I just love a good hamburger steak. I grew up eating them. I’m sure we all did. And sometimes there is just nothing quite like it. Often times, my mother would wrap a piece of bacon around the edges of each one for even more flavor.
Keep in mind that when you’re making your patties, that they are going to shrink a bit, so make them big. You can also make a little indention in the middle of each of them with your thumb to prevent them from puffing up too much and turning into meatballs rather than hamburger steaks.
One time, my wife was making hamburgers for the grill and didn’t quite get them big enough. They grilled up to look just like meatballs so we always kid her about that all the time. But she’d be embarrassed if I told you that, so don’t mention it. 🙂
It’s important to get your pan hot when you put the patties in there. The trick is to get the dark brown color on them like the picture above. That’s where all that delicious flavor comes from. Put them in the skillet and don’t touch them until you flip them. Seriously, hands off!
Now that’s some deliciousness right there, folks! We usually served these with mashed potatoes and a vegetable, but they are great served along rice or even french fries – if you want! 🙂 Y’all enjoy!
Easy Hamburger Steaks
- 1.5 pounds ground beef (I like using ground chuck)
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon ground mustard
- 1 small onion thinly sliced
- 1 (10.5-ounce) can French onion condensed soup - undiluted
- 1 (.75-ounce) packet brown gravy mix
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- Crumble the ground beef into a large bowl and sprinkle with the garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, and ground mustard. Blend well. (I like to use a fork for this. It keeps you from overworking the mixture - which can produce a tough hamburger steak.) Divide the mixture into 4 equal amounts (or more if you want smaller steaks) and form them into patties.
- Place a skillet (cast iron works great) over medium-high heat. Once the pan is hot, place the steaks in the skillet and allow them to cook without touching them for about 4 minutes. Flip them over and cook them for an additional 4 minutes. (You want to get a nice dark brown color on them - that's where the flavor is.) Remove the steaks from the pan and allow them to rest on paper towels.
- Drain away all but about 2 tablespoons of the grease from the pan. Put the pan back on the heat and add the sliced onions. Cook until just translucent (about 3 minutes). Add the undiluted onion soup, gravy mix, and water and stir well. Bring to boil, reduce the heat to a simmer, and stir in the Worcestershire sauce. Add the hamburger steaks back to the pan and cook until they are done to your liking.
This recipe is absolutely amazing!! I followed it almost to the letter with a couple of changes. I cooked each patty for about 7 minutes on each side to ensure a bit darker brown on each side and instead of using 1/2 cup of water, I used 1/4 cup of beef broth!! I love hamburger steak and thanks to this recipe, I can now make them on my own. I’ve made them twice in 2 weeks. Thank you!! I’m excited and have saved this recipe 🙂
That’s awesome, Anthony! I’m so glad to hear you’ve enjoyed this recipe!
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I didn’t have French onion soup but used Au Jus soap. Turned out fantastic
Sounds great! Glad you enjoyed it!
I’ve been cooking since I was a little girl and this is the best HB steak I’ve ever had! I love everything about it! I’ve cooked it many many times!
That’s incredible! I’m glad to hear you’ve enjoyed it!
Glad you enjoyed them!
I just love your recipes and I’m going to try some of them out
Thank You 🙏
Thank you Pam!
I tried the recipe tonight and it was great! Fast and easy light meal with french fries!
Love fries with gravy! Glad to hear you enjoyed it!
My recipe for hamburger steak comes from Bettye Nelle Starr’s Osceola, Ark cookbook, Cooking in High Cotton from the 1960’s. Soak two slices of bread in milk, add 1 egg and meat. Mix in Italian seasoning and some diced celery. Fry with sliced onion. When the onions are limp add 1/2-pound sliced mushrooms. Cook on medium for 15 minutes. No other sauce. I’m 72 so one of these for a meal with onion and mushrooms and a drink are plenty for me. Tonight it will be a margarita.
This sounds pretty great!
I love hamburger steak, and I love your recipe. One thing my mom always did, and I also do is dredge the hamburger steaks in flour. It makes the “gravy” a little thicker!
Great tip! Thanks for sharing!
Made this with vegetarian ground “beef” it was absolutely astounding how delicious it was. I wanted to eat all of it myself!! Thank you❤️!!
Oh– I forgot to say that I added big ole mushrooms and omitted the Worcestershire sauce, & French onion soup (not vegetarian friendly) and opted for vegetarian brown gravy mix- an onion soup seasoning packet and some extra vegetable broth instead.
So easy, so yummy.
Awesome! I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed it!
Great recipe. Only thing I did different was use half water, half beef broth and added a can of beefy mushroom condensed soup. This recipe was so simple to follow!
