Throwback Thursday: Salisbury Steak

This classic recipe is ready in only 30 minutes, and undoubtedly will become part of your regular dinner routine.

When you think of Salisbury Steak, you probably think of TV dinners.  I did, but then when I thought about it, it’s basically pan-fried meatloaf that’s smothered in gravy and served over some creamy mashed potatoes with green beans. Comfort food at its finest.

I think what I like best about this recipe is that it’s ready in about 30 minutes, making it an easy choice for a weeknight.  For us, that is Tuesday’s, when we have soccer until 6:45 and we’re not home until 7:15.  This definitely makes dinnertime tight, and 30 minute meals essential.  It’s a pretty healthy meal too – especially if you use some lean ground beef, and don’t load your potatoes up with butter and heavy cream.  But why would you wanna do that?

Making Salisbury Steak is simple.  Start by gathering up all of your ingredients, a couple mixing bowls, a small baking sheet, a whisk, a spatula and a deep frying pan.

The first step in making the salisbury steak is prepping the patties.  To make the patties, start by mixing the egg, milk, bread crumbs and spices in the bottom of a large mixing bowl.  Once all combined, add the beef and mix it in.  Don’t over-mix, or the patties will get tough.  With the side of your hand, sore the beef in half, and then in half again to make 4 equal sized portions, and form into 4 patties.

Heat up the olive oil in a large deep skillet over medium-high heat until its shimmering, and then add the patties to the pan.  Cook them for 4 minutes on each side, and then remove to a preheated 225 degree oven to keep them warm while you finish cooking.

salisbury steak patties cooking

While the beef patties are cooking, slice the onions, and mushrooms.  After you transfer the patties to the oven, add 3 tbsp butter to the skillet, and heat it until it’s melted.  Add the onions and mushrooms to pan, season with salt and pepper and cook 10 minutes, stirring frequently.  To the the onions cooking quicker, add 1/4 cup water to the pan and place a lid on it.  The steam will cook the onions quickly.  Be sure to keep your eye on it though so that they don’t burn.

salisbury steak onions and mushrooms cooking

Once onions and mushrooms are softened, add garlic, and cook 30 seconds.  Sprinkle 2 tbsp flour over the top, stir in and let cook 1 minute.

salisbury steak roux

Pour in beef stock, and gently whisk to combine. Add patties back to pan, reduce heat to low, and let simmer 5 minutes.

Top with fresh parsley if you have it, and serve over creamy mashed potatoes with some veggies.

Salisbury Steak Recipe

Adapted From Addie Grundy – Retro Recipes from the 50’s and 60’s


For Patties:
1 lb ground beef
1/2 cup bread crumbs
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 tbsp olive oil

For Sauce:
1 tbsp olive oil
1 cup minced onion
4 ounces sliced mushrooms
1 tbsp garlic
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
3 tbsp flour
2 cups beef broth


In a large bowl, combine all ingredients for patties except olive oil in a bowl until well blended. Form into 4 patties
about 1/2 inch thick and press a dimple into the top of each patty. Chill for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile in a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat olive oil until shimmering. Add patties and cook until nearly
cooked through and browned – about 4 minutes per side. Set aside and keep warm.

In the same pan add olive oil, onion, mushrooms and garlic, stirring until onions are translucent – about 5 minutes.

Sprinkle with flour and cook, stirring until the flour has been absorbed – about 1 minute. Gradually add broth,
Worcestershire while stirring and loosening any browned bits from the bottom. Let simmer 2

Return patties to man with sauce and cook at a simmer for 8-10 minutes, flipping halfway through.
Drizzle meat with sauce and serve with mashed potatoes.

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Salisbury Steak


  1. Erin Jackson

    Question – there’s egg in the walkthrough but not in the printable?

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