This Easy Salisbury Steak Recipe is smothered in sautéed onions & mushrooms with brown gravy and ready in about 30 minutes!
Easy Salisbury Steak
When you are looking for fast, easy, budget friendly meals for your family, a Salisbury Steak Recipe is one you definitely want in your recipe book!
Salisbury Steak is a timeless comfort food, with delicious brown Salisbury Steak Gravy to top the meat and mashed potatoes with!
Add some Sprite Biscuits and you’re all set!
What is Salisbury Steak?
Salisbury Steak is basically a homemade hamburger patty, mixed with some bread crumbs, egg, and Worcestershire sauce that is browned, then smothered onions, mushrooms, and brown gravy!
It’s a family favorite in our house, and I love that not only is it simple & easy to make – it’s also budget friendly!
Is there a difference between Salisbury Steak and Hamburger Steak?
They are very similar, though in my experience, Hamburger Steak is just ground beef made into a patty that can then be served with onions, gravy and mushrooms.
The difference being that the Salisbury Steak includes the breadcrumbs, eggs, and seasonings.
Tips to making the BEST Salisbury Steak
- Use 90% Lean Ground Beef. It still has plenty of flavor, but not a lot of fat to cook out, so it’s not greasy.
- Use Italian Bread Crumbs. Regular Bread Crumbs will work, but then you’ll want to add in some extra seasonings to get the flavor provided in the Italian Style Bread Crumbs.
- Brown the patties in their own pan. While Salisbury Steak CAN be made in one pan, it’s faster to use multiple pans to cook each section at the same time, then combine into one pan at the end. Yes, it’s 2 extra pans to wash, but if you rinse and let them soak while you eat, it’s a quick clean up. Brown the patties in their own skillet, preferably a cast iron skillet – they turn out SO GOOD. Be sure the patties reaches the USDA safe eating temperature of ground beef, which is 160 degrees, confirmed by a food thermometer.
- Sauté Onions and Mushrooms in Butter. I start these sautéing before I start cooking my beef patties. I cook them over medium heat in a medium sized skillet. Use a heat resistant spatula to stir frequently, allowing them to soften and caramelize.
- Buy the gravy in bulk. I purchase a bulk sized Brown Gravy container from my local warehouse club. It’s less than $5 (cheaper than $1 per small packet) and I use it for MANY recipes. You can make it thicker by using less water/more powder or thinner by using more water/less powder. Quick, easy, budget friendly – my favorite recipe combination.
- For the steaks
- 1 lb lean ground beef (I use 90%)
- 1/3 cup Italian Style Breadcrumbs
- 1 egg, beaten
- 2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- 2 tsp Olive Oil
- Optional: 1 onion, diced - I prefer to saute the onion with mushrooms later, to top the steaks with instead of mixing in the meat mixture but it can be done either way or both ways!
- For the Gravy
- 1 packet, brown gravy sauce
- 1 cup water
- Mushrooms & Onions
- 8 oz mushrooms, sliced
- 2 onions, thinly sliced
- 2 tbsp butter
For the Steaks
In a large mixing bowl, combine the beef, breadcrumbs, egg, Worcestershire sauce, and salt and pepper.
Shape the mixture into 4 equal sized hamburger shaped patties.
Heat up Olive Oil in a skillet over Medium Heat.
Once hot, add beef patties to heat, lying flat in a single layer.
Cook 5-6 minutes on each side, until heated through (patties should be a minimum of 160 degrees.
For the Gravy
Follow package directions. I use McCormick Brown Gravy, purchased in bulk. The instructions say, Stir water gradually into Gravy Mix with whisk in small saucepan. Stirring frequently, cook on medium heat until gravy comes to boil. Reduce heat and simmer 1 minute. (Gravy will thicken upon standing.) Serve over Salisbury Steak.
*Can double recipe to have enough to pour over mashed potatoes!
Mushrooms and Onions
Melt the butter in the skillet.
Add the onion and mushroom slices.
Saute until onion slices are translucent and soft.
Plate one Salisbury Steak patty per person, top with onions & mushrooms, then gravy. Serve and enjoy!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 862Total Fat: 48gSaturated Fat: 20gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 299mgSodium: 939mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 4gSugar: 10gProtein: 78g
How to Store leftover Salisbury Steak
Store leftover Salisbury Steak in an airtight container in the refrigerator, it will keep for up to 3-4 days.
How to Freeze Salisbury Steak
Allow the steaks to cool down, then transfer to an airtight container.
Be sure to clearly label the container with the contents and date, and place in the freezer for up to 3 months.
How to reheat Salisbury Steak
When you are ready to eat the frozen Salisbury steak, transfer the container from the freezer to the refrigerator to allow it to thaw in the refrigerator overnight.
We prefer to reheat in a skillet until warmed through, but you can also bake them in an oven-safe pan at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes.
Oven Baked Salisbury Steak
Make the Salisbury steak patties according to the directions below.
Instead of putting them in a skillet, place them in a 9×13 casserole dish that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
Layer to onions and mushrooms on top.
Bake the Salisbury Steaks for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.
Mix the brown gravy, don’t heat, just pour over the steak patties.
Return to the oven to bake for 10 more minutes.
Remove from oven and serve.
Crockpot Salisbury Steak
Easy Salisbury Steak can also be made in your slow cooker or crockpot!
Layer the uncooked patties in the bottom of the crock and top with some sliced onions and mushrooms, then the unheated (but mixed!) brown gravy.
Cover and set to low for 6-8 hours.
How to Freeze Salisbury Steaks to cook later in the Crockpot:
Prepare the Salisbury Steak patties according to the recipe instructions, up to the point of placing in the skillet.
Instead, place the patties in a Gallon Sized Ziploc Freezer Bag and then pour the unheated brown gravy over it.
Drop in your onion and mushroom slices.
Be sure to CLEARLY label the freezer bag contents as UNCOOKED SALISBURY STEAK, the date stored and the use by date – can be safely frozen for up to 3 months.
When you are ready to cook, transfer bag to the refrigerator the night before so it can unthaw.
The next morning, empty the contents of the bag into your crockpot.
Plug it in, set it to low, and allow it to cook for 4-6 hours (until the temperature of the patties is 160 degrees).
These are a few items I find helpful in my own kitchen when preparing this Easy Salisbury Steak Recipe:
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