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Salisbury Steak

Salisbury Steak is an easy comfort food dinner that's reminiscent of tv dinners, but SO much better!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: ground beef recipe, weeknight dinner
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 297kcal



  • 1 1/2 lbs. lean ground beef
  • 1/2 large yellow onion
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs plain or Italian
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 large egg

Fats for the skillet

  • 2 Tbsp butter divided
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil

Mushroom + onion gravy

  • 1 medium yellow onion halved and thinly sliced
  • 8 oz cremini or baby bella mushrooms sliced
  • 2 cups reduced sodium beef broth or stock
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/2 Tbsp soy sauce reduced sodium is preferred
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper


  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp cold water


Make patties

  • Add breadcrumbs to a large mixing bowl.  Grate onion over the bowl and stir grated onion into the breadcrumbs. There will likely be some onion "juice" that goes into the bowl as well, and that's good. It will add moisture as well as flavor.
  • Add remaining patty ingredients and use hands to mix until just combined.
  • Use the side of your hand to lightly score the meat in half.  Then score each half into 3 sections.  Now you have 6 roughly equally sized sections.  Scoop out the meat in each section and form into oval shaped patties.
  • Heat 1 Tbsp each butter and olive oil in a large skillet over MED HIGH heat.  Once hot, add patties and sear about 4-5 minutes per side, until cooked through.  Transfer patties to a plate and keep warm.

Make gravy

  • Reduce skillet heat to MED and add 1 Tbsp butter.  Add sliced onions and cook for 3 minutes.  Add mushrooms and cook another 4-5 minutes.
  • Stir in beef broth, scraping the bottom of the skillet to loosen any browned bits.  Add tomato paste, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, dijon mustard, salt and pepper and whisk or stir to combine well.
  • In a small bowl combine cornstarch and water and whisk until smooth.  Whisk mixture into the beef gravy and simmer until thickened to your liking, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Add patties back to the skillet and spoon gravy over the top of the patties.  Cook another minute or two, until everything is heated through.


  • Serve patties hot, over mashed potatoes or noodles if you like, with a generous spoonful or two of gravy over the top, sprinkled with minced fresh parsley (if desired).


  1. Salisbury steak makes a great freezer meal! Once cooked, let it cool completely, then transfer to a freezer-safe container (I like to use disposable foil pans - the heavy duty ones), cover, and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator, then bake at 350°F for about 30-40 minutes.
  2. Be careful not to over-mix the patty mixture, as this will result in tough patties.
  3. If the patties are falling apart during cooking, chilling them about 30 minutes next time will help them hold their shape.
  4. The best fat content for the ground beef in this recipe is 85/15 or 90/10.


Calories: 297kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 112mg | Sodium: 860mg | Potassium: 856mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 215IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 4mg