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Poor Man’s Hamburger Steaks

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An old fashioned recipe, these poor man's steaks make for a hearty family dinner. Seasoned ground beef is shaped into patties, covered in delicious gravy and then baked in the oven.
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  1. POOR MAN'S STEAK INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO COOK POOR MAN'S STEAK
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An easy dinner recipe, these poor man’s steaks are packed with flavor! Ground beef is perfectly seasoned and cooked, then covered in a simple, delicious gravy before being baked in the oven.

You can serve these hamburger steaks with glazed carrots, scalloped potatoes and sauteed vegetables. Plus, try our delicious Instant Pot cheesecake for dessert!

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CLASSICS: MeatloafGoulash | Chicken & Dumplings


POOR MAN’S STEAK INGREDIENTS

For the Steaks:

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 ½ cups saltine crackers, crushed
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup flour for dredging (or more if needed)
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

For the Gravy:

  • 2 cans condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 ½ cups whole milk
  • 1 ½ tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

VARIATIONS: You could add fresh or canned mushrooms to this recipe. You could also add in chopped onions to your hamburger meat.

HOW TO COOK POOR MAN’S STEAK

STEP ONE: In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, crushed saltines, milk, Italian seasoning, garlic, onion powder, paprika, and cayenne pepper. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

STEP TWO: Using a spoon or your hands, combine the ingredients until mixed. Gently form into even-sized patties.

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STEP THREE: Place 1 cup of flour in a shallow dish. Season the flour with salt and pepper. Dredge all the patties in the flour. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and melt the butter and add the olive oil. Once hot, sear patties on both sides until golden brown. Work in batches. It will continue cooking in the oven.

STEP FOUR: Transfer the browned patties to a greased 9×13 baking dish.

STEP FIVE: In a medium bowl, whisk together the cream of mushroom soup and milk and then stir in the chopped parsley.
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STEP SIX: Pour the gravy evenly over the top of the patties.

STEP SEVEN:Cover the dish with aluminum foil to help prevent a mess! You could also set your casserole dish on a lined baking sheet for easy cleanup. Place baking dish in the oven and bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until cooked through.

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Old-fashioned comfort food, these poor man’s steaks make for a hearty dinner you’re sure to enjoy!

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Poor Man’s Steaks

5 from 20 votes
An old fashioned recipe, these poor man's steaks make for a hearty family dinner. Seasoned ground beef is shaped into patties, covered in delicious gravy and then baked in the oven.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 ½ cups saltine crackers crushed
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne
  • Salt and pepper to taste for the patties
  • 1 cup flour for dredging or more if needed
  • Salt and pepper to taste for the flour dredge
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Gravy Ingredients:

  • 2 cans 10.75 oz condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 ½ cups whole milk
  • 1 ½ tablespoons fresh parsley chopped

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with nonstick spray.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the cream of mushroom soups and milk and then stir in the chopped parsley. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, crushed saltines, milk, Italian seasoning, garlic, onion powder, paprika, and cayenne pepper. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Using a spoon or your hands, combine the ingredients until mixed. Gently form into even-sized patties.
  • Place 1 cup of flour in a shallow dish. Season the flour with salt and pepper. Dredge all the patties in the flour.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and melt the butter and add the olive oil. Once hot, sear patties on both sides until golden brown. Work in batches. It will continue cooking in the oven.
  • Transfer the browned patties to the greased baking dish. Pour the gravy evenly over the top of the patties. Cover the dish with aluminum foil.
  • Place baking dish in the oven and bake for 30-40 minutes or until cooked through.

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Nutrition

Calories: 435kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 269mg | Potassium: 428mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 362IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 111mg | Iron: 3mg
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  1. Ann says

    For those of us who can’t eat red meat, do you think ground chicken or turkey would work as well as ground beef? Thank you.

  2. B Evans says

    5 stars
    So, so good! I do not use the flour but fry these right up, add a few shakes of garlic powder, onion powder, and Italian seasoning to the gravy, dump it into the hot frying pan to get all those buttery brown drippings , and pour it all over the meat then bake. YUM!

  3. Jenn Banks says

    5 stars
    This was super flavorful and a huge hit with my family! I had to improvise a bit… didn’t have saltines, so I used Panko. I finely chopped about a 1/2 cup of onions to add to the hamburger. I lightly salted and peppered my hamburger instead of the flour and in my flour I used Montreal Steak seasoning. I also used Canola oil instead of Olive oil. And my parsley wasn’t fresh it was dried. With those slight changes turned out great! I could also see using ground turkey to make these.

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