If you’re not from the south, you’re probably thinking— errr, isn’t this Salisbury Steak?? No, it’s not; however it’s Salisbury Steaks’ southern cousin. The difference really isn’t much other than the fact that Salisbury Steaks have a bit more “fancy” ingredients in it like breadcrumbs, bell peppers, and more whereas a hamburger steak is just a simple beef patty smother in a fantastic onion gravy.
Growing up my grandmother, Nonnie, made hamburger steaks all the time. The gravy she whipped up was essentially made from a package of onion soup, a package of brown gravy mix, a lot of Worcestershire sauce, some beef broth and sautéed mushrooms and smothered over a skillet burger. Obviously it was delicious
°1 lb ground beef
°1 large Egg
°¼ cup breadcrumbs (plain)
°1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
°½ tsp each, salt and pepper
°¼ teaspoon garlic powder
°¼ teaspoon onion powder
°¼ teaspoon paprika
°1 tablespoon olive oil (extra virgin)
+Mushroom and onion sauce
°1 cup white onion (sliced or use yellow onion)
°1 cup white mushrooms (sliced, button mushrooms or cremini mushrooms)
°1 tbsp garlic (chopped)
°2 tbsp Dried cherry (sherry cooking wine)
°2 cups beef broth
°1 tbsp cornstarch (+ 1 tbsp cold water)
In a large medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, egg, breadcrumbs, Worcestershire sauce and seasoning. (salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika). Mix until just combined (do not over mix).
1 lb ground beef, 1 large egg, ¼ cup breadcrumbs, 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce, ½ tsp each, salt and pepper, tsp garlic powder, ¼ tsp garlic powder onion, ¼ teaspoon paprika
Divide the burgers into 8 2-inch balls, then flatten them into patties.
Heat a large skillet, cast iron skillet or skillet over medium heat with the olive oil. Once the oil shimmers, place the portioned patties in your pan (cook in batches, if necessary).
Olive oil 1 tablespoon
Fry your burger patties until golden brown, about 3-4 minutes per side. Transfer the cooked patties to a plate or platter, cover with a square of aluminum foil and set aside. *Drain the fat if necessary before sautéing the onions and mushrooms.
Mushroom and onion sauce
Add sliced mushrooms and onions to your skillet and sauté until tender, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté for another 30 seconds then deglaze your pan with the cooking sherry wine.
1 cup white onion, 1 cup white mushrooms, 2 tbsp dry sherry, 1 tbsp garlic
Let the sherry simmer while you scrape the bottom of the pan to make sure all the fried bits are loosened, then add your beef broth and stir to combine. Whisk cornstarch slurry until well blended.
2 cups beef broth, 1 tbsp cornstarch
Bring the sauce to a boil then reduce the heat. Continue to simmer for 5 minutes, then place the browned burgers in the sauce and simmer over low heat. Cover and let the burgers cook in the sauce for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.