Healthy Turkey Salisbury Steak Recipe

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Salisbury Steak got a healthy upgrade with this Turkey Salisbury Steak with mushroom gravy. Less fat and calories than the beef version but just as good! So delicious served with Buttery Mashed Potatoes and Roasted Green Beans. If you’re wanting to stay true to the original beef recipe, try my Salisbury Steak Recipe. Either way, get ready for some classic comfort food!

Salisbury steak and mashed potatoes

You’ll Love This Healthier Version!

I made Turkey Salisbury Steak. Sacrilege, I know. But, you most likely won’t even notice because I made these the very same way I would do a regular beef Salisbury steak. Just as delicious with less fat and calories than the beef version. Who knows, you might even like this better than the original!

What is Salisbury Steak?

Salisbury Steak is one of those classic American TV dinners made from ground beef, onion and bread crumbs, formed into patties and cooked in a brown gravy. Mushrooms are traditionally added in as well. I decided to try and make this classic meal into a healthier version without compromising the flavor that we all know and love. Enter ground turkey! This version is every bit as good as the original, but with less fat and calories, the entire family will love.

turkey salisbury steak patty up close

Main Ingredients Needed

You’re going to need a lot of the same ingredients needed for a traditional Salisbury Steak Recipe minus the beef! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • ground turkey breast– the main ingredient here.
  • egg– binds all the ingredients together.
  • bread crumbs– you can use plain, Italian or panko breadcrumbs.
  • ketchup– adds flavor and color. Tomato paste is a good substitute.
  • garlic salt– for flavor seasoning.
  • ground mustard– an aromatic spice to add a little tangy profile.
  • salt & black pepper– seasoning while you go is essential for flavor, so don’t skip out on these two.
  • olive oil– to cook the onions and steaks.
  • onion– adds some subtle onion flavor. Don’t worry if you don’t like onions; you’ll barely notice them.
  • sliced mushrooms– the earthy flavor really lends itself to the gravy mix and is the perfect addition to Salisbury steak. If mushrooms aren’t your thing, omit them.
  • butter– to add flavor and to sauté the mushrooms.
  • all-purpose flour-thickens the gravy. Corn starch is a good substitute.
  • beef broth– contains beef flavor making the gravy really full of flavor. Can also use beef stock as a substitute.
  • Worcestershire sauce– adds savory flavor and moisture.
turkey salisbury steak ingredients

How to Make Turkey Salisbury Steak

Making these turkey salisbury steaks is so easy with mouthwatering results. For full recipe details, including ingredients and measurements, see the printable recipe card down below. Here’s step by step directions for how to make it:

Mix Ingredients together + Form into Patties

In a large bowl, combine ground turkey, egg, breadcrumbs, half the diced onion, ketchup and spices together until combined. Form 6-7 patties.

Pro Tip: If you want to make these into salisbury steak meatballs instead you totally can!

Brown the Turkey Patties

In a deep large skillet on medium-high heat, brown both sides of the patties in 1 tablespoons olive oil. Remove from pan and set aside. Patties will not be cooked completely at this point and that’s totally ok!

Sauté Mushrooms and Onions

Pour in remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil into skillet. Sauté the mushrooms and last of the onions until browned and tender, about 3-4 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside.

How to Make Mushroom Gravy

The last thing to do is make the Mushroom and onion gravy. Here’s how to make it, and for full details see the printable recipe card below!

Make a Roux

Melt a tablespoon of butter into pan over medium heat. Sprinkle in flour and whisk to form a paste. It might seem to form crumbs because it’s a little dry; that’s ok!

Whisk in Beef Broth

Slowly whisk in beef broth to avoid lumps. Bring gravy to boil to thicken, then reduce heat to simmer. Pour in Worcestershire sauce.

Slide in the browned partially cooked meat patties and spoon sauce over to coat. Add in cooked mushrooms and onions overtop and cover. Simmer 10 minutes or until gravy thickens even more and turkey steaks and cooked thoroughly. Serve hot along with plenty of gravy.

Pro Tip: Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the turkey steaks. You’ll want a temperature reading of 165° F. Cooking time will vary slightly depending on how thick your meat patties are.

Side Dishes to Serve With Salisbury Steak

My family loved this delicious meal! I served this over riced cauliflower, but traditional mashed potatoes would probably be even better. Here are a couple of other tasty ideas:

  • Mashed Sweet Potatoes – this goes along with the comforting aspect of the dish and is perfect to eat with leftover gravy.
  • Famous Butter Rice or Brown Rice- another healthier option.
  • Roasted Asparagus – this is a healthier option that can be baked in the oven while the turkey Salisbury steaks are cooking away. Top with a little parmesan, salt, and pepper.
  • Potato Rolls or Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls – consider some carbs to eat alongside this easy dinner. Spread soft butter over warm rolls and scoop up some of the gravy while you’re at it.

