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Salisbury Steak

Salisbury Steak - Comfort food at it's best! Tender quality beef and pork Salisbury Steak patties served with an amazing mushroom sauce!

Salisbury steak is comfort food at its best – and our delicious recipe is a great dinner option for a cool, fall day when only a hearty and filling meal will do!  This is no frozen TV-dinner version of Salisbury steak – it’s a tender, flavorful meal that your family will love!

Salisbury steak was invented by the American physician, Dr. J.H. Salisbury who, according to Wikipedia, was an early proponent of a low-carb diet for weight loss.  The term ‘Salisbury steak’ has been in use in the United States since 1897 – and it is commonly made from minced or ground meats that are formed into the shape of a steak.

Salisbury Steak - Comfort food at it's best! Tender quality beef and pork Salisbury Steak patties served with an amazing mushroom sauce!

Our recipe for Salisbury steak is a blend of ground chuck, sirloin and pork – and we believe that the key to the perfect Salisbury steak is in using the best quality meats you can find!  Jack drove straight to our local butcher and bought grass-fed beef to create a mix of 50% chuck, 25% sirloin and 25% good quality ground pork for this recipe.  And the high quality meats make a world of difference in the flavor of this Salisbury steak!  While a few other ingredients are also added in order to flavor the meat and bind it together into the shape of a steak, the finished dish should taste like good-quality, tender steak and not meatloaf.

Salisbury Steak - Comfort food at it's best! Tender quality beef and pork Salisbury Steak patties served with an amazing mushroom sauce!

This Salisbury steak is perfectly paired with our mushroom sauce and served with mashed potatoes.  Enjoy!

Salisbury Steak
Serves: 5 servings
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For the Salisbury Steak
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup chopped onions
  • ⅛ cup milk
  • ⅛ cup heavy cream
  • ⅛ cup beef stock
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme (or ½ teaspoon dry thyme)
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 ounce of white bread, crust trimmed off (1/2 cup)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 pound good-quality 80/20 ground chuck
  • ½ pound good-quality ground sirloin
  • ½ pound good-quality ground pork
For the Mushroom Sauce
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • Pinch of salt
  • Few grinds black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon chopped fresh thyme(or half that of dry)
  • ¼ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon Kitchen Bouquet
  • 3 ounces butter divided
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup chopped onions
  • 8 ounces baby bella mushrooms sliced
  • 2 ounces flour
  • Cooked mashed potatoes for serving
To make the Salisbury Steak
  1. In a medium sauté pan, melt butter in olive oil and cook onions for three minutes over medium heat. Remove from heat and add milk, cream, stock, Worcestershire sauce, thyme, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper and the bread. Mix to combine letting bread soak up all liquid. Once mixture is completely cool, add beaten egg and stir again to dissolve bread and egg into mixture.
  2. In a large bowl, combine three meats and add onion and bread mixture. Gently work mixture with your hands but do not over work the meat.
  3. Form into five equal sized football shaped patties.
  4. In a medium sauce pan, heat beef stock, cream, salt, pepper, thyme, Worcestershire sauce and Kitchen Bouquet. Hold on medium heat.
  5. In a large skillet, heat 1 ounce of butter and olive oil over medium high heat. Once hot and frothy, add the five patties and cook about five minutes on each side. Gently remove to a platter. They will not be fully cooked at this point.
  6. Add the onions to the pan and cook over same heat for one minute. Add the mushrooms and increase heat to almost high. Cook for four or five minutes until mushrooms are browned and have absorbed the liquid. Remove mushrooms to a bowl and hold.
  7. Reduce heat to medium and add the remaining two tablespoons of butter. Once melted add flour and cook for four or five minutes until raw flour smell is gone. One third at a time add hot stock whisking with each third. Add reserved mushrooms and stir with wooden spoon. Add Salisbury steaks to sauce, along with any liquid from the platter and then spoon sauce over top of each steak. Cover pan and cook on medium low for 15-20 minutes or until a probe thermometer reaches 160 degrees when inserted into the center of one of the steaks.
  8. Serve steaks with mashed potatoes and spoon mushroom sauce over both.

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  1. You say one ounce of White Bread, do you mean crumbs or an actual slice of bread?

    Also, the two ounces of flower, is that roughly 1/2 cup?

    • Hi Mike – Bread crumbs can be used, but we do mean to use actual slices of bread — the slices will be a lighter and less dense binder for the steak ingredients. Two ounces of flour is between 1/2 a cup and 2/3 of a cup.

      • Thanks. We made this Saturday night, exactly as recipe was written. Probably made some mistake as the sauce was super thick, but it was very very good regardless.

        • Thanks Mike! Sounds like maybe too much flour in the sauce…it’s difficult sometimes to use measuring cups with flour (as opposed to weight measurements) — if the flour is more sifted or more packed down it can really change the consistency of the finished recipe! If you make the recipe again, feel free to cut back on the flour to start and then add more as needed to get the sauce as thick or thin as you’d like! Thanks for visiting our site and for letting us know how your recipe came out! Martha

      • Julia Michalka :

        By FAR… the best Salisbury Steaks I’ve ever had! This was exactly what I was looking for. I did not want to use the jarred gravy or Lipton Onion Soup mix. It was a little work but no more or less for a great home-cooked meal! This is a definite keeper in this family! I made a little extra gravy! Thank you!!

