Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy

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Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy combines tender, meatloaf-style beef patties with homemade brown gravy and fresh sliced mushrooms. It’s classic comfort food, and so easy to make!

overhead shot of salisbury steaks cooking in mushroom gravy

Juicy Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy

When my family has had a long week, I love making comfort food for a weekend dinner. It’s a nice way to encourage everyone to rest and relax.

Salisbury steak is one of our favorites! Honestly, any dish with a rich, smooth gravy is comfort food to me. But, this dish is especially comfy because it’s meaty and filling, while still being delightfully easy to make and eat. The tender “steaks” and mushroom gravy are always a hit!

This classic dish comes together in just one skillet. Serve some salad on the side, and maybe baked potatoes or rice, and you’ve got a tasty meal with a tad bit of cleanup.

up close shot of salisbury steak topped with mushrooms and gravy

What is a Salisbury Steak?

You might be wondering what exactly a Salisbury Steak is. A classic American recipe, Salisbury steak is a mix between meatloaf and hamburger patties, served with gravy.

To make the “steaks,” ground beef is blended with egg, seasoning, bread crumbs, and a few other tasty add-ins, somewhat like meatloaf. But, instead of pressing it into a loaf pan, you make patties shaped as ovals, and, in place of a ketchup or brown sugar topping, you make a rich brown gravy, often with mushrooms.

This tempting and nourishing dinner is the ultimate comfort food!

Recipe Ingredients

For this savory Salisbury steak dinner, you’ll need an array of well-loved ingredients like Worcestershire sauce, ketchup and mustard powder. We’re going old-school, here! It’ll be awesome!

ground beef patties in a white bowl

For the Salisbury Steaks

  • Onion: You can substitute white or sweet onions, if desired.
  • Panko: You can use regular panko crumbs, or pork rind crumbs for a low-carb option.
  • Ground Beef: This recipe uses one pound of ground beef.
  • Garlic: Mince or press two cloves of fresh garlic.
  • Egg: I use one whole egg for this recipe.
  • Ketchup: You’ll need two tablespoons of your favorite ketchup.
  • Mustard Powder: Two teaspoons of mustard powder help give this dish its distinctive taste.
  • Worcestershire Sauce: Just a teaspoon; Worcestershire sauce is strong.
  • Salt & Pepper: I used one-fourth of a teaspoon each of salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  • Olive Oil: For sautéing. Lighter olive oils are best for high-heat cooking.

For the Mushroom Gravy

  • Olive Oil: You’ll need a tablespoon olive oil, for cooking the veggies.
  • Onion: I used half a yellow onion, finely diced.
  • Garlic: Mince or press two cloves of fresh garlic.
  • Mushrooms: I like to use 8 ounces of sliced mushrooms.
  • Butter & Flour: To thicken the sauce.
  • Broth: You’ll need two cups of beef broth.
cooking sliced mushrooms in a white skillet

How to Make a Salisbury Steak with Gravy

This classic Salisbury steak recipe is simple to put together, all in one skillet. The gravy comes out flavorful thanks to the meat and veggies cooked in the same skillet.

  1. Blend Steak Ingredients: Place grated onion in a mixing bowl; add panko crumbs and stir. Then add the ground beef, garlic, egg, ketchup, mustard powder, Worcestershire sauce, salt,and pepper; use your hands to mix it all together until well combined.
  2. Cook Steaks: Shape the mixture into 4 oval-shaped patties. Then heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet, over medium heat. Add the beef patties to the heated oil and cook for 5 minutes; flip and continue to cook for 5 to 6 more minutes. Be careful when flipping over the patties so they don’t start to fall apart.
  3. Cook Onions, Garlic & Mushrooms: Remove the patties from the skillet and set aside; keep them covered. Return the skillet to the burner, and add another tablespoon olive oil. When oil is hot, stir in finely diced onions and cook for 1 minute. Add the garlic, and then mushrooms; cook for 4 to 5 minutes, or until the mushrooms are soft.
  4. Make Gravy: Add your butter to the skillet and swirl it around to melt. Sprinkle the flour over the butter and vent veggies, and cook for about 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Pour in the beef broth; mix and stir until everything is combined and there are no lumps from the flour. Whisk if needed.
  5. Thicken Gravy: Add the beef patties and any juices back to the skillet. Cook for 5 more minutes, or until the gravy is thickened; stirring occasionally. (If the gravy gets too thick, add a bit of water or beef broth to the skillet.)
  6. Serve: Transfer the steaks to a platter. Taste the gravy for salt and pepper, and adjust if needed. Spoon the gravy over the Salisbury steaks and enjoy!
overhead shot of salisbury steaks cooking in mushroom gravy

Tips for Success

Salisbury steak is such an easy recipe, it’s sure to become a staple in your rotation. Especially if you follow these tips!

