This easy Salisbury steak recipe gives you classic comfort food with juicy well-seasoned beef patties smothered in a rich and hearty mushroom gravy. Salisbury steak is a family favorite and a heart-warming staple served over creamy mashed potatoes with some veggies.
Salisbury steak is an American favorite that graced TV dinners in the 50s but has stood the test of time. It’s one of the best ground beef recipes you can make that gives you deliciously seared beef patties simmered in a rich onion and mushroom gravy made from pan drippings.
It’s budget-friendly and will appeal to your meat-and-potatoes crowd, especially when the end of the year approaches and you need easy hot comfort food on the table. Serve it with mashed potatoes, rice, or noodles and a side of veggies for a hearty and filling dinner. For more comfort food classics, try this beef stroganoff, mushroom meatloaf, slow cooker pot roast, baked mac and cheese, or beef noodle casserole.
Ingredients in Salisbury Steak
What is Salisbury Steak?
Despite its name, Salisbury steak isn’t a steak at all but well-seasoned beef patties formed into the shape of steaks. Unlike steaks, hamburger patties, or meatloaf, Salisbury steak is smothered in a savory mushroom and onion gravy.
Are Salisbury Steaks Basically Hamburger Patties?
Hamburger patties are usually made from ground beef, some binders, and salt and pepper. Fancier patties might include minimal seasonings like Worcestershire sauce and garlic and onion powder. Salisbury steak has more fillers like fresh onions and garlic and seasonings like ketchup, mustard and Worcestershire sauce.
It has more in common with meatballs or meatloaf than it does hamburger patties but unlike all of them, Salisbury steak is simmered and served in a rich and hearty brown mushroom gravy.
SALISBURY STEAK RECIPE TIPS
- Ground beef – Use lean ground beef so there’s less fat rendered when you sear the patties. You’ll want drippings to add to the gravy but not the fat. If you don’t use lean ground beef, make sure to drain the fat fully before sauteeing the onions and mushrooms.
- Onions and garlic – We use fresh aromatics for this recipe but you can substitute them with onion and garlic powder.
- Panko breadcrumbs and egg – These act as a binder to help the patties keep their shape.
- Butter – I like using Land O Lakes butter sticks which measure out the tablespoons for you.
- Beef bouillon cube – This adds more flavor to the meat patties. Crumble it into the mix with your fingers before combining it with the rest of the ingredients. If you don’t want to use a beef bouillon cube to season the patties, substitute it with some salt instead.
- Ketchup and Worcestershire sauce – These add some flavor and umami to both the beef patties and the gravy and should not be skipped.
- Dijon mustard – The mustard adds a little bite to both the patties and the gravy. You won’t need a whole lot, just enough to add a little tang.
- Patties – We’ll be searing the patties for a short time just to get a golden crust on both sides. They will continue cooking in the gravy while the gravy simmers. Cook them until their internal temperature reaches 160°F.
- Flour – Flour and butter make a simple roux to thicken the gravy.
- Panko and egg are used as a binder to hold the patties together. If doubling the recipe, include enough of these binders to help the patties keep their form.
- Flour is used to thicken the gravy. Cooking the flour for a minute will remove the floury taste.
- Searing the patties first in the same pan gives you pan drippings which you use to flavor the homemade gravy.
- The steaks are partially cooked when searing and then finish cooking while they simmer in the mushroom gravy.
What to Serve with Salisbury Steak
And that’s about it. Enjoy your Salisbury steak and let me know how you liked it, what substitutions you made and what you paired it with in the comments below!
MORE BEEF RECIPES TO TRY
- Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos
- Sour Cream Beef Noodle Casserole
- Beef Stroganoff
- Mushroom Meatloaf
- Garlic Butter Steak Bites