Hamburger Steak (with Onion Gravy!)

This chopped steak is pan fried on the stove and smothered in thick brown gravy with onions. Learn the straightforward chef-inspired secret behind making ultra-juicy, restaurant quality steak patties!

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 40 mins


Hamburger Steaks

  • ▢ 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • ▢ 1 ½ lbs. ground beef, 85% lean
  • ▢ 4 Tablespoons frozen butter
  • ▢ ½ cup yellow onion, very finely minced
  • ▢ 2 teaspoons yellow mustard
  • ▢ 3 teaspoons Worcestershire
  • ▢ 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ▢ Salt/Pepper


  • ▢ 2 yellow onions, sliced into ¾ inch strings
  • ▢ 3 Tablespoons cold unsalted butter, separated
  • ▢ 1 cup chicken broth
  • ▢ 1 cup beef broth
  • ▢ 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ▢ ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ▢ 1 ½ teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • ▢ 1/4 cup cold water + 3 tablespoons corn starch


Prepare the Steaks

  • Shred the frozen butter.
  • Gently combine the minced onions, butter, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, and the meat. Don’t overwork the meat or it will make the steaks tough.
  • Form into evenly sides oval steaks. Refrigerate for 10 minutes. Remove from fridge and season each side with salt and pepper.
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. (Cast iron will sear the meat the best.)
  • Add the hamburger steaks and sear on each side for 2-3 minutes. Set aside.

Make the Gravy

  • Decrease heat to medium-low. Melt 2 Tablespoons butter to the pan and add the onions. Cook for 15-20 minutes, until the onions soften and begin to caramelize.
  • Add the chicken broth, beef broth, onion powder, garlic powder, and Worcestershire sauce. Run a silicone spatula along the bottom of the pan to lift up any remnants of meat, this will give the gravy extra flavor.
  • Mix in the cornstarch and cold water until combined.
  • Bring the gravy to a boil and whisk in the cornstarch mixture.
  • Continue to whisk and decrease heat to medium.


Delicious ingredient additions:

  • Cooked and crumbled bacon is wonderful to work into the meat.
  • Top the steaks with Swiss cheese and let it melt before serving.
  • Add mushrooms to the gravy if desired.
  • For creamier gravy, or to increase the quantity of gravy, mix in a can of cream of mushroom soup at the end with an optional dab of room temperature sour cream!



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