Easy, Cheap, Lovable Weeknight Comfort
Salisbury steak is not trying to win any awards for flair or elegance. It’s not trying to be restaurant-y, or ultra healthy or trendy. Salisbury steak is definitely something that the mom on Freaks and Geeks was serving up on the regular. Maybe it’s something that your own mom (or dad) served on the regular. Whatever this all-American comfort food means to you, our Salisbury steak recipe is sure to hit the spot. Bursting with savory umami-ness and bathed in a deliciously dark brown, mushroom-and-onion gravy, our classic Salisbury steak recipe quite simply rocks. Oh, and it’s really easy on the budget, too!
What Is the Difference Between Salisbury Steak and Hamburger Steak?
Nothing, really! Salisbury steak and hamburger steak are pretty much the same dish. Ground beef is seasoned—quite generously—and formed into oval-shaped patties. It’s cooked and served with a beef-y, onion gravy. Recipes vary a bit, but essentially Salisbury steak and “hamburger steak” are the same basic thing.
What Kind of Meat Is Salisbury Steak Made Of?
Like we said, Salisbury steak isn’t really steak at all—it’s made from ground beef. You can think of it sort of like a hamburger patty without the bun, or like a pan-fried single-serving meatloaf, or, think of it as rather meatball-like. And you know how much we love meatballs. Anyway, Salisbury steak is made of ground beef. It’s ground beef in disguise as a steak. Sort of. So, what else is in our Salisbury steak patties? Well, just about everything savory and good on this planet, that’s what! Ingredients like:
Everything You’ll Need to Make Salisbury Steak Gravy
Lots of people call Salisbury steak sauce a gravy, but it’s not exactly a gravy, it’s just a really yummy sauce that echoes the seasonings that have been mixed into the Salisbury steak patties. Big, beefy and bold this simple brown sauce is the reason that Salisbury steak is sooooo good. Here’s everything you’ll need to make it:
All purpose flour
How To Make the Best Salisbury Steak Recipe Ever
Easy, quick, and cozy, Salisbury steak is the retro comfort food your family needs right now. You can throw this dinner together in about 30 minutes and it doesn’t need to be served with anything too fancy. A nice green salad and some bread, or maybe if you’re feeling ambitious, some mashed potatoes. Here’s how easy it is to make Salisbury steak:
Mix all the seasonings into the ground beef. Use your hands and try to have a light touch, just as you would if you were making meatballs. It'll keep the "steak" tender rather than tough.
Form the meaty mixture into six oval-shaped patties.
Brown the patties! They don't have to be cooked through, just nice and brown.
Make the gravy! Sauté the onions and mushrooms, add the garlic. Add butter, let it melt, then stir in the flour, mustard powder, salt, garlic powder and onion powder. Pour in the broth, bouillon and Worcestershire. Bring the gravy to a boil.
Add the browned beef patties to the onion gravy. Cover and simmer for about 10 minutes.
Just Say Heck Yes To Salisbury Steak
Don’t overthink it. This old-fashioned Salisbury steak recipe is a classic for a reason. Easy to make, easy to love, good leftover—this is the kind of weeknight recipe we can never get enough of. We hope you give it a go! When you make it, show us how it all turned out, OK? Share a photo and tag us on Instagram using @themodernproper and #themodernproper so that we can see your stuff! Happy eating!