Sounds great! Glad to hear it turned out great for you!
I made this for supper tonight and it was not only easy but so good! I will definitely be making this again. Next time, I plan on adding some sliced baby bella mushrooms to the gravy. I told my husband that your recipes never let me down!! Thank you for such great recipes! ????
Thanks so much, Deanna! That means a ton to hear! So glad you enjoyed this one, too!
This sounds great. I will be trying it this week. It reminds me of a meal I made for myself when I was first trying to learn to cook. I would call mine Deconstructed Hamburger Steak with mushroom gravy.
I took the raw hamburger meat and stir fried it, added salt, pepper, and garlic powder. I sliced onion and stir fried it with the meat. I then poured a can of cream of mushroom soup (undiluted) over the cooked meat mixture and cooked it to just boiling. I then made toast using two slices of white or wheat bread and poured the hot mixture over each slice of toast. I then ate it open-faced. It was wonderful. It was experiences like this and a lot of other concoctions that began my LOVE of cooking and experimenting. If I am stressed out, tired, sad, in mental or physical pain or happy, my best form of therapy is to cook. I won’t say I am always a good cook, but I am always at my best “trying” my best to be a good cook.
p.s. Southern Bite is the only food/recipe blog that I follow and I check-in often. Thank you for your hard work, Stacey. I can tell that you really love what you do.
Thank you so much, Linda! That’s a honor. And I do love what I do. I’m still astonished every single morning that I get to do something I love so much! And that Deconstructed Hamburger Steak sound absolutely amazing! I am certainly going to try that!
Absolutely best hamburger steak I have ever eaten! Thanks for another awesome recipe.
I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed it!!
I was late to the party but I made this today and just SO good! Sorry I can’t post a photo of how it turned out. Thanks for sharing all your recipes. I see I want to try. Following you on Instagram now too. 🙂
Thanks so much, Cherry! Glad to hear you enjoyed these!
Wow, this is amazing. I made this last night doubled the recipe there were no left overs. Easy to make too! Definitely going to make this again. Thank you for the recipe.
Awesome! So glad to hear it turned out great for you!
these are great w mushroom condensed soup as well .insteed of the onion soup
Thanks for the tip! Glad they turned out great for you!
Hey Stacey, what a great receipt! I don’t eat beef so I bought some ground turkey, and it was amazing!! My family loved it, thanks for coming up with this delicious dish.
I’m so glad y’all enjoyed these, Dorothy! Thanks for letting me know!
Stacey…..this is an outstanding recipe. Loved it.
I grew up eating this kind of recipe. I don’t know why, but my mother would mince-dice the onion and mix it into the hamburger meat, batter the patty in flour and then begin the frying part of the recipe. She thought that including the onion into the meat would flavor the meat more and keep the patty moist. I suppose it was just her way to make the recipe.
I like it both ways.
Thanks, Virginia! I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed these!! I love adding chopped onion to the patties, but the picky eaters in my family don’t. 🙂
I put it on top of my sweet white rice and it was amazing. I’ll definitely be making this again.
So glad you enjoyed it, Shametrice!
Can you use a package of mushroom gravy instead of brown?
Made these for the first time last night and they were so good! Definitely will make again. Thanks for all the great recipes!
So glad you enjoyed them!!
What percentage fat ground beef do you usually use? 73/27, 80/20, 90/10. Can’t wait to make this tonight!
I like to use chuck or 80/20 to 85/15.
I’m a new subscriber and I just wanna say that this recipe is absolutely delicious. It’s the only way I make hamburger steaks now!! Thank you!
Awesome, Madeline! Welcome and I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed this recipe!
This recipe was delicious! The gravy was so thick and delicious!
Awesome! So glad you enjoyed these!!!
As always….this was delicious! Your recipes are my favorites!
Thanks, Alicia! I love hearing that!!
I love your recipes. Keep them coming. Everything looks so good.
Will do! Thanks, Rita!
Can’t beat that! So glad you enjoyed them!
I am 77 years old (hmmm young) and your suggestion to mix ground beef and spices with a fork made this recipe the best hamburger steak I’ve ever eaten. My wife agreed!!!
Wonderful! I’m so glad y’all enjoyed it!!
I was doubling your original recipe (#3 meat). I followed your meat seasoning and added 1 tbsp of creole seasoning and about 1/4 cup of panko as well as 1/4 cup of water. Mixed with a fork. Added some fresh garlic to the onions after 3 minutes. Tasted the gravy before I put everything in the oven and thought it needed more spice, so I topped it with some extra salt and creole seasoning. Excellent dish
So glad you enjoyed these, Karen!!
