Monday, August 1, 2011

Hamburger Steaks and Gravy

I guess if you wanted, you could call these Salisbury Steaks (without the mushrooms).   But growing up, my Mom just called them Hamburger Steaks.  Sometimes folks refer to them as the poor man's steak.  Such a simple and satisfying meal (and easy on the wallet).  Whatever you call it, I loved them and still do.  I remember my Dad would groan whenever my Mom made this or meatloaf. Something about ground beef in any sort of loaf form just made my Dad cringe.  Obviously a meat patty did him wrong at some point in his life.
Now, my father-in-law is a different story. He's a simple kind of guy and he just adores this meal and he loves meatloaf. He can't get enough. He's the rare man that will actually order meatloaf at a restaurant. He's also the kinda guy you just love to feed because you never have to ask if he's enjoying a meal since he is always generous with his compliments.  I remember when my in-laws, Chris and Gene (my father-in-law is Big Gene and my husband is referred to as Little Gene, even though he ain't anywhere near little anymore), came to visit us when we were living in England. They had never come to visit us in our own place before. My husband and I had only been married a year and this was our first place together. And overseas of all places! I decided I would make us lasagna for dinner on their first night there.  I had no idea my in-laws did not care for lasagna.   Who doesn't like lasagna?  Apparently Chris and Big Gene.  Well, God bless them, they ate their slices of lasagna and never said a word.  Afterwards, my father-in-law said that the lasagna was really good and he was surprised. That's when Chris and Gene told me they had never enjoyed lasagna before.   If looks could kill, my husband would have died a thousand deaths that day.  How come he never told me they didn't eat lasagna?   Apparently he didn't know this little fact about his parents. Ugh.  Well, they were converted after that. My father-in-law still asks for it to this day. And he never complains if I decide to make meatloaf or hamburger steaks for supper.   In fact, he gets very happy. He just loves the stuff!   You can customize these anyway you prefer.   I like green peppers and onions in mine but Little Gene {giggles} likes his without. 
Ingredients:
For the patties:
1 pound ground beef
1/3 cup crushed crackers (or bread crumbs)
1 egg
½ green pepper, diced
½ small yellow onion, diced
1 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce
1 tsp. salt
½ tsp. ground black pepper

For the gravy:
1 package Brown Gravy
1 can French Onion Soup (low sodium)
1 can Cream of Chicken soup (low sodium)
¼ cup water
 
Directions:
In a bowl, combine ingredients for patties. It’s best to just get in there with your hands to make sure it is combined together well.  Heat sauté pan (or cast iron skillet) on medium-high heat.  Begin forming hamburger steaks into an oval shape (this recipe makes 4).  If you aren’t using a nonstick skillet, you may want to spray pan with nonstick spray. 
Place patties onto preheated pan.  Brown both sides. You aren’t going to cook them all the way through. Cook about 3-4 minutes on each side.
Take browned patties out of pan and set aside.  Add all the gravy ingredients to the pan and whisk together well to remove most of the lumps. 
(Brown Gravy Mix)
 (French Onion Soup)
(Cream of Chicken Soup)

 It will take a minute or two of whisking to get most of the lumps out.  
Add patties back to pan.
Spoon a bit of the gravy over the tops of the patties.
 Cover and turn heat down to a lower setting.
Let cook for another 10 minutes or so until cooked all the way through.

Enjoy!
Printable Recipe Here

46 comments :

Colleen said...

I've loved this since I was a little girl! In the 60's, my grade school served this for lunch. This was back in the day when school lunches were actually homemade food. It was always served with mashed potatoes, peas and a roll. I still eat it like this today.

Big Gene sounds like my father. Ground meat is his favorite thing. If there is meatloaf on a menu, he is ordering it! He and my mom have gone on over 30 cruises. With all the wonderful, fancy food cruises serve, my dad will always ask for them to just bring him a hamburger. LOL

carolinaheartstrings said...

This looks so yummy. A favorite meal at our house. Your version just looks perfect! Come over and visit us today. We have a Southern specality.

BigBearswife said...

Hamburger Steaks were a favorite of mine when I was younger! I place I worked at made the best ones and I loved them! I'll have to use this recipe and try and make my own! :)

Candace said...