  • Shaping: Wet your hands a little with water to prevent the mixture from sticking, and be careful not to overwork the mixture as you shape the patties; overworked ground beef becomes tough.
  • Make it Gluten-Free: You can use a cornstarch slurry in place of the butter and flour, if you’d like! Just make the sauce without the butter and flour. Then, mix a tablespoon of cornstarch with a tablespoon of water, and whisk it into the sauce. Simmer until thickened.
  • Turkey Steaks: This dish will also work with ground turkey! However I don’t recommend ground turkey breast, which is too lean.

Serving Suggestions

Wondering what dishes to pair with this classic Salisbury steak recipe? These are my top suggestions!

overhead shot of salisbury steaks cooking in mushroom gravy

How to Store and Reheat Leftovers

  • To refrigerate leftovers, place any steaks and gravy together in shallow, airtight food storage containers. Keep refrigerated for up to 3 days.
  • To reheat, place the meat and gravy in a covered skillet. Heat on low until heated through.

Can I Freeze Salisbury Steak?

  • Definitely! This recipe freezes well. Just put your cooled leftovers in airtight freezer containers and store them for up to two months.
  • This is actually a great recipe to double so that you can freeze one batch for later!
  • Thaw overnight before reheating.

ENJOY!

5 from 8 votes
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Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy

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Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy combines tender, meatloaf-style beef patties with homemade brown gravy and fresh sliced mushrooms.
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 462
Author: Katerina | Diethood

Equipment

  • Stove

Ingredients

For the Steaks

  • ½ yellow onion, finely grated
  • ½ cup gluten free panko crumbs , use pork rind panko crumbs for a low carb option
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

For the Gravy

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ yellow onion, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 ounces sliced mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour, (see notes for substitutions)
  • 2 cups beef broth

Instructions 

  • Place finely grated onion in a mixing bowl; add panko crumbs and stir it all together.
  • To the mixing bowl add ground beef, minced garlic, egg, ketchup, mustard powder, worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper; use your hands to mix it all together until well combined.
  • Shape 4 patties into an oval, to resemble a “steak”, and set aside.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet and set it over medium heat.
  • Add the beef patties to the heated oil and cook for 5 to 6 minutes.
    Carefully flip them over and continue to cook for 5 to 6 more minutes. Patties are cooked through when internal temperature registers at 155˚F.
  • Remove patties from skillet and set aside; keep them covered.
  • Return skillet to the burner and add 1 tablespoon olive oil.
  • When oil is hot, stir in finely diced onions and cook for 1 minute.
  • Stir in garlic and then mushrooms; cook for 4 to 5 minutes, or until mushrooms are soft.
  • Add butter and swirl around to melt.
  • Sprinkle the top with flour and cook for about 30 seconds, stirring constantly.
  • Pour in the beef broth; mix and stir until everything is combined and there are no lumps from the flour.
  • Add the beef patties and any juices back to the skillet.
  • Continue to cook for 5 to 8 more minutes, or until gravy is thickened; stirring occasionally. If gravy starts to thicken too soon, add a bit of water or beef broth to the skillet.
  • Transfer steaks to a platter.
  • Taste the gravy for salt and pepper; adjust accordingly.
  • Spoon gravy over the Salisbury steaks and serve.

Notes

  • TO REDUCE CARBS: Skip the flour and butter. Instead, make a slurry by combining two tablespoons cold water with 2 tablespoons cornstarch; whisk it until completely combined. Add the beef broth to the cooked mushrooms, then stir in the cornstarch slurry; continue to cook until sauce is thickened. 
Nutrition Facts
Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy
Amount Per Serving
Calories 462 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 133mg44%
Sodium 705mg29%
Potassium 909mg26%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 31g62%
Vitamin A 237IU5%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 37mg4%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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22 Responses
  1. Patricia @ Grab a Plate

    Just like when I was a kid! I haven’t had this dish in forever, and so glad I came across this! I’m making it this weekend!

  2. Kathryn

    This is the salisbury steak I remember growing up with – so comforting and tender and delicious! My whole family loved this – thank you!

  3. Betsy

    The gravy is absolutely stunning! It’s got a wonderful sheen to it, but the taste! Oh, the taste! So rich, so delicious! My mashed potatoes were delighted to be covered in such a delightful gravy! The salsbury steaks were also quite good…but it was that gravy that I adored! Yum yum!

  4. Dorothy Reinhold

    This recipe brings back such great memories. It is very close to my mom’s. I can’t wait to share it with my family.

  5. Natalie

    Loved salisbury steak growing up & this recipe is perfect!! The mushroom gravy is also so good!! It adds a ton of flavor!

    1. Gail

      I would just pin it to your Pinterest page. You can also copy and paste in a Word document and save it to the cloud or on your desktop. That’s what I’ve always done.

      1. Katerina Petrovska

        Thanks for responding to their question! 🙏 I usually respond to all comments, but I totally missed this one.
        I actually have options to save these recipes to user’s Favorites file. There’s an “Add to Favorites” button at the top of the post, right underneath the social media sharing buttons, and I also have one after the recipe card.

    2. Katerina Petrovska

      Hi!
      There is an “Add to Favorites” button under the recipe card, and another one toward the top, right underneath the social media sharing buttons.

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