Today’s Salisbury steak recipe from Healthy Recipes 101 presents you with a smart way to create comfort food. By that, we really mean a wholesome and flavor-packed dish that can be treasured on every occasion.
Neither fully beef steak nor burgers, you can consider this recipe a mix of the two.
Salisbury steak is time-saving, nourishing, and never goes out of fashion. It’s economical, kid-friendly, and takes beginner skills to make.
Let’s bring outrageously delicious beef patties to your table in the simplest way with this tender and flavorful Salisbury steak!
What Is Salisbury Steak?
Salisbury steak is a classic American staple invented by the American physician James H. Salisbury. Since 1897, it’s popularity has spread throughout America.
Seasoned ground beef is formed into patties that bear the shape of steaks. These patties are then smothered in a signature rich brown gravy, creating a Salisbury steak.
This Salisbury steak recipe calls for lean ground beef as the major ingredient. In the meantime, a whole lot of vegetables also work in the background to support the flavor.
Consequently, we believe Salisbury steak meets the basic health requirements.
Nonetheless, the undeniable role of breadcrumbs and flour in this dish make it impossible to omit these two ingredients completely. Therefore, this recipe might not be a good choice for people who are following Keto or low-carb diets.
Instead, you could try a straight-forward pepper steak recipe to meet Keto requirements more precisely.
Or you can opt for other substitutions for breadcrumbs and flour available at the store. For more ideas, check below in this article where we talk about making the Salisbury steak gravy for more details.
This Salisbury steak recipe delivers 467 calories for one serving. However, people rarely enjoy it as it is.
For such a protein-rich dish, a side dish that’s high in carbs and dietary fiber would be a great companion. Therefore, Salisbury steak is usually served over mashed potatoes, noodles, or roasted veggies.
Differences between Salisbury and Hamburger Steak
To many people, Salisbury steak, meatloaf, and burger patties are, most of the time, interchangeable. However, these three do have their differences.
Hamburger steak usually refers to dishes with meat patties (such as these Ground Chicken Patties and Fried Salmon Patties) and two halves of a bun. Salisbury steak comes with a rich gravy and additional fillers such as egg, peppers, and breadcrumbs.
Moreover, Salisbury steak patties are often cooked and served with mushrooms and onions.
The making of Salisbury steak is pretty similar to meatballs. Of course, breadcrumbs, onion, and flour will join in the ingredient list.
More specifically explained, onions are added for a nice crunch. Flour is to thicken the gravy so when simmering with the patties, it’ll create a lovely coating with deep flavors.
There are countless variations of the Salisbury steak recipe out there, many of them adapted to different customs and regions.
However, the two indispensable binders that every Salisbury steak needs are breadcrumbs and egg. Because without breadcrumbs and eggs, beef patties won’t be able to hold together and stay in shape.
Of course the main ingredient is the meat— 90% lean ground beef, to be specific. It’s lean, nutrition-dense, and won’t get too greasy after being pan-seared.
By all means, it’s completely ok to use ground turkey instead. We’re also flexible with beef stock and replace it with chicken stock to make this recipe more convenient and budget-friendly.
Honest confession, we do really favor cremini mushrooms. Many of our recipes call for this variety and this recipe is no exception.
However, other types of mushroom like white button mushrooms or brown mushrooms will also do a good job.
What Goes Well with?
People usually add more carbs to Salisbury steak by serving it together with rice, noodles, or mashed potatoes. As it’s already packed with protein, of course, you’re free to add more veggies to the dish.
1. Mushroom Gravy
Mushroom gravy is a quick and simple addition for Salisbury steak. You can cook up this red sauce in minutes or simply purchase a packaged one.
The delicate nutmeg flavor of mushroom gravy make it a great enhancer for our beef patties.
Broccoli seems to be the easiest and most down-to-earth addition to any heavy meal. Sneaking steamed broccoli in with Salisbury steak is also a nice way to trick your toddlers into eating more veggies.
You need not throw a salad party to balance all the protein you get from Salisbury steak. Instead, a few stems of roasted asparagus with their distinctly earthy flavor add more nutrients and interest.
What to Serve with
For this recipe, we serve this recipe on a nice bed of pasta. We pair it with a hearty bowl of beetroot and feta cheese salad and classic orange juice.
1. Mashed Potatoes
Of course, you can serve the beef patties in gravy over steamy rice or even egg noodles. Nevertheless, the most classic side dish for Salisbury steak is mashed potatoes— they have always been a match of heaven.
