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Hamburger steak smothered in brown gravy with mushrooms and onions

Indulge in a comforting and hearty meal with our recipe for Hamburger Steak Smothered in Brown Gravy with Mushrooms and Onions. This dish, a favorite requested by my husband for dinner last night, combines juicy hamburger patties with savory mushrooms, onions, and a rich brown gravy. Perfect for a cozy evening at home, this recipe promises to satisfy your craving for classic comfort food. With simple ingredients and straightforward instructions, you’ll have a delicious dinner on the table in no time. Let’s dive into the steps of creating this mouthwatering dish together!


  • 2 lbs Ground Chuck
  • 1 Yellow Onion, thinly sliced
  • 16 oz Mushrooms (blend of cremini and shiitake)
  • 2 cups beef broth, divided (canned fat-free, low sodium)
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 4 sliced scallions (white and green sections)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Step 1: Prepare the Hamburger Patties

  1. Divide the ground chuck into 6 equal-sized patties.
  2. Liberally season each side of the patties with salt and pepper.

Step 2: Saute the Mushrooms and Onions

  1. In a skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat.
  2. Add the thinly sliced onion and mushrooms to the skillet and cook until browned.
  3. Remove the cooked mushrooms and onions from the pan and set aside.

Step 3: Sear the Hamburger Patties

  1. In the same skillet, melt an additional 2 tablespoons of butter.
  2. Sear the hamburger patties for about 3 minutes on each side, or until they reach an internal temperature of 120°F. Remove the patties from the skillet.

Step 4: Prepare the Gravy

  1. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter to the skillet.
  2. Pour in 1½ cups of beef broth and bring to a simmer.
  3. Whisk in the flour until the mixture is thickened. If the gravy becomes too thick, add the remaining 1/2 cup of beef broth.

Step 5: Combine and Simmer

  1. Return the cooked mushrooms, onions, and hamburger patties to the skillet with the hot gravy.
  2. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Simmer the mixture until the desired doneness of the hamburger patties is reached.

Step 6: Serve and Garnish

  1. Serve the hamburger steaks smothered in brown gravy, mushrooms, and onions.
  2. Garnish with sliced scallions before serving.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions):

  1. Can I use a different type of ground meat for this recipe?
    • Yes, you can substitute ground chuck with ground beef, ground sirloin, or ground turkey, depending on your preference.
  2. Can I make this recipe ahead of time?
    • While it’s best to enjoy the hamburger steaks fresh, you can prepare the components ahead of time and assemble them just before serving.
  3. Can I use store-bought gravy instead of making it from scratch?
    • Yes, you can use store-bought gravy as a shortcut if desired. Simply heat it according to the package instructions and add it to the skillet with the cooked mushrooms and onions.
  4. What can I serve with hamburger steak and gravy?
    • This dish pairs well with mashed potatoes, rice, or buttered noodles. You can also serve it with a side of steamed vegetables or a crisp salad for a complete meal.
  5. Can I freeze leftovers for later?
    • Yes, you can freeze leftover hamburger steak and gravy in an airtight container for up to 2-3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.
  6. Can I adjust the thickness of the gravy?
    • Yes, you can adjust the thickness of the gravy by adding more or less flour to achieve your desired consistency.
  7. Can I add other vegetables to the dish?
    • Absolutely! Feel free to add diced bell peppers, carrots, or celery for additional flavor and texture.
  8. How do I know when the hamburger patties are done cooking?
    • The hamburger patties are done cooking when they reach an internal temperature of 160°F on an instant-read thermometer.


  1. For extra flavor, you can add a splash of Worcestershire sauce or soy sauce to the gravy.
  2. If you prefer a smoother gravy, you can strain the cooked mushrooms and onions before adding them back to the skillet.
  3. To prevent the hamburger patties from sticking to the skillet, make sure it is well-greased or use a non-stick skillet.
  4. Allow the hamburger steaks to rest for a few minutes before serving to allow the juices to redistribute for maximum flavor and tenderness.

With these simple steps and tips, you’ll create a delicious meal of Hamburger Steak Smothered in Brown Gravy with Mushrooms and Onions that will surely become a family favorite. Enjoy the hearty and comforting flavors of this classic dish for a satisfying dinner any night of the week. Happy cooking!

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