This Easy Salisbury Steak Recipe is smothered in sautéed onions & mushrooms with a brown gravy and can be cooked and ready to enjoy in about 30 minutes!
Easy Salisbury Steak
When you are looking for fast, easy, budget friendly meals for your family, my Easy 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!
Homemade Salisbury Steak is a family favorite in our house, and I love that not only is it simple & easy to make – it’s also budget friendly too!
To serve, add some mashed potatoes or 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 with onions, mushrooms and brown gravy!
Is there a difference between Salisbury Steak and Hamburger Steak?
They are very similar, though in my experience, Hamburger Steak is just ground beef that is seasoned and 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.
What kind of meat is Salisbury Steak made from?
Salisbury steak is made from lean ground beef. I use 90% lean ground beef.
How to make Salisbury Steak:
- 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 the olive oil in a skillet over a medium heat.
- Once the oil is hot, add the beef patties to heat, lying flat in a single layer.
- Cook the patties for 5-6 minutes on each side, until heated through (patties should reach a minimum internal temperature of 160F degrees.
How to make the brown gravy:
- Follow package directions. I use McCormick Brown Gravy, purchased in bulk.
- The instructions say to 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 (the gravy will continue to thicken upon standing.)
- I like to double this recipe so I have enough to pour over mashed potatoes!
Preparing the onions and mushrooms:
- Melt the butter in the skillet over a medium heat.
- Add the onion and mushroom slices and sauté until the onion slices are translucent and soft.
- Plate one Salisbury Steak patty per person, top with onions & mushrooms, then gravy.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!
- GROUND BEEF – I 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.
- BREADCRUMBS – regular Bread Crumbs will work, but then you’ll want to add in some extra seasonings to get the flavor that’s already provided in the Italian Style Bread Crumbs.
- EGG – 1 egg is beaten and added to the patty mixture as it helps bind the steaks together with the rest of the ingredients.
- WORCESTERSHIRE SAUCE – flavors the patties and adds great flavor.
- BROWN GRAVY – I use McCormick Brown Gravy, purchased in bulk as its more budget friendly.
- ONION – you can add onion to the patties, but I prefer to saute the onion with the mushrooms then add that to the top of the steaks just before serving. However you can add the chopped onion to the patties if you prefer as it can be done either way.
- MUSHROOMS – I have used white mushrooms but you can use any variety of mushroom to top off the steaks.
How to Store leftover Salisbury Steak:
Store leftover Salisbury Steak in an airtight container in the refrigerator, it will keep for 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 350F degrees for 30-40 minutes.
How to make Oven Baked Salisbury Steak
- Prepare the Salisbury steak patties according to the directions in the recipe card below.
- Instead of putting them in a skillet, place them in a 9×13-inch 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 350F 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.
How to make Crockpot Salisbury Steak
- Start by preparing the beef patties, ready to cook 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 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 and drop over the 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).
Recipe tips for making the Best Salisbury Steak
- 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.
Don’t miss these additional delicious Beef Recipes here at When Is Dinner:
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- Easy Crockpot Round Steak
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- Instant Pot Roast
- Cheeseburger Pie
- Taco Pasta Bake
- Easy Meatloaf
- 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