|A diner classic and a southern favorite, seasoned ground beef patties cooked with caramelized onion and gravy is a belly-pleaser.|
Hamburger Steak with Creamy Onion GravyHamburger steak should be in everybody's go-to recipe box and this one is the best ever. Seriously! I know that's a bold statement, but to be honest, it always gets a boatload of compliments, and isn't that what we're all after in this anyway?
Hamburger steak is a common southern meal because it's fast and easy and a super delicious comfort food when you put an onion gravy in the mix. The patties are tossed with a bit of chopped onion, simple seasonings, but unlike it's kissin' cousin salisbury steak, the only binder in hamburger steaks should be egg, no bread. Now... that said, I won't be mad at ya if you find that your meat needs a little binder. Use only enough bread crumbs to hold it together. If you're short on time or energy, premade burger patties make a perfectly acceptable stand-in for a speedy transition to dinnertime during the week. Just omit the onion, egg and hot sauce and season the patties.
Then dip each patty into 1/3 cup of flour.
And brown them on both sides in a skillet with a couple tablespoons of hot oil.
Remove and set aside.
Slice up an onion...
...and toss those into the same skillet you cooked the patties in.
While the onions are cookin', mix together 1 cup of beef broth and 1 cup of water, or just use 2 cups of water alone, with some seasoned salt and pepper.
The onions are just beginning to brown so we'll let those go a bit longer.
Add the flour to the seasoned water and whisk that all together well.
Now the onions look to be ready!
Slowly add the flour and seasoned water mixture to the onions...
...and start stirring it up.
Cook and stir the mixture and bring it up to a boil.
Until you see it begin to thicken.
Now ain't that just LUR-vee-ly? Add a dash of Worcestershire sauce and some Kitchen Bouquet here if you like.
Now stick those browned patties back into the skillet, right into that mess o'gravy, turn 'em and and push 'em around a bit so that some of the gravy goodness seeps right up on top.
Reduce the heat to simmer, cover them bad boys and let 'em cook for another 20 minutes or so.
And voila, delicious and hardy hamburger steaks with luscious onion gravy you're gonna love! Enjoy.
Recipe: Hamburger Steak with Creamy Onion Gravy©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 15 min |Cook time: 30 min | Yield: About 4 to 6 servings
For the Patties:
For the Gravy:
- 3 tablespoons of cooking oil (canola, vegetable)
- 1-1/2 pounds of 80/20 ground chuck
- 3/4 cup of onion, finely chopped
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon Tiger Sauce, or hot pepper sauce, or to taste, optional
- 1 teaspoon of seasoned salt
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoons freshly cracked black pepper
- About 1/3 cup of all purpose flour, for dipping the patties
- 1 large onion, halved and sliced
- 1 cup of beef broth
- 1 cup of water
- 1/4 cup of all purpose flour, for the gravy
- 1/4 teaspoon of seasoned salt, or to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
- 1/2 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce, optional
- 1 teaspoon of browning & seasoning sauce (like Kitchen Bouquet), optional
- 2 cups of sliced mushrooms, optional
Heat the cooking oil over medium high in a large heavy-bottomed stainless skillet. In a medium sized bowl, gently combine the ground chuck, chopped onion, egg, hot sauce, seasoned salt, garlic powder and pepper. Shape into 4 to 6 equal sized patties. Dip each patty into the flour and cook until browned on both sides; remove and set those aside.
Add the sliced onions to the skillet and cook over medium heat until lightly caramelized, stirring regularly. Whisk together the beef broth and water with 1/4 cup of flour, 1/2 teaspoon of seasoned salt and pepper, until well combined. Pour into the skillet with the onions and stir constantly, until mixture begins to thicken. Add the Worcestershire and Kitchen Bouquet.
Return the hamburger steaks to the skillet, turn to coat, add sliced mushrooms if using, and reduce heat to simmer. Cook, covered, for about 20 minutes longer. Serve with mashed potatoes and some green beans, or a mixed garden salad on the side.
Cook's Notes: The brown gravy for these is pretty good all on its own since its reliant on the pan drippings, but if you have it, just that little bit of Worcestershire and Kitchen Bouquet adds a bit more depth and is delicious. If you find that you need a binder, add in a small amount of fresh bread crumbs to the ground beef. If using pre-made hamburger steak patties, omit the onion, egg and hot sauce, and sprinkle both sides of the patties with the seasoned salt, garlic powder and pepper, pressing in the seasoning a bit. Then dip each patty in the flour and proceed with the remaining recipe.
Note: Tiger Sauce is a type of sweet and sour hot sauce found in the condiment shelf of your store. Regular hot sauce can be substituted, or simply omit.
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