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This Salisbury steak recipe takes basic pantry staples that are easy to find at your grocery store. Let's talk about some of the key ingredients.
- Meat: We used beef hamburger meat with 80 % meat and 20% fat for the best flavor.
- Binder: We used bread crumbs and an egg to hold the Salisbury steak patties together in this recipe.
- Spices: We used thyme, onion powder, salt and black pepper.
- Liquids: We used Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, beef broth
How to Make
- Put the ground beef, breadcrumbs, egg, Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, and spices in a bowl, then mix together with your hands. Be careful not to mix longer than necessary, or the Salisbury steak patties will get tough.
- With the help of a kitchen scale, divide the meat mixture into 12 balls of equal size. They should weigh roughly 3.25 ounces each.
3. Place the large meatballs on a baking tray. Shape the meatballs into round patties that are similar in thickness and place back on the baking tray.
4. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in two cast iron skillets over medium high heat. Place 6 round patties in each pan, then cook on medium for 4 minutes. Flip the patties over and repeat the searing process, then transfer the seared patties to a 9x9-inch baking pan.
5. Drain off the hamburger fat, then melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium-high heat in one of the cast iron skillets. Add the onions and cook at medium heat for a few minutes, and then down to medium low for the remainder of the cooking time, about 15 minutes. Stir occasionally with a wooden spoon until the onions are caramelized. Stir in some white wine and scrape the bottom of the pan for a couple of minutes to deglaze the pan.
6. Make a well in the center and melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium high heat. Sprinkle salt and pepper over the onions, then sprinkle ¼ cup of flour. Cook the flour for two minutes while constantly stirring with a wooden spoon.
7. Gradually add the beef stock to the onion mixture, making sure to stir constantly to prevent any lumps. Stir in two teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce for added flavor and color.
Turn the heat down to medium low and let the gravy simmer until it's a bit thicker. Taste and sprinkle a bit more salt and pepper, if necessary. Remove the skillet from the heat. There should be roughly 2 cups of gravy.
8. Cover the patties with the onion gravy.
9. Cover the pan with foil and bake for 20 minutes at 350 F. During this step, the patties will finish cooking. The foil and the gravy will help the patties stay moist.
10. Serve Salisbury steak while still warm. Spoon the gravy over each patty. Garnish with a sprinkle of freshly chopped parsley and serve with our sour cream mashed potatoes and a side of buttered peas. Yummy!
This Salisbury steak recipe with onion gravy is a classic American supper dish that is guaranteed to please each family member and guest when it's served.
Salisbury steak is made more like a meatball, with egg and breadcrumbs for a binding agent, and lots of different spices. The patties are usually seared in a skillet and can be covered in an onion or mushroom gravy before finishing the cooking in an oven. The individual patties are served with a flavorful gravy, usually onion or mushroom.
Hamburger steak is usually made with high quality meat that is seasoned with salt and pepper. The patties are usually thinner than Salisbury steak patties, and they can be grilled or pan fried. They are not served with gravy.
This Salisbury steak recipe has juicy beef patties that are flavored with Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, and spices. As the crowning touch, caramelized onions are cooked in a flavorful brown gravy that is generously spooned over the top of each Salisbury steak patty.
Salisbury steak is made with ground beef. We prefer to make ours with 80% meat and 20% fat which cooks up juicy with lots of flavors.
The ground beef needs ingredients that help bind it together which keeps it from crumbling. In our recipe, we use one egg and breadcrumbs mixed into the ground beef to keep the patties intact.
Salisbury steak may turn out on the tough side if you mix the ground beef together for too long. Mix just enough to mix all the ingredients together. Also, using ground beef that is too lean may also make it tougher.
This hearty Salisbury steak recipe works just about any easy side dishes but some of our favorites include:
- Mashed potatoes
- Green peas
- Crispy green salad
- Tomato wedges
- Want a different gravy? Try mushroom gravy with your salisbury steak.
- Want to sneak in more vegetables? Add onion and green pepper to the patties.
- Short on time? Skip the oven part and cook each salisbury steak patty longer in the skillet. Just realize that the patties will be drier.
- Want to make this recipe ahead? Cover with foil and refrigerate before baking. When ready to eat, just bake in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes.
- Want to serve as a traditional recipe? Serve this main course dish with mashed potatoes and peas.
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Salisbury Steak Recipe
For the Beef Patties
- 2.25 pounds ground beef, 80% meat, 20% fat
- 1 cup white breadcrumbs
- 1 large egg
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- ¼ teaspoon liquid smoke
- ¼ teaspoon onion powder
- ¼ teaspoon dried thyme leaves
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 2 tablespoons salted butter
For the Onion Gravy
- 2 tablespoons salted butter
- 2 large yellow onions, sliced in rings
- ¼ cup white wine
- 2 tablespoons salted butter
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 2 cups beef stock
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
Making the Beef Patties
- Make your own breadcrumbs with day-old or frozen bread. Cut or tear the bread into small pieces, place in a blender, and let it whirl for a minute until the breadcrumbs are small.
- Mix together the ground beef, breadcrumbs, egg, Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, and spices with your hands. Divide into 12 balls of equal size, roughly 3.25 ounces (92g) each. Shape patties to be similar in thickness.
- In two cast iron skillets over medium high heat, melt 1 tablespoon of butter per skillet, swirl it around, then place 6 patties in each skillet. Cook patties for 2 minutes on medium heat then 2 minutes on medium low. Flip them over and cook the other side.
- Transfer the 12 cooked beef patties to a 9x9-inch baking pan. Place them close together, but in one layer. Set aside.
- For easy clean up, pour the hamburger fat into a small bowl and place in the fridge for it to harden into a disc, then discard.
Making the Onion Gravy
- Halve both onions, then cut them into thin slices. Separate each piece.
- In one of the cast iron skillets, melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium high heat, then add the onions. Turn the heat down to medium and cook for a few minutes, then turn the heat down to medium low and finish cooking. Stir occasionally with a wooden spoon until caramelized, roughly 15 minutes.
- To deglaze the pan, pour in ¼ cup of white wine. Stir constantly until the fond is off the bottom of the pan. This is will take roughly 2 minutes.
- Make a well in the center of the onions and melt 2 tablespoons of butter in it. Sprinkle the onions with salt and pepper, then sprinkle ¼ cup of flour over the onions. Cook the flour for two minutes, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon.
- Gradually add the the stock, constantly stirring as you do so, then add two teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce for additional color and flavor.
- Let the gravy simmer until its the desired thickness. Taste and sprinkle more salt and pepper over the gravy if desired. You should have about 2 cups of gravy.
Baking the Salisbury Steak
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Spoon the onion gravy over the patties in the baking pan. Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes. This step lets the patties finish cooking and helps them stay moist.
- Serve warm. Spoon the onion gravy over each beef patty. Garnish with freshly chopped parsley.
- Skip the oven part and cook each patty longer in the skillet, if you are short on time. Note that the patties will be drier.
- Cover with foil and refrigerate before baking if you want to make it ahead.
- Serve this main course dish with mashed potatoes and peas if you want to be traditional.
This post was originally published on January 12, 2018.