Salisbury Steak

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Salisbury Steak is a classic dinner that just got better! Flavorful and tender beef patties cooked in a comforting mushroom gravy. It’s a comforting, stick-to-your-ribs meal that everyone will love. SO delicious served with buttery mashed potatoes, maple glazed carrots and peas for good measure!

salisbury steak on plate

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I am so so thrilled to be sharing this Salisbury Steak Recipe with you all today! I’ve been working on this one for a while (and not mad about it!) This is an easy-to-make, family favorite kind of meal! Inexpensive, pretty fast to throw together and tastes amazing! I fed this to my own family, plus a group of extended family and it got glowing reviews. I hope you all love it just as much!

But First, What is Salisbury Steak?

Salisbury Steak is an American dish made from ground beef, onion and breadcrumbs, formed into patties and cooked in a brown gravy. Mushrooms are traditionally added in as well. 

Isn’t That Just Hamburger Steak?

You are right my friend! Salisbury Steak is actually a version of Hamburger Steak (technically Hamburg Steak as the German’s would say). Although Salisbury Steak differs from Hamburger Steak in that it allows for other filling and flavorful ingredients (very similar to meatloaf) whereas Hamburger Steak is just meat and seasonings. 

steak ingredients in bowl

Salisbury Steak Ingredients

Now because Salisbury Steak can be mixed with all sorts of other ingredients I made sure that the ones I included added to the flavor while also making sure these babies stay moist. So here’s everything you’ll need to make the steaks:

  • Ground Beef – the main ingredient for our steaks. If you are looking for something a little healthier consider switching this out for ground turkey. I used a lean 93/7 ground beef.
  • Onion – to add some subtle onion flavor. Don’t worry if you don’t like onions, you’ll barely notice them in there.
  • Eggs – this is to help bind all of the ingredients together.
  • Garlic and Herb Breadcrumbs – you can also use plain breadcrumbs here and add garlic powder and Italian seasoning to it to get the same kind of flavor.
  • Worcestershire Sauce – for its savory flavor and for moisture.
  • Whole Milk – mainly used to keep the salisbury steaks tender, but also adds more moisture. Yes, you can use any kind of milk.
  • Salt and Pepper – seasoning, while you go, is so important for flavor so don’t skip out on these two.
  • Olive Oil – this is to cook the onions and steaks.
ground beef mixture

Gravy Ingredients

  • Butter – to add flavor and to saute the mushrooms.
  • Mushrooms – the earthy flavor really lends itself to the gravy mix and is the perfect addition to Salisbury steak.
  • All-Purpose Flour – this is to thicken the gravy.
  • Beef Consomme – this is basically clarified beef broth that is concentrated in flavor! It’s one of my favorite ingredients ever. 
  • Beef Broth – also containing beef flavor but is thinner than the consomme.
  • Worcestershire Sauce – I use this for extra umami. 
  • Dijon Mustard – gives a teeny tiny kick to the gravy. 
  • Salt and Pepper – season to taste.

How to Make Salisbury Steak

The hardest part of this recipe is the time it takes to make it. However, I purposely made this recipe a big one so you will be able to enjoy the leftovers days later! (And you’re going to want leftovers.) Just be sure to use a large, deep skillet, like this cast iron one, so you have enough room for all that gravy!

  1. Make the meat mixture by combine the ground beef with the onion, eggs, bread crumbs, Worcestershire, milk, salt and pepper. Divide mixture into portions and form into oval patties.
  2. Brown the formed steaks in a hot skillet in olive oil. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  3. Cook the mushrooms in the remaining pan juices.
  4. Make the gravy by making a roux (butter and flour melted together) and whisking in the beef consommé and broth. Add in Worcestershire sauce and dijon mustard.
  5. Add steaks and mushrooms back into the pan to coat in gravy and cook until salisbury steaks and cooked all the way through.
  6. Serve hot with any desired side dishes.
salisbury steak in pan

Side Dishes


If you have any leftover Salisbury Steak store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. This dish is really the perfect meal to make ahead since everything stays moist because of all the gravy. Especially great for meal prepping.

salisbury steak

More Ground Beef Recipes To Try

If you liked my Salisbury Steak recipe, you’re going to love my other recipes that use ground beef! Give ’em a try and let me know what you think. Printable recipe card below. Enjoy, friends!

5 from 4 votes

Salisbury Steak

Salisbury Steak is a classic dinner that just got better! Flavorful and tender beef patties covered in a comforting mushroom gravy.
servings 8 servings
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins


Salisbury Steaks

  • 2 pounds ground beef as lean as you can find 93/7
  • 1 cup onion finely chopped
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup garlic and herb bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil divided

For the Gravy

  • 8 oz sliced mushrooms
  • 4 tablespoons butter divided
  • 4 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 10.5 oz beef consomme 1 can
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • In a large bowl, measure and combine the ground beef with the onion, eggs, bread crumbs, Worcestershire, milk, salt and pepper. Divide mixture into 8 even portions and form into oval patties.
  • In a large, deep skillet, heat 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Brown four patties evenly, about 4-5 minutes each side and remove. Add remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil and repeat browning the next four patties. Remove from pan and set aside.
  • In remaining pan juices, cook mushrooms until tender, about 3 minutes. Remove from pan. (If there isn't enough grease left, add in another tablespoon of olive oil.)
  • For the gravy, melt butter in same hot pan. Sprinkle in flour and whisk to create a paste. Cook one minute. Whisk in beef consommé and beef broth and bring to boil to thicken. Reduce heat to simmer and stir in Worcestershire sauce and dijon mustard. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed.
  • Add in mushrooms and cooked steaks. Coat in gravy, cover and cook on low until salisbury steaks are cooked completely through, 15 minutes or so. Serve hot with any desired side dishes.


For a thicker gravy, use 1 cup of beef broth. For a thinner gravy, add in more beef broth until desired consistency is reached.
The thickness of your steaks will determine how long it will take to cook them through. Try to aim for no more than 1 inch thick.


Calories: 477kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 143mg | Sodium: 595mg | Potassium: 605mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 269IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 4mg
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: salisbury steak, salisbury steak recipe

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5 Responses
  1. Alison

    5 stars
    This recipe was amazing! It’s rare to find a recipe that everyone in my family loves. Thank you Lauren. This will definitely be going in our regular rotation.

  2. Melissa

    5 stars
    I’m not a huge meat person but my husband is, so I made this just for him! I cut the Salisbury steak recipe in half because it’s just the two of us but left the gravy recipe alone. Major win! The steaks were perfectly moist and flavorful while the gravy drenched it all. Plus we made some mashed potatoes to go along with it all, so that helped too! Highly recommend this recipe!

  3. Jessica

    5 stars
    This is the first recipe I have made from your website and my family LOVED it. It was a perfect hearty dinner for a cool fall night. I am looking forward to making more of your recipes soon!