Salisbury Steak and Gravy

Salisbury Steak and Gravy

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This easy Salisbury Steak and Gravy recipe is a wonderful meal to serve your family when you’re in need of some quick comfort food. Perfect for a weeknight dinner.

(Post modified with new photos on 2/21/22.)

How many of you remember eating Salisbury Steak in a TV dinner when you were young? That’s when I first recall ever hearing anything about Salisbury Steak. It was all the rage back in the early 70’s. Maybe before then.

Vintage TV Dinner

We would stick those frozen aluminum trays in the oven to bake and then eagerly await eating them in front of the television in the living room–on TV Trays! This was such a treat for us back then, and saved only for special moments, probably weekends.

My brothers and I were only allowed to eat the “TV Dinners” on occasion. Usually they were saved for my mom and dad, and we siblings had to eat chicken pot pies. Also frozen. I remember thinking how lucky dad was to be able to have the mashed potatoes, corn, and steak dinner that also boasted some sort of dessert. A cake or fruit crisp. Ah, those were the days.

Serving Salisbury Steak with Chopped Mushrooms

Trust me folks. This recipe for Salisbury Steak and Gravy is so much better! Hearty hamburger steak covered in a thick and delicious seasoned brown gravy with bits of mushrooms. This is not a TV Dinner.

 

Simple Ingredients for a Simple Weeknight Meal

  • ground burger (I like to use at least an 80/20 mix of burger to fat)
  • buttermilk
  • wheat saltine crackers (or plain saltines, if you prefer)
  • large egg
  • dried minced onion
  • paprika
  • garlic powder
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • butter
  • all-purpose flour
  • tomato paste
  • beef stock
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • onion powder
  • button white mushrooms

 

Instructions for Making this Recipe

To begin, gather your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table.

 

Prepare the Ingredients

Crush the saltine crackers by placing them inside a freezer bag. Then roll a rolling pin over them until they are turn to powder.

Using a knife and cutting board, chop the mushrooms into small pieces. (Or slice them, if you prefer.)

 

Form the Steak Patties

In a large bowl, combine the hamburger, buttermilk, crushed saltines, large egg, dried minced onion, paprika, garlic powder, and kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Mix all of this together until well combined, using a large spoon or your hands. I prefer to use my hands. They will wash.

Forming the Steak Patties

Next, form the “steaks” into oblong patties. Depending on how many you are serving, this will make 4-6 steaks.

Using a large skillet, brown the steaks in olive oil, about 5 minutes on each side. When browned, move the steaks to a plate or platter and set aside while you make the gravy.

 

To Prepare the Gravy

Make the gravy using the same skillet. Melt butter over medium-high heat. Saute the prepared mushrooms until tender, about 2-3 minutes.

Now, in regard to the mushrooms. If you would like to use more mushrooms, please do. If you’d prefer not to chop them, slice them instead. My husband is not a fan of mushrooms, but I LOVE them, so this is my way of getting along with him. Half a cup of chopped mushrooms. This still gives me plenty of mushroom flavor, and yet doesn’t gross him out with large pieces of mushroom.

Okay, moving on. Once the mushrooms are nice and tender, add the all-purpose flour and tomato paste to make a roux. Stir together until the flour is fully incorporated into the butter. Then slowly pour in the beef stock. Whisk together until it becomes smooth and starts to bubble.

Reduce heat to simmer and add the rest of your ingredients to season the gravy. Worcestershire sauce, minced onion, onion powder, and kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Return the “steaks” to the gravy and slide them in to immerse. Cover the pan and allow this to simmer for 10-15 minutes until the meat has cooked through.

Serving Salisbury Steak with Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans

Serve Salisbury Steak and Gravy with Refrigerator Mashed Potatoes and your favorite green vegetable like green beans or peas. Or frozen mixed vegetables to add even more color to your plate.

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Recipe for Salisbury Steak

Salisbury Steak and Gravy

Make your own easy steaks with ground burger and cover it in a delicious mushroom gravy.
5 from 2 votes
Print Rate
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Ground Beef, Hamburger Steak, Mushroom Gravy
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8

Equipment

Knife Set
Cast Iron Skillet
Stainless Wire Whisk
Potholders

Ingredients

Gravy

Instructions

  • To begin, gather your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table.

Prepare the Ingredients

  • Crush the saltine crackers by placing them inside a freezer bag. Then roll a rolling pin over them until they are turn to powder.
  • Using a knife and cutting board, chop the mushrooms into small pieces. (Or slice them, if you prefer.)

Form the Steak Patties

  • In a large bowl, combine the ground burger, buttermilk, crushed saltines, large egg, minced onion, paprika, garlic powder, kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Mix together with a wooden spoon (or your hands) until combined.
  • Divide the meat mixture into 6-8 oblong patties.
  • Using a large skillet on medium-high heat, brown the patties in olive oil on each side, about 5 minutes per side. Place steaks on a plate.

Make the Gravy

  • Using the same skillet, melt butter and saute chopped mushrooms until tender 2-3 minutes.
  • Stir in flour and tomato paste to make a roux.
  • Slowly add the broth and whisk together until sauce is smooth and starts to bubble.
  • Season with Worcestershire sauce, minced onion, onion powder, and salt and pepper.
  • Return the steaks to the pan and immerse in the gravy. Cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes, until steaks are cooked through. Serves 6-8.

Notes

*Unless otherwise indicated, all butter used on this recipe site is salted. 

Nutrition

Calories: 429kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 114mg | Sodium: 623mg | Potassium: 515mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 203IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 3mg
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