Brown Gravy Smothered Hamburger Steaks are made with ground beef, seasoned to perfection, and nestled in a delicious and rich brown gravy. It's the perfect comfort meal for any day of the week.
Looking for something else smothered in gravy and just as scrumptious? Check out these Beef Tips & Gravy or the Amazing Brown Gravy Pot Roast.
Preparing Brown Gravy Smothered Hamburger Steaks does not get any easier than this! Trust me when I say, there’s a reason why this recipe has been in my family for generations.
If you follow these easy steps, you'll have juicy hamburger steaks swimming in savory gravy before you know it!
- Ingredients Needed for the Brown Gravy Smothered Hamburger Steaks:
- What alternative can I use for beef?
- What pantry items can I use to kick the gravy up a notch?
- How to make the Hamburger Steaks:
- How to make the Brown Gravy:
- What sides can I serve with Brown Gravy Smothered Hamburger Steaks?
- 📖 Recipe
Ingredients Needed for the Brown Gravy Smothered Hamburger Steaks:
Prior to cooking, gather everything you will need.
For the hamburger patties, gather olive oil, ground beef, seasoning salt, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, pre-diced bell papers, pre-diced onions, bread crumbs, and a large egg.
For the gravy, you will need two packs of your preferred Brown gravy mix and Worcestershire sauce.
What alternative can I use for beef?
If you are avoiding beef, ground turkey is a great alternative. Follow the same exact instruction. To avoid overly dry steaks, add about 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the ground turkey mixture prior to frying.
What pantry items can I use to kick the gravy up a notch?
In place of water, you can use beef broth. Add French onion soup (not the dry mix) or cream of mushroom for more flavor in your gravy.
How to make the Hamburger Steaks:
First heat olive oil in a large cast-iron skillet. Then combine the ground beef and all of your seasonings in a large bowl. Next, add diced peppers, onions, bread crumbs, and eggs.
Mix everything with either your hands or a spoon. Do not over mix the meat. Take my word for it, you don't want tough hamburger steaks!
After that, form the mixture into patties with your hands. For reference, the patties should be about the size of a donut.
To prevent shrinkage, poke a tiny hole in the middle of each patty. After all, we want patties, not meatballs. Set them aside on a plate or piece of parchment paper.
When your patties are formed and the oil in the skillet is hot, add the steaks. You want the skillet hot before you add your meat so you get a nice sear.
Fry on each side for about 5 minutes. The trick is to not fully cook them. They'll finish cooking when you add them to the gravy later.
Ensure you fry the patties in batches. Avoid overcrowding the pan so you don't lose flavor or that caramelized crust.
As your patties are done cooking, remove them from the skillet and set them aside on a clean plate, parchment paper, or a cooling rack.
How to make the Brown Gravy:
Don't wash that skillet just yet! Use it to prepare the brown gravy according to package directions.
Add an extra cup or two of water, so the sauce does not get too thick. Now add the Worcestershire sauce to the gravy, mixing well.
Once the gravy reaches the thick consistency we desire, (this should take about 5 minutes) place all of the steaks back into the skillet. Finally, let it simmer on low heat for about 20 minutes before plating.
What sides can I serve with Brown Gravy Smothered Hamburger Steaks?
I usually serve it alongside mashed potatoes and green beans but it would be equally as delicious poured over white rice. Other great sides would be this Southern Macaroni and Cheese, or they Cheesy Bacon Ranch Scalloped Potatoes.
Brown Gravy Smothered Hamburger Steaks
Brown Gravy Smothered Hamburger Steaks are made with ground beef seasoned to perfection and nestled in a delicious and rich brown gravy. The perfect comfort meal for any day of the week.
- 2 pounds Ground beef
- ¼ cup Olive oil
- 1 tablespoon Seasoned salt
- 1 tablespoon Garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon Onion powder
- 1 tablespoon Black pepper
- 1 cup Bell peppers & onions, diced (see notes)
- 1 cup Bread crumbs
- 1 large Egg
- 2 packs Brown gravy mix, prepared
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire
- Heat olive oil in a large skillet (cast iron skillet works best) over medium to medium-high hear. In a large bowl, add the ground beef and all of the seasoning. Also add the diced peppers and onions, bread crumbs, and egg. Mix the meat with a spoon, or by hand until everything is fully incorporated. Using your hand as, form the mixture into patties, about the size of a donut.
- Poke a tiny hole in the middle of each patty (this helps prevent too much shrinkage), and set them aside on a plate or piece of parchment paper.
