Salisbury Steak sounds so fancy but it’s SO easy to make. They are basically mini meatloaves fried and served with mushroom gravy. It’s the perfect comfort food and only takes 30 minutes to make. You have to serve this with Creamy Mashed Potatoes recipe to get the full effect!

salisbury steak recipe

I love how we’re taking ground beef and frying it and getting away with calling it “steak.” I made an earlier version of this recipe for my family a few weeks ago, and we got to talking about where exactly Salisbury Steak came from, anyway. We were throwing out ideas, I said German? My mom said, English? My brother Nathan and I both said, no way, it’s too delicious to be British. (Don’t hate me if you are from the UK. Just set me straight. Send me a delicious British recipe. I’m serious. Make sure there is no blood sausage involved, or you will confirm all of my biases.)

How to make Salisbury Steak

salisbury steak recipe with mushroom gravy sauce

Well it turns out Salisbury Steak is American, and it was made up by a guy (named Salisbury) who was one of the first health faddists. He was convinced that vegetables released toxins (??), and that we would all be healthier if we ate copious amounts of boiled ground beef. He said we should eat it three times a day. Seriously. I’m glad someone improved on this idea by frying and adding mushroom gravy, because boiled ground beef??? Sick.

how to make salisbury steak with mushroom gravy

I am typing this at an outdoor eating area at Whole Foods (for the wifi). Eric and I are in virtual line for a U2 concert tonight. Have I told you about Eric’s U2 obsession? Oh yeah. I definitely have.

We are pretty excited. He’s excited for the concert (and crushing on the Edge), and I’m excited for bacon wrapped hot dogs. No, they don’t serve hot dogs as part of the show (although how awesome would that be??) but we’ve been to this arena before, and I happen to know that when the show gets out around midnight, there will be dozens of little hot dog carts set up, ready to sell me overpriced deliciousness. I even recreated the recipe, you should definitely make these Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs this summer. They’re soooo goood.

homemade salisbury steak recipe with mushroom gravy

You should definitely make Salisbury Steak too, stat. It is just such an easy crowd pleaser, and it only takes a half hour to throw together. You HAVE to make it with my Aunt Shirley’s Creamy Mashed Potatoes. This is basically not optional.

It’s summer time and I’m supposed to be posting salads and stuff for you guys. Boringggggg. (This explains why I only have like 5 salads on my site.) But I DID make a salad recently that even I am in love with, which means YOU are going to love it. It’s a Buca di Beppo knockoff. (Have you been there? You know the salad I mean.) (UPDATE! Here’s the recipe for Apple Gorgonzola Salad.) Until then, eat some Salisbury Steak!

easy salisbury steak recipe

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Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Sauce

Serves 5-6     adjust servings

 Salisbury Steak sounds so fancy but it's SO easy to make. They are basically mini meatloaves fried and served with mushroom gravy. It's the perfect comfort food and only takes 30 minutes to make. You have to serve this with Creamy Mashed Potatoes to get the full effect!


For the steaks

  • 1 cup finely chopped mushrooms
  • 1 medium or large onion, chopped and divided
  • 1 and 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste*
  • 2 tablespoons whole grain mustard**
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon liquid smoke (optional)
  • 1 and 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon oil, for frying

For the gravy

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 and 1/2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 and 1/2 cups beef broth***
  • 2 and 1/2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon whole grain mustard**
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • parsley, to garnish
  • Creamy Mashed Potatoes, to serve with


  1. Start by chopping the onion and mushrooms. Chop the onion, then take about 1/4 cup of it and finely chop. Add the 1/4 cup to a large bowl. Set the rest aside for the gravy. 
  2. Finely chop one cup of mushrooms and add to the large bowl. Slice about 2 and 1/2 cups mushrooms and set aside to use for the gravy. (I bought 1 pound of mushrooms for this recipe and used about 3/4 of it.)
  3. In the large bowl with the 1/4 cup finely chopped onion and 1 cup finely chopped mushrooms, add ground beef, 1 egg, panko breadcrumbs, tomato paste, whole grain mustard, 1 teaspoon garlic (I used the jarred kind), 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, 1/4 teaspoon liquid smoke, 1 and 1/4 teaspoons salt, 3/4 teaspoon pepper, and 1 teaspoon onion powder.
  4. Use your hands to combine the meat. It's feels weird but just do it; using a spoon takes longer and you end up with tougher steaks usually. (This is true for meatloaf and meatballs as well.)
  5. Shape the meat mixture into 6 oval shaped patties.
  6. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil and swirl to coat. When the oil shimmers, add as many meat patties as will comfortably fit on your pan. Don't crowd them too much or they will steam instead of sear. I cooked the meat in 2 batches. 
  7. Sear the meat for about 2 minutes, and when they are nice and browned use a spatula to flip them over. Sear the other side until browned, about another 2 minutes. It's okay if the patties are not cooked all the way in the middle. 
  8. Remove the patties (or "steaks") to a plate and repeat with the other patties. 
  9. Remove the patties and add 1 tablespoon butter to the hot skillet. Add the onions and sliced mushrooms that you prepared earlier. Saute for about 5 minutes. Add garlic and saute another minute.
  10. In a glass measuring cup, whisk together the beef broth* and flour. 
  11. Add the broth mixture to the skillet. Add 1 teaspoon mustard and 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce. Stir and cook for a couple minutes until the mixture begins to simmer.
  12. Add the steaks back to the pan. Turn the heat to a low simmer and cook for another 5 minutes or so, until the salisbury steaks are cooked through. 
  13. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve with my Aunt Shirley's Famous Creamy Mashed Potatoes! You cannot beat this combination!


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