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Hamburger Steaks Smothered in Gravy

When I think of a weeknight meal, Hamburger Steaks with Gravy comes to mind almost instantly. It’s Southern comfort at its finest. Simple, savory, flavorful, juicy, melt in your mouth, all-beef patties seasoned and smothered in a thick, creamy homemade brown gravy with onions.

When I was a child, my mom hailing from the South never made things like Swiss Steak or Salisbury Steak, she made big, tender, juicy, hamburger patties and cooked them in a hearty brown gravy packed with onions. The results were truly unique. A simple dinner that made you want to come back for seconds every time.

 

I don’t know about you, but I love a portion of good hearty comfort food that made from scratch but simple as pie. How can you go wrong with making a batch of Hamburger Steaks that are smothered in rich brown gravy? The onions make the Hamburger Steaks pop with flavor too.

You can omit the onions in the gravy, if you like, add some onion powder if you have little ones that don’t like onions,  I used to leave the onion in for the flavor and dig them out of the kid’s portion before serving. More for me! Ha Ha! You do what’s best for you, though, mama.

 

 

 

Look at those excellent juicy Hamburger Steaks smothered in that wonderful gravy, don’t they look amazing? That’s real food folks, Homemade delicious Classic Southern Food. It’s perfect for a weeknight meal and even tastes better the next day when reheated.

 

 

 

Let’s talk about serving suggestions for your Hamburger Steaks Smothered in Gravy. As you can see from above, I made white rice and peas to go along with our dinner tonight. However, these Hamburger Steaks are great served with mashed potatoes or even wide egg noodles with the gravy. Any side dish such as broccoli, asparagus, and green beans, are also great additions to your Hamburger steaks.

 

Southerner Hamburger-steak-My final thoughts before we get to the much-anticipated recipe, I know there is one person out there asking themselves, ” Isn’t Hamburger Steaks just another name for Salisbury Steaks?” Not at all, my friend, they are somewhat similar but nope, nada, no! Feel free to check out my Homemade Salisbury Steak recipe and compare the subtle differences for yourself between Hamburger Steaks Smothered in Gravy and Homemade Salisbury Steaks.

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredient List For Hamburger Steaks:

  • Two pounds lean ground chuck
  • 1/2 cup Panko Breadcrumbs
  • One teaspoon Cajun Seasoning
  • One teaspoon Onion powder
  • Kosher salt, to season meat
  • Freshly Ground Black Peppercorns, to season meat
  • One large white onion, sliced into strips
  • Remaining drippings from hamburgers or 3 Tablespoons butter
  • Three tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • Three cups beef broth
  • One tablespoon Worcestershire sauce +more
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh Ground Black Pepper

 

 

 

Types of Ground Beef

  • Ground Chuck- This Is a cut of meat from the shoulder of the cow; ground chuck ranges from 15 to 20 percent fat, which is the best choice for burgers.
  • Ground Sirloin– This is a cut of meat from the midsection of the cow near the hip, ground sirloin usually ranges in fat content from 7 to 10 percent.
  • Ground Round– The ground round comes from the rear upper leg and rump of the cow.  The fat content ranges from 10 to 20 percent. It is usually Lean and tough.
  • Ground Beef–  Unfortunately, can be any cut or even a combination of cuts can be labeled *ground beef* so the consistency is usually a problem. Because ground beef may have as much as 30 percent fat, greasiness can also be an issue. 

 

 

 

 

Pro Tips for the recipe

  1. Divide the meat mixture into six even portions and then form balls of each piece. Place on a clean plate and cover with plastic wrap until needed.
  2. Always form tight hamburger patties before cooking to ensure they do not break apart.
  3. Be sure to heat a well-seasoned cast-iron skillet on medium heat before proceeding to cook the hamburger patties. This may take a few minutes when using a cast-iron skillet.
  4. Do not move the hamburger patties for at least six minutes or so before flipping to ensure they do not break apart.
  5. Always reserve at least three tablespoons of the hamburger drippings for the gravy. If you do not have three tablespoons, you can add butter.
  6. Allow the onions to cook correctly about 5 minutes should be sufficient enough time. 
  7. Be sure to cook off the raw flour taste before proceeding with the gravy. This may take 2-3 minutes. Stir frequently. 
  8. Do not use beef stock in place of the beef broth.
  9. Do not add the hamburger steaks back in the pan until the gravy has fully tightened and has become a thick consistency.
  10. Lower the heat and be sure to cook the Hamburger steaks on the lowest heat setting for 25 minutes or so before serving. 

