Hamburger Steaks with Onion Gravy

Need a quick dinner for your small family? This one is perfect!

Hamburger steaks are another one of those recipes that remind me of home. It’s not a Louisiana/Cajun recipe per say, but a well-loved one in my family.

My mom would make these often while working late evenings in her hair salon that was conveniently attached to our house. And my dad would order a hamburger steak po-boy with cheese every time we visited our swamp town’s only restaurant – TRUDY’S!

I’ll teach y’all about po-boys soon! The sandwich of the south! (not really, but in my head it is)

If you have a meat and potatoes significant other or child at home, this will quickly be one of their favorites. Good for you, because it’s easy peasy and delicious!

Let’s get startedddd

First, we’ll chop a yellow onion. Instead of normal dicing, for hamburger steaks I love long strips of onion to drape onto my patties – maybe even add some to my sides!

I add my long, thin strips of onion to a small baking pan and place in the oven at 325 while I’m cooking the rest of my food. It ends up being in the oven for right around 25-30 minutes.

Next, we’ll mix up our ground beef with some delightful flavor boosters!

Mix beef with 1/4 cup plain breadcrumbs, a tablespoon of A1 steak sauce, 1 raw egg, 1/2 tablespoon Tony’s, a teaspoon of jarred minced garlic, and a teaspoon of onion powder.

Using your hands is easiest, just make sure that you don’t over mix – it’ll make them tough. And now we make our patties!

Look at this little cutie! 

I got this fella as an impulse buy at my local King Soopers. It was intended to be for perfect round scrambled eggs, but it’s also an amazing mold for burgers.

Shape your meat into 4 patties. Flatten a little more before adding to a hot, heavy bottomed skillet, lightly sprayed with Pam.

Cook the patties on high heat for 5ish minutes or until the bottoms have browned and have little burnt pieces on them (at least that’s how Mr. Bou and I love them)

Flip, turn heat to medium, and cook for another 7 ish minutes or until you can no longer see pink (don’t cut into them!)

At this point, remove your onions from the oven. They should be soft, almost translucent, but not quite finished.

Add your onions to the same pan that the hamburger is in. I like to keep some on top of the patties! Then, mix 1 beef bouillon in a cup of almost boiling water. When dissolved, add liquid mixture to the pan, pouring over the patties.

Turn fire to medium-low, cover almost completely, and simmer for 15 minutes.

Once 15 minutes are up, remove patties from pan and increase heat to medium. In a separate cup, mix 1/4 cup of water with 1 teaspoon of cornstarch – make sure you mix this really well!

Add this mixture to your beef broth/onion mixture and let boil for a few minutes until it’s thickened a little.

Note: if you want – you can add 1/2 cup water and 1 tablespoon cornstarch instead for a thicker gravy, we just rather it to be thin.

Add patties back in, coat with gravy and cook on low for just a few more minutes.

Serve with Mr. Bou’s favorite – instant butter mashed potatoes and canned peas! (This man is simple, let me tell ya)

Hamburger Steaks with Onion Gravy 

  • 1 yellow onion, sliced into long pieces
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (93%)
  • 1/4 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon A1 steak sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tablespoon Tony’s
  • 1 teaspoon jarred minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 beef bouillon cube
  • 1 cup of almost boiling water
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  1. Preheat oven to 325
  2. Chop yellow onion into long, thin slices
  3. Add onion to a small baking pan and let slowly cook in oven for 25 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, mix beef, breadcrumbs, A1 steak sauce, egg, Tony’s, minced garlic, and onion powder in a medium sized bowl.
  5. Form 4 patties out of hamburger mixture.
  6. In a heated, heavy bottom skillet sprayed lightly with Pam, add in the patties.
  7. Cook on medium-high heat for 5 minutes or until browned on bottom
  8. Flip patties, lower heat to medium and cook for another 7-8 minutes or until you can no longer see pink. Do not cut into the patties!
  9. Remove onions from oven and add to the skillet, keeping some onions placed on top of the hamburger patties
  10. In a separate cup, mix together the beef bouillon cube and water until completely dissolved.
  11. Pour into skillet, over the patties and onions.
  12. Lower fire to medium-low, partially cover and cook for 15 minutes.
  13. Once time is up, remove patties from skillet, leaving the onions and beef broth.
  14. In a separate cup, mix 1/4 cup of water with cornstarch, make sure to mix well!
  15. Pour into the skillet and increase fire to medium. Boil for a few minutes until the gravy has thickened a bit.
  16. Add patties back into the skillet, coat with gravy, cover skillet completely and let sit on low for another 5 minutes.
  17. Serve with mashed potatoes and peas!

Note: if you want – you can add 1/2 cup water and 1 tablespoon cornstarch instead for a thicker gravy


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