Best Salisbury Steak

Best Salisbury Steak: budget-friendly, seared ground beef patties slathered in rich onion-mushroom gravy, serve over mashed potatoes~easy, any night meal.

Dinner | January 20, 2017 | By

Best Salisbury Steak recipe ~ seasoned ground beef patties seared and simmered in rich mushroom gravy served over creamy mashed potatoes. Easy, any night comfort meal.

I woke up this morning with a nasty cold *ugh* the details of which I’ll spare you but while some people lose their appetite when they’re sick, mine actually increases for comfort food, like what can only be described as the Best Salisbury Steak.

I must stress ~ emphatically ~ that this is not the Salisbury steak of your childhood, provided you grew up like I did. As a kid I enjoyed the meals that came from those divided foil trays. Making sure my food didn’t touch was a big thing then (still is). These Salibury Steak patties are pan-seared for extra flavor then slathered in rich mushroom gravy.

At first bite, you’ll know all is right with the world. It’s the comfort meal you didn’t know you needed.

seared salisbury steak patty on top of mashed potatoes topped with mushroom onion gravy

The tip is really simple and if you’re a fan of A Gouda Life, you’ve heard it before. Sear the meat then scrape up any ‘brown bits’. I even used this tip for Easy Spicy Beef Chili and many other dishes.

What is Salisbury Steak?

Maybe you’ve only had the TV dinner kind in a divided foil plate with corn and mashed potatoes. If that’s the case, you’ll be doing cartwheels when you taste the Best Salisbury Steak.

Salisbury Steak is made with a pound of ground round and a few simple ingredients so it’s not only crazy good but budget-friendly too. If you prefer ground chuck, that’s fine too but drain any excess grease from the skillet after you sear the meat.

Best Salisbury Steak: budget-friendly, seared ground beef patties slathered in rich onion-mushroom gravy, serve over mashed potatoes~easy, any night meal.

Salisbury Steak has been around forever; maybe your mom or grandma used to make it. It’s a dish that invokes old memories and creates new ones at the same time. 

overhead view of ground beef, egg and other ingredients in a bowl before blending

Best Salisbury Steak Ingredients:  

Salisbury Steak:

  • ground round
  • Italian flavored breadcrumbs
  • egg
  • ketchup 
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Dijon mustard
  • fresh parsley

Gravy:

  • olive oil
  • butter
  • onion
  • garlic cloves
  • mushrooms
  • flour
  • beef stock
  • McCormick Au jus gravy mix
  • Dijon mustard
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • dried thyme

three raw salisbury steak patties

Instructions

In a medium bowl combine the Salisbury Steak ingredients, divide the meat into 5 or 6 oval-shaped patties about an 3/4″ thick. Season them with salt and pepper on both sides.

Best Salisbury Steak: budget-friendly, seared ground beef patties slathered in rich onion-mushroom gravy, serve over mashed potatoes~easy, any night meal.

Heat the oil and one tablespoon of butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat then add the patties searing on both sides and transfer them to a plate (they won’t be cooked through at this point).

Add the onions, garlic and mushrooms to the same skillet and sauté, browning lightly. Season with salt and pepper then lower the heat to medium and add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter to the skillet.

When the butter melts whisk in the flour and cook over low heat 1 minute. Pour in beef stock, McCormick Au jus mix, Dijon, Worcestershire sauce and thyme. Scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the skillet then stir as the gravy thickens.

Best Salisbury Steak: budget-friendly, seared ground beef patties slathered in rich onion-mushroom gravy, serve over mashed potatoes~easy, any night meal.

Once the gravy thickens, nestle the  beef into it adding any leftover juices from the plate then cover and cook over low heat about 10 minutes or until the beef is cooked through.

Taste and adjust salt and pepper as necessary and if the gravy is too thick, splash in more beef stock. Mashed potatoes are a good base for the beef and gravy but if you prefer egg noodles, that works well too.

Enjoy!

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Best Salisbury Steak

Easy recipe for Salisbury Steak ~ seared ground beef patties slathered in rich mushroom-onion gravy. Served over mashed potatoes for an easy, any night, budget-friendly meal. 
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CourseMain Course
CuisineAmerican
Keywordhomemade salisbury steak
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Servings4
AuthorA Gouda Life

Ingredients

Salisbury Steak:

  • 1 pound ground round
  • cup Italian flavored breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons parsley finely chopped

Gravy:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter divided
  • 1 medium onion sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic grated
  • 4 ounces mushrooms sliced
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 3 cups beef stock
  • 1 package McCormick Au jus gravy mix
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl combine the beef, breadcrumbs, egg, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon and parsley.
  • Divide the meat forming 5-6 oval-shaped patties about 3/4" thick then season them with salt and pepper on both sides.
  • Heat the oil and one tablespoon of butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the patties to the skillet, searing on both sides then transfer to a plate.
  • Add the onions, garlic and mushrooms to the skillet and sauté allowing them to lightly brown then season with salt and pepper. 
  • Lower the heat to medium and add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter to the skillet. When the butter melts whisk in the flour and cook over low heat 1 minute then pour in the beef stock,  Au jus seasoning, Dijon, Worcestershire and thyme. Scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the skillet.
  • Once the gravy thickens, nestle the Salisbury Steaks into the skillet including any leftover juices left on the plate. Cover and cook over low heat about 10 minutes or until the Salisbury Steaks are cooked through.
  • Taste and adjust salt and pepper as necessary and if the gravy is too thick, splash in more beef stock 2 tablespoons at a time. 

Comments

  1. Leave a Reply

    Ray
    January 21, 2017

    My kind of dinner in the winter. The flavor is out of this world. All I added was a slice of bread and my favorite beverage.

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    Mary
    January 22, 2017

    Gorgeous photos….can smell it cooking! Just looking at pictures makes me hungry for some good old comfort food. Meat and potatoes….yum! Love your take on this classic. Will definitely be making this soon. Pinned. Thanks for sharing. Hope you feel better soon! Take care and chat later.

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      Bernie
      January 22, 2017

      Glad the photos hit their mark 🙂 I crave this stuff all winter – sick or not. Thanks so much Mary!

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    Ian
    November 9, 2018

    Can I make this ahead of time and reheat later

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      Bernie
      November 9, 2018

      Hi Ian – absolutely! This meal reheats really well. If the gravy is too thick for you splash in a little water or stock as it’s warming.

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    Nonna
    February 27, 2019

    These turned out amazing – didn’t want to use flour so I used a mushroom gravy package instead and the gravy was super salty! Added a little vinegar which helped and ended up thickening with a little cornstarch. Will just use the flour next time 😂 they look just like the pic though – yummy!

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      Bernie
      March 5, 2019

      I’m so glad! It makes my day when someone tries and likes a recipe on the blog. This is one of my favorite winter meals. Easy and fast but tons of great flavor. Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy the day. 🙂

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    Eve Hunt
    July 11, 2019

    This recipe is AMAZING. I will eat this for the rest of my life! So good and easy-peasy.

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      Bernie
      July 11, 2019

      Wow Eve thank you SO much!! We absolute love the flavors too — plus how comforting it is. Haha — I hope you DO eat it the rest of your life!! Makes my day – 🙂

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