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Salisbury Steak

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A simple homemade classic, this Salisbury steak features seasoned ground beef patties topped with a rich gravy.
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  1. Salisbury Steak Ingredients
  2. How To Make This Salisbury Steak Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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This hearty, rich, homemade Salisbury steak is the perfect simple dinner idea. Lean ground beef is loaded with seasonings before being pan-cooked and topped with an easy, made-from-scratch, rich mushroom and onion gravy.

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Salisbury Steak Ingredients

Salisbury Steak raw ingredients that are labeled

You’ll need:

For the Gravy

  • 2 cups hot water
  • 2 beef bouillon cubes
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 medium yellow onion, sliced in half-moons
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 8 ounces cremini mushrooms, sliced

For the Steaks

  • 1½ pounds ground beef
  • ½ cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 beef bouillon cube, crushed into a powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

MUSHROOMS: You can also use white button mushrooms.

GARLIC: I used garlic powder, but you can use minced garlic as well.

MEATBALLS: You can also use the meat recipe to mix and form meatballs, which are great to store in the freezer for an easy dinner idea another night!

How To Make This Salisbury Steak Recipe

STEP ONE: In a medium bowl, combine the hot water, bouillon cubes, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and cornstarch. Whisk together and then set aside. 

breadcrumbs, ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire, bouillion, cube, salt, pepper, garlic powder whisked together

STEP TWO: In a large mixing bowl, combine ground beef, seasoned bread crumbs, ketchup, dry mustard, Worcestershire sauce, crushed beef bouillon cube, salt, pepper, and onion powder. Use your hands to mix the meat mixture until everything is combined. 

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

If you choose to mix the meat with your bare hands, I highly recommend using disposable gloves. That way, you reduce the risk of cross-contamination, and it’s a lot less messy.

beef, breadcrumbs, ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire, bouillion, cube, salt, pepper, and onion powder combined

STEP THREE: Form the meat into 6 equal oval patties. 

STEP FOUR: In a large skillet over medium heat, heat the olive oil. Once it is heated, add the oval meat patties to the skillet and allow them to cook until browned on one side. Turn over and allow the other side to cook until browned. Once both sides have a nice deep browning on them, and they are cooked through, remove the patties to a paper-lined plate and set aside. Drain all but 1 tablespoon of excess grease from the pan. 

patties cooked in a skillet

STEP FIVE: Add the sliced onions to the pan and stir well. The bottom of the pan may be very dark and almost have a burned appearance from cooking the ground beef patties, which is perfect for this recipe. Allow onions to cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Add minced garlic and butter. Stir and allow to cook for an additional 2 minutes. 

onions cooked with butter and butter in a pan

STEP SIX: Add ½ cup of broth to onions and garlic mixture. Use a spoon or spatula to deglaze the bottom of the pan, making sure to get all of the browned bits up and into the sauce. 

broth, onions, and garlic mixture added to a pan

STEP SEVEN: Once the pan is deglazed, add the mushrooms and stir well. Let cook for 2 to 3 minutes. 

STEP EIGHT: Add the remaining gravy mixture and stir well. Allow the gravy to simmer for 5 minutes, stirring often. 

PRO TIP:

If you feel like you need more liquid in your gravy, add another ¼ cup of water to the mix to thin it out.

add gravy to the top of the mushrooms and stir

STEP NINE: Return the hamburger patties to the gravy and use a spoon to cover the patties with gravy. Let the patties simmer on low heat for 3 to 5 minutes, or until warmed through. 

cover up the patties with gravy and let it simmer

How To Serve

We love this classic dish served with creamy mashed potatoes and asparagus. You can also serve it with egg noodles, rice, or even mashed cauliflower for a low-carb option.

Try our tater tot casserole and ground beef stroganoff for two more hearty meals.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: Leftover Salisbury steak can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days.

IN THE FREEZER: To freeze this simple Salisbury steak, make sure to store it in a freezer-safe container or bag for up to two months. You can thaw it overnight in the fridge and then reheat it on the stove.

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Easy to make and loaded with rich flavors, this hearty Salisbury steak is a classic comfort food you’ll enjoy. A simple mix of seasonings creates the perfect taste and texture once pan-seared and topped with a homemade rich mushroom gravy.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I use a different ground meat in this homemade Salisbury steak recipe?

This delicious recipe will work fine with any ground meat you have on hand.

Can I freeze the leftovers of this dish?

Easy Salisbury steak recipe can be frozen for up to two months.

What is the best side dish to serve with Salisbury steak?

This simple Salisbury steak recipe is best served with mashed potatoes, noodles, or rice, a side salad, and dinner rolls.

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Salisbury Steaks

5 from 9 votes
A simple homemade classic, this Salisbury steak features seasoned ground beef patties topped with a rich gravy.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 29 minutes
Total Time 44 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

Gravy

  • 2 cups hot water
  • 2 beef bouillon cubes
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 medium yellow onion, sliced in half-moons
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 8 ounces cremini mushrooms, sliced

Meat

  • pounds ground beef
  • ½ cup Italian breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 beef bouillon cube, crushed into a powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Instructions
 

  •  In a medium bowl, combine the hot water, bouillon cubes, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and cornstarch. Whisk together and then set aside. 
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine ground beef, seasoned bread crumbs, ketchup, dry mustard, Worcestershire sauce, crushed beef bouillon cube, salt, pepper, and onion powder. Use your hands to mix the meat mixture until everything is combined. 
  • Form meat into 6 equal oval patties.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat, heat the olive oil. Once it is heated, add the oval meat patties to the skillet and allow them to cook until browned on one side. Turn over and allow the other side to cook until browned. Once both sides have a nice deep browning on them, and they are cooked through, remove the patties to a paper-lined plate and set aside. Drain all but 1 tablespoon of excess grease from the pan. 
  • Add the sliced onions to the pan and stir well. The bottom of the pan may be very dark and almost have a burned appearance from cooking the ground beef patties, which is perfect for this recipe. Allow onions to cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Add minced garlic and butter. Stir and allow to cook for an additional 2 minutes
  • Add ½ cup of broth to onions and garlic mixture. Use a spoon or spatula to deglaze the bottom of the pan, making sure to get all of the browned bits up and into the sauce.
  • Once the pan is deglazed, add the mushrooms and stir well. Let cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Add the remaining gravy mixture and stir well. Allow to simmer for 5 minutes, stirring often.
  • Return the hamburger patties to the gravy and use a spoon to cover the patties with gravy. Let the patties simmer on low heat for 3 to 5 minutes, or until warmed through.

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Notes

  •  If you choose to mix the meat with your bare hands, I highly recommend using disposable gloves. That way, you reduce the risk of cross-contamination, and it’s a lot less messy.
  • If you feel like you need more liquid in your gravy, add another ¼ cup of water to the mix to thin it out.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 397kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 1171mg | Potassium: 578mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 107IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 3mg
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  1. Shauna says

    5 stars
    Made this recipe and it is so rich and delicious. The best Salisbury Steak I’ve ever had!! Definitely making this again.

  2. Nikki says

    5 stars
    This was delicious! I have 4 picky kids and a husband who’s even pickier. They devoured this. Hubby even told me to make sure I save the recipe!

  3. Heather Fletcher says

    5 stars
    Hot damn, these were good!!!! Definitely keeping this recipe in my rotation and will have to double it the next time. I followed the recipe exactly and it was so full of flavor!