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For the love of southern cooking, this Southern-Style Hamburger Steaks with Onion and Mushroom Gravy is so dang good!! 

Southern-Style Hamburger Steaks with Onion and Mushroom Gravy

If you’re not from the south, you’re probably thinking— errr, isn’t this Salisbury Steak?? No, it’s not; however it’s Salisbury Steaks’ southern cousin. The difference really isn’t much other than the fact that Salisbury Steaks have a bit more “fancy” ingredients in it like breadcrumbs, bell peppers, and more whereas a hamburger steak is just a simple beef patty smother in a fantastic onion gravy. 

Growing up my grandmother, Nonnie, made hamburger steaks all the time. The gravy she whipped up was essentially made from a package of onion soup, a package of brown gravy mix, a lot of Worcestershire sauce, some beef broth and sautéed mushrooms and smothered over a skillet burger. Obviously it was delicious. 

I’ve taken Nonnie’s recipe and modernized it a bit and made the gravy without all the packaged food and with only real, simple, and clean ingredients. It’s honestly just as savory and perhaps, more delicious. (Sorry, Nonnie. I still love your version!) I love how hearty and comforting this dish is and most importantly, so easy to make! 

Southern-Style Hamburger Steaks with Onion and Mushroom Gravy

To serve, I highly recommend making a side of my Whole30 Mashed potatoes and any green goes great with these Southern-Style Hamburger Steaks with Onion and Mushroom Gravy! Enjoy!

5 from 15 votes

Southern-Style Hamburger Steaks with Onion and Mushroom Gravy

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people


For the Hamburger Steaks:

  • 1.5 lbs ground beef (preferably 80/20)
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper

For the Mushroom and Onion Gravy:

  • 2 tbsp ghee
  • 2 cups yellow onion, thinly sliced about 1 large onion
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp cajun seasoning or more to taste
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1.5 cups baby bella mushrooms, thinly sliced about 5 mushrooms
  • 2 tsp arrowroot starch
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 2 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 2 tsp yellow mustard
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp freshly chopped parsley for serving


For the Hamburger Steaks:

  • Gently form ground beef into 4 even hamburger patties, being careful not to overwork the meat. 
  • Heat a large skillet over medium high heat and add olive oil. Immediately before cooking, generously season the patties with kosher salt and pepper on both sides.
  • Cook burger on one side until a deep brown crust forms, about 3 minutes. Flip burgers and cook until burger is cooked to your desired doneness. I do mine for 3 to 4 more minutes for medium (pink in the center). Transfer cooked burgers to a plate and set aside.

For the Mushroom and Onion Gravy:

  • Once the burgers are cooked, reduce heat in the same skillet to medium and add ghee to melt. Once ghee is melted, add onions and cook, stirring, until tender, about 4 minutes and scraping up any brown bits in the bottom of the skillet. Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, cajun seasoning and dried thyme. 
  • When the onions are very tender add the mushrooms and stir to combine and cook, stirring, for about 2 more minutes to develop some flavor on the mushrooms. Add arrowroot starch and stir until well-combined into the onion mixture. Reduce heat to a simmer and add the beef broth, coconut aminos, yellow mustard, apple cider vinegar and continue to cook, stirring,  until the sauce thickens and all flavors are combined, 4 to 5 more minutes.
  • Return the hamburger steaks to the skillet and laddle gravy over the burgers. Top with parsley and serve. Enjoy!

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Servings: 4 people

Welcome! I’m Alex.

I’m a food lover sharing healthy, simple, delicious, recipes from my kitchen to yours. Here you’ll find lots of Whole30, lots of healthy, and a little indulgence here and there because…it’s all about balance y’all!

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  1. 5 stars
    Delicious and easy one pan meal! I served it with air fried potatoes and a simple green salad. Leftovers were just as good!

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve made this so many times because it is such a crowd pleaser in my home with my husband and 2 teenage boys!
    I’ve also shared this recipe with others. It is just so good! I grill my meat outside and then add the yummy gravy on top. Thank you, thank you for such a great combination of flavors!!