Easy Salisbury Steak

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Salisbury Steak is a delicious dinner with seared super seasoned hamburger meat with a super rich mushroom and onion gravy you can make in just 30 minutes.

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Salisbury Steak is so easy to make and only sounds intimidating because of the name. It’s really just a super well seared hamburger that gets to simmer in a rich brown gravy before being classically served on mashed potatoes. I prefer them served with these Ultimate Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes or Boston Market Mac and Cheese (Copycat).

How do you make Salisbury Steak?

Salisbury Steak is a mix of hamburger meat with spices that is seared in a skillet with butter, then added into a pan with brown gravy, mushrooms and onions and served with mashed potatoes.

Where did the name Salisbury Steak come from?

People think Salisbury Steak comes from England usually because of the name Salisbury but the roots are not royal or English at all. It was actually named after a doctor in the United States, James Salisbury who was one of the first low carb diet advocates. He actually told patients to eat salisbury steak and water for three meals a day.

I certainly won’t advocate for you all to eat this meal three times a day, but it is in regular rotation in our house! Sometimes we even use this recipe in place of regular hamburgers, then we cut the patties in half, put them in a sub roll with the onions and mushrooms on top with some melted provolone.

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How to make baked salisbury steak?

Add the patties to an oven safe skillet, with the vegetables to the side. Bake them at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Using oven mitts move the pan to the stove top and add in the beef broth and cornstarch mixture and cook on medium heat until thickened before serving.

Is Salisbury Steak the same thing as meatloaf?

No, the two are very different. Salisbury steak doesn’t contain eggs and is served in a skillet with gravy, mushrooms and onions. Meatloaf has eggs and breadcrumbs and is generally topped with a tomato sauce before being baked, sliced and served.

Want more delicious beef recipes?

Want to make this in the slow cooker? Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak and Mashed Potatoes

The easiest best salisbury steak

Tools used in this Salisbury Steak:
Cast Iron Skillet: If you don’t have a slow cooker with a stovetop friendly insert, this is my most used pan in my kitchen, heavy, keeps heat well and gives the BEST sear ever.
Better Than Bouillon: I almost never buy boxes of broth because I keep the beef, chicken and vegetable version of this Better Than Bouillon.



Easy Salisbury Steak

5 from 3 votes
  • Yield: 4 Servings
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Course: Main Course
  • Cuisine: American
  • Author: Sabrina Snyder
Salisbury Steak is a delicious dinner with seared super seasoned hamburger meat with a super rich mushroom and onion gravy you can make in just 30 minutes.


  • 1 pound ground beef 85/15
  • 1/3 cup breadcrumbs panko or regular
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon beef Better than Bouillon base or 2 beef bouillon cubes, or skip
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed black pepper divided
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 yellow onion sliced
  • 8 ounces crimini mushrooms sliced
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • parsley for garnish (optional)


Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. Mix the ground beef with breadcrumbs, ketchup, mustard, beef base (if using), ¼ teaspoon Kosher salt and half the black pepper.
  2. Form them into four patties and add the patties to a heavy skillet.

  3. Cook the patties on medium-high heat until browned on both sides, 4-5 minutes per side.

  4. Add the butter to the pan and add the rest of the salt and pepper to the onions and mushrooms.
  5. Cook for 4-5 minutes, stir, then cook an additional 4-5 minutes.

  6. Add to the cooked beef patties back into the skillet.
  7. In a cup mix the beef broth, 2 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce and one tablespoon of cornstarch and add it to the beef patties.
  8. Pour the mixture into the skillet and let it simmer until thickened, 2-3 minutes.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 4 Servings, Amount per serving: 335 calories, Calories: 335g, Carbohydrates: 15g, Protein: 27g, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 89mg, Sodium: 1310mg, Potassium: 776mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 195g, Vitamin C: 2.4g, Calcium: 57g, Iron: 3.6g

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  1. Simply delicious! The first time I have made a Salisbury Steak; my husband was very pleased. Brought back childhood memories- but so much better!!!

  2. This sounds absolutely delicious I would like to make this in the oven though could you recommend how to go about that?

    1. It won’t really save you any time by making it in the oven because you’ll still have to use steps 1-5. Starting with step 6, place the patties and veggies into a baking dish and pour the mixture over it. Cover and place in a 375 degree oven and cook for 10-15 minutes.

  3. I’m a little confused by your article. Under “Is Salisbury Steak the same thing as meatloaf?” You state that
    “No, the two are very different. Salisbury steak doesn’t contain eggs or bread crumbs and is served in a skillet with gravy, mushrooms and onions.” But your recipe calls for 1/3 cup breadcrumbs.
    Am I looking at it wrong? It sounds delish, but don’t want to mess it up.

    1. Hamburgers often contain eggs and breadcrumbs, so I don’t think there’s that much difference b/w salisbury steak and meatloaf.

      This recipe, however is under “low carb”, and I don’t consider bread crumbs low carb. For this reason I’d leave out the bread. I’m taking out some ground beef so I can try this tomorrow, or Thursday. I have some mushrooms I want to use up, and this looks very good.

  4. My picky 4 year old actually eats Salisbury steak at his preschool, so I’m going to to try adding it to our dinner rotation soon!!