Hamburger Steaks, salisbury steaks, meatloaf are just a few of my very favorite things, Brandie! Yours looks absolutely delicious, as usual. BTW...your cherry limeade was a HUGE hit in the house. I had to restock for another batch. It didn't last long. Thank you! :)

The Cannary's said...

Your version looks really good - this is one of my hubby's favorite meals and the first one he learned to cook for himself in college. He likes to slop sauteed onions all over his - so good. And he serves them with mashed, AND pork and beans. A weird combo, but he loves it.

Pretend Chef said...

These look so delicious. I know my guy would love this since he is a meatloaf fan. I need to give this a try since he has had a craving for gravy of all thing. Haha! Yummy!

Sandra said...

I was looking to find easy recipe for this..my hubby love it when we eat out and I wanted to surprise him:))
Thank you so much for sharing this.. will try it for sure!

BreAna {Sugar and Spice and All Things Iced} said...

This looks so good. I am definitely going to have to try this one of these days!! I haven't tried something like this before. I think it will be a hit!!

Veronica Gantley said...

Oh this brings back memories! I had it growing up. Mom always made mac and cheese with it. Yum!

My Life as the canning wife said...

Oh this looks sooo good!! I am excited about making this:) Love the post too!!

Erica (Irene) said...

This looks so good.....unfortunately my Dad and husband also have a thing for ground beef. Not me...I'm excited to try and make this. Thanks for sharing.

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Erica (Irene) said...

This looks so good.....unfortunately my Dad and husband also have a thing for ground beef. Not me...I'm excited to try and make this. Thanks for sharing.

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Mandy said...

Oh this looks so down home good and comforting!

Inside a British Mum's Kitchen said...

What a great recipe! thanks for sharing this - my family will love it!
Mary

Erin said...

Great story! We used to have these as a kid, but we didn't get a sauce to put on them. Not sure why, I know my dad isn't much into sauce, maybe that is why. I remember eating it with ketchup :) This looks MUCH better!

Ali said...

What a delicious, comforting dinner recipe. I love hamburger steaks and gravy, and I like that you used some french onion soup to give it more flavor.

If you’d like, I wanted to invite you to share your best recipes over at my new party, Recipe Sharing Monday at Jam Hands. I’m going to be featuring my favorite submissions during the week and I’d love it if you’d join in the fun. :O)

Christine's Pantry said...

Great recipe. Will try this. Thanks for sharing.

Annie @ From the Bookshelf said...

This looks really yummy and would go over BIG in our house!

Cheryl and Adam @ pictureperfectmeals.com said...

Love the stories about your family, they always bring a smile! But who doesn't like lasagna? It's one of those things you make when you don;t know what to make because it's just assumed everybody likes it. Little Gene could have been more forthcoming, but it sounds like you made some converts.. must be good lasagna. And Good hamburger steaks. Adam considers gravy the most essential part of any meal, so he's going to be very happy with this!

Christine said...

Yummmmy! I had this last night and it was super tasty. I didn't change a thing and I don't plan on it.

Brooks at Cakewalker said...

Brandie, I just LOVE stopping by here! I remember Salisbury Steak...Mom never made it, but she sure served it up in a TV dinner. Remember those? Probably wouldn't surprise you that my favorite part was the little square section of brownie. Shame on Lil' Gene for not disclosing that lasagna fact, but you charmed the inlaws over. Way to go!

Annie Oakley's Kitchen said...

Oh yum! I have not had this in years! This is one of the things my Dad would make when I still lived at home.

Muriel Miller said...

My husband would LOVE this dish! Brandie another great dish that I can't wait to try!

Krista said...

So simple, and so yummy! Thanks so much for sharing at Church Supper!

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Holly said...

These sound great. Totally reminds me of a meal my Dad would eat. Too funny about the 'Big Gene' and 'Little Gene' My Dad is 'Big Brad' and my step-brother is 'Little Brad' We've been calling them both those names for 20 years : )

Red Brick Shanty said...

I can't wait to try this. We have a freezer full of ground beef and this is my next new recipe to try. It sounds yummy!

Amy said...

These look so GOOD! I'll be trying them! Thanks for sharing...

Amy

yvonne said...

