Salisbury Steak

This Salisbury Steak is our new “go-to” recipe for busy nights when we only have a few ingredients left in the pantry and fridge. I always keep these ingredients handy because my family loves this dish!

Salisbury Steak is one of our favorite go-to meals. It is pure comfort food that is so simple to make!

With just a few simple ingredients (that you probably already have sitting around in your kitchen and pantry), you can whip up a hearty meal that will impress even your pickiest of eaters.

I can honestly say, I like it almost more than steak! Its flavor is unlike any other and the breadcrumbs add a texture your taste buds won’t forget. Be sure to try our Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes with it!

The best part of this Salisbury Steak recipe is how easy it is.

It takes minutes to throw together and you probably already have most of the ingredients.

Not only is it just a few ingredients, but it’s a budget-friendly dinner that isn’t going to break the bank, either.

Substitutions:

While a traditional Salisbury Steak is made from beef, you can also substitute these meats and still get a good result. The texture and taste may be a little different, but the concept for cooking it stays the same.

  • ground turkey
  • ground chicken
  • ground bison
  • ground pork

How to make Salisbury steak

Meatloaf VS. Salisbury Steak

We get asked a lot what the difference is between meatloaf and salisbury steak, and it really just boils down to a few things: the shape, the way it’s cooked, and what goes in it.

  • Typically, meatloaf is served as a slice of a loaf, while salisbury steak is served as a cooked round patty.
  • Meatloaf tends to be baked in the oven for about an hour, while salisbury steak is usually cooked in a skillet.
  • Both meatloaf and salisbury steak have simple ingredients, but meatloaf is usually topped with a ketchup-like glaze. Salisbury steak is almost always topped with brown gravy.

How to make salisbury steak:

We make our version of Salisbury Steak really simple with just beef, Italian breadcrumbs, French onion soup mix, and an egg to hold it all together.

You can also add diced green peppers, diced onions, or chopped mushrooms, too.

To shape your steaks, I find it easiest to make a ball then smash it down until it reaches my desired thickness. Before putting them in the pan, don’t forget to spray it with non-stick cooking spray for best results. 

Homemade Salisbury Steak patties ready to cook

Cook each steak for 10 minutes on each side.

THE SECRET to making a delicious salisbury steak is to let them finish cooking IN GRAVY. That’s when all the flavors come together, and create an amazing taste and texture.

While we usually just use pre-made beef gravy from a jar, it also tastes great with gravy packets, mushroom gravy, or gravy made from scratch.

If you want an easy homemade gravy, we have a simple recipe that only takes 15 minutes to your cook time.

Easy homemade brown gravy:

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Simply mix together the butter and flour in a saucepan over medium heat until it has started to turn golden brown. Add in beef stock slowly (about 1/2 cup at a time), whisking quickly to remove any lumps. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, and then reduce the heat and let it simmer for 2-3 minutes. Pour over steaks and let them continue cooking until they reach your desired doneness.

Easy Salisbury Steak dinner served with mashed potatoes

To store:

This stores well in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

If you want to freeze it, let the steaks cool completely, then transfer them to a freezer-safe container.

Reheat in a skillet until warmed through, or thaw overnight, then bake in an oven-safe pan at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes.

The best side dishes to serve with Salisbury Steak:

Serves: 4

Salisbury Steak

This Salisbury Steak is our new “go-to” recipe for busy nights when we only have a few ingredients left in the pantry and fridge. I always keep these ingredients handy because my family loves this dish!

10 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

40 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 1 (1.4 ounce) dry french onion soup mix
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 1 (12 ounce) jar of beef gravy

Instructions

  1. Mix together the ground beef, bread crumbs, french onion mix, egg and water.
  2. Shape the mixture into 4 oval-shaped patties, about 1/2 inch thick.
  3. Spray a large skillet with cooking spray and warm up over medium heat.
  4. Add the patties to the skillet and cook for 10 minutes on each side.
  5. Drain the grease from the skillet, and then add in the jar of gravy.
  6. Continue to cook in the gravy, covered, for 10 more minutes, flipping halfway through.
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19 Responses to “Salisbury Steak”

  1. Pam Sarris
    Six sisters. My uncle had six kids. One boy, five girls. Their house number was 516 and people remembered it by; five girls, one boy, six brats. I can't wait to try this recipe. Perhaps tonight. I have been looking for a good Salisbury steak recipe. Thanks!
  2. Lora Cotton
    Hi, I LOVE your site (and it's sister site Recipe Magic.) This recipe looks so GOOD, but unfortunately, I won't be able to use it. My husband has an illness called Gastroparesis, which literally means "Stomach paralysis." Therefore beef is a HUGE NO-NO for his diet. At one time, I had a recipe for a Mock Salisbury Steak made with ground chicken, but due to a computer issue I've lost that recipe and never been able to find it again. Does anyone within your circle know of or have a recipe that could substitute either ground chicken or turkey for the beef in a Salisbury Steak recipe (or any other recipe too?) Thanks!
    • Hi Lora! I think we can help you!! We have so many recipes on MyRecipeMagic.com from a lot of bloggers and women who love to cook! Just go to MyRecipeMagic.com. Then click on the pink "Search By Ingredient" tab towards the top. Scroll down to where it says "ingredients to include" and type in ground chicken or chicken. Then go to the bottom and click on "SEARCH". When I typed in Turkey 730 recipes using turkey came up. When I typed in Ground Chicken about 73 came up. I hope this helps in cooking some recipes that will work for your husbands diet. Let us know if you have any other questions.
  3. Marcia Little
    I make mine from scratch with one pound of ground turkey, 80/20 beef, and one pound of ground pork, smashed round buttery crackers, eggs, salt pepper and some thyme. Ummm, make homemade gravy with lots of mushroom and onion in the roux, and good beef stock. Fry them alone, then make gravy and add them back into it to finish cooking, oh, ummm, bring on the mashed potatoes with roasted garlic and lots of butter. Add green beans or peas and it's a feast. But I have two teenage boys, and always at least two of their friends for dinner!
  4. This looks delicious! I do have a question: the cook time at top of the recipe says 20 min, however if I read the recipe right, the patties cook for 10 min one side, 10 min on the other, then 10 min in the gravy? So are they supposed to cook for 30 minutes, or am I reading it wrong?

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