September 19, 2012

Hamburger Steaks with Brown Gravy

Can you think of many things that are better than brown gravy? I would, honest to God, choose a plate of rice and gravy with a side of black-eyed peas and fresh sliced tomatoes and cucumbers over filet mignon. I’m not even kidding.

You can make brown gravy from just about any kind of meat that’s cooked to yield pan drippings. I guess that’s why we just call it “brown” gravy because you can’t really pigeonhole it into just beef, pork or chicken gravy.

Sometimes I add onions to this but the white onions I had on-hand were wicked strong and I didn't want to overpower the taste of the gravy. If you want to add onions, just slice a medium onion into rings and add to the pan while you’re searing your hamburger steaks.


Hamburger Steaks with Brown Gravy
Hamburger Steaks:
1 pound ground beef
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Brown Gravy:
2 tablespoons pan drippings
2 tablespoons flour
1 3/4 cups beef stock*
Salt & pepper to taste

Make the steaks:
Crumble ground beef in a medium bowl and add salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder; mix by hand until seasoning is evenly distributed taking care not to over-work the meat. Shape ground beef into four thin hamburger steaks (about 1/2 inch thick).

Heat a frying pan over medium-high heat. Once the pan is good and hot, cook steaks on each side for 4-5 minutes or until nicely seared. Remove steaks to a plate and set aside (do not worry if they are cooked through, they will finish cooking in the gravy).

Make the gravy:
Reduce frying pan temperature to medium. Pour off pan drippings into a cup or bowl then measure two tablespoons of the drippings and add back to the pan (the hamburgers should yield almost exactly two tablespoons but if you’re short, add melted bacon grease or butter). Add flour to pan and whisk to incorporate. Continue cooking and whisking for about 3-4 minutes or until roux is medium brown. Add beef stock and continue whisking for 2-3 minutes or until gravy starts to thicken a little (gravy will be thin). Add salt and pepper to taste.

Add hamburger steaks to gravy, reduce heat to medium-low and continue cooking uncovered for 10-15 minutes or until meat juices run clear and gravy has reduced and thickened.

Serve with white rice or mashed potatoes.

*If you don’t have beef stock, dissolve 1 beef bullion cube in 1 3/4 cups water as a substitute. You can also just use water but be sure to season well with salt and pepper.

For a fun alternative, check out these Hamburger Steaks with Cheddar & Barbeque Caramelized Onions :)

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32 comments:

  1. Add mashed potatoes and veggies...mmmm!

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  2. Love, love, love Hamburger Steaks. Seriously, I eat Hamburger Steaks at least every other week. It's just good ole comfort food in my book. Thank you for sharing at Weekend Potluck! You know we always love to see what our favorite hooker is whipping up. I just shared on facebook. Have a good weekend!! ~Brandie

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  3. Congrats on having the recipe with the most clicks from last week's Weekend Potluck. These look seriously yummy! My beef loving family will be very pleased when we have these. Looking forward to seeing what you bring this week. Thanks so much for being so faithful to our little party!
    ~Kim
    http://sunflowersupperclub.blogspot.com/2012/09/weekend-potluck-37.html

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  4. Hi Mandy! These hamburger steaks look delicious! I too, am a Southern girl who loves to cook! I don't usually create recipes, just follow others, such as this. Nice to meet you! Blessings from Bama!

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  5. This reminds me of my mum making "salisbury steak" with cube steaks: saute in butter, make a packet of dry gravy mix, and serve with instant mashed potatoes and veg. She was an extraordinary lady though after moving to NY from London she embraced mod cons as did many ladies in the early 60's. Sunday dinners were always a joint of the day: standing rib roast with yorkshire pudding, crown roast of pork, leg of lamb, whole turkey, and the like which provided many leftovers with few poor iterations. Don't remember much ground meat though we did have cube steaks now and then. These DO look good, and the homemade gravy perhaps augmented with mushrooms and herbs will definitely be on the horizon. Hubby likes any kind of meat, and this would go together quickly. Love this country cook weekend potluck as I discover new to me blogs such as yours. Off to subscribe and get more of your lovely recipes.

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  6. Wow, bring back memories! I grew up eating Hamburger Steaks and this looks delicious.

