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Hamburger Steaks and Gravy (+Video)

Hamburger Steaks and Gravy are made with seasoned ground beef patties, peppers, onion and are simmered in a deliously thick brown gravy!


Many of you might be more familiar with these being called “Salisbury Steaks.” It really is pretty much all the same thing. Any type of shaped ground beef mixture that is cooked in gravy often has several names. I love any kind of ground beef patties with gravy. Another one of my faves is my Hamburger Steaks with Tomato Gravy. It really adds a wonderful twist to this classic dish.

a spoon pouring gravy over a cooked hamburger on mashed potatoes.


What are hamburger steaks?

Hamburger steaks are basically small meatloaves shaped into a hamburger patty. They are made with ground beef, egg, crackers or bread crumbs and seasonings.

Can you bake hamburger steaks?

Yes you can! Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Shape your patties and put them in a baking dish with high sides that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Bake patties for about 30 minutes. Finally, prepare the gravy and pour over the hamburger patties after they have cooked the first 30 minutes. Then cover and cook for an additional 10 minutes.

What goes with hamburger steaks?

There are a lot of options here. My favorite way to serve these are with my Crock Pot Million Dollar Mashed Potatoes. But it also goes great with rice or egg noodles!

Can you freeze hamburger steaks with gravy?

To freeze leftovers: Remove from oven and allow to cool. Place hamburger patties and gravy into a lidded, freezer-safe container. Transfer to freezer. Once ready to eat, thaw in refrigerator overnight. Either reheat in the microwave (using a microwave safe plate) or reheat in the oven in a small oven-safe baking dish.

a hamburger patty covered in gravy on a bed of mashed potatoes and peas and carrots on the side.


  • ground beef
  • crackers (or bread crumbs)
  • egg
  • green pepper, diced
  • yellow onion
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • salt and pepper
  • brown gravy packet
  • French onion soup (low sodium)
  • cream of chicken soup (low sodium)
  • water
ground beef, crackers, egg, green pepper, onion, Worcestershire sauce, brown gravy, French onion soup, cream of chicken soup and water.


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.

hamburger steaks ingredients in a white bowl.

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.

four hamburger shaped patties on a white plate.

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.

browning hamburger patties in a cast iron skillet.

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.

pouring water into a skillet with brown gravy mix, French Onion soup and cream of chicken soup.

It will take a minute or two of whisking to get most of the lumps out.

a whisk mixing together gravy mix in cast iron pan.

Add patties back to pan.   

browned hamburger patties back into gravyy mixture in a cast iron skillet.

Spoon a bit of the gravy over the tops of the patties. Cover and turn heat down to a lower setting.

spooning gravy over hamburger steaks in black cast iron skillet.

Let cook for another 10 minutes or so until cooked all the way through.

four hamburger patties in a cast iron pan and covered in gravy.

Then serve.

a hamburger steak cut open to see the inside filled with green peppers and onions.


Hamburger Steaks with Gravy recipe

Hamburger Steaks and Gravy

Hamburger Steaks and Gravy are made with seasoned ground beef patties, peppers, onion and are simmered in a deliously thick brown gravy!
4.92 from 36 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4


For the patties:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • cup crushed crackers (or bread crumbs)
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ green pepper, finely diced
  • ½ small yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

For the gravy:

  • 1 packet brown gravy
  • 10.5 ounce can French onion soup
  • 10.75 ounce can cream of chicken soup (or cream of mushroom)
  • ¼ cup water


  • In a bowl, combine ingredients for patties.
  • Heat a cast iron skillet (or saute pan) on medium-high heat.
  • Begin forming hamburger steaks into an oval shape (this recipe makes 4).
  • Place patties into preheated pan. They should sizzle.
  • Brown both sides. You aren’t going to cook them all the way through yet. We want a really good browning on both sides. This gives great flavor!
  • 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. It will take a minute or two of whisking.
  • Add patties back to pan. Cover and turn heat down to a lower setting.
  • Let cook for another 10 minutes or so until no longer pink in the middle and the internal temperature of the beef has reached 160F degrees. Then serve


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  • If you don’t like French Onion Soup you can substitute with beef broth. 
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American


Calories: 339kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 24g | Sodium: 753mg | Sugar: 1g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Originally published: August 2011
Updated and republished: January 2022

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  1. 5 stars
    I have been fixing these a couple of time a month since I found this recipe on your site on Facebook. There is only me and the Hubby so I can make 2 meals out of them along with mashed potatoes and a veggie. I was looking for a new way to cook hamburger and this is a great way!

  2. 5 stars
    Everyone loved them except for my son in law that said it was too much onion and especially bellpepper but he did clean his plate. 😉 I added a pkg of Au jus gravy to the gravy and minced garlic to the meat patties (venison).
    The venison is extremely lean so I add extra worchestire sauce to help them hold together and only turned them once. I also put everything in a dutch oven and simmered for about an hour. It was very delicious. Thanks for sharing. KW

  3. This recipe is a staple in my house. I never made it before I saw it on this site, but my husband absolutely LOVES it! It's his favorite meal!

  4. I used to love those salisbury steak TV dinners when I was a kid.

    They took a while a heat up in the oven (microwave uvens were decades away). My sister and I would munch away on them in front of that big black and white TV set. 🙂

    Guess I am dating myself…

  5. 5 stars
    I’ve been making this recipe ever since you posted it. I wouldn’t change a thing – it’s perfect!! I love all of your recipes!

  6. I made this a few weeks ago and it was fantastic! Exactly how I was hoping it would taste, just like the simply southern meals from my hometown!

  7. 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!


  8. 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

  9. 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!

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

    1. Not a stupid question. Too much grease for me. I would suggest using the leanest of meat otherwise drain some of the excess off.

  11. 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 !

  12. 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!

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

  14. 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:)

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

  16. 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!

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

  18. 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.

  19. 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?

  20. 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.

  21. 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!

  22. 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.

  23. 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!