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An all-time classic and easy-to-make this Hamburger Steak with Onions and Brown Gravy Recipe is sure to get rave reviews from your family. It also cooks quickly in one pan on the stovetop for busy weeknight meals.

 Hamburger Steak


After trying this for the first time, Lincoln exclaimed, “This tastes like a hamburger!”

I couldn’t help but giggle. He loves a grilled hamburger if he helps make it. The gravy on this Hamburger Steak was almost more than he could handle, but he did eat most of it. We struggle with his eating, but he is getting better.

One of my all-time favorite entrees, especially when I was young, was a Hamburger Steak. As I got older and my tastes developed more I started making a Hamburger Steak with Onions and Brown Gravy Recipe. I remember going to a local restaurant that was known for its high-quality steaks. I got a hamburger steak. Everyone at my party gave me strange looks. But the gravy! You can’t get good brown gravy with a grilled ribeye!

Nowadays, I don’t order something at a restaurant that I make at home. And when it’s economical to make, when it’s quick to make and when the whole family eats it, I’ll be making it at home that’s for sure!


They are very similar. However, Salisbury steak contains more fillers such as breadcrumbs, minced onions, and eggs. Typically, hamburger steak contains just hamburger meat and spices.

Steak with Onions and Brown Gravy


The full recipe with amounts and instructions are further down in the recipe card. You can save the recipe to your personal recipe box. Instructions are in the recipe card as well.

  • Ground beef
  • Garlic salt
  • Ground pepper
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Flour
  • Beef broth
  • Worchestershire
  • Butter, if needed


The beauty of hamburger steak is it’s super quick and easy to make!

  1. Combine the beef, garlic salt, and pepper. 
  2. Divide the meat into equal portions.
  3. Heat a skillet to medium-high. Place the hamburger steak in the skillet. Do not cover the pan.
  4. Cook for 6 minutes. Flip and cook another 5 to 6 minutes.
  5. Check for doneness.
  6. Remove the steaks from the pan.
  7. Add the garlic and cook.
  8. Then, add the flour and cook.
  9. Next, add the liquid to the hot pan. It will sizzle. Scrap the bits off the bottom of the pan.
  10. Reduce the heat to low and cook until thick.
  11. Add the hamburger steaks back into the pan. Spoon gravy and onions over the steaks. 
  12. Simmer a few minutes then serve and enjoy!
 Hamburger Steak
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I updated this post from an earlier version dated January 31, 2014. I made new photos and simplified the recipe instructions.

Hamburger Steak

Hamburger Steak with Onions and Brown Gravy Recipe

This is an easy-to-make classic Southern favorite. Dress up ground beef with rich brown gravy and caramelized onions.
Author: Paula
4.75 from 39 votes
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Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 36 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6 servings


  • 1 and ½ pound hamburger meat
  • ½ teaspoon garlic salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup onions thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons garlic minced
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 and ½ cups beef broth
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons butter if needed


  • Combine ground beef, garlic salt and pepper.
  • Divide meat into 6 even portions and form into steaks
  • In a large skillet, cook patties over medium heat 6 minutes per side.
  • Remove the hamburger steaks from the pan. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of butter if there isn't much fat in the pan. Once the butter melts add the onions and cook for about 10 minutes until the onions begin to soften.
  • Leave the onions in the pan and add the garlic. Cook for 1 minute.
  • Add the flour, whisk and cook 2 minutes.
  • Gradually add Worcestershire and broth; whisk until smooth.
  • Reduce the temperature to low and reduce it to half. This will take about 15 minutes.
  • Add patties back into the pan, spoon the gravy and onions over the steaks, and heat through.
  • Serve immediately.


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Calories: 319kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 671mg | Potassium: 422mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 3mg
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  1. 4 stars
    Very good. Really simple. Most ingredients most families already have on hand. Definately will make it again !!

  2. 5 stars
    True comfort food, reminds me of a meal my mum used to make us growing up so brought back all those yummy cozy memories 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    The onion gravy on the hamburger steak elevated this to another level and my family loved it – I’ve already been asked to make it again!

  4. 5 stars
    I’m not the best cook, but the hubby wanted hamburger steaks. This was SO EASY and turned out perfectly. He said it was the best thing I’ve ever made. Thank you!!

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