Just found this site and the Hamburger Steaks look good, but have you ever played around with the recipe to make your own sauce without using gravy mix or condensed soup? I would love to make this recipe using ingredients I know. I could saute several sweet onions and then make a sauce/gravy with thickened beef broth…or even just use the yummy sauteed onions.
YUM! Just made these for Sunday dinner. They were outrageously good.
Stacey, I am married to an all time hamburger, ground meat eating husband, so you know he was in 7th Heaven after eating these. He’d rather have ground meat and hamburger than a good steak! Go figure!
I’ve been married to him for almost 57 years and, well, that’s him and I wouldn’t trade him for all the gold in the world. LOL!
Thank you for sharing this recipe and you know it will be a regular on our table.
Claudine in Fort Worth, TX
Wonderful! I’m so glad that these got his seal of approval!
Sounds delicious. Do you by chance have nutritional info, ie, protein, carbs, fat on your recipes? Or did I just miss it? Thanks
Hi Sherrie! You didn’t miss it. I just find that it’s not super accurate to provide nutritional info for my recipes when folks can vary when selecting different products and type of ground beef, etc.
Simple food, yet delicious! Thank you for sharing!!!
Looks delicious and I know my family would be up for these. I put it in my Yummly file for next time I have kids and grandkids here.
Sure hope you’ll enjoy it!
This was very good! Thank you for sharing.
So glad you enjoyed these!!!
RAY J ORGERON
I just cooked this and it was very good. The hamburger steaks are very well seasoned. Of course, I didnt measure any of the seasonings because that is what I do. But nonetheless, it was delicious. I also didn’t have the can of onion soup, so I used a dry onion soup mix and it worked well. Next time I will make sure to get the onion soup in the can. Thanks for the recipe!
So glad you enjoyed these! I think the onion soup mix was perfect. There’s tons of great flavor in that little packet.
These are amazing and I have shared the page with friends and family. Being a “yankie” living in the south now I am loving all your southern recipes! Thank you
Thank you so much, Rachelle!
For those who have a sodium intolerance, try the Hienz beef gravy in the jar. We substituted it for the brown gravy and soup and the sodium is cut by more than half. I still believe this is an amazing recipe and enjoyed it again tonight with less sodium due to health reasons.
Thanks for the GREAT tip!
I made these for my fella and our work crew and they were a huge hit. I can tell from reading the recipe if it will be good and my mouth watered on this one.
Thanks, Frani! So glad everyone enjoyed them!!
Oh these burgers were so delicious. My family enjoyed these very much. I used ground turkey instead of hamburger. They were delicious. I will make these again.
Thank you for this recipe.
Awesome! So glad they turned out great for you!
These burger steaks are absolutely delicious. The only change that I made was that I didn’t stop at 1/2 of a small onion. The whole onion went in the gravy mix. This is now one of my favorites.
I would hate some extra onion either! So glad y’all enjoyed it!
Tried this recipe tonight for dinner, fixed it for my wife and we both enjoyed it. I changed the brown gravy to Heinz gravy with mushrooms it was delicious. thanks for sharing this with us ????????❗
So glad you enjoyed it!!
Such a simple and delicious recipe. Took me 30 minutes to make everything, mashed potatoes included. Next time I’m doubling this recipe because I can’t get enough of it!
There’s a lot more complex Salisbury/hamburger steaks out there but forget those recipes because this is easy and best!
So glad you found this easy and delicious!!
Any substitute recommendation for the onion soup? I don’t have any on hand, thanks!!
Beef consommé works great.
I’m always looking for something easy using ground beef, and like you, hamburger steaks are frequently found on our table. I fixed this recipe for supper last night. Everyone really enjoyed it and asked to have it placed in the regular meal rotation (highest compliment). I didn’t have the onion soup on hand (it’s a little on the sweet side for my tastes), so substituted Beefy Mushroom. Thank you for the post!
Great idea! So glad y’all enjoyed it!!
I’ve made this for my husband countless times using the recipe. I tweaked it a bit by upping the amount of seasoning used. He loved it!
So glad to hear y’all have enjoyed it!
I have made this several times and my husband requests it regularly. How would I adjust the measurements of ingredients if I was making this for 6 people?
I’d simply use 1.5 times the amount of the first 5 ingredients and keep the gravy the same.
This is so good! Quick and easy, too. It’s going in my monthly rotation for sure .
That quite the compliment! Glad y’all enjoyed the recipe!
I just made these. They were insanely good. My Daddy made hamburger steak a lot. This brought back some great memories. You were right about putting the steaks in a hot skillet. It really does bring out good flavor. I enjoy reading your blog.
