There are times when people might want to have something a little different than burgers and fries, even when they are homemade. Hamburger steak might be just the ticket for something that is filling and great tasting, but isn’t a burger that is served on a bun. This meal is great for satisfying big appetites, too.
This recipe was put together decades ago and it has been a family favorite ever since. It