 

 

 

 

 

Hamburger Steaks Smothered in Gravy
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Hamburger Steaks Smothered in Gravy

Southern comfort at its finest. Simple, savory, flavorful, juicy, melt in your mouth, all beef patties seasoned and smothered in a thick rich homemade brown gravy with onions.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Gravy, Hamburger, Steak
Servings: 6 People
Calories: 510kcal
Author: hmccallum

Ingredients

Hamburger Steaks

  • 2 pounds Ground chuck reserve pan drippings
  • 1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon Onion powder
  • Kosher salt to own taste
  • Freshly ground black peppercorns to own taste
  • 1 tablespoon Olive oil for cast iron skillet

Brown Gravy with Onions

  • 3 tablespoons Reserved Pan drippings or butter
  • 1 large Yellow onion sliced
  • 3 tablespoons All-Purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups Strong and Savory Beef broth + more if needed
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce +more if desired
  • Kosher salt to own taste
  • Freshly Ground black pepper to own taste

Instructions

  • In a large glass bowl combine lean ground beef, Panko breadcrumbs, Cajun seasoning, onion powder, kosher salt, and freshly ground black pepper. Once combined form 6 balls from the meat mixture and form 6 patties. Place on a plate, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until needed.
  • Heat a large cast iron skillet on medium heat, place 1 tablespoon of olive oil in the cast iron skillet, add the 6 hamburger patties in the skillet ( you may need 2 pans or to do in batches if your skillet is smaller) Leave the patties to cook 5-6 minutes on one side without moving. Flip the patties and cook another 5 minutes on the other side. Remove the patties from the skillet and place on a plate.
  • Do not drain cast iron skillet of pan drippings/oil. If you have used lean ground beef you should have close to 3 tablespoons of oil, (if not use 3 tablespoons of butter for gravy.) At this time add the sliced yellow onions and cook on medium heat about 5 minutes in pan drippings of butter. Add the flour, and stir onions and flour in the pan drippings or butter until the flour taste has cooked off. This should only take a few minutes.
  • Once the flour and onions are done add 2 1/2 cups of strong beef broth (not stock), Worcestershire sauce, Kosher salt, and Freshly Ground black pepper. Stir for 2-3 minutes until the gravy starts forming and tightening. Once the gravy tightens add the hamburger patties back in the cast iron skillet, reduce heat to lowest setting and cook about 25 minutes. Stir occasionally and flip patties over.
  • Remove from heat source and serve immediately with white rice, mashed potatoes, or even egg noodles.

Nutrition

Serving: 01 | Calories: 510kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 122mg | Sodium: 589mg | Potassium: 539mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 339IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 4mg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hamburger Steaks Smothered in Gravy

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28 Comments

  • Reply
    Kylee
    June 3, 2019 at 11:56 pm

    This is pure comfort food – aka my kind of meal. I love this, and know my family will devour it when I make it

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      June 4, 2019 at 8:24 am

      Good morning, Kylee, I hope they enjoy it. Let me know.

  • Reply
    cheesecurdinparadise
    June 3, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    I am so into retro recipes like this one! I loved the hamburger steaks with gravy and your version is incredible and I can’t wait to make it again!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      June 4, 2019 at 8:23 am

      Yes, so comforting and economical to make. Enjoy! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply
    vanprice
    June 3, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    This is such a comforting dinner – reminds me of my childhood. So delicious!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      June 4, 2019 at 8:23 am

      Good morning, I need to put my glasses on– I actually read your name as Vampire instead of Van Price. Ha Ha!!! I instantly started cracking up laughing after I noticed it was Van Price over my blindness. Thank you for the morning smile and so happy to hear it brings back memories!

  • Reply
    pegasuslegend
    June 3, 2019 at 12:40 pm

    this is an absolute mouthwatering hamburger steak recipe and the photos are amazing. My family loved this dish!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      June 4, 2019 at 8:20 am

      Thank you, we enjoy them here—so awesome yet economical to make too.

  • Reply
    Rick Miller
    May 8, 2019 at 8:56 am

    Try one time with brown gravy mix and golden mushroom soup.. it’s the next level up

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      May 8, 2019 at 12:09 pm

      Good Morning, Rick, Thank you for sharing your idea. However, I do not usually use gravy mix or canned soup in my recipes. I usually only do homemade sauces and gravy. Thank you for stopping by have a fantastic day.

  • Reply
    Juliana Fendez
    November 14, 2018 at 4:06 am

    Everyone in my family thought this was the best Salisbury Steak we have made. We served it with mashed potatoes. My 4 year old daughter ate her whole piece.

  • Reply
    gabinine
    August 30, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    Wow this looks gorgeous, especially the gravy! I love how you combine this comfort meal with green peas:)

    • Reply
      Heidy McCallum
      September 1, 2018 at 10:13 am

      Good morning! Thanks for the comments! Its such a wonderful comfort food. I hope you try it.

  • Reply
    Wajeeha
    August 30, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    I’ve never had hamburger steaks, but anything smothered in gravy has my name written all over it! I’ll be trying this recipe very soon! 🙂

    • Reply
      Heidy McCallum
      September 1, 2018 at 10:14 am

      They are really good! They become so tender after being cooked in the gravy too. Thank you for stopping by.

  • Reply
    cocoandash
    August 30, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    Looks delicious!! There’s nothing better than a good hamburger steak and pan gravy!!

    • Reply
      Heidy McCallum
      September 1, 2018 at 10:15 am

      They are so simple to make and bonus…cost efficient too!!!

  • Reply
    profusioncurry
    August 30, 2018 at 2:13 pm

    This recipe looks and sounds utterly delicious. I am drooling looking at the delicious gravy and steak. It looks so inviting and comforting. Will definitely try it . Thank you !

    • Reply
      Heidy McCallum
      September 1, 2018 at 10:16 am

      Thank you!!! You made my day with your comments! I hope you try the recipe for Hamburger Steaks!!!

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