    • The recipe calls for 3 oz butter how does that translate into tablespoons?

      Recipe looks good, working on it at the moment.
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      • Hi Irene – I’m so sorry I didn’t see your question until this morning! Hopefully you were able to see that a stick of butter (8 tablespoons) is 4 ounces – so 3 ounces would be 6 tablespoons. I hope you enjoyed the recipe!

        • Thank you for your reply, yes I did check the stick of butter and saw it was 4 oz. The recipe turned out pretty good, but felt the meat needed slightly more seasoning. and will probably use Panko crumbs the next time around as I’ve tried that in meatloaf and actually works extremely well.
          The recipe is appreciated and will keep this one on file!
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  2. This looks so yummy! I love your comments about quality meat. We raise our own beef and pork, there’s no comparison! Everything ends up tasting better when you start with the best.

  3. What is Kitchen Bouquet?

  4. Hello, Martha – With the exception of no cream and more Worchestershire sauce, your recipe looks and tastes exactly like my Mom’s – divine! Growing up in the 1950s, I distinctly remember all the home-made comfort food and heavenly smells they provided – there was nothing like coming home from school, opening the kitchen door, and having this (& other) wonderful recipes awaiting us, causing much salivation until dinner was served. Though Mom & Dad are now “gone”, preparing these recipes brings back those loving memories….So glad you posted this one with the proper ground meats combination! Thank you!

  5. My husband and I do not like mushrooms. Any suggestions on what to replace them?

  6. Raymond H. O'Rourke :

    I made this EXACTLY as written and found it to be only FAIR at best! The flavor was VERY BLAND. I cook a lot and on a whim I thought I’d give this a try. BIG MISTAKE! I don’t think I’ll be trying any more of your recipes any time soon. VERY SAD!

  7. Tried this today and it was very good! I tinkered with some seasonings to get it to our preferred taste. If one does really cook a lot, one would taste it before it’s off the stove and season it to one’s liking. Recipes are great guidelines, like this one, but they are all open to tinkering and refinement. Just saying.

  8. Made this last night with a few puts and takes from things I didn’t have but it turned out great!
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  9. Another winner! Very yummy! My family loved it. The mushroom sauce is great for dipping bread. This is the second recipe of yours that I tried and they were both winners. Will definitely keep making them over and over. Thanks for sharing your recipes.

  10. Hi Martha,

    This recipe looks great. I will be trying it tonight for my husbands birthday and appreciate all the feedback from other people. Sounds like for the most part its a winner. I completely agree with Carlo, one should taste before serving or finishing. I am a follower on recipes and I probably would have just served but Carlo is right, my liking may be a little different than other’s. It sounds like a great recipe and I cannot wait to try it. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Anne Reichlin :

    Awesome!!! Made it for dinner twice already and my family were coming back for more.
    I added this to my family’s favorite recipes.

  12. The Salisbury Steak was good. I don’t think I would add any salt next time though. And it took alot longer to make than what was given for the estimated prep/cook time. Thanks for the recipe, glad I tried it as I think the gravy was delicious and will be making it like that again.

  13. so yummy! THanks for the recipe. Love it!

  14. While this looks delicious I must point out that the proper cooking temps for any ground meat is 155 with the exception of poultry, which is always 165. I think maybe you should adjust that on the recipe. Being a chef, I know that e coli is a big deal and can make people seriously ill.

    • Thanks very much for your comment Sarah! I just looked at the USDA safe minimum cooking temp guidelines and it is actually 160 F for ground meats. I will make that correction right away! Thanks for alerting us to the error.

  15. Ugh! It’s gotta be hard listening to people dissect your recipe. As someone who grew up in the Midwest & on great homemade comfort food, plus the fact that I’ve cooked professionally for years I think I can comment on the recipe even though I have not made it yet. The biggest mistake people make is blindly following a recipe. Anybody with a negative comment on your recipe needs to learn how to season food correctly & by that I mean salt. It’s the #1 question that people always asked me wondering why my food always tasted so good. I learned how to salt/season my food early on & it’s the “secret ingredient” in all my food. You’re recipe looks like the perfect recipe & im excited to try it seeing I haven’t had a good Salisbury steak in years. If it doesn’t taste perfect I’m sure it’s just a pinch ot two of salt away. I’ll let you know.

    • Thanks for your comment Brett! As long as our readers are polite with their criticism and comments, we are very open to hearing what they have to say! You are absolutely right – people have different tastes and preferences and of course they should adjust the seasonings to their liking. (Even in our own household – Jack prefers far more salt than I do – so we usually meet somewhere in the middle when we write our recipes!) We hope you enjoy the Salisbury Steak and thanks for taking the time to write to us today!

      • These are a favorite of the grandchildren, and I make them frequently using my own recipe. I brown them and finish off in the oven using the drippings for mushroom gravy. In our house they’re called hand grenades due to their shape. AKA frickadellin and fleisch kieglies. ?sp I haven’t made them for awhile , today might be a good day for them.

  16. Finally got around to making this. Why did I wait? I was really very good. I didn’t change much, if anything. My husband ate a double portion! Thanks so much for sharing!

  17. I’ve made this twice and it was amazing. The first time I omitted the pork and used only beef and think I like it better. But either way amazing