Salisbury Steak is an easy comfort food dinner that is affordable and simple to make! Juicy, well seasoned ground beef steaks are smothered in a rich mushroom gravy with onions to create this classic American easy salisbury steak recipe.
Why You Will Love This Recipe For Salisbury Steak
Before we get into the ingredients and instructions, we just want to share a few reasons we know you’ll love this recipe:
- So Flavorful: The combination of ground beef, A1 steak sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and homemade steak seasoning creates a bold, satisfying, meaty taste everyone will love, especially if you’ve got extra-hungry people to feed!
- Mushroom Gravy: Nothing says classic comfort food like this luscious mushroom gravy, made from scratch with beef broth and sautéed onions.
- Simple and Quick: While the taste and texture is anything but basic, this recipe is still super easy and comes together in less than an hour.
- Nostalgic Comfort Food: Salisbury steak is the kind of hearty, simple meal that makes you feel warm and well-fed. You’ll love serving this old-timey favorite to your family!
Ingredients You’ll Need
There are two sets of ingredients you need for this dish – the items for the easy salisbury steaks, and the items for the gravy. For full ingredient amounts and directions, scroll to the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.
- Ground Beef: We like to use 80% lean 20% fat ground beef. If you use lean ground beef (7% fat) your steaks will be dry.
- Egg: A large, whole egg helps bind the mixture together.
- Bread Crumbs: Panko are our favorite!
- Sauces: A1 Steak Sauce, Worcestershire, and ketchup add a lot of flavor.
- Seasonings: We love to use our homemade steak seasoning, plus additional garlic powder and onion powder.
- Butter: Salted or unsalted both work, either is fine.
For the Gravy:
- Onion: Thinly sliced yellow onion is our favorite, but a white onion will work as well.
- All-Purpose Flour: For thickening the gravy.
- Beef Broth: Or stock.
- Salt and Pepper
- Mushrooms: Sliced baby bella mushrooms are our favorite, but you can use any kind of fresh mushrooms you prefer.
How to Make Salisbury Steak
Let’s dive into the cooking process. It’s really surprisingly easy to do, even if you’re a beginner in the kitchen:
- Make the Patties: In a large bowl, combine the patty ingredients and form the mixture into four round or oval patties, about ¾ to 1 inch thick. Cook the patties in the butter for 5 minutes per side, until cooked through and golden brown. Set the patties aside to keep warm on a covered plate.
- Cook Onions: Discard any excess grease, but don’t clean the skillet. Add the remaining butter to the skillet, and use a spoon to scrape up any bits and pieces from the bottom. Add the onions and cook for about 5 minutes, until they’re translucent.
- Make the Gravy: Sprinkle the flour into the skillet and stir it into the onions. Cook for 2 minutes, until it turns lightly browned. While stirring, slowly add the beef broth and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, until the gravy begins to thicken. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
- Simmer: Add the mushrooms and cooked steaks to the skillet, turn the heat to low, and simmer for 7 to 10 minutes. Once the mushrooms are tender and the gravy has thickened, dinner is done!
Tips for Success With This Salisbury Steak Recipe
Here are a few helpful tips to make sure your salisbury steak turns out perfectly every time:
- Prep Ahead: You can prepare the hamburger patties for this recipe up to 2 days before. Just store them in an airtight container in the fridge until you are ready to cook.
- Make Ahead: If you like, you can also cook Salisbury steak a little ahead of time, and leave it on the stove over very low heat, stirring occasionally. (We recommend adding a little extra broth to your gravy if you plan on doing this, so it won’t dry out.) We have done this when having guests over many times!
- Making the Gravy: Be sure to scrape up the browned pieces from the pan when you add the butter and onions. It really helps to flavor the gravy!
- Taste Test: Before adding salt, taste the gravy. Also, you can always use low sodium stock if needed.
Side Dish Suggestions
Pair your homemade salisbury steak with a couple of simple side dishes for a complete and satisfying meal. Here are some you’re sure to love:
- Mashed Potatoes: With the mushroom gravy on top, these Garlic Mashed Potatoes are even more irresistible. We’re hungry just thinking about it!
- Salad: A fresh, zingy salad brings out the best in this hearty, home-cooked meal. Tangy Cucumber Tomato Salad would be perfect.
- Green Beans: For a veggie side dish that will knock your socks off, try these Southern Green Beans with Bacon. They’re just so good.
Storing and Reheating Leftovers
It’s easy to store salisbury steak, just cool the meat and gravy down, and then place both together in an airtight container. You can store the leftovers in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Reheat your salisbury steak and gravy in the microwave, or in a skillet on the stovetop. We recommend adding a little broth to the gravy when reheating.
Can I Freeze Salisbury Steak?
Sure! Again, you’ll want to cool down both the meat and the gravy, and package them together in an airtight container, or a freezer bag. Mark with the date, and freeze for up to three months. For best results, thaw in the fridge overnight before reheating it.
More Classic Ground Beef Recipes
- Cheeseburger Casserole
- Easy Chili
- Best Taco Meat
- Crockpot Chili
- Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls
- One-Pot Taco Pasta
For the Hamburger Patties:
For the Gravy:
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 medium onion, sliced thin
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 ½ cups beef broth, or stock
- Salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
- 8 oz sliced baby Bella mushrooms
- Patties: Using a medium size bowl, combine the ground beef, egg, breadcrumbs, A1 steak sauce, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, steak seasoning, garlic and onion powder. Using your hands (I wear gloves), mix all the ingredients together. Form 4 round patties about ¾ to 1” thick.
- Add the butter to a medium size skillet over medium heat. Once the butter is melted, add the patties to the skillet. Cook for 5 minutes on each side, until cooked through. Remove the patties from the skillet and set on a plate. Cover the plate with foil, or a lid, to keep warm.
- Gravy: If there is more than a tablespoon of grease leftover from the hamburger meat, use a spoon and discard the extra grease until you are left with about 1 tablespoon. Do not clean the skillet, you want the pan drippings for the gravy.
- Add the butter in the skillet and use a spoon to scrape up all the bits and pieces from the bottom of the skillet. Add the onions and cook for 5 minutes, until translucent.
- Add the flour and stir the flour into the butter and onions. Cook the flour for about 2 minutes, until lightly browned.
- While stirring, add the broth, stirring until all the flour is mixed into the broth. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring often, until it begins to thicken. Season with salt and pepper, making sure to taste as you season.
- Add the mushrooms and cooked patties back to the skillet and reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 7 to 10 minutes, until the mushrooms are tender and the gravy is thick.
- Serve with mashed potatoes, over rice, or with your favorite vegetables. And it is always a great idea to have some warm bread to devour the gravy with.