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Salisbury Steak with Delicious Gravy

Salisbury Steak consists of juicy, perfectly seasoned beef patties, cooked in a delicious brown gravy which is flavored by the juices from the beef, caramelized onion, garlic, and other natural flavor enhancing ingredients.

Salisbury steak served on mashed potato.


Coming to the USA opened my eyes to new adventures and new yummy recipes. Salisbury steak is one of those dishes that stays with you almost forever; it’s not because it tastes oh so good, nor because it is easy to make, like in 20 minutes, or because the ingredients are budget friendly. I think in my case; Salisbury steak will stay memorable to me because it wasn’t what I expected!

Gravy poured over Salisbury steak.

Salisbury Steak Was A Surprise!

When you have never heard of Salisbury steak nor seen an image of it, yes, you will think it’s a thick cut of steak. Waiting for my meal in the restaurant, I was all ready to have a juicy steak with gravy, when served it looked like a steak since the gravy was covering it and disguising how it looks.

I cut into Salisbury steak to find that it’s ground beef!! I was shocked, my brain wasn’t ready for the texture nor the taste, but in a few seconds, I was enjoying every bite.

Close up shot of Salisbury steak showing how juicy it is.

In many Salisbury recipes, Worcestershire sauce is added, but I made mine without it and tasted great. I know of many who are not fond of Worcestershire sauce’s flavor. Instead of beef bouillon, I used chicken bouillon. I think Salisbury steak tastes better using chicken and not beef bouillon.

How to Make Salisbury Steak?

If you can make meatballs you can make Salisbury steak; all its steps are straightforward. In a bowl, you add all the Salisbury steak ingredients and mix until well combined, create an oval shape patty and make them as thick as a cut of steak. In a very hot pan, fry the patties to seal the juices inside and create a beautiful dark brown color from the outside.

Salisbury steak ingredients in a glass bowl.

Salisbury steak shaped and ready to be fried.

Salisbury steak is fried in oil.


Frying onion in oil.

Making the gravy for Salisbury steak.

Salisbury steak gravy in the making.

Salisbury steak recipe is in the making.

After removing the patties, add the onion and fry it until caramelized, then add the rest of the gravy’s ingredients and cook until the gravy is thick. Return the beef patties to the pan and let it cook on medium heat for 5 minutes, and that’s all to it!

Side shot of Salisbury steak sliced.


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Salisbury Steak with Delicious Gravy

Succulent and flavorful beef patties simmered later in a thick, delicious brown gravy. This dinner is best served with mashed potato.
4.91 from 10 votes
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Course: Main dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: salisbury steak
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 3 people
Calories: 450kcal
Author: Muna Kenny



  • 400 gm ground beef
  • ¾ tablespoon garlic minced
  • 1 ½ tablespoon onion minced
  • 1/3 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • ½ cube chicken bouillon
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 large egg


  • ¼ cup olive oil or any cooking oil


  • 1 large onion
  • 2 garlic minced
  • 1 ½ tablespoon all-purpose – flour
  • 1 ¾ cup cold water
  • ½ cube chicken bouillon
  • Black pepper
  • Salt to taste



  • In a bowl, add all the beef patties ingredients and mix well to combine.
  • Form oval-shaped patties and make them as thick as a steak cut.
  • In a hot pan, add olive oil. Fry the patties until brown (not burnt) from both sides. Keep aside.


  • In the previous hot pan add two tablespoon butter to the remaining oil.
  • Add the onion and fry until light brown in color.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients except the water and stir well for at least two minutes on medium heat. Or until the raw smell of flour is gone.
  • Pour the cold water while stirring, when the sauce bubbles add the beef patties.
  • Cook the patties in the sauce until the sauce turns into a thick gravy, and this might take 5 minutes on medium heat. Always check on the patties and the sauce to void burning it.
  • Serve hot with mashed potatoes or plain rice.


