Comfort food like this old fashioned Salisbury steak recipe have brought families around the dinner table for generations. Tender seasoned hamburger patties are cooked to perfection then topped with a flavorful onion gravy.
This is a great recipe to please the whole family! Not only is this an inexpensive meal to make, but this classic meal also requires very little cleanup as everything can be made in one skillet.
What is Salisbury steak?
Salisbury steak is a hamburger steak topped with a rich brown gravy. Most commonly this is an onion or mushroom gravy. This classic recipe, which was invented by James Henry Salisbury, was particularly popular in poor rural areas due to the inexpensive ingredients required to make it, as well as its hearty nature, making it perfect to refuel a hard-working family after a long day.
- Ground Beef - I use a 85/15 lean ground beef for this, but feel free to use what you have on hand.
- Breadcrumbs - This helps to make your hamburger steaks more tender.
- Egg - Eggs are needed as a binder.
- Worcestershire sauce - Adds depth to the flavor.
- Garlic - Fresh is best, but garlic powder can be substituted.
- Seasonings: Ground sage, black pepper, salt.
- Yellow onion - If you prefer mushrooms instead, try my Salisbury steak with mushroom gravy. It is made with a secret ingredient - onion soup mix!
- Beef Broth - You can also substitute beef stock if you have it on hand.
How to make it
There are two steps to making your homemade Salisbury steak. First, you need to prepare the hamburger steaks. Then you need to make the gravy. Begin by mixing together all of the ingredients for the hamburger patty in a large mixing bowl, just as though you are making meatloaf.
Once the bread crumbs, eggs, and seasonings are added into your meat mixture separate it into 4 equal patties. These can be added in a single layer to a hot skillet set over medium heat. Cook on both sides until almost heated through and a brown crust forms (they will finish cooking later).
Removed the steak patties and set them aside, then add sliced onions into the drippings. Cook onions until tender and translucent, then set aside.
With the heat on low, melt butter in the skillet and sprinkle in flour. Whisk to combine and cook for five minutes to allow the roux to darken in color. Begin adding splashes of beef broth a little at a time, whisking them in as you go. Continue until all of the beef broth has been added, then return onion and ground beef patties to the skillet.
Let the gravy cook on a slow simmer until thickened and hamburger steaks have been warmed through, then serve.
What to serve with this meal?
Saucy meals with gravy are perfect for serving with mashed potatoes, and all of the fixins. Try any of these ideas!
- Classic mashed potatoes
- Steakhouse mashed potatoes
- French onion mashed potatoes
- Herb Stuffing
- Mushroom and Swiss Stuffing
- Roasted green beans
- Green bean casserole
- Egg noodles
Both Salisbury steak and hamburger steak is made from ground hamburger formed into a steak patty. The difference is in the additives. A hamburger steak is typically just hamburger and seasonings, whereas Salisbury steaks contain binders like breadcrumbs to make it more tender.
Leftover Salisbury steak should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days.
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Old Fashioned Salisbury Steak
- 1 lbs ground beef (85/15 recommended)
- ⅓ cup breadcrumbs
- 1 egg beaten
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- ¼ teaspoon ground sage
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Crumble ground beef into a large bowl and mix in breadcrumbs, egg, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, sage, black pepper, and salt.
- Once well combined, form the hamburger mixture into four equal oval patties.
- Set a 12" skillet over medium heat and add the hamburger patties. Cook until a brown crust forms, then flip and repeat. Remove the patties from the skillet before they are completely cooked through.
- Add onion slices to the drippings in the skillet and saute until tender and translucent. Then remove and set aside.
- Turn the heat to low and prepare the gravy by melting butter into the skillet and sprinkling in flour. Continue to whisk this mixture for 5 minutes to prevent burning and allow the raw flour taste to cook out.
- Slowly add dribbles of beef broth to the mixture while continuing to stir.
- Once all beef broth has been added return the onion and hamburger steaks to the skillet. Let simmer until steaks are cooked though and gravy has thickened. Taste for salt and pepper and adjust as needed prior to serving.
- Serve the cooked patties topped with sauted onions and a generous helping of gravy.