Turkey-tacular Salisbury Steak

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Yummy! Salisbury steaks, with onion and mushroom gravy–and just in time for autumn!

Now you can get stuffed as you gobble down what will soon be your favorite main dish. (Too much?)
My new favorite meat is ground turkey. It’s so versatile and so savory and delicious. It’s moist, too.

And for you out there trying to save a few calories, it’s slightly less caloric than ground beef.

Tip: Skip the cream cheese to save calories. I use it since it has gums, which help thicken the sauce. You could also add heavy cream instead.

To make these fun oval shapes, I use an oval-shaped ramekin. I spray the ramekin, press in the meat and then tap the ramekin against my hand, face-down to release. I then place the patties on a square of waxed paper or parchment until ready to cook.

I also use a hamburger press/weight to help brown the patties while they cook. I think they’re even prettier when the edges are colorful. You could use a clean brick wrapped in foil s a weight, too! Of course, weighing down isn’t as important; it’s just a nice touch..

Tip: Prefer beef? Simply swap out turkey for ground beef and chicken broth for organic beef broth.

This recipe is literally so wonderful, my husband ate five of the patties in 24 hours. I got one, thankfully! I know I am going to have to make this dish again.

As we move towards Thanksgiving, these Salisbury steaks are also a fun way to make a turkey dinner without the carving and the fuss. At only 260 calories and 2.7 net carbsper generous serving, you can also pack these for lunches, freeze them and make plenty ahead for later. Have a crock pot? Make these patties ahead and simmer in the gravy on low heat until saucy and delicious.

Tip: You can skip microwaving the cream cheese with the broth, but it gets the gravy to temperature faster.

Love this recipe? Please let me know. I love hearing from you.

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Turkey-tacular Salisbury Steaks

1 pound ground turkey
1 egg
1/3 cup flax seed meal
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp salt
2 Tbsp oil
1.5 cups onion, minced
1 cup organic chicken broth
1 cup mushrooms, sliced
2 Tbsp cream cheese

Heat a large frying pan with oil pan over medium heat.

In a mixing bowl, combine ground turkey, egg, flax seed meal, pepper and salt. Form into 6 oval patties (I used a greased oval ramekin). Cook for 5 minutes per side, or until browned. Remove to a plate and cover to keep warm. In a glass measuring cup, combine broth with cream cheese. Microwave for 2 minutes. Stir to combine. Add to mushrooms and onion in the pan. Let boil and then reduce heat to a simmer for 5-15 minutes or until thickened.* Serve over steaks.

*Do the kids hate mushrooms and onions? Pour the gravy into a blender to remove any physical traces of the veggies, and you can still enjoy the flavor and the thickness.

Makes 6 patties with gravy.

Nutritional Information per patty with sauce. Calories: 260, Carbohydrates: 9.9 g, Fiber: 7.2 g, Net Carbohydrates: 2.7 g, Protein: 12.2 g, Fat: 20.2 gsalisbury steaks2

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  1. Would left-overs be freezable?


  2. So happy to see a new recipe! Looks yummy and will be on my table shortly! You are the
    bomb (is that pc?) when it comes to making low carb delicious.

    I look forward to your emails when you are sharing your cooking talent with us.I’ve lost 50 lbs and my husband lost 36 lbs on low carb. You help make it easier to maintain (since May 2013)

    • Your Lighter Side says

      Congrats on the amazing weight loss!! I’m so happy you like the site 🙂

      • david sperr says

        I haven’t had Salisbury steak since I had it in a frozen TV dinner many years ago-never gave them another thought- but so simple and will be fantastic I’m sure- definitely will be making this- gonna bring back some fond memories with comfort food- thanks

  3. What is the purpose of the Flax seed meal? I don’t care for the taste of it when I use it in meatloaf. If it’s necessary to the recipe, is there something else I could substitute for it?

    • Your Lighter Side says

      You can replace it, I just like it.

      • david sperr says

        I use very little fax meal with mostly all Parmesan cheese-good quality-and season with your favorites- I use very little flax, Parmesan cheese, onion powder, garlic powder and dried parsley as my breading mix but very little flax if that helps- my family all likes it fine- I also don’t love flax meal but ironically I do like the whole seeds toasted in a cereal I make from scratch- go figure

    • Rosemary, you could replace it with chia seeds (instead of 1/3 cup flax use 1/4 cup ground chia seeds). These help hold the meatloaf together and keep in the moisture (Just like the flax). I don’t like flax either and this substitute has been very successful in other recipes as well.

  4. I believe you David Sperr,
    4 times. But you do like the seeds.
    I’ll use your breading mix. Thanks.

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