Storing Leftovers

Any leftovers can be stored in the fridge, in an airtight container, for up to 3 days. The gravy keeps everything moist so this Turkey Salisbury Steak recipe is perfect for meal prepping or if you wanted to make this ahead.

FAQ About Turkey Salisbury Steak

Can I freeze Salisbury Steak?

Yes! To freeze, allow steak to cool and transfer to a airtight freezer safe container. It will stay fresh for up to 3 months! To reheat, transfer to an oven-safe dish and cover with aluminum foil. Reheat at 325° F for about 30 minutes.

How thick should I be making the patties?

Your steaks’ thickness determines how long cooking them takes. Aim for no more than 1 inch thick.

Why does Salisbury Steak fall apart?

The two main reasons Salisbury Steaks don’t hold their shape are: 
They aren’t formed well and/or, 
They’ve been overcooked.
If the patties aren’t staying together or firm enough, consider adding another egg. Freezing them for 10 minutes before pan-searing will also help them hold their shape. 
The eggs in the Salisbury Steaks help hold them together and keep their shapes. The egg white protein holds all the ingredients together, but overcooking breaks down that protein. So, once they’re done, just keep them warm until serving.

salisbury steak with mushrooms and gravy in a skillet

More Turkey Recipes to Try!

If you loved Turkey Salisbury Steak you’ll love my other turkey recipes too!

Like I mentioned above, we loved this easy salisbury stake recipe! Here’s the printable recipe card. Give this a whirl this week! Have a lovely day, friends!

If you make this recipe, I would really appreciate it if you would give it a star rating and leave your review in the comments! If you have a picture of your finished dish, post it on Instagram using the hashtag #laurenslatest and tagging me @laurens_latest.

turkey salisbury steak with mushrooms and gravy in a skillet
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4.81 from 67 votes

Turkey Salisbury Steak

Salisbury Steak got a healthy upgrade with this Turkey Salisbury Steak Recipe. Less fat and calories than the beef version but just as good!
servings 4 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 1 1/2 lbs ground turkey
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp ground mustard
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp olive oil divided
  • 1/2 cup diced onion divided
  • 8 oz sliced mushrooms
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp all purpose flour heaping tablespoon
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • dash Worcestershire


  • In a large bowl, stir turkey, egg, breadcrumbs, half the diced onion, ketchup and spices together until combined. Form 6-7 patties and brown both sides in 1 tablespoons olive oil in large, deep skillet. Remove from pan and set aside. Patties will not be cooked completely and that's totally ok!
    turkey patties cooking on a skillet
  • Pour in remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil into skillet. Saute last of the onions and mushrooms until browned and tender, about 5 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside.
    mushroom slices and onions sautéing in a pan
  • Melt tablespoon of butter into pan. Sprinkle in flour and whisk to form a paste. It might seem to form crumbs because it's a little dry; that's ok! Slowly whisk in beef broth to avoid lumps. Bring to boil to thicken, then reduce heat to simmer. Pour in Worcestershire sauce. Slide in browned turkey steaks and spoon sauce over to coat. Add in cooked mushrooms and onions overtop and cover. Simmer 10 minutes or until gravy thickens even more and turkey steaks and cooked thoroughly.
    turkey patties in the gravy
  • Serve over mashed potatoes, if desired.
    salisbury steak and mashed potatoes on a plate with mushroom gravy poured over the top



Calories: 388kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 141mg | Sodium: 1291mg | Potassium: 829mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 210IU | Vitamin C: 2.6mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 2.8mg
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Turkey Salisbury Steak

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68 Responses
  1. Katie

    5 stars
    This is my first turkey recipe I’ve ever tried, and let me say it’s absolutely delicious, and super easy to make. My 3yr old loves it. Thank You for sharing such a delicious recipe. I made mashed potatoes and green beans for the sides. So comforting.

  2. Meghan Shaffer

    5 stars
    Delicious! Everyone in my family loved this, even my youngest who only likes boxed mac n cheese. This will be added to the regular rotation in our house. Thanks!!


