Easy Hamburger Steaks with Mushroom Gravy are like mini Salisbury steaks in a rich, savory, gravy loaded with fresh mushrooms for a classic, comforting dinner!
School is upon us, busy fall schedules are about to commence, and at the end of the day, everyone (including me) is tired and hungry. So I'm all about quick and easy, wholesome and filling, kid-approved dinner recipes that the whole family will enjoy. Lucky for me, Easy Hamburger Steaks with Mushroom Gravy fit all of those requirements quite nicely!
After all, what's more effortless than a dinner that begins with a pound of ground beef?
Either way, super easy!
What are Hamburger Steaks?
Hamburger steaks are basically mini ground beef patties (or you could even call them mini Salisbury steaks) that are browned in a pan on both sides.
For this recipe, the little bits of beef at the bottom of the pan are then transformed into a silky, delicious brown gravy that's bursting with fresh sliced mushrooms and garlic.
Served with a crisp side salad or buttery mashed potatoes and tender green beans, this meal is simple and absolutely delicious!
So what do you need to make these delicious Hamburger Steaks with Mushroom Gravy?
- Ground beef. I typically use 90% lean ground beef, but any ratio will work since you'll be draining the excess fat.
- Breadcrumbs. I have successfully made this recipe with both store-bought dried breadcrumbs and homemade breadcrumbs.
- Milk. Whole milk, 2%, or skim milk will work, as will any unsweetened plant-based milk (such as almond milk). The milk is just necessary for moisture.
- Worcestershire sauce, prepared mustard, dried parsley, salt + pepper. For flavor.
- Beef broth. This is the base for the gravy. I either use good-quality beef broth from a carton (or homemade beef broth from the freezer) or organic Better Than Bouillon Beef Base to make my own broth. (I actually think the Better Than Bouillon makes this gravy taste extra "beefy," so I add a small spoonful even when making this recipe with real broth.) Just keep in mind that the saltiness of the broth you use will dictate how much additional salt you do or don't need to add.
- Tomato paste. I find that just a bit of tomato paste doesn't make the gravy taste like tomato...rather, it lends a depth of flavor.
- Butter. Sometimes I opt to swap out half of the butter for EVOO. Either will work.
- Mushrooms. I typically use regular ol' sliced button mushrooms, but any type of mushroom would be delicious in this recipe.
- Garlic. As far as I'm concerned, the more, the merrier. 😉
- Flour. For thickening. And if you need your gravy to be gluten-free, I have always had success substituting Bob's Red Mill 1-to-1 Baking Mix for regular all-purpose flour.
How to Make It
This recipe has a few separate steps, but overall, it's quick and easy!
- Combine the ground beef with the breadcrumbs, milk, and seasonings and form into eight small patties.
- In a bowl or large measuring cup, whisk together the liquid ingredients for the gravy.
- Cook the beef patties in a pan until browned on both sides; remove to a plate and keep warm.
- Add butter, mushrooms, and garlic to the same pan and cook until tender. Sprinkle with flour and cook for another minute.
- Stir the broth mixture into the mushrooms and simmer and stir for a few minutes until the gravy thickens.
- Add the cooked hamburger steaks back to the pan and submerge in the gravy until heated through.
And that's it! Serve to ooohs and aaahs.
Doubling the Recipe
A few years back, this Hamburger Steaks with Mushroom Gravy recipe was the perfect quantity to feed my young family of five.
But now, with two rapidly growing boys (they officially eat more than I do), I actually have to double the recipe in order to have enough.
Luckily, it's no problem to multiply the ingredients, brown the hamburger steaks in two batches in a large, deep skillet, and make twice as much gravy.
All the better to saturate those mashed potatoes with, my dear! 😉
So are you hungry yet? These easy little beef patties are like mini Salisbury steaks, only better.
And I can assure you that this recipe is on regular menu rotation around here! Our whole family gobbles it down, from the picky girl child to the parents (even if some of them admittedly pick out the mushrooms -- more for me!).
Because let's be real here...if I'm going to spend my precious time and energy cooking dinner, it's always an added bonus when I know that everyone will actually eat it. 😉
Hamburger Steaks with Mushroom Gravy are hearty, they're satisfying, and they're easy to whip up.
I hope you get to try this one soon!
More Ground Beef Dinner Recipes
- One-Pot Spaghetti
- Slow Cooker Beefy 3-Bean Chili
- Swedish Meatballs
- Cheeseburger Macaroni
- Ground Beef Stroganoff
Hamburger Steaks with Mushroom Gravy
- 1 pound ground beef
- ⅓ cup breadcrumbs, fresh or dried
- ¼ cup milk
- 1 ½ teaspoons Worcestershire sauce, DIVIDED
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1 teaspoon yellow mustard (OR Dijon mustard), DIVIDED
- ½ teaspoon salt, plus additional for gravy
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 2 cups low-sodium beef broth
- 2 teaspoons tomato paste (OR ketchup)
- ½ teaspoon beef bouillon base (such as organic Better Than Bouillon), optional
- 4 tablespoons butter, DIVIDED
- 8 ounces white mushrooms, sliced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- In a large bowl, thoroughly combine the ground beef, breadcrumbs, milk, 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, parsley, ½ teaspoon mustard, ½ teaspoon salt, and black pepper. Form into 8 equally sized balls and flatten into patties. Set aside.
- Pour beef broth into a large measuring cup. Whisk in the tomato paste, remaining ½ teaspoon mustard, beef bouillon base, and remaining Worcestershire sauce until smooth. Set aside.
- Heat a large, deep pan or skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon butter to pan and swirl to coat. Add the beef patties, cook 3 to 4 minutes on first side until well-browned, and flip, taking care to scrape the browned bits from the bottom of the pan when you flip. Cook patties for 3 minutes on the second side or until the ground beef is cooked through in the center. Remove the patties to a paper-towel lined plate, cover to keep warm, and set aside.
- Pour the grease from the pan and add the remaining 3 tablespoons butter to the pan. Melt and swirl the butter over medium high heat. Add the mushrooms and sauté for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally and scraping/deglazing the bottom of the pan. Stir in the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Sprinkle the flour over the mushroom mixture and continuously stir while cooking for 1 more minute.
- Gradually stir in the broth mixture. Bring to a boil and cook for 1 to 3 minutes or until the gravy has thickened to your desired consistency. Reduce the heat, add the cooked beef patties back to the pan, and submerge in the gravy. Cook for another couple of minutes until they are heated through.
- If your pan/skillet is large enough, you should be able to brown all of your hamburger steaks at the same time. Otherwise, brown them in batches.
- Along the same lines, this recipe may easily be doubled, but you will have to brown your beef patties in two batches.
Post originally published on August 28, 2017.