Turkey Burger with Sauteed Mushrooms and Gruyère

A turkey burger isn't boring when it has herbs, mushrooms sauteed with wine, and gruyere. Don't like turkey, beef works well here, too.

Last Updated on October 25, 2021

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Turkey Burger with Sauteed Mushrooms and Gruyère

A turkey burger isn’t boring when it has herbs, mushrooms sauteed with wine, and gruyère. Don’t like turkey, beef works well here, too.  Serve this with a big salad and the Pilsner of your choice.

Turkey burgers should not taste like cardboard.  Turkey is itself mild-flavored poultry and has very little fat.  Little fat leads to less flavor, so something has to put the flavor back. Adding shallots, herbs de Provence, and powered butter bring it from boring to tasty.

Bye Bye Chicken Marinade

The Lea and Perrins company used to make a sauce they originally called White Worchestershire, which they changed to Chicken Marinade.  I loved it, especially for turkey burgers.  Sadly, they no longer make it and I have been unable to find a copy-cat recipe for it.  I still have about a tablespoon of it leftover in my refrigerator for when I do come across a recipe so I can compare.  This recipe is my answer to that problem. The mushrooms sauteed with white wine, shallots give umami and when eaten together, provide a bite very similar to my old perfect turkey burgers.  If you can find the sauce, you are more than welcome to use the old recipe.

Making the Turkey Burgers

Why powdered butter?  I use powdered butter because it mixes very easily with the ground turkey and doesn’t leave pockets of fat – it distributes very easily.  If you have never heard of it, it’s a wonderful thing to put on popcorn and I also put it in my pizza crust. It’s available, of course, on Amazon.  I like the Hoosier brand.

I don’t like touching raw meat, so I use a Kitchen-aid mixer to do the job for me.  Only bring it up to Stir and only stir until everything is mixed in nicely.  If you prefer to use your hands, just make sure that you handle the mixture very lightly so it does not toughen.

The other thing I would like to introduce you to is a fish spatula.  Wow!  They are not just for fish.  I like them because they bend a little and do an excellent job of flipping burgers without letting them stick to the pan.  Believe me, you gotta get one of those!

Turkey Burger with Sauteed Mushrooms and Gruyere

A turkey burger isn't boring when it has herbs, mushrooms sauteed with wine, and gruyere. Don't like turkey, beef works well here, too.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main
Cuisine: American
Difficulty: Easy
Newsletter: 2021-07-31
Servings (slide to adjust): 4
Calories: 429kcal


~~ -- For the Patties -- ~~

~~ -- For the Mushrooms -- ~~

  • 12 Mushrooms, large
  • 1 teaspoon Butter
  • ½ Red onion, sliced
  • 2 ounces White wine
  • ¼ teaspoon Black pepper, freshly ground

~~ -- For the Sauce -- ~~

  • 4 tablespoon Mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoon Dijon mustard

~~ -- Assembly -- ~~

  • 4 Kaiser rolls, split
  • 4 tablespoon Gruyere, shredded
  • 1 teaspoon Olive oil
Ingredients necessary for the recipe step are in italic.


  • Mise En Place

For the Patties

  • 1 pound Ground turkey, 1 teaspoon Herbs de Provence, 1 teaspoon Butter Powder, 1 teaspoon Shallot
    Mix the ground turkey, herbs de provence, shallots, and butter powder. Form into four patties and refrigerate for about half an hour for the flavors to meld.

For the Mushrooms

  • 12 Mushrooms, 1 teaspoon Butter, 1/2 Red onion, 2 ounces White wine, 1/4 teaspoon Black pepper
    While that''s happening, put butter in a saute pan and let it melt. Add the onions and saute them until they are translucent. Add the mushrooms and saute them until they have browned a little bit. Add the wine, stir and reduce the heat. Cook, occasionally stirring until the onions are soft. Set aside.

For the sauce

  • 4 tablespoon Mayonnaise, 2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
    Combine the mayonnaise and mustard. Adjust for seasoning. If you like it strong, add more mustard.
  • 1 teaspoon Olive oil, 4 tablespoon Gruyere
    When the patties have rested, heat a cast-iron skillet and add some olive oil to it. Cook the patties on one side for about 5 minutes, then flip. Cook them until they read 160 F /. 71 C on an instant-read thermometer. Add the cheese, cover, and reduce the heat. Cook for about two or three additional minutes or until the cheese has melted.


  • 4 Kaiser rolls
    Spread the sauce on the inside of the split Kaiser rolls. Then, using a fish spatula, carefully remove each pattie from the skillet and place it on the bun.
  • Cover each with the mushroom mixture and the top half of the roll.
    Turkey Burger with Sauteed Mushrooms and Gruyère
  • Enjoy!



If you don't like turkey, you could do ground chicken, ground beef, or even alternative meat.  The reason this has to sit in the refrigerator is the herbs de Provence need a chance to rehydrate.
This would also do fine on an outdoor grill.  Just make sure your saute pan is okay for a grill.


Nutrition Facts
Turkey Burger with Sauteed Mushrooms and Gruyere
Amount Per Serving
Calories 429 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Polyunsaturated Fat 6g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 70mg23%
Sodium 1424mg62%
Potassium 643mg18%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 28g56%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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About arbpen

As an award-winning and serious home cook, I seriously believe there is no reason why you can't have a restaurant quality meal at home. One of the good things about eating at home is to save money, so armed with a good menu plan, a shopping list, and an appreciation of good food, we can all have gourmet food on a budget.

8 Responses to Turkey Burger with Sauteed Mushrooms and Gruyère

  1. Ellie B says:

    5 stars
    I do not even know how I ended up here, but I thought this was great. 😉 Cheers!

  2. Xenia says:

    5 stars
    Wow! I just wanted to give a huge thumbs up for this. I saw this on Pinterest and it looked so good I had to try it. I’ve never liked ground turkey before, but this was really good. I’ll be making this again soon. Thank you!

  3. משה רבנו says:

    5 stars
    היה לי קצת הודו טחון במקרר שלי והכנתי את הגוואקמולה שלך והיה לי עם ההמבורגר. ממש טוב. נסה זאת!

  4. Alex says:

    3 stars
    I didn’t have swiss cheese and I don’t like onions. I’ve never heard of herbs of province so I didn’t put it in, I used garlic powder instead. I used American cheese. Meh.

  5. Lidia says:

    5 stars
    Thanks for the guidelines shared on your blog. Another thing I would like to mention is that weight loss is not exactly about going on a celebrity diet and trying to shed as much weight that you can in a couple of weeks. Slow and steady wins the race. A turkey burger is a good choice.

  6. Reynaldo says:

    5 stars
    Great burger! You just gained a new reader. What’s next?

  7. Penelope P says:

    5 stars
    I made this for my kids, too. They loved it and so did I. Turkey burgers aren’t boring at ALL!