2. French Onion Soup
French onion soup or mushroom soup is a smart way to create a simple tasty complete meal with Salisbury steak. It lends a lovely homey and hearty flavor to the savory beef patties.
3. Beetroot and Feta Cheese Salad
In brief, this dish combines beetroot, orange, arugula, walnuts, and feta cheese, with a simple olive oil dressing drizzled over. Beetroot and feta cheese salad has contrasting textures with vibrant colors and appealing taste.
For all those reasons, this salad promises to boost the deliciousness of the whole meal. An unusual yet delectable experience awaits!
4. Simply Orange Juice
Simply orange juice is a delightful drink that’s easily made with only two simple ingredients. Honey is added for the aroma, to celebrate the original taste of freshly squeezed orange juice.
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This healthy Salisbury Steak Recipe is exactly like a glorious version of meatloaf. By glorious, I do mean the glorious brown gravy with tender mushrooms and onions. Being this satisfying and comforting, it even comes together in a flash!
4 tsp Worcestershire sauce (divided into 2 equal parts)
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp oregano
1 tsp fresh thyme
2 tbsp brown gravy mix (divided into 2 equal parts)
1 1/8 cup water
2 tbsp Heinz ketchup (divided)
1/2 tsp garlic (minced)
1 tsp traditional Dijon mustard
1 tbsp parsley (chopped, divided)
Heat 1 tbsp unsalted butter on a pan over medium heat. Add 4 oz of onion in, stir for 5 minutes until they turn translucent. Transfer onion to a big bowl, set aside.
Make the beef patties: Add successively in the onion bowl: 12 oz ground beef, 1 tsp ground black pepper, 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp oregano, 1.5 oz bread crumbs, 1 tsp thyme, and 1 egg.
In another small bowl, whisk together 1 tbsp brown gravy mix and 2 tbsp water. Pour the brown gravy mixture into the big bowl of beef mixture, add 1 tbsp ketchup, then whisk together until well combined.
Divide the beef mixture into 8 equal parts. Use your hands to form them into balls first, then push against their surface to form 8 patties.
Sear the patties: On the same pan as used for the onion at step 1, heat 2 tbsp olive oil over high heat for a minute, then reduce it to medium heat and add the beef patties in. Spend 2 minutes to sear the first side, and 2 minutes for the second side. Remove the patties from heat, set aside.
On the same pan, turn it on high heat (without adding extra oil), add the 8 oz cremini mushroom in, and reduce the heat to medium-low. Stir fry for 5 minutes.
Add in the following ingredients successively: 4 oz of onion, 1 tbsp butter, 1/2 tsp garlic, 1 tbsp flour, 1 tsp mustard, 2 tbsp ketchup, 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce, 1 tbsp brown gravy mix (whisked with 1 cup of water). Whisk together.
Add the beef patties back in the pan, reduce the heat to medium-low.
Add the stir-fried cremini mushroom back to the pan, sprinkle 1 tbsp parsley on top.
Let it simmer for a minute, then remove from heat.
Serve immediately with pasta (or any veggie of your choice).
Healthy Salisbury Steak
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 464Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 9g
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Vitamin A 342IU
Vitamin C 6mg
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef who believes that joy is the secret ingredient to delicious food. At Healthy Recipes 101, Tuyet personally tests and simplifies every recipe, ensuring maximum flavor with minimal effort. With a background at prestigious French restaurants P’TI Saigon and Le Corto, Tuyet knows how to make every dish exceptional.
Luna Regina is an accomplished writer and author who dedicates her career to empowering home cooks and making cooking effortless for everyone. She is the founder of HealthyKitchen101.com and HealthyRecipes101.com, where she works with her team to develop easy, nutritious recipes and help aspiring cooks choose the right kitchen appliances.
Lizzie Streit is a Minneapolis-based dietitian and founder of It’s a Veg World After All. She completed her MS in Human Nutrition from Drexel University, and is an expert in culinary nutrition, recipe development, and nutrition communications. Lizzie’s philosophy is centered around making nutrition recommendations, and especially the advice to eat more vegetables, approachable and realistic. She is excited to be working with the team at Healthy Recipes 101 to ensure that their recipes are both nutritious and delicious.
this salisbury steak was absolutely delicious! The beef patties had the perfect amount of seasoning, and the gravy was creamy and flavorful. Highly recommend!