Nikki’s Quickie Salisbury Steak & “Rice”

Ok so can I just say Salisbury steak is REALLY hard to photograph??? It all looks like gravy and mush!

This is the story of how these simple turkey burgers became heroes.

You see…it was late evening on a weekday. My evening ran late. The kids were hungry (and whiny) and frankly I was already feeling like a bad mom so I really didn’t want to add fast food guilt to the mix. So I came home and whipped up a dinner so good it even surprised me.

It didn’t occur to me until after I’d made it that this might be a good recipe for my Foodies who don’t like big batch recipes. I hear that from you guys all the time and I’ve been working on it…honestly I have! It’s hard because with two kids and a small food budget I sort of have to cook in big batches (and freeze things) in order to make ends meet. But this one was easy, yummy and a reasonable size. Winning!

Now I need you to follow me on this one. It goes a few places you wouldn’t expect but the result is yummy!

Nikki’s Quickie Salisbury Steak and “Rice”
(Makes 2 servings…or more depending on your pouch space)


  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • 1 large onion, sliced into rings 
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 turkey burgers (as you can see, I used Jennie-O)
  • 1.5 – 2 c. beef broth (yes beef…and how much you use depends on how much gravy you want to end up with)
  • 1/4 c. Atkins Baking Mix (or if you don’t have any, whole wheat flour works too)
  • 1/4 c. cold water
  • 1 c. frozen cauliflower florets + 2 c. water for boiling (or, if you have it lying around, a cup of cauliflower rice)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
Spray down a pan and heat it over medium heat until hot. Add onions and sautee until they are slightly browned. Add garlic and sautee about 2 minutes more.
Add the burgers to the pan and then cover the meat/onions with beef broth. Cover and allow the burgers to cook in the broth over medium-low heat.
Meanwhile, set a small pot of water over medium heat to boil your cauliflower florets. Once the water is boiling, add florets and allow to thoroughly cook. 
When the burgers are done, remove them from the gravy. In a cup, mix together baking mix/water (and please…make sure the water is COLD! If not the gravy will clump).
 Allow the broth in the pan to come to a boil (increase heat if necessary) then add the baking mix/water mixture with one hand while whisking with the other. Continue to whisk until the mixture is incorporated. You’ll know it is incorporated when two things happen. #1 – the mixture will lighten in color and #2 – it will immediately thicken.
(I should give a warning here. The Atkins Mix has an interesting “smell” to it. It’s not stinky. Just…different. It doesn’t show up in the taste but until it is something I notice. But the food still tastes good. If you are sensitive to smells, I’d go with the whole wheat flour alternative.)
Once the sauce has thickened, add the burgers back in, cover and simmer for about 10 minutes. You’ll notice the gravy has a grit look to it…this is not because of clumping of the flour but bits of the burger that come off into the sauce which, to me, makes it even better because it is MOIST! But to prove there ARE actually burgers in all that gravy, lookit:
Meet Orange Plate…our newest cast member. I got the budget to hire orange plate after the unfortunate death of jade casserole dish. May the dish rest in peace.
So anyhoo…the kids INHALED this dinner! And I felt good about what I gave them. As an added bonus, I made a turkey burger (which I can tolerate) taste like beef (which isn’t so easy for me to tolerate). So to me it’s a win/win!
Nikki's Quickie Salisbury Steak & "Rice"
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  1. LOL!! May Jade Casserole dish rest in piece!

  2. is using ground beef patties ok to use as I can't tolerate turkey?

  3. It's probably even better! I have the opposite problem (can't do beef but can do turkey) so that's why I used the Jennie-O. Just get lean burgers (or you can even make your own patties…the recipe works the same except they don't take as long to cook from fresh meat).


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