Salisbury Steak is classic comfort food. Delicious beef patties are cooked in a flavorful onion gravy for a quick and easy weeknight dinner!
Homemade Salisbury Steak is one of those classic comfort foods that I’ve loved since I was a kid. It isn’t really a steak, it is ground beef combined with bread crumbs, onions, and a Worcestershire sauce, and formed into slightly oblong patties that resemble a steak. They are fried in a little oil and finish cooking in a delicious brown onion gravy that makes them moist and tender. This easy Salisbury Steak recipe will quickly make it into your easy dinner recipe routine in no time!
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Let’s talk about the two parts of Salisbury Steak. First, there are the beef patties, like I said, they are made with bread crumbs, onions, Worcestershire sauce, and a little salt and pepper. This gives them a flavor and texture similar to another classic comfort food, meatloaf. The breadcrumbs help to bind the ground beef together and keep it nice and moist. The onions, Worcestershire sauce, and salt and pepper give the beef patties their flavor.
Salisbury Steak is classic comfort food at it’s finest! Serve the tender, juicy patties over mashed potatoes (my favorite!) or noodles, and cover all of it with a generous helping of onion gravy for a rich, delicious dinner.
How to Make Salisbury Steak
- Combine all of the ingredients you form the beef mixture into 6-ounce patties that are oval shaped, kind of resembling a steak.
- Then you cook the patties in a hot skillet, with a little olive oil, until they are browned on both sides and no longer pink in the middle. (This part takes a little time and you’ll need to cook the patties in batches, but that lovely brown crust on the outside gives them an amazing flavor.)
How to Make Salisbury Steak Gravy
I’m sure you’ll agree gravy makes everything better. Salisbury Steak can be made with mushrooms (it’s delicious!) however, classic Salisbury Steak is made with an onion gravy.
- This delicious brown gravy starts with thinly sliced onion rings that are slowly cooked in your skillet over medium heat to caramelize them.
- Once the onion is cooked you add a mixture of beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, and flour to the skillet and cook until it begins to thicken. It smells amazing as it is cooking, and it tastes even better!
Time to bring all of the classic comfort food flavors together.
- As the onion gravy beings to thicken, add the beef patties to the skillet and simmer everything together for 10 minutes.
- Ladle the gravy and onions over the patties covering them with all of that onion gravy goodness. As it continues to cook the flavors of the gravy meld with the beef patties adding moisture and flavor to the meat.
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Tools used to make this Salisbury Steak recipe
Large Mixing Bowl: This mixing bowl is perfect for mixing and serving. I love how big it is! I can use it for anything and everything.
Large Skillet: This skillet is my go-to kitchen tool. It’s large circumference and high sides make it perfect for cooking anything from one pan meals to soups and sauces.
Measuring Cups: Glass measuring cups are a kitchen tool everyone needs. This set makes sure you can measure exactly how much liquid you need for your recipe and they last practically forever!
Whisk: This is my favorite set of whisks. There’s a size for every job and the thicker handles give me a good grip.
- In a large bowl combine the ground beef, bread crumbs, diced onions, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper. Thoroughly mix ingredients together.
- Form beef mixture into oval patties weighing approximately 6 ounces each.
- Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add olive oil. Add beef patties to the skillet and cook on both sides until the center is no longer pink. You may need to work in batches depending on the size of your skillet. Place cooked patties aside.
- Once all patties are cooked reduce the heat to medium and make the onion gravy by adding 2 tablespoons of olive oil to the skillet along with the sliced onions. Cook the onions for approximately 10 minutes, medium-high, until they are caramelized. Set onions aside.
- In a large bowl or measuring cup, combine beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, and ketchup. Add flour and whisk until no lumps remain.
- Pour the broth mixture into the skillet and cook until the sauce begins to thicken.
- Add beef and onions back to the skillet, spooning the gravy over the beef, and let the beef cook in the gravy for another 10 minutes.