Hamburger Steak with Onions and Gravy

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My grandmother hailed from a quaint German town and every time we visited, the aroma of her kitchen would instantly transport me back to those cobbled streets. One of her signature dishes was the hamburger steak. Last summer, I introduced this dish to my neighbors during a small potluck. The tender patties soaked in rich gravy was an instant hit. As they savored every bite, stories of their own family recipes and meals began to emerge. Food, as I’ve always believed, isn’t just about the taste. It’s about the memories and stories it brings to the table.

How to Prepare Hamburger Steak with Onions and Gravy

Embracing my grandmother’s spirit, but adding a modern touch, here’s how you can recreate this cherished family recipe:

Ingredient for Hamburger Steak with Onions and Gravy

  • 1 pound of minced beef
  • 1/4 cup of bread crumbs
  • 1 fresh egg
  • 1 teaspoon of savory Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon of seasoned salt mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon of powdered onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon of powdered garlic
  • A pinch of crushed black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of cooking oil
  • 1 cup of finely sliced onions
  • 2 tablespoons of plain flour
  • 1 cup of aromatic beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon of rich cooking sherry
  • A dash of seasoned salt

Directions for Hamburger Steak with Onions and Gravy

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine minced beef, bread crumbs, egg, Worcestershire sauce, salt mix, powdered onion, powdered garlic, and black pepper. Blend well and shape into 8 flattened patties.
  2. In a skillet, warm the oil over medium heat. Introduce the patties and onions to the skillet and cook until they assume a golden-brown hue. This should take roughly 4 minutes on each side. Once done, move the patties to a warm plate.
  3. Now, sprinkle flour onto the onions and the drippings left in the skillet. Blend the flour using a fork, ensuring to scrape off any beefy bits from the skillet’s base. Slowly blend in the beef broth and cooking sherry. Add a hint of seasoned salt. Let it simmer on medium-low heat until the gravy achieves a thick consistency.
  4. Finally, lower the heat, reintroduce the patties into the gravy, cover the skillet, and allow it to simmer for about 15 minutes until the patties are well-cooked.

What Pairs Well with Hamburger Steak?

These juicy hamburger steaks complement mashed potatoes beautifully. You could also pair them with butter-glazed egg noodles. And, if you’re looking to add a splash of color, consider a vibrant side salad.

How Should Leftover Hamburger Steak Be Stored?

Keep the leftover patties, onions, and gravy in a sealed container. They can be refrigerated for up to three days. You can warm them up using a microwave or stovetop.

What is the Origin of Hamburger Steak?

With roots tracing back to Germany, the hamburger steak is essentially a seasoned beef patty, traditionally accompanied by onions and gravy.

How Can I Make My Hamburger Steak More Flavorful?

For added depth of flavor, consider marinating the patties overnight with a mix of soy sauce, garlic, and your favorite herbs.

Can I Use Ground Turkey Instead of Beef?

Absolutely! Ground turkey can be a leaner alternative to beef. Just ensure to adjust cooking times as turkey might cook a bit faster than beef.

What’s the Ideal Side Dish for a Wholesome Meal?

Mashed potatoes or buttered noodles work wonders. But for a balanced meal, don’t forget to add some greens, perhaps a spinach salad or steamed broccoli.

Hamburger Steak with Onions and Gravy

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 23 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup thinly sliced onion
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon cooking sherry
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt


  • Mix ground beef, bread crumbs, egg, Worcestershire sauce, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, and pepper together in a large bowl until combined. Form into 8 balls and flatten into patties.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add patties and onion; fry until patties are nicely browned, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer beef patties to a plate, and keep warm.
  • Sprinkle flour over onions and drippings in the skillet. Stir in flour with a fork, scraping bits of beef off of the bottom of the skillet as you stir. Gradually mix in beef broth and sherry. Season with seasoned salt. Simmer and stir over medium-low heat until gravy thickens, about 5 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to low, return patties to the gravy, cover, and simmer until cooked through, about 15 minutes.

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