Hamburger Steak Recipe

| April 22, 2018 | 22 Comments

Hamburger Steak with Onions and Gravy

Complete, step-by-step, photo illustrated recipe for making Hamburger Steak with Onions and Gravy. Made from scratch. Printable recipe included.

Hamburger Steak, as seen on Taste of
See just how easy this is to make at home. You’ll find the printable recipe at the bottom of the instructions. It’s an old favorite, southern style, comfort food.


Hamburger Steak, slider.
Hamburger Steak with Onions and Gravy recipe.

One of my favorite Southern style comfort foods is Hamburger Steak topped with Onions and Gravy. You’ll find it on the menu of just about every Mom and Pop style diner here in North Carolina.

I must admit, I probably have this about once a week, and have been known to have it a second time in the same week.

The little place that I drive thru to pick up mine, serves it as a plate special on Monday and Tuesday nights, so if I’m out and about, I generally try to pick up a plate to bring home for supper.

I’m pretty consistent with getting it with a side of mashed potatoes, with a little gravy on top of those, and a side of deviled eggs. This little restaurant is one of the few that I’m aware of that serve deviled eggs, and they place three egg halves on the plate. It also comes with cornbread and a soda or tea.

All that costs me right at $8.00 as of this writing. Still, it’s so simple and easy to make at home, but I’m just getting too used to the convenience of driving thru and bringing a plate home. Smile.

I must mention that hamburger steaks are typically made with regular ground beef, but the one I’m demonstrating here uses something called “Prime Rib Steakburger.” I found it on sale and had to give it a try.

I made this one hamburger steak with the entire pound of ground meat. It turned out really juicy and had great flavor. I don’t know why I’d never noticed this prime rib ground beef before.

Hamburger Steak is one of those lower priced items on most menu’s. Maybe that’s why I generally order it when I’m in a diner either around home or out on the road.

I do hope you’ll give it a try and I’d love to hear your thoughts on the recipe in the Comment section at the bottom of the recipe.

So, ready for some good old southern style comfort food? I thought so.

Alright then, let’s grab some beef and head to the kitchen. Let’s Get Cooking!


Hamburger Steak, you'll need these ingredients.
Hamburger Steak. You’ll need these ingredients.

I’m using a new product for me called “Prime Rib Steakburger.” Normally, I’d be using a good ground beef at about an 80/20 ratio of meat to fat. I just saw this on sale and decided to try it since I was planning to make hamburger steak.


Hamburger Steak, slice the onions first.
Go ahead and slice up your onions so you’ll have them ready. Just set them aside for the moment.


Hamburger Steak, ground prime rib meat.
Place the ground beef in a mixing bowl.


Hamburger Steak, crumble the beef.
Use your hand and break the ground beef up so you can add the spices.

I could immediately tell that this particular meat had very little fat in it. Normally my fingers would feel greasy after stirring into the beef, but not with this pack. I just hope it tastes good.

Regular ground beef is what most all restaurants and diners would use for their hamburger steaks.

It’s usually one of the cheaper priced items on the menu.


Hamburger Steak, add the salt.
Add the salt.

I’m only using 1/4 teaspoon of salt to this full pound of beef. Don’t want it tasting too salty you know. Smile.


Hamburger Steak, add the black pepper.
Same for the black pepper. Add in 1/4 teaspoon per pound.


Hamburger Steak, add the garlic powder.
Sprinkle on the garlic powder.


Hamburger Steak, add the Worcestershire sauce.
Add the Worcestershire sauce.

You could leave this out if you like. Personally, I think it adds a bit more of that “steak” flavor, so I always add in just a little.


Hamburger Steak, mix well.
Mix it all together with your hands until the spices are fully combined with the meat.


Hamburger Steak, shape as desired.
Shape the meat as desired. Can you see my sort of “steak” look that I was going for here?

YES, I’m going to use the whole pound to make one hamburger steak. It’s a man-sized steak for sure, and it’s probably a good inch or so thick.