Thanks Amy! I love getting review like “insanely good!” So glad y’all enjoyed them!
Made this recipe tonight. SO DELICIOUS!!! Thank you for posting this fabulous recipe. It is definitely a keeper.
So glad you enjoyed it!!
Oh my word……love love love your hamburger steaks!! My family did too!! Thankful for your blog….keep the recipes coming!!
That’s wonderful, Theresa! I’m so glad everyone enjoyed them!
I made this tonite and it was wonderful! My husband really enjoyed it. Definitely will make these again. May try adding some mushrooms, per hubby’s request 😉
Mushrooms would be a great addition! Glad y’all enjoyed it!
Stacey, I finally made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious! Believe it or not, I’ve never made hamburger steaks before, but I had to try it when I saw your recipe.
I followed your recipe exactly and it was perfect! I used a large Vidalia onion, by the way, and I served it with mashed potatoes which was just great for that delicious gravy. Thanks so much for a quick, easy, tasty recipe, Stacey. I’ll definitely be making this dinner regularly as we all loved it!
Wonderful! I’m tickled y’all enjoyed it so much!
Humm., here is the main dish for supper and then your Strawberry pie for dessert. You have made my day a lot easier. God Bless.
LOL! Glad I could help out!
This is the recipe for Salisbury Steak. I have been making it for years.
Melissa @ Served Up With Love
These look so good and comforting! Can’t wait to make this one!
They are super delicious!
Looks delicious! My mom used to cook hamburger steak when I was younger so I am looking forward to trying this. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!
I sure hope you’ll enjoy these!
Thanks Stacey, can’t wait to try some of these great sounding recipes. I used to live in Montgomery, many years ago!
What a small world! Enjoy!
Thanks Stacey for this reicpe. I never did know how to cook a good hamburger steak, so I stopped trying, but now I know thanks to you. I can’t wait to try this recipe.
Hope it turns out great for you, Elizabeth!
This looks soo good I will be making this for Sunday dinner. Thanks Stacey. God bless.
Thanks, Liz! You, too! Enjoy!!
This sounds good, but Ree Drummond/Pioneer Woman has a better recipe for Salisbury Steaks, check it out on Food Network.com
That was rude.. If you like Ree Drummonds recipe better, then make it and keep your mouth shut..
I totally agree
Thanks!!! Trying tonight……forget naysayers..unhappy people try to take over sites…yours sounds delish!!!! Im following to the letter…
Thanks, Robin! Hope you’ll enjoy these!!
My grandma used to say if you can’t be supportive of someone’s ideas then just keep walking QUIETLY!!! yOUR COMMENT MADE YOU SOUND VERY MEAN!!
Yes indeed. If you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say it at all. Making this tonight for my crew. I’m sure it’ll be scrumptious. Thanks
Sure hope your folks enjoy it!
This looks like supper tonight! This is actually one of my favorite meals, hands down, I swear! You just need to add some good old yeast rolls to sop up that delicious brown gravy too! 😉
Yes! Sounds delish! Enjoy!
My husband and I both like hamburger steaks and I do mine pretty much like you do. we enjoy putting the gravy over our homemade french fires or the baked potato. We like almost as much onion as the beef patty. Vidalia onions are coming in now here in south GA so I know what we will be having soon!!
Love those onions!!
Ground mustard… How clever. I am going to try this recipe with ground venison. Beef is outrageous in SW Michigan right now.
I understand that! Enjoy!
I would love to know what you thought of the venison burgers. I’m doing beef right now but have lots of venison!
This looks great. I know that my husband will love these burgers, so I’ll definitely be trying them soon. Thanks for the recipe, Stacey.
By the way, I’m a brand new subscriber, having found your site via Christy at Southern Plate. I’ve already looked around a bit and printed out a few recipes. I’ll be sure to be back for more. Thanks for such a great site! I see some Honey Mustard Barbecue Sticky Chicken in my near future, yay, lol.
Welcome, Samantha! I’m so glad Christy sent you over! Hope you find lots you enjoy!!
I emailed my mother some of your recipes and she asked me to subscribe her email address to your site, so I just signed her up. 🙂
That’s awesome, Samantha! It just tickles me to hear things like that!
I have made this recipe a couple of times for my fiance. He loves it.
Love hearing that! Glad y’all enjoyed it!
Sautéed mushrooms with the onions. Added a little tomato paste to the onions before adding soup. Thickened with cornstarch slurry (in vegetable stock). Poured over steamer potatoes. Satisfying to the bone. Thank you.
Yum! That looks sooooo good!
Had once with cube
Steak this week with white rice.
Great recipe thanks
So glad you enjoyed it!!