Homemade Salisbury Steak

Salisbury Steak is a classic American dish that combines ground beef patties with a rich mushroom gravy. It’s a comforting meal that’s perfect for a hearty dinner. Here’s a step-by-step guide to making Salisbury Steak at home.



  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef (preferably 80/20 mix for flavor and juiciness)
  • 1/3 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 teaspoons ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste


    • 2 cups beef broth
    • 1 cup sliced mushrooms (button or cremini work well)
    • 1 onion, thinly sliced
    • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
    • Salt and pepper to taste
    • Mix Ingredients: In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, breadcrumbs, finely chopped onion, beaten egg, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Mix until well combined.

    • Form Patties: Divide the mixture into 4-6 portions, depending on the desired size, and form them into oval-shaped patties.
    • Cook Patties: Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the patties and cook for about 4-5 minutes on each side, or until browned. Remove the patties from the skillet and set aside. They don’t need to be cooked through at this point.
    • Sauté Onions and Mushrooms: In the same skillet, add the butter. Once melted, add the sliced onions and mushrooms. Cook until they are soft and browned, about 5-7 minutes.
    • Make a Roux: Sprinkle the flour over the onions and mushrooms. Stir and cook for about 2 minutes to cook off the raw flour taste.
    • Add Beef Broth: Gradually whisk in the beef broth, ensuring there are no lumps. Add the Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper. Bring to a simmer and let the gravy thicken, about 3-4 minutes.

  • Return Patties to Skillet: Place the browned patties back into the skillet with the gravy. Spoon some gravy over the top of the patties.
  • Simmer: Cover and simmer on low heat for about 10-15 minutes, or until the patties are fully cooked and the gravy has thickened to your liking.
  • Taste and Adjust: Taste the gravy and adjust the seasoning with more salt, pepper, or Worcestershire sauce if needed.
  • Plate the Salisbury Steak: Serve the steaks on plates, generously topped with the mushroom and onion gravy.
  • Serving Suggestions: Salisbury steak goes well with mashed potatoes, steamed green beans, or your favorite vegetables for a complete meal.
  • Don’t Overmix: When combining the steak ingredients, mix just until everything is incorporated to avoid tough patties.
  • Let Patties Rest: After forming the patties, let them rest for a few minutes before cooking. This helps them hold together better during cooking.
  • Deglaze the Pan: After removing the patties, you can deglaze the pan with a little beef broth before adding the butter for the gravy. This step helps incorporate the flavorful bits left from browning the meat into the gravy.
  • Thickness of Gravy: If the gravy is too thick, you can thin it with a bit more beef broth. If it’s too thin, let it simmer uncovered for a few more minutes to reduce.

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