Saturday, November 7, 2020

Perfect Salisbury Steak with Gravy + Video

Salisbury steak with creamy mushroom gravy is hearty, classic comfort food. Make this recipe for a one-pan meal in under 30 minutes!

Title text (pictured in pan): Perfect Salisbury Steak with Gravy
With just a pound of ground beef and a few simple ingredients, you can make hearty meals that your family will love!

Homemade Sloppy Joes are another simple dish made with seasoned ground beef. My recipe has a kick of Mexican flavor for when you want something a little different.

For an easy but filling comfort food meal, try my Tater Tot Casserole. It’s loaded with veggies, ground beef, and cheesy tots and makes a great freezer meal too.

Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs are great as an appetizer or served over a plate of spaghetti. Plus, they’re ready in just 20 minutes!

salisbury steak ingredients

Is Salisbury steak the same as hamburger steak?

Both are typically made from ground beef, but a hamburger steak is simply seasoned and served on a bun or other type of bread. If it contains added fillings and binders, it becomes a hamburger patty.

On the other hand, Salisbury steak contains a variety of other ingredients and is usually served with some type of gravy.

It’s formed into a shape similar to a cut of steak and can be made with a combination of beef and pork.

salisbury steak cooking in skillet

How To Make Salisbury Steak

This recipe couldn’t be any simpler to prepare! Just make the steaks, whisk together some mushroom gravy while they rest, and combine the two before serving.

As a bonus, both are made in the same pan, meaning fewer dishes at the end of the night!
  1. Mix The Ingredients: Combine everything in a large bowl, then divide and form into individual patties.
  2. Cook The Steaks: Place the patties in a hot pan, working in batches as needed. Cook all the way through before removing to a plate to rest.
fried salisbury steaks

How To Make Mushroom Gravy

Before you get started, wipe out the pan to remove any excess fat from the meat.
  1. Cook The Vegetables: Soften the garlic and onions in butter, then add the mushrooms. Cook until they shrink in size and most of the liquid is released, stirring occasionally so nothing sticks to the pan.
  2. Add Remaining Ingredients: Coat the vegetables with flour and let it brown for a bit, then mix in the liquids and ketchup until well combined.
  3. Simmer: Reduce the heat and continue cooking until the gravy has thickened to your liking.
onions and mushrooms cooked in skillet

Serving Suggestions

Whip up some mashed potatoes and add a salad or a side of vegetables if you’d like.

And you can’t go wrong with some warm biscuits to soak up any extra gravy!

Kitchen Tools You Will Need
  • Mixing Bowls - I like a variety of mixing bowls and prep bowls and this set has them all.
  • Large Skillet - The larger the better so you don’t have to work in many batches. Ideally, it should be more than 12 inches in diameter.
  • Whisk - These have held up for over 10 years and are still as good as the day I bought them. With 3 sizes there is a whisk for every job!
salisbury steak in gravy

Storage and Reheating

Salisbury steak is great as leftovers! You can store the meat and gravy together or separately, whichever you prefer.

Refrigerate for 3 to 4 days and reheat on the stove or in the microwave.

finished salisbury steak recipe

How to prevent tough Salisbury steak
  • Use cold meat: Pull the ground beef out of the refrigerator right before mixing so the fat doesn’t melt before it makes it to the pan.
  • Don’t over mix Combine the ingredients by hand or with a wooden spoon just until everything is incorporated. Then, gently form the patties, making sure to not compress them too tightly.
  • Sear on both sides: This helps to lock in all of the moisture.
  • Don’t Overcook: Remove the steaks as soon as they are cooked through and allow them to rest. This allows the juices to redistribute through the meat for perfectly tender bites.

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gravy poured over salisbury steak in a skillet

Salisbury Steak Recipe Video

To see us make the recipe from start to finish, watch the video at the top of this post.

Yield: 6
Author: Donna Elick
Salisbury Steaks

Salisbury Steaks

Salisbury steak with creamy mushroom gravy is hearty, classic comfort food. Make this recipe for a one-pan meal in under 30 minutes!
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 25 MinTotal time: 35 Min


  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons dried mustard powder
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 beef bouillon cube, crushed into a powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Mushroom Gravy
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 yellow onion, thin sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 ounces sliced baby bella mushrooms
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped, garnish


  1. In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef, breadcrumbs, ketchup, mustard powder, 2 teaspoons ketchup, 2 teaspoons worcestershire sauce, beef bouillon, and black pepper until well combined. Form into 6 even oval-shaped patties.
  2. Place a large skillet over medium heat, once hot add the patties directly to the pan. There is no need to add additional fat to the pan since there is plenty of fat in the ground beef. Get a nice sear on both sides making sure to cook the patties all the way through. You may need to lower the heat if the patties are browning too fast. Patties are done cooking once the internal temperature reaches 165°F, about 10-15 minutes. Once they are done cooking, place the Salisbury steaks onto a plate and set aside. Wipe out any excess fat from the pan.
  3. Place the skillet back onto the stove over medium heat. Add the butter and let it melt. Add the onions and garlic, stirring occasionally, cook until the onions are softened and translucent, about 5-8 minutes. Add the mushrooms to the pan, cook until softened and most of the liquid is cooked out another 5 minutes stirring occasionally. Add the flour to the pan and stir to coat the mushrooms and onions, cook for 2 minutes. Slowly whisk in the beef stock, Worcestershire sauce, and ketchup. Let simmer and thicken, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the Salisbury steaks back to the pan and cover in the sauce, continue to cook until the patties are warmed through, about 3-5 minutes. Add a parsley garnish, optional, and serve.

collage photo (pictured in skillet): Perfect Salisbury Steak with Gravy

Originally published November 2020

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  1. I don't eat mushroom. Can I still make this as written, just leaving out the mushrooms? Do they add any gotta have flavoring?

    Thanks, Jan

    1. You can definitely leave out the mushrooms! Enjoy and let us know how it goes.

  2. Is 1/2 lb. correct for 6 servings?

    1. It is 1 1/2 lbs of ground beef. Thank you Cindyw. I corrected it.

  3. Is 1/2 lb. correct for 6 servings?

    1. It is 1 1/2 lbs of ground beef. Thank you Cindyw. I corrected it.

  4. Is 1/2 lb. correct for 6 servings?

    1. It is 1 1/2 lbs of ground beef. Thank you Cindyw. I corrected it.

  5. I made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious!! I made rice and served the gravy over. My husband was very happy. Economical yet very tasty! Thank you for posting. I saw it on Facebook and immediatly pinned it so I can find it again and again!

  6. Made this tonite as written, except kept the little bit of grease & browned beef bits in the pan. This is an easy, economical & delicious recipe that results in a restaurant-quality meal.


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