Calories: 450kcal
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Juicy Salisbury Steak ready to be eaten.
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Salisbury Steak. Juicy and tender beef patties, filled with amazing flavor, and simmered in a thick gravy. This is the perfect dinner and is best served with mashed potato. #dinner


  1. It’s very similar to Hackbraten here in Germany…oh man, I am so hungry now..the steak looks so very yummy with that shiny and flavourful gravy.

    • munatycooking

      Hey Angie, thanks for the kinds words :). I just saw the images for Hackbraten, it looks delicious!

  2. Oh, my gracious! Completely and totally mouthwatering! I love Salisbury Steak and I haven’t made it in years. I’m gluten free now, but I can always use a gluten-free flour or maybe even cornstarch! Pinning this to try it myself! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  3. I don’t think I’ve ever had Salisbury steak before. I’ll have to try this!

  4. Salisbury steak is so easy to make and makes for a great comfort meal. The key it is rich brown gravy which yours looks delicious.

  5. Thanks for sharing, I’ll prepare tomorrow for mom, I’m sure she will enjoy. I love your site!😋🍴👏

  6. Salisbury steak is not really “known” here in the Philippines. I believe our version here is simply called “burger steak” but the patty is much thinner than what you’ve made. Anyway, your photos are so good it made me drool!

    • munatycooking

      Hi Janine, I think I had Burger Steak at Jollibee’s years ago. I loved it! Now I can tell you that Salisbury Steak tastes a little different. Burger steak tastes lighter in spices for me yet delicious of course, the gravy though, tastes almost the same.

  7. Reminds me of a mini meatloaf! I remember the first time my grandpa ordered Salisbury steak. I totally thought a steak was coming to our table and was quite surprised when the dish arrived. Haha.

  8. We could never turn down a good meal like this! I love Salisbury steak with mashed potatoes. This looks very delicious.

  9. Yum that gravy sounds amazing. I have a weakness for good gravy and mashed potatoes 🙂

  10. I’m vegetarian but I definitely want to take this gravy recipe and switch the chicken bullion for vegetable bullion! this looks awesome and you took great photos:)

  11. This is my idea of comfort food! Since going keto, though, I have had to change up a few things. However, nothing takes the place of good gravy!

  12. This looks so delicious! I’ll have to try making it sometime, thanks for sharing your recipe!

  13. lisalisa

    Hot diggity dog! I am not a Salisbury steak person but, after seeing this image I really want to give it a try now. This looks so delicious, maybe I will give this a try the weekend. Thanks for sharing recipe

  14. When the cut of beef is premium grade, for sure the salisbury steak would taste marvelous. I also like thick gravy that comes with it. It’s so good to eat with rice!

  15. Salisbury Steak and mashed potatoes are just one of those comfort foods that are good to partake in every once in a while. Your sauce or gravy looks wonderful!

  16. That looks absolutely mouthwatering, I can’t wait to try this. I’m sure my husband would love to eat this.

  17. This is my favorite dish since I was a kid. My used to make it at least once a week. After I get married and moved out I am missing this big time. Thank for sharing this recipe I am so excited to try this on weekend.

  18. I love taking old classics and making them even more delicious–you’ve inspired me. I need to take a crack at Salisbury, myself!

  19. This looks oh so good! Steak of is one of my fav foods hands down!

    xx Tatyanna

  20. I had no idea this was ground beef! I want to try it now because it sounds much more appealing knowing what it really is.

  21. I’ve lived in the US my whole life, and I don’t think I’ve ever had Salisbury steak. Yours looks really amazing!

  22. This looks wonderful! The first time I made salisbury steak my husband said he didn’t know you could make that and thought it was just a TV Dinner. WHAT?! This recipe looks amazing and I’ll definitely try it!

  23. When I was a kid, Salisbury steak was my favorite dish. I think I probably haven’t had it since I was a kid! Thanks for the recipe and the inspiration.

    • munatycooking

      You are most welcome, Jeff! There are many delicious dishes out there that we often forget to make.

  24. I love a good salisbury steak. I bet my family would love this recipe. It looks so easy to make.

  25. Everyone in my family thought this was the best Salisbury Steak we have made. We served it with mashed potatoes. My 4 year old daughter ate her whole piece.

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