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Salisbury Steak

Gluten-Free Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy. This traditional easy Salisbury steak recipe features delicious tender ground meat steaks, swaddled in rich brown gravy for classic comfort food at its finest.

Salisbury steak in a stainless steel skillet with parsley sprinkled on top.

Have you ever tried Salisbury steak?

The name is slightly deceptive, because we aren’t talking about steaks at all. 

Ground beef is combined with breadcrumbs and seasonings then formed into ground beef patties. The tender beef patties are then pan-fried in a skillet and smothered with a rich mushroom gravy.

It is customary to serve Salisbury steak with mashed potatoes, pasta noodles (such as egg noodles), or rice to soak up that tasty gravy.

If this is your first time making a homemade Salisbury steak recipe, no sweat. It is much easier to make than one would think, given how rich and flavorful the recipe turns out. 

In a few simple steps, you’ll have dinner on the table in 30 minutes or less!

So how did Salisbury steak get its name? This easy comfort food dinner recipe was named after James Henry Salisbury, who publicized the health benefits of eating ground beef (or minced meat) in the 1800s. 

He observed U.S. soldiers during the Civil War who ate a meat-centered diet and determined ground beef was both easily digestible and highly nutritious.

Stainless steel skillet of salisbury steaks with mushroom gravy, ready to serve.

Let’s dive into the simple ingredients list. The good news is you can find all of these straightforward ingredients at any grocery store and the recipe is budget-friendly.

Ingredients for Salisbury Steaks:

Ground Beef: One pound of ground beef makes 5 Salisbury steaks. You can use lean ground beef for less fat, but I recommend using 80/20 ground beef for the most flavor.

Yellow Onion: Onion gets finely chopped and mixed in with the meat to add a big rustic flavor.

Gluten-Free Breadcrumbs, Panko Bread crumbs or Flour: Bringing a spongy meatloaf or meatball texture to the beef, we add some breadcrumbs.

Stick with gluten-free breadcrumbs if need be, otherwise use Panko breadcrumbs. You can also use gluten-free all-purpose flour or tapioca flour.

Egg: One chicken egg gets whisked up and added in with the meat mixture to help bring that soft meatball-like texture we’ve been talking about.

Flavor Makers: Ketchup, Dijon Mustard, Worcestershire Sauce, Dried Oregano, Sea Salt, Black Pepper: These classic additions to the ground beef boost the flavor profile to give your taste buds a wild ride. 

Gravy Ingredients:

Avocado Oil and Butter: Used to sauté the onion, mushrooms, and garlic, I like using a combination of avocado oil and butter for luxurious flavor. You can also use olive oil here. I recommend sticking with the butter (unless you have a dairy allergy) for the best flavor.

Yellow Onion, Mushrooms, and Garlic: The hearty, yummy vegetables that bring plenty of flavor to the gravy. Mushroom lovers, you’re going to go wild over this thick, savory sauce.

Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour or Regular All-Purpose Flour: Used to thicken the gravy, we need a small amount of GF flour or regular flour.

Beef Broth, Dijon Mustard, Worcestershire Sauce: More flavor! You may detect a theme here. The beef gravy requires some broth (or beef stock) and flavorful additions like Dijon mustard and Worcestershire sauce.

Recipe Customizations:

  • Swap the Worcestershire sauce for soy sauce.
  • Replace the ketchup with tomato paste.
  • Use Italian seasoning in the patties instead of dried oregano.
  • Make it paleo by using tapioca flour in the beef mixture and in the gravy instead of bread crumbs or flour.

Now that we’ve covered the simple ingredients, let’s make Salisbury Steak!

How to Make Salisbury Steak:

Make the Hamburger Steak:

Add all of the ingredients for the steaks to a large mixing bowl and use your hands to squish everything together until it is well-combined.

Ingredients for Salisbury steak in a mixing bowl.

Form 5 beef patties out of the steak mixture.

Salisbury steak patties in a mixing bowl.

Heat a large skillet over high heat and add 1 to 2 tablespoons of avocado oil (or cooking oil of choice). Allow the skillet to heat up for a few minutes until it is sizzling hot.

Carefully place the beef patties on the hot skillet and cook for 1 minute, until a golden brown crust forms. Carefully flip the meat patties, and cook for another minute.

Transfer the seared hamburger patties to a plate and set them aside (there is no need to cook the patties through just yet). 

Hamburger meat cooking in a skillet.

Make the Gravy:

Place the skillet back onto the burner over medium heat and add the avocado oil and butter to make the gravy.

Add the chopped yellow onion and cook until it begins to soften, about 3 minutes. Add in the mushrooms and garlic and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms begin to sweat and turn slightly brown, about 5 minutes.

Onions, garlic, and mushrooms cooking in a skillet.

Stir in the flour.

Flour sprinkled over onions, mushrooms, and garlic.

Pour the beef broth, dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and black pepper. Bring the gravy to a full but controlled boil.

Pouring beef broth into the skillet with the mushrooms and onions.

Place the browned beef patties back into the skillet in a single layer with the gravy and cook for about 3 to 4 minutes. Carefully flip the patties and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes, or until the gravy is thick.

Hamburger steaks cooking in gravy.

Serve Salisbury steaks with your choice of side dishes and enjoy.

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

What to Serve with Salisbury Steak:

Mashed Potatoes: Creamy mashed potatoes are perfect for soaking up gravy. I love my Caramelized Onion Roasted Garlic Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes with Parmesan, but any kind of mashed potatoes work.

Roasted Vegetables: I always love including vegetables with a protein main dish, and my Garlic Herb Roasted Vegetables and my Crowd-Pleasing Roasted Vegetables are always a hit. Green beans and asparagus are great easy pairings too.

