Salisbury Steak is a timeless classic in American cuisine and perfectly delicious comfort food. With simple, everyday ingredients, you can have dinner ready in only 30 minutes!
This classic dish will take you back to your childhood! I’m sure all of us have had this many times, whether or not we enjoyed it as kids. This is the perfect weeknight meal as we use gravy packets to jump-start our dish with lots of flavor!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- It uses a few ingredients: With only 5 ingredients, this recipe uses items that you may even have on hand.
- Make-ahead recipe: Did you know that you can make this recipe in advance if you want to? It’s true, see my tips below on how to do that!
- Ready in only 30 minutes: Talk about a quick and easy dinner idea! This recipe, from start to finish, only takes half an hour.
Here’s what you’ll need to make this Salisbury steak recipe:
- Ground beef – Use a lean beef so the dish isn’t too fatty.
- Mushrooms – White or baby bella are both delicious here. You can even use a mix of the two types, add extra, or even keep them out! Maybe try some sautéed onions as well.
- Bread crumbs – Regular, unseasoned bread crumbs as we are adding our own seasoning.
- Seasoning – Italian seasoning gives us a great base, especially when mixed with ketchup and Worcestershire. Feel free to adjust the levels to your taste.
- Gravy mix – Plain brown gravy envelopes are a great base for a cheater gravy!
*Be sure to see the recipe card below for the full ingredients list & instructions!*
How to Make Salisbury Steak
Just mix, sear, and simmer!
STEP 1. Mix patties. Use your hands to combine the patty ingredients, then form them into 4 equal “steaks.”
Tip: Mixing with your hands might be messy, but it’s the easiest way to combine and then shape!
STEP 2. Sear steaks. Sear both sides of the steaks, then set aside. It’s ok if they aren’t cooked through just yet.
STEP 3. Make gravy. Add mushrooms to the pan and saute, then add remaining gravy ingredients and stir to combine.
STEP 4. Simmer. Return the steaks to the pan and let everything simmer until thickened and the steak is cooked through.
Recipe Pro Tips
- Mix with your hands. While messy, this is the best way to make sure everything is evenly combined without over-mixing. You’re going to have to shape with your hands anyway, so you may as well mix with them!
- Extra liquid. The gravy packets normally call for 1 cup of water each. Since you simmer this for a bit, I find that using more than the 2 cups is perfect.
The difference is that hamburger steak is usually prepared with basic seasonings like salt and pepper. Salisbury steak has a mixture of ingredients included in it such as eggs, bread crumbs, and additional seasonings.
Yes, if you aren’t a fan of them, feel free to leave them out of the gravy. You could also add sliced onions if you like those! Adjust everything to your taste!
Definitely! You’ll need a large pot or a saucepan with taller sides. You will likely need to sear the steaks in batches though, to ensure they get great color. It’s fine for them to overlap some while simmering to finish cooking but to sear them they need room.
What to Serve with Salisbury Steak
Depending on what you grew up with, it seems that egg noodles or mashed potatoes are the true classic side dishes. You could also serve over rice if that’s more your jam. You can also roast up some green beans or broccoli or serve up some green peas.
Leftovers will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for a few days. Reheat on the stovetop.
You can freeze the completely cooked and cooled meal for a future date! You can easily reheat on the stove, or pop in the crockpot on low for a couple hours.
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Easy Salisbury Steak Recipe with Mushroom Gravy
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1/4 cup bread crumbs
- 1 egg beaten
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 tablespoon cooking oil
- 1 tablespoon cooking oil
- 8 ounces sliced mushrooms white or baby bella are recommended
- 2 packets brown gravy mix such as McCormicks
- 2 ¼ cups water
- 2 tablespoons ketchup
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Fresh minced parsley optional
- In a large bowl, mix the ground beef, bread crumbs, beaten egg, garlic powder, onion powder, Italian seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper until combined.
- Shape the mixture into 4 equal patties that are about 3⁄4 inch thick.
- In a large skillet, heat the cooking oil to medium-high heat.
- Place the patties in the oil and sear them for about 3 minutes. They should be browned and almost cooked through (but will finish cooking when we add them to the gravy later.)
- Remove the patties from the skillet and set aside on a plate covered with aluminum foil. This will help to keep the patties warm while preparing the mushroom gravy.
- In the same skillet add another tablespoon of cooking oil over medium heat. Add the sliced mushrooms to the pan.
- Sauté the sliced mushrooms for 5 – 6 minutes.
- Add in the two packets of brown gravy mix and gradually stir in the water. Whisk until smooth and then add the ketchup and Worcestershire sauce.
- Reduce heat to medium-low and add the patties back into the skillet with the gravy mixture. Simmer for about 7 – 10 minutes until the patties are cooked through. They should reach an internal temperature of 160 degrees F.
- Check for seasoning and additional salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with parsley if desired.
- Serve the steaks with your favorite side dishes such as mashed potatoes, rice, or egg noodles.
- When mixing the patty mixture together, the best way to mix it is with your hands. It is the easiest way to get everything combined. This is messy, but the most efficient way to get everything properly mixed together.
- This recipe can be prepared and frozen as a quick freezer meal for later. Cook completely and then cool. Add to a Ziploc freezer bag or freezer-safe container for up to 3 months. When ready to prepare, remove from the freezer and allow to thaw overnight. The dish can then be added to an oven-safe pan to reheat or to a crockpot until warm.
Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more.