Most of the hamburger steaks in the diners will serve you a patty that’s about 8-10 ounces in size on average. Most are shaped into an oval as opposed to just a round patty.

Either way, they’re still good. They will shrink down a bit once they are cooked, so go a little bigger on the serving portion. It will be much juicer than a smaller dried out patty once its cooked.


Hamburger Steak, place the steak in your skillet.
I like to cook mine in my cast iron skillet.

Set the heat to about halfway between Medium-Low and Medium. It’s best to cook it slow as trying to cook it faster will make it easier to burn and seems to make it shrink even more.

It’s okay for you to make several smaller steaks, just don’t try to overcrowd the pan with them. Since the recipe calls for one pound of beef, you’ll probably only be making two 8oz steaks anyway.

Of course, you can easily double the recipe if you need more. Cook them in batches.


Hamburger Steak, cook about three minutes on each side.
You want to cook the hamburger steak for about three minutes, then carefully flip it over and let the other side brown for another three minutes.

We’re not worried about cooking it all the way through at this point, just basically brown it to seal in the juices.


Hamburger Steak, remove from pan and set aside.
Now, remove the steak from the skillet and just set it aside for the moment.


Hamburger Steak, check the remaining grease.
As you can see, this prime rib meat left hardly any grease in the pan at all.

If you’re using regular ground beef, you’ll probably have a bit more to deal with. Remove all but about two Tablespoons of the remaining fat, leaving the cooked bits in the pan. Discard the extra grease from the patties you’ve just cooked.

Here, I’m adding just a Tablespoon of Bacon Grease into the pan since I don’t have any in the pan at this point.


Hamburger Steak, add the onions.
Add the sliced onions into the warm skillet and grease.


Hamburger Steak, saute the onions.
Saute the onions for several minutes, stirring often, until they start to become a bit translucent.


Hamburger Steak, return the steak to the skillet.
Return the steak to the skillet, placing it right on top of the onions.


Hamburger Steak, add the broth.
Pour the broth over the steak and onions.

I’m using two teaspoons of beef granules mixed with two cups of WARM water to make my broth. You don’t want to pour cold water into your cast iron skillet. It might crack it. Always use warm.

If you have canned beef broth, or broth from a carton, that works great as well.


Hamburger Steak, simmer uncovered for about 30 minutes.
Let all this simmer, uncovered, for about 30 more minutes, or until the beef has reached an internal temperature of 165F degrees.

I cooked this one for 15 minutes, then flipped it over and let it cook another 15 minutes or so.

Overcooking it will make it tough and dry, so use a digital thermometer to cook it to temp if you have one.


Hamburger Steak, thicken the gravy if desired.
You can thicken the gravy if desired.

The broth will reduce down while the meat is cooking, but it will probably not be very thick.

If you’d like it a bit thicker, just do the following.

Mix about 2 teaspoons of cornstarch or flour in a small container with about 2 teaspoons of cold water. Stir this together really good to make a “slurry.”

I realize I just told you not to add cold water to your cast iron skillet, but you need it this time. Since it’s such a small amount, it shouldn’t present a problem.

Stir the cornstarch/water slurry into the bubbling broth. Keep an eye on it and let it thicken as desired. You might have to let it cook a little longer to reduce some more, or just add another smaller amount of the cornstarch mixture.

You should remove the meat before doing this so you can easily stir the gravy as it simmers.


Hamburger Steak, enjoy.

Serve your hamburger steak while it’s still warm.

I like mine with a nice side of mashed potatoes also topped with a little gravy.

And, in case you’re wondering, NO, I didn’t eat all of the hamburger steak at one time. I could have, but managed to save about half for another meal. Like I said, it’s one of my favorite comfort foods.


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Hamburger Steak with Onions and Gravy recipe, as seen on Taste of Southern.

