Hamburger Steaks and Gravy

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Our Hamburger Steaks and Gravy recipe is comfort food at its best! We’re talking about juicy patties made with lean ground beef, seasoned with onion soup mix, and Worcestershire sauce, this easy Salsbury steak recipe is bursting with flavor. The gravy features buttery mushrooms and thinly sliced onions caramelized to perfection. So grab a fork, dig in, and get ready to enjoy a taste of home!

Hamburger Steaks and Gravy in a cast iron skillet

Ground beef is such a flavorful and economical option for family dinners. We always keep some in the freezer for quick meals, along with ground chicken and pork. On a cold day, ground turkey vegetable soup is a comforting option that’s full of veggies with a flavorful broth. Our ground pork stir fry is made with peppers and pea pods sauteed in a tasty sauce the whole family will devour.

You can serve hamburger steaks with roasted vegetables and mashed potatoes. You can pour the yummy pan gravy over your whole plate.

What are hamburger steaks?

Hamburger steaks are essentially thicker, dressed-up hamburgers that are pan-fried and often smothered in gravy. Full of warm and familiar seasonings, hamburger steaks are comfort food, ideal for weeknights and cozy family dinners.

What beef is best for making hamburger steaks?

While ground beef with a higher beef percentage can add flavor to your hamburger steaks, it can also add a lot of additional grease. I like to use lean ground beef for this recipe, and then I add more flavor by using butter, Lipton onion soup mix, and sauteed onions.

80/20 Ground beef is a popular choice for hamburger steaks because it offers a good balance of fat (20%) for flavor and moisture, and lean meat (80%) for structure.

85/15 Ground beef is optimal if you prefer a slightly leaner option. It will still hold together well for forming patties, but may not be quite as juicy.

Lean ground beef is a good option, but for this recipe, I’d avoid ‘extra lean’ ground beef.

Ingredients

  • Lean ground beef – Read above for what lean beef is best for this recipe.
  • Panko bread crumbs – I like plain crumbs but Italian seasoned will also be delicious.
  • Lipton onion soup and dip mix – This adds so much flavor! Lipton is a good option, but any brand will do.
  • Worcestershire sauce This adds a richness to the gravy that’s hard to achieve with other seasonings.
  • Black pepper
  • Butter
  • Sliced mushrooms – Button mushrooms work well, but you can use your favorite variety. You can buy pre-sliced mushrooms to save some time.
  • Thinly sliced onion – A sweet, white onion is ideal.
  • Flour – For a gluten-free option, use cornstarch
  • Beef broth – I prefer to use broth over stock for this recipe. You can use a store-bought version or make your own.
  • Fresh parsley – Optional garnish

How To Make Hamburgers Steaks With Gravy

STEP ONE: Blend the hamburger patty mixture. Using clean hands, combine the ground beef, panko, onion soup mix, Worcestershire sauce, and pepper in a large mixing bowl. Form the mixture into 4 patties, pushing down in the center so they cook more evenly.

STEP TWO: Cook the hamburger patties. Add the hamburger patties and the butter to the hot skillet. Cook the hamburger patties for 3-4 minutes per side until cooked through, then set the hamburger patties on a clean plate.

STEP THREE: Sautee the vegetables and make the gravy. To the hot skillet, add the onions and mushrooms. Sautee the vegetables until the onions are soft and translucent. Add the flour to the butter in the pan. Stir it into the vegetables and cook for 2 minutes, stirring often. Then, slowly add the beef broth and stirring until the mixture has thickened.

STEP FOUR: Serve. Add the hamburger patties back to the pan and allow them to get nice and hot in the gravy for a few minutes. Serve hot garnished with fresh parsley (if desired).

Tips and Recipe Notes

  • Don’t overcook the patties. They’ll continue to cook a touch when you remove them from the pan and allow them to rest, and again as they heat up.
  • Make your patties nice and wide, as they tend to shrink a little and end up thicker than when you started.
  • Make sure your pan is good and hot when you add the hamburger. It will sear the outside and trap in more moisture.
Hamburger Steaks and Gravy with mushrooms and onions.

How To Store Leftovers

While I think this dinner is best served fresh, you can certainly eat the leftovers tomorrow. While the meat may not be as juicy, the flavors will meld and become even more tasty.

In the Fridge: Store your leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days. Make sure you allow them to cool to room temperature, then place the hamburger steaks in a container with a tight fitting lid. Scoop the remaining gravy, onions, and mushrooms in with the steaks, and cover.

In the Freezer: You can also freeze your leftovers. I suggest freezing your steaks and your gravy separately for best results. Wrap the hamburger steaks in a few layers of plastic wrap, then place it in an airtight container or freezer-safe Ziploc bag. Freeze the gravy in a separate airtight container. You can store your leftovers in the freezer for 2-3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge before eating again.

How to Reheat: You can use the microwave to reheat hamburger steaks and gravy, but I prefer the stovetop. Allow the thawed meat and gravy to come to room temperature by sitting it on the counter for about 20 minutes. Then, set the meat and gravy in a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Allow the leftovers to slowly heat up for 6-8 minutes. Enjoy again!

How to Make This Dairy-Free and Gluten-Free

This recipe is already dairy free. Your Worcestershire sauce might have gluten in it, so read the label carefully. Also, make sure you replace your flour with cornstarch if you need your recipe to be gluten-free and select a gluten-free onion soup mix.

Hamburger Steaks and Gravy in a cast iron skillet

Hamburger Steaks and Gravy

5 from 1 vote
Course Dinner
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Our Hamburger Steaks and Gravy recipe is comfort food at its best! We're talking about juicy patties made with lean ground beef, seasoned with onion soup mix, and Worcestershire sauce, this easy Salsbury steak recipe is bursting with flavor. The gravy features buttery mushrooms and thinly sliced onions caramelized to perfection. So grab a fork, dig in, and get ready to enjoy a taste of home!

Ingredients
  

  • 1.5 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup panko
  • 1 package Lipton onion soup and dip mix
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 1 large onion thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons flour or cornstarch for gluten-free
  • 1 1/2 cups beef broth
  • fresh parsley optional

Instructions

  • Blend the hamburger patty mixture. In a mixing bowl using clean hands, combine the ground beef, panko, onion soup mix, Worcestershire sauce, and pepper. Form into 4 patties, pushing down in the center for even cooking.
  • Cook the hamburger patties. Add the hamburger patties and the butter to the skillet. Cook the patties for 3-4 minutes per side. Remove the hamburger patties to a clean plate and set aside.
  • Sautee the vegetables and make the gravy. Add the onions and mushrooms to the same skillet. Sautee until the onions are translucent. Add the flour and cook for 2 minutes. Slowly add the broth, stirring until thickened. Add the hamburger patties back to the pan.
  • Serve. Serve hot garnished with fresh parsley if desired.

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Notes

  • Don’t overcook the patties. They’ll continue to cook a touch when you remove them from the pan and allow them to rest, and again as they heat up.
  • Make your patties nice and wide, as they tend to shrink a little and end up thicker than when you started.
  • Make sure your pan is good and hot when you add the hamburger. It will sear the outside and trap in more moisture.

Nutrition

Calories: 454kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 136mg | Sodium: 1796mg | Potassium: 972mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 364IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 5mg
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