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Hamburger Steaks with Tomato Gravy (+Video)

Hamburger Steaks with Tomato Gravy are seasoned hamburger patties are cooked and topped with a creamy seasoned tomato gravy.

A FAVORITE SOUTHERN RECIPE

Tomato gravy is a classic in the south. It is eaten a lot of different ways and I suppose everyone has their own version of it. Basically though, it is very simple. If you have fresh tomatoes, you can certainly use them. I just tend to make this when I get canned diced Italian tomatoes on sale and have a whole bunch in my pantry that are begging to be used. Basically, if you love my Hamburger Steaks and Brown Gravy then I bet you’ll love this recipe.

slice on a fork of Hamburger Steaks with Tomato Gravy recipe.

WHAT DO I SERVE WITH HAMBURGER STEAKS?

I really love tomato gravy. I love it on biscuits. I love it on noodles and I love it over hamburger steaks and meatloaf. I love it with mashed potatoes or rice. This is what we would call “Poor Man’s Steaks.” Seasoned hamburger patties with some sort of gravy (either brown or tomato gravy) drizzled on top. It’s a recipe that I could eat weekly if my husband loved it as much as I did!

Hamburger Steaks with Tomato Gravy recipe from The Country Cook shown on a white plate with egg noodles.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (FULL RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)

  • ground beef
  • salt and pepper
  • onion powder
  • garlic powder
  • salted butter
  • flour
  • water or chicken/vegetable stock
  • sugar
  • Italian diced tomatoes (seasoned with basil, garlic and oregano)
ground beef, salt, Italian diced tomatoes, chicken stock, butter, garlic powder, onion powder, flour.

HOW TO MAKE HAMBURGER STEAKS WITH TOMATO GRAVY:

For the hamburger steaks: In a bowl, combine ground beef with salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder; mix by hand until seasoning is evenly distributed taking care not to over-work the meat (this makes the meat tough.)

ground beef, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper mixed together in a bowl.

Shape ground beef into four hamburger steaks (about ½ inch thick.)

formed hamburger patties on a cutting board.

Heat a frying pan over medium-high heat. Once the pan is good and hot, cook steaks on each side for 4-5 minutes or until nicely seared. Remove steaks to a plate and set aside (do not worry if they are cooked through, they will finish cooking in the gravy). Pour off pan drippings into a cup or bowl.

hamburger steaks cooking in a frying pan.


For the tomato gravy: Reduce frying pan temperature to medium then add 3 tablespoons butter OR measure three tablespoons of the hamburger steak drippings and add back to the pan (whatever fat you use – just make sure it comes to a total of 3 tbsp). Add flour to pan and whisk to incorporate. Continue cooking and whisking for about 3-4 minutes or until roux is medium brown.

making a roux with flour and butter using a whisk in a skillet.

Add water (or chicken stock if using and continue whisking for 2-3 minutes or until gravy starts to thicken a little (gravy will be thin). Whisk in sugar, salt and pepper to taste. This is really important. I like a good bit of pepper and it’s important you taste it to get it right.

chicken broth, salt and pepper added to roux in a skillet.

Pour in diced tomatoes (with juices). Turn heat up until mixture comes to a gentle boil. Whisking occasionally. This will help thicken the gravy. Taste and add salt and pepper to taste (being careful because it’s hot!)

Italian diced tomatoes added to tomato gravy roux.

Finally, add hamburger steaks to gravy, reduce heat to medium-low and continue cooking uncovered for 10-15 minutes or until meat juices run clear and gravy has reduced and thickened.

hamburger steaks added to tomato gravy in a skillet.

Then serve!

hamburger steaks smothered with southern tomato gravy.

I enjoy eating this with buttered egg noodles.

Hamburger Steaks and Tomato Gravy served with buttered noodles.

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Hamburger Steaks with Tomato Gravy recipe

Hamburger Steaks with Tomato Gravy (+Video)

Hamburger Steaks with Tomato Gravy are seasoned hamburger patties are cooked and topped with a creamy seasoned tomato gravy. Classic southern meal!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients

For the hamburger steaks:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

For the tomato gravy:

  • 3 Tablespoons butter (or bacon grease or use leftover grease from hamburger steaks)
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups chicken stock, or vegetable stock or water
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 14.5 ounce can Italian diced tomatoes (seasoned with basil, garlic & oregano)

Instructions

For the hamburger steaks:

  • In a bowl, combine ground beef with salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder; mix by hand until seasoning is evenly distributed taking care not to over-work the meat. Shape ground beef into four hamburger steaks (about ½ inch thick).
  • Heat a frying pan over medium-high heat. Once the pan is good and hot, cook steaks on each side for 4-5 minutes or until nicely seared. Remove steaks to a plate and set aside (do not worry if they are not cooked through, they will finish cooking in the gravy). Pour off pan drippings into a cup or bowl.

For the gravy:

  • Reduce frying pan temperature to medium then add 3 tablespoons butter to the pan.
  • Add flour to pan and whisk to incorporate. Continue cooking and whisking for about 3-4 minutes or until roux is golden brown. 
  • Add chicken stock and continue whisking for 2-3 minutes or until gravy starts to thicken a little (gravy will be thin). Whisk in sugar, salt and pepper to taste. This is really important. I like a good bit of pepper and it’s important you taste it to get it right. 
  • Pour in diced tomatoes (with juices). Turn heat up until mixture comes to a gentle boil. Whisking occasionally. This will help thicken the gravy. Again, taste for seasoning and add salt and pepper if necessary (careful – it's hot!)
  • Next, add hamburger steaks to gravy, reduce heat to medium-low and continue cooking uncovered for 10-15 minutes or until meat is fully cooked and gravy has reduced and thickened.