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  7. This looks wonderful! Carrie

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  8. These are wonderful. I make them with 1lb of good beef combined with 1lb of jimmy dean's original sausage, 1 tsp of seasoned salt (lawry's). They are amazing with mashed potatoes, steamed veggies and king's sweet rolls.

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  9. This was so good, and easy! Love your blog, you are hilarious!

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  10. It's been years...need to whip that up. YUM1

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  11. Made this the other night, the only thing I did different to the gravy was add about teaspoon of Kitchen Bouquet and about 4 oz of sliced mushrooms. Good stuff. Thanks.

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  12. YUM!!!! Another way to do this is instead of adding beef stock, use milk and make cream gravy. Heck, I once ran out of milk and used watered down half and half ;)

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  13. ah my Gawd! i frickin' love hamburger steaks, and people never know what they are! i love mine with A1 or another comparitable (word?) steak sauce.

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  14. I made this the other night for my family and my grown daughter who was over visiting (she lives 5 houses from me) and they were a huge hit. EVERYONE and I mean EVERYONE, even the picky grandson who is not a gravy fan LOVED these. a few nights later my daughter cooked them for her husband and he is now in love with this recipe. Good thing too, cause I think if my daughter had it her way, they would eat them 4+ nights a week. haha.

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  15. I just made this tonight and I think the only thing I changed was I didn't add any flour, just turned up the heat quite a bit to reduce the stock I put in the drippings which made more of a sauce than gravy (which doesn't bother me because I'm not a HUGE fan of gravy all the time). I also sort of eye-balled the seasonings and it came out nummy! I'm always for garlic and onion powder. Thanks for the recipe. =)

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  16. Just made this tonight after seeing it on Pinterest. AMAZING. It will now be a staple in my house. Thanks!!

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  17. I make this and use ground deer meat in place of the beef and it is awesome! It is one of my husband's favorite meals. I add mushrooms to it when I have them available and it makes it even better.

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  18. Made this tonight, and it was marvelous! I used such lean ground beef that it didn't leave any fat, so I used bacon grease and it gave such a great taste to the gravy. This definitely goes on the 'make-again' list.

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  19. These were an almost weekly staple in our house about 40 years ago when the food budget was really tight. Sometimes I added crushed crackers to make it go a little farther. Love these!

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  20. Made these tonight with ground venison. The venison is really lean so I used a bit of bacon drippings in the pan. My husband raved about them. Thanks for sharing this recipe! I stumbled on your site when looking for a good hamburger steak recipe. So many of your recipes look so good, I can't wait to try some more.

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    1. Dont have a url, but my name is Sharon. Like I said, the recipe was awesome with venison. I am going to try your meatball recipe with venison too.

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  21. yumm,i make these but mix in onions n onion salt.we call it onion burgers

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  22. Made this tonight but with chicken tenders and chicken broth. My first gravy! Everyone loved it. Thanks!!

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  23. This was super easy! Husband loved it!

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  24. Whenever you have onions that are really strong in flavor you can chop or slice them up and drop them in ice water for a few minutes. Helps to take away some of the smell and taste

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  25. cannot wait to make this as a surprise for my Texas born & raised Husband! Every time I make a "kitchen hit" he calls his mom (score for this Seattle born & raised girl! lol)

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  26. Sounds awesome, I will have to cook this for my family.

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  27. I love Hamburger Steaks. I eat Hamburger Steaks at least every other week at New Orleans Bar and Grill restaurant in Greensboro.. its so delicious.
    Hamburger Steak

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  28. My family just finished these up for dinner and they were soooo good!! I didn't have onion powder so skipped it and didn't have beef stock so I used vegetable broth and it was awesome!! For the side I sliced potatoes and zucchini really thin, seasoned them with salt, pepper & garlic powder and butter and baked them in a casserole dish. We poured some of the gravy over the veggies too.

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  29. These babies are always superb! Made some last week with added shroomers, what a feast! Thanks for sharing a great recipe, Mandy.

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  30. This is one of my ALL TIME FAVORITES from childhood. My dad made these all the time with corn and rice he microwaved (yes, I know I never could duplicate his technique and he is the only person I know who can microwave regular rice and it come out perfectly fluffy and cooked through). I still make this often for my family and have mixed it up different ways using ground beef, turkey or chicken. I like to add different herbs to the meat to change up the flavor also. My fav is rosemary. It brings such a nice element to the meat. Thank you for posting this so that the love of savory goodness this dish inspires can be shared!

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