Salad: Fresh greens are a perfect complement to a rich main course. The Best Broccoli Salad and Pear Apple Avocado Spinach Salad with Candied Walnuts Feta and Pumpkin Seeds are both magic.  

Cornbread: Listen, if you need cornbread, you need cornbread. No judgement coming from this cornbread-obsessed cornbread enthusiast. Make my Gluten-Free Cornbread for a GF, dairy-free option. And don’t forget the honey!

Salisbury steaks in a stainless steel skillet, smothered in gravy.

That’s it! A classic Salisbury Steak recipe made gluten-free. Given how flavorful this dish is, you’d never guess it is actually deceptively easy to make.

The next time you’re craving big beefy flavor, whip up a batch of Salisbury steak patties for the whole family to enjoy.

This hearty meal is one of the comfort food classics you can rely on every time you have a hankering for rich gravy. It is one of those easy dinner recipes you’ll want to put on regular rotation.

Looking for more hearty main entrees that are both easy to prepare and super sultry? Here are some of my personal favorites.

More Sultry Dinner Recipes:

Beef and gravy, let’s go!

Salisbury steak in a stainless steel skillet with parsley sprinkled on top.
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Salisbury Steak

This easy recipe for classic Salisbury steaks comes with a gluten-free option for all types of eaters. Tender hamburger patties are swaddled in rich mushroom gravy for a delicious main dish. Serve it with mashed potatoes, noodles, or rice!
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Course: Beef Main Dishes, Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 5 Servings
Calories: 341kcal
Author: Julia

Ingredients

For the Steaks

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • ½ cup yellow onion finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs *
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 1 Tbsp ketchup
  • 2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt to taste
  • ¼ tsp black pepper to taste
  • 1 Tbsp avocado oil for cooking

For The Gravy

  • 1 Tbsp avocado oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter or more avocado oil
  • 1 cup yellow onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 8 ounces cremini mushrooms sliced
  • 2 Tbsp gluten-free all-purpose flour or regular all-purpose flour flour**
  • 1 1/2 cups beef stock
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

Instructions

Make the Hamburger Steak:

  • Add all of the ingredients for the steaks to a large mixing bowl and use your hands to squish everything together until it is well-combined.
  • Form 5 beef patties out of the steak mixture.
  • Heat a large skillet over high heat and add 1 to 2 tablespoons of avocado oil (or cooking oil of choice). Allow the skillet to heat up for a few minutes until it is sizzling hot.
  • Carefully place the beef patties on the hot skillet and cook for 1 minute, until a golden brown crust forms. Carefully flip the meat patties, and cook for another minute. Transfer the seared hamburger patties to a plate and set them aside (there is no need to cook the patties through just yet).

Make the Gravy:

  • Place the skillet back onto the burner over medium heat and add the avocado oil and butter to make the gravy.
  • Add the chopped yellow onion and cook until it begins to soften, about 3 minutes. Add in the mushrooms and garlic and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms begin to sweat and turn slightly brown, about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the flour.
  • Pour the beef broth, dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and black pepper. Bring the gravy to a full but controlled boil.
  • Place the browned beef patties back into the skillet in a single layer with the gravy and cook for about 3 to 4 minutes. Carefully flip the patties and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes, or until the gravy is thick.
  • Serve Salisbury steaks with your choice of side dishes and enjoy.

Notes

*Use regular bread crumbs, Panko breadcrumbs, or gluten-free breadcrumbs. You can replace the breadcrumbs with 1/3 cup of gluten-free all-purpose flour.
**For a paleo option, use 1/2 cup of tapioca flour in the meat mixture and 2 teaspoons of tapioca flour for the gravy.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Steak (of 5) | Calories: 341kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 106mg | Sodium: 575mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g

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Sixsisters Stuff

Wednesday 14th of February 2024

Wow, this Gluten-Free Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy recipe is a true comfort food delight! The detailed step-by-step instructions make it seem like a breeze to create, even for those new to homemade Salisbury steak.

The incorporation of gluten-free options ensures that this recipe caters to various dietary preferences, making it accessible to a wide range of eaters. The choice of ingredients, including ground beef, onions, breadcrumbs, and a delightful mix of seasonings, promises a rich and flavorful dining experience.

The historical background on how Salisbury steak got its name adds an interesting touch to the culinary journey. It's fascinating to learn about its connection to James Henry Salisbury and the observations he made during the Civil War.

The recipe's versatility is evident in the suggested customizations, allowing individuals to tailor it to their specific dietary needs or preferences. From swapping Worcestershire sauce for soy sauce to making it paleo-friendly, the options are diverse.

The final dish, served with mashed potatoes or other side options, looks incredibly appetizing. The detailed images capture the savory goodness of the Salisbury steaks smothered in that luscious mushroom gravy.

Overall, this recipe is a fantastic addition to anyone's collection of hearty and satisfying main dishes. Whether it's a family dinner or a cozy night in, this Gluten-Free Salisbury Steak promises to be a crowd-pleaser. Thank you for sharing this culinary gem!

Julia

Friday 16th of February 2024

What a thorough review! Thanks so much for taking the time to provide your feedback. Much appreciated!! xo

Janelle

Saturday 10th of February 2024

Made this last night. Amazing!

Julia

Sunday 11th of February 2024

Wahoo! Thanks so much for reporting back, Janelle! xoxo

Grandmom

Friday 9th of February 2024

Lots of Salisbury Steak recipes out there, but this one is the best! Easy to follow directions and SO tasty. Thanks!

Julia

Sunday 11th of February 2024

I'm so thrilled to hear you enjoy it! Thanks so much for the sweet note!! xoxoxo

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