Video

Notes

  • Instead of using butter to make the gravy, you could use the leftover grease from frying the hamburger steaks. You just need at least 3 tablespoons. 
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Hamburger Steaks Tomato Gravy

Nutrition

Calories: 391kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 103mg | Sodium: 449mg | Potassium: 306mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 265IU | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 2.5mg

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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38 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I cook at a church and make tomato gravy out of gravy mix as it is neutral flavor. Use the joice from canned tomatoes, adding water if needed to equal 2 cups and bring to a boil., remove from heat when boiling. While waiting for the juice to boil, whisk the gravy mix with 1 cup cool water as directed. Add gravy mixture to hot juice, whisking until well mixed. Add some diced tomatoes from the can. Serve hot with meatloaf, salisbury steak, etc.

  2. 5 stars
    Loved this..Fairly easy to make, tastes great. I had some leftover meatloaf I sliced up..so much flavor.. Thank you for this …never heard of it… New dinner choice!!

  3. 5 stars
    Someone asked about using fresh tomatoes. What I did, because I live in Mexico and the market is down the street, is I chopped up four Roma tomatoes, added 1/8 cup tomato juice and spices. Let it sit on counter for a while to soften. It worked well! Thanks for the yummy recipe!

  4. 5 stars
    I just made this tonight. It was delicious! So nice to have something easy, yummy, and different thank you!

  5. 5 stars
    My family likes swiss steak but do not care for the toughness of the steak. This was a great recipe. I omitted the sugar as we do not care for sweeter things. I would also doubled the meat to 2 lbs because we felt there was enough gravy for our needs.

  6. 5 stars
    I add beef bouillon to the tomato gravy., use tenderized cheaper cuts of steak.
    We called it Swiss steak.

  7. 5 stars
    Tomato gravy is great. I always eat it with rice and pork chops. It’s the best. I am glad to see other people enjoying it besides me. Most people grown up when I say tomato gravy. Yum yum

    1. You could but honestly I’ve always just used canned because you also get the juices along with it and they are more tender than fresh. I’m sure someone on here who has made this with fresh tomatoes will have an answer for you!

  8. 5 stars
    Thank you so much. For your uncomplicated recipes. This one brings my childhood memories of the tomato gravy my mother made . Soooo good.

  9. I grew up on tomato gravy and it is delicious. We always had it with friedpork chops and rice. I am from Tennessee. No one around me has heard of this. My mom is from Mississippi. Love your recipe over hamburger steaks I have to try that

  10. 5 stars
    this.WAS.THE.BEST. I loved it!!!!
    I did add store bought steak marinade ….so it was drooling good! thanks!!

  11. 5 stars
    My dad has made tomato tomato gravy from meatloaf drippings that is very similar to this. Goes great with meatloaf too!

      1. 5 stars
        Hi Brandie

        I have to tell you that this recipe is wonderful!! I have made it quite a few times, and I follow your recipe exactly. There are no changes to your recipe that I would make, as I I find it pretty amazing the way it is. It is very easy to make, and doesn’t cost a lot. Thank you

      2. Awww Karen – wow thank you! You are so sweet to comment on this recipe. This is honestly one of my most favorite recipes on my site and it doesn’t get much love. I guess tomato gravy isn’t very popular but it sure is good!

  12. 5 stars
    Tried this tonight, and this is absolutely amazing!! I’ve never heard of tomato gravy and now I’m wondering how I’ve lived without it all my life lol. Had it with buttered rice and it’s delicious! Thank you for sharing!

  13. 5 stars
    Hi Brandie, I’ve never tried this with Hamburger meat but I make it with sausage
    all the time. T hanks for sharing. I’ll have to try it with Hamburger.

  14. 5 stars
    Interesting that you name this tomato gravy. I have eaten his all my life but know it as creamed tomatoes. It is good over toast.

  15. 5 stars
    Oh lordy this sounds so good! Being that I’m super lazy, can you please just invite me over next time you make it??

  16. 5 stars
    Love seeing this post!

    I grew up in Central Florida and my mom made “steak & noodles). It was breaded round steak or cubed steak, cooked in a little bacon grease. She then removed the steak, browned onions and then made a rux with water/flour, added a can of tomatoes and put the steak back in to simmer and get tender.

    We ate this on wide egg noodles and I still ask for this for my birthday dinner. I’m 50!

    Best meal ever!

    I’ve made it with hamburger (crumbled) and now will try it with patties. Looks delish! THANKS FOR A GREAT POST AND TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE!

  17. 5 stars
    This sounds and looks delish! What do you think about adding maybe a 1/4 cup of Italian breadcrumbs for that meatball taste? But I guess then it would be called “Meatball Steaks with Tomato Sauce” huh? Thanks for sharing all your great recipes with us.

  18. 5 stars
    Hi Brandie,
    This is funny I just made my version of this dish last night (but with beef gravy and onions). This recipe looks great! I was also looking around your site and it feels as if we are just sitting around the kitchen table talking (“kitchen table talk”) to each other! 🙂