    5 stars
    It’s 2019. This is the best recipe for turkey Salisbury that I’ve ever… So moist and dreamy!!!! I only subbed the beef broth for veggie broth, and regular mushrooms for enoki! The kiddos couldn’t tell there were mushrooms! 🙃 🙌🏽

  4. Diane

    5 stars
    My husband and I love this recipe and using ground turkey is such a great option for salisbury steak. I keep going back to this dish for a favorite weeknight meal. I use low sodium beef broth to cut down on the salt content. Excellent recipe!

  5. Kari

    5 stars
    I cannot wait to give these a try😊 I just had Gastric Sleeve surgery 2 months ago. Beef and pork are not allowed since they are harder to digest. I’m constantly looking for recipes that I can make that I’m allowed to eat and my family will still love so thank you😊

  6. Amy

    5 stars
    I made this lastnight with my grandson, OH MY YUMMYNESS!!!
    I can not tell you how good they were. Lipsmacking, plate cleaner than when we started delicious!

    1. Lauren

      Yes, but the flavor won’t be quite as similar to Salisbury Steak. If you’re ok with that, then go for it! It’ll substitute 1:1 nicely.

  7. Beth Ann

    5 stars
    This is the first recipe I ever found from this blog, and it sparked my love for what you have to offer. I’ve been a subscriber ever since and enjoyed this meal several times, as well as some of your newer recipes. This one, however, is my very favorite. 🙂

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  9. Courtney

    5 stars
    I made this for my Fiancé and I a couple of months ago and it is delicious! I am making it again this week. Definitely one for my recipe box. Thank you!

  10. Allison

    5 stars
    This is my 2nd time making this recipe! It was a huge hit in my house!! Loved that it had so much flavor but was still relatively healthy!! Definitely a keeper!

  11. Sandra Butler

    5 stars
    We love this Turkey Salisbury Steak recipe. My husband’s had heart surgery and after looking for healthier recipes I found this and have been making it ever since. Thanks for giving us alternatives to red meat. 🙂

  12. Trish

    5 stars
    Just made this tonight. It was delicious! Substituted a few ingredients, only because I did not have them–Panko (chinese breadcrumbs), Dijon mustard (1 tablespoon), garlic powder and a pinch more of salt, and canned mushrooms. Will make again. Thank you!

  13. Dori

    These were great! I featured your recipe this morning in my “Saturday Morning Coffee Cafe” post!

  14. Marsha

    5 stars
    Tried your recipe and it’s great. Didn’t have beef broth so I used milk and water instead. The mushroom/onion mixture gave it color and it was creamy and delicious. This is exactly the recipe I was looking for. Thank you!

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  16. Jenny

    5 stars
    I made this last night and it was so delicious. I left out the mushrooms since my husband and I don’t care for them and I also didn’t have any garlic salt, so I substituted Montreal Chicken seasoning. Delicious!!

  17. Annie B

    5 stars
    I made these last night and they were a HUGE hit. I realized at the last moment I had no flour (eek) so I thickened the gravy with cornstarch and it was still great. Served over riced cauliflower steam-sautéed with a bit of beef broth and some garlic. Thank you!!! This will be a regular at our house.

  18. Fran

    5 stars
    I made this in meatball form. I didn’t have beef broth or boullion; I used au jus sauce mix for my broth and it was soooo good. Plus I added more ketchup to meat mix and 1t or Worcestershire sauce. We had this over mashed potatoes.

  19. Tina Marie

    5 stars
    I made these tonight for dinner. I followed the recipe exactly like it was and I have to say this is one of the best turkey recipes that I’ve made. It was so good and most importantly very easy to make. I’m so glad I came upon this recipe. Thank you.

  20. Amy

    5 stars
    I had ground turkey that I needed to use… today! I had no idea what to make with it until this popped up! It was quick, easy and amazingly delicious!! My 22 month old “helped” me prepare it and she actually ate it. I served it over brown rice and steamed brocoli. This is a very close second to your slow cooker Tri tip recipe!! Yum!!

  21. Cassie

    5 stars
    I made this for dinner tonight. SO. GOOD. I used some left over home made beef jus in place of some of the broth, but still. So amazing.
    I don’t normally comment on blog posts unless it’s drool worthy, and this is. I literally licked my plate. I never lick my plate.

  22. Cindy T

    My husband is allergic to beef and pork. So I am always looking for new recipes for chicken and turkey 🙂 I would have to take out the beef stock but, the other things will work!

  23. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

    My hubby bought a TON of ground Turkey at Costco like 6 months ago, because he wanted to make his own burgers.
    It’s still sitting unopened in the freezer. So, this is happening! Pinned