Savory Mushroom Turkey Burger

July 31, 2018

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes:

We were having trouble finding a good tasting turkey burger and I eventually stumbled upon one from the New York Times which we liked but wanted to amp up a bit. I added a few ingredients and gave the burger a caramelized onion and mushroom topping. Finished off with provolone and mayo on a brioche bun, it's now one of our favorite burgers.


Food52 Review: This recipe comes from a time in the creator's life when, she writes, “we were having trouble finding a good tasting turkey burger.” We hate to celebrate struggle, but when it ends with a burger packed with panko, Worcestershire, and anchovy paste—all topped with buttery mushrooms—we have to say, thanks for taking one for the team, inpatskitchen.

This recipe was featured in "Umami Five Ways, Coming Right Up."
The Editors

Makes: 4 burgers


For the mushroom topping

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus one more if needed
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 of a very large onion, thinly sliced (you'll use the other half in the burger)
  • 4 ounces shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and sliced
  • 8 ounces crimini mushrooms, stemmed and sliced
  • 1 pinch salt

For the burger

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground turkey (I used an 85/15 mix)
  • 1/2 very large onion
  • 1/2 cup unseasoned panko crumbs
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon anchovy paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon teaspoon salt
  • Mushroom mixture (above)
  • 4 slices provolone cheese
  • 4 brioche burger buns (or your favorite)
  • Mayo, for spreading on the buns
In This Recipe


For the mushroom topping

  1. Heat the butter and olive oil in a large sauté pan. Add the sliced onions and sauté until they just begin to caramelize. Add the mushrooms and salt and continue to sauté until the mushrooms get nice and brown. Add the extra olive oil if everything seems a bit dry while sautéeing. Remove and set aside.

For the burger

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, grate the 1/2 onion on the large holes of a box grater. Add the ground turkey, egg, panko, worcestershire, anchovy paste, salt and pepper and combine. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour.
  2. Form the mix into 4 patties. In a large frying pan with a lid heat the butter and oil. Place the patties in the pan and cook on both sides until done (internal temp about 165° F).
  3. Divide the mushroom mixture over the patties, add a slice of provolone over each and cover the pan until the cheese melts.
  4. Spread some mayo on the top half of the buns. Place each burger on the bottom half and top with the mayo topped half.

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Reviews (8) Questions (0)

8 Reviews

Joann December 30, 2018
I tried this and the flavor was excellent. However they fell apart on a bun. I felt like I needed more to bind them. Maybe a little cornstarch?
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inpatskitchen December 30, 2018
Oh I'm sorry Joann. I know they're a little soft but that's never happened to me before. I'd try adding more panko....hope it works.
Joann December 31, 2018
I made it again and added just a little more panko and a tsp of <br />cornstarch. Perfect! This really is the most flavorful turkey burger recipe I have found!
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inpatskitchen December 31, 2018
So happy you found the "right" mix! Thanks so much!!
mrslarkin September 1, 2018
Congratulations, Pat! This burger sounds amazing! Can’t wait to try it!
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inpatskitchen September 2, 2018
Thanks Liz!!
KDH9966 August 17, 2018
this sounds wonderful!! I will be trying it very soon.
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inpatskitchen August 17, 2018
Thanks KDH.. It's dinner tonight for us. Hope you enjoy!