking making some new meals with mushrooms.

Now this is my first post with pics taken with my DSLR camera rather than just my phone.  What a difference!  It took just a few extra steps for a major quality boost.  I think I'm hooked.

I followed a Salisbury Steak recipe and adjusted it a bit by using turkey and tossing in some chili powder.  The process reminded me of Chicken with Jalapeño Onion Gravy, cooking the patties in the pan then letting them simmer in the gravy.

I started by combining a pound of ground turkey with onion powder, salt, pepper, paprika, garlic, and chili powder in a mixing bowl.

Next, I formed the meat into 4 evenly sized patties and set them in a pre-heated skillet with some olive oil.

I cooked the patties for about 8 minutes on each side over medium-high heat until they were browned, then removed them from the skillet.

I tossed in the onion and let them cook for about 4 minutes, until they started to become translucent and spft.  I added the mushrooms and let the mixture cook for about 5 more minutes, then added the minced garlic, paprika, and mustard powder.

I dissolved some beef bouillon cubes in water separately to create the broth, then combined it with the flour to create the gravy mix.  I used a fork to mix it together to remove any clumps.  Next, I returned the patties to the pan then poured the broth over everything and let it simmer for 5 more minutes.

The gravy was still very watery at this point, so I took a note from the Chicken with Jalapeño Onion Gravy recipe and mixed some cornstarch and water and poured it in.  It worked like a charm and thickened the gravy quite a bit.

I made some fresh Rosemary Mashed Potatoes to go with it and voila, a fresh Salisbury Steak dinner was served!

Well this turned out to be quite the fantastic dinner.  My husband came home and powered through 2 patties immediately then said this was one of his favorite things I've made recently!  Now that's what I want to hear every time I cook!  I have to admit I was pretty pleased myself and will never think of Salisbury Steak as a bland dinner again. In the end the gravy was still not as thick as I would have liked, so next time I will just skip out on the flour and add more cornstarch dissolved in water because that seems to be a very reliable method.  I also think adding a smidgen of brown sugar to the gravy would be a nice sweet touch and maybe even tossing in some jalapeños could make something really special.  Two thumbs up on this one.

Salisbury Turkey Steak Recipe


1 pound ground turkey
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion
1 can mushrooms (4 ounces)
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon mustard powder
2 cups beef broth (or beef bouillon dissolved in warm water)
2 tablespoons flour
3 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon cornstarch


In a medium bowl combine the ground turkey with spices and mix. Form into 4 evenly sized patties. Heat a cast iron skillet with 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium high heat, then add patties and cook for 8 minutes. Flip and cook another 8 minutes, until both sides are browned and patties are cooked throughout. Remove the patties and set aside; drain remaining fat from pan. Saute the onions for 3-4 minutes until they begin to become translucent, then add the drained mushrooms and cook for about 5 minutes. Add minced garlic, paprika and mustard then stir and return patties to pan. Place the flour in a bowl and whisk or use a fork to stir while adding in the beef broth (or bouillon dissolved in water). Pour the broth mix into the pan, cover and simmer for 5 minutes or until the sauce, or gravy, thickens. To thicken further, combine cornstarch and water and stir in.

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