Hello, I am a new visitor on Country Cook and must say I love it. I fixed the Hamburger steak with Brown Gravy and it was wonderful. My husband said that it was great and that he could make a pig of himself on it.. I took a plate of it with boiled potato's and boiled squash to my next door neighbor for her supper and she said that it was really good. Love your site.

The Country Cook said...

Hi Yvonne! Thank yo so much for taking the time come back here & let me know that you enjoyed this recipe. It really makes my day to hear that! I hope you'll find lots more recipe that you and your family will love!

beef jerky said...

This is a very delicious entree. I love the gravy on the served patties. This makes a nice dinner meal.

cbinsc said...

Hi Brandie, I am new to your blog and I love it! Just really good down-to-earth recipes. I have spent so much time just reading recipes I don't know what I want to make first. I know this is a big time commitment on your part so thanks so much for sharing.

NikkiStarr said...

I just made this and doubled the recipe for company. The patties fell apart. I made mashed potatoes to go with it and it did taste great over them, but I really wanted steak patties. Oh well. I do love it! I just wondered if there is something different you need to do to double the recipe?

bitsybet said...

I like to serve the patties on top of buttered egg noodles, and then pour some gravy over top of the patty. It's a budget meal that my family likes.

Heidi Thomas said...

I absolutely love your site. I stumbled across it through Pinterest and haven't stopped looking at your recipes

Carol said...

You are a Country Cook for sure! I have cooked for more than 55 years and am considered a good cook. However, I have just printed out at least 10 of your recipes! I'm anxious to try them on Hubby who loves good food. Thank you, thank you!

bitsybet said...

I do this with frozen turkey burgers and a packet of brown gravy mix. I call it Faux Salisbury Steak.

Anonymous said...

I actually use a pkg of chicken stove top stuffing instead of breadcrumbs and about a half cup of BBQ sauce too! MMMMMM GOOD! whip up some mashed potatoes and everyone loves it:)

Anonymous said...

Made this tonight....it was great....a big hit with my family..
Thank you for making the recipes so easy to follow....

Anonymous said...

Made this last night and it was delish!! I added mushrooms because I can eat mushrooms with anything. Made buttered potatoes with onions and corn. Hubby and I both loved it. Thanks for the great recipe.

I made the patties ahead of time and let them sit in the fridge for a bit so they would stay firm. I let them simmer in the gravy for about an hour on low heat. I had no problems with them falling apart. Will definately make again!

Anonymous said...

This was SOOO GOOD!! Thank you . I used turkey ground meat instead of hamburger meat. YUM YUM! My husband wanted a 3rd plate but was too full to do so ! Thank you for this !

Olivia Busby said...

Probably a stupid question but do I leave the grease from the patties when I make the gravy or do I drain it first?

Jessica Walker said...

This was so easy and amazing!! My husband was very concerned about putting the cream of chicken and french onion soup in the gravy, but he loved it too! I always have these ingredients, except the french onion soup, on hand-- so the actual patties and gravy only cost us $1 beyond our pantry items. We made this with corn homemade mashed potatoes, and dinner rolls! Delish!

Jessica Walker said...

OMG that would be delicious and even cheaper because you wouldn't have to worry about sides! Great thinking!

Anonymous said...

I doubled mine , came good, gravy got to thick. needed more water.

Anonymous said...

My Mom would make a version of this using a package of Lipton Onion soup mixed in with the ground meat, boy was that good! Yum

Anonymous said...

I just picked up a two pound pack called "market style ground beef" and it is so lean I wanted to do something special with it. For grilling burgers the fatter the better but the really lean stuff is great for the other uses. This stuff was $3.49 a pound which was cheaper then their pale looking hamburger and $2.00 a pound cheaper than ground chuck and looked better!

I was torn between hamburger steaks and gravy and Stroganoff "helper" so I decided to do both!

I liked your onions and peppers inside the steaks and since I had some cut up Vidalia onion and three of the small red and yellow "sweet peppers" (they still seem bitter to me) I decided to follow your directions with few changes to use what I had on hand.

My biggest decision now is quantity to make with a pound, fist was two biggies, then four, I have just decided three will be perfect!

Thanks the idea!

Paul