- Once all of the patties are formed and the oil is hot, add the hamburger steaks to the skillet. Fry them on each side for about 5 minutes. Cook the steaks in batches so you don’t overcrowd the skillet.
- Remove them from the skillet and set them aside on a clean plate, or parchment paper.
- Using the same skillet, prepare the brown gravy according to package directions. Add an extra cup or two of water, as the sauce will thicken up. Also add the Worcestershire sauce to the gravy and mix well.
- Once the gravy begins to thicken (should be about 5 mins), nestle all of the steaks back into the skillet. Allow this to simmer on low heat for about 20 minutes.
Use the pre-diced, frozen bell pepper and onion mix to cut prep time.
Hamburger steaks will not be fully cooked when frying them first. This is to achieve a nice crust. They will be fully cooked when they’re added back into the gravy at the end.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 344Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 76mgSodium: 128mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 46g
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I used a meatloaf packet for my hamburger seasoning, prepared mashed potatoes and plated it all on a potatoe bun. Green beans on the side. One of my boyfriends new favorite dinners! Thank you very much!
I love to hear that, and great way to tweak it to make it your own! Thank you for the great note!
What setting do you cook these hamburger steaks on?
Hello. Over medium heat will do just fine. Of course everyone’s stoves will vary, so just keep an eye on them!
This is one of my absolute favorite meals to make during a busy week. It takes me less than an hour to have a delicious dinner on the table for my family. The seasonings were perfect for us too. Thanks for the recipe!
That's so good to hear! Thanks for leaving a review!
I made this last night for dinner (I will use 2 teaspoons of seasoning salt next time), everyone loved it. I’m wondering, when you said “Seasoning salt” did you mean Lawry’s Seasoned Salt. Or is there another brand I’m not aware of?
I am so happy you guys enjoyed the recipe. You can actually use any brand of seasoned salt for this recipe. We adjusted the salt measurement to one tablespoon, and that is based on using TWO whole pounds of ground beef. If you use less than two pounds, it will definitely yield a different taste! Thanks Donna.
Made this tonight & it was great! Husband loved it! I do think it was a little salty, so will adjust that next time! And there will be a next time😄😀
Hey Debbie! So happy you enjoyed it. I definitely agree with adjusting the seasoning to taste.
Found this recipe yesterday. Delicious perfect favor. I did it without bell peppers. Still came out good🥰
Awesome! I’m glad you liked them! Thanks for the review!
This was good, but I think there was too much seasoning going on. My kids loved it though! Next time I’d probably halve the seasonings/spices.
Hey Nikki, Yes- please adjust the seasonings to your liking. Glad your kiddos enjoyed it!
What kind of bread crumbs?
Any kind of store bought bread crumbs. Keep in mind if you use flavored breadcrumbs, it will change the flavor a bit, but should still be delicious!
When you made the gravy did you clean the skillet pan off first???
No! That's where all of the flavor is at!
Hi I was wondering if the measurements are correct. Was it really suppose to be 3 Tbsp of seasoned salt? I made it like the recipe and it was so salty ????
Hey, the recipe calls for TWO pounds of ground beef. If you used less, be sure to adjust accordingly!
My word, but the gravy is good enough to slurp on its own. I served this with garlic mashed potatoes and steamed green beans and everyone in the family asked for seconds.
OMG this was so good - I had it with some creamy mashed tomatoes and the combination was awesome. Definitely adding this to the weekly repertoire!
I’m all for anything that’s smothered in gravy and I found this recipe so delicious and satisfying!!
This recipe came all the way through for dinner after work tonight! I love how quickly it came together and how comforting & delicious it was!
I had no idea what to make for dinner one night and saw this recipe when you posted it on Instagram. So I decided to make it! The seasonings you used were perfect for this recipe and that brown heavy mix with the Worchestire sauce is DELICIOUS!
Love how easy this dish was to make, and so delicious! Had it with cauliflower rice and it was fantastic!
This recipe came just in time! I needed a quick, delicious recipe for my family and this one was a hit! I made it with mashed potatoes and everyone loved it!
I love that I can make these in a pinch with a few simple ingredients. I already had everything I needed to make these!
I grew up eating this amazing and nostalgic dish and haven't been able to recreate it just like my Mom made it until NOW! The flavors were rich and lacked no depth. I can't wait to make this for my family again. Even my picky two year old got in on the fun. Adding this to the rotation for weekly meals!
Using ground turkey is ingenious! Thanks for this idea.