Hamburger Steak Recipe

  • Author: Steve Gordon
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 1-2 servings, depending on size of each steak. 1x
  • Category: Main Dish, Beef
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


Easy to follow, step-by-step, photo illustrated instructions on how to make Hamburger Steak. Printable recipe included.



  • 1lb Ground Beef (80/20)
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon Black Pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 medium Onion
  • 2 cups Beef Broth


  1. Slice the onion and set it aside for now.
  2. Crumble the beef into a medium sized mixing bowl.
  3. Add the salt.
  4. Add the black pepper.
  5. Add the garlic powder.
  6. Add the Worcestershire sauce.
  7. Use your hands to mix ingredients well.
  8. Shape beef into desired size steaks.
  9. Place steaks into skillet, do not overcrowd.
  10. Brown the steaks for about 2-3 minutes each side, turning as needed.
  11. Remove the steaks and place on a plate for later. Steaks will not be done at this time.
  12. If needed, remove all but about 2 Tablespoons of any grease remaining in pan.
  13. Add the sliced onions. Saute until translucent, stirring often to prevent burning.
  14. Place the steaks back into the skillet on top of the onions
  15. Add the beef broth, scraping the bottom of the pan gently to loosen any browned bits.
  16. Simmer steaks and onion, uncovered, for about 20-30 minutes.
  17. Enjoy!


Use a good grade of ground beef, somewhere around a 80/20 meat to fat ratio. You can double the recipe if needed, just don’t overcrowd the skillet.

Keywords: hamburger steak with onions and gravy recipe, ground beef, ground prime rib, pan gravy, southern, easy


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You might also like this recipe:  Salisbury Steak

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  1. Constance Presley says:

    There is a restaurant 4 hours away that makes a similar plate. We don’t pass by too often and my husband always orders it. Can’t wait to surprise him! New to your site; looking forward to trying more recipes!!!

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Constance, I’m glad you found us and hope you’ll try some of our other recipes as well. I hope your husband enjoys the Hamburger Steak. I do appreciate your visit and hope you’ll stop by often. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  2. Lillian Rayner says:

    I absolutely love Hamburger Steak and Gravy with onions and mashed potatoes. So thankful that your friend is doing better, praying for her continued healing. Praying that you, as well, walk in the full manifested healing of the Lord. Healing is your portion!!!

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Lillian, Thank you for your prayers for myself and my friends. I’m glad that you subscribe to our Newsletters and appreciate all of your visits and support of Taste of Southern. God is good. I do hope you’ll visit with us often. Don’t be a stranger. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  3. Mary daniels says:

    I make a similar dish using a can of French Onion Soup instead of broth. Sometimes I add mushrooms if I have them and some extra onions. This is one of our favorite quick meals. I usually use 90 or 93 % beef to cut down on the fat but I would love to find the prime rib beef. Lately I have been using only grass fed beef and that is very good. Thanks for the original recipe to remind me of make it again.

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Mary, I’ve never tried this with the French Onion Soup, but it sounds delicious. Thank you for the suggestion. I appreciate you stopping by today and hope you’ll visit with us often. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  4. Susie Ciannilli says:

    We have been making this for years. Haven’t had it for a while so guess what we’re having for supper tonight! 🙂 Thank you for the wonderful stories and fantastic recipes. God bless you Steve.

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Susie, I hope you enjoyed your Hamburger Steak. It certainly is one of my favorites. I appreciate you sharing your comments and for your visit today. I trust you’ll stop by again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  5. Sandra Lowry says:

    Thanks for the update on Jan! Sounds like a woman determined to do everything possible to get better. She has a lot of people cheering her on!
    Love this recipe. It has always been a favorite in my family. Delicious and economical. I love Brussels sprouts with it too because they taste great and the color is so pretty with the hamburger and gravy and I always have mashed potatoes with it just like the picture. It’s a perfect meal.
    I have never tried the meat you used but will look for it and give it a try. I usually just use hamburger.
    Sorry to hear that you have a vertigo problem. My sister suffers with it occasionally and it can be very scary. You did the right thing postponing your trip. Hope you are feeling better! Take care of yourself.

    • Steve Gordon says:

      (Sandra is making reference to one of our Newsletters)

      Hi Sandra, As always, it’s great to hear from you. This really is one of my all time favorite comfort foods. And, you’ve got to have those mashed potatoes with it. Smile. Thank you for the kind comments and well wishes. I hope you and your sister are doing well. I sincerely appreciate all of your visits and look for to you stopping by again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  6. Dolores says:

    Praying for you and Billy and Jan. Hope you all get well as soon as possible. Your hamburger steak plate looks delish except for the Brussel sprouts. I am not a fan of them. I enjoyed listening to 94.9 FM. The beach is my favorite place to be. It does soothe the soul. God bless you.

    • Steve Gordon says:

      (Dolores is making reference to our recent Newsletter)

      Hi Dolores, Sorry about those Brussels Sprouts on the plate. I hope you still might try the recipe one day. I think you’ll like it. Thank you for your prayers for my fishing buddy and his wife, and for me. We greatly appreciate that. I’m glad you gave a listen to the Beach Music, it’s pretty popular around my area. Thank you for your comments, for subscribing to our Newsletter, and for your visits and support. I hope you’ll stop by again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  7. Brenda says:

    Hi Steve, I make hamburger steak every once and a while but I have never heard of the prime rib steak burger mix. Where did you find it because I would like to try it. I really enjoy your recipes and look forward to Monday to see more.
    Thanks Brenda

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Brenda, I had never seen this before either. Found it at Lowe’s Food here in North Carolina. It was very good and I’d purchase it again for certain. Maybe you could ask your meat department at your favorite store if they could order it for you. They will normally do this for you if at all possible. Hope you can find some. Let me know. Thank you for the question, and for your visits. I hope you’ll visit with us again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  8. Josie says:

    That definitely brings back some good memories of my moms cooking. I haven’t had that in years so I’m going to have to do it soon. By the way, if that’s a small seafood platter I would hate to see a large. 🙂 Prayers are still going up for your friend’s wife and him to. And you are right GOD IS GOOD. Blessings

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Josie, I do hope you get the chance to try our Hamburger Steak recipe. I just love the stuff. (And regarding your reference to our recent Newsletter) Thank you for your continued prayers for my fishing buddy and his wife. We all greatly appreciate it. And yes, that was the small platter that I had, and as mentioned, it was about more than I could handle. I gave it a good shot though. The larger platters contain scallops and deviled crabs. I would have liked it, but knew it would have been too much. I do appreciate you being a subscriber to our Newsletter and for your continued support. I hope you’ll visit with us often. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  9. Elizabeth says:

    I think I’ll definitely be trying this.

    I said a prayer. God wants his people well!

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Elizabeth, I do hope you’ll try our recipe. I think you’ll enjoy it a lot. Thank you for your prayers, your support, and for all of your visits to Taste of Southern. I do hope you will visit with us often. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  10. Marlene Ashburn says:

    Good recipe, Steve. I really make Salisbury Steak because I like the gravy
    Found a recipe, can’t remember where, that included fresh sliced mushrooms with the onions. Yes, it was well worth making.
    We have a nice diner here that makes a good Hamburg steak and all for under $8.00 and we visit frequently.
    Bye for now.

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Marlene, I enjoy the addition of mushrooms as well at times. If my mother ever cooked anything with mushrooms, I don’t remember it. It just wasn’t considered “food” where we were from. Smile. Thank you for taking the time to write and share your comments, it’s always great to hear from you. Thank you for your support and your visits. Stop by again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  11. My yankee mom made these (so do I). We called them fat hamburgers and we included mushrooms with the onions.

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi William, I’ve never heard them called fat hamburgers. Interesting. And yes, the mushrooms are good as well. Thank you for stopping by and for your support. I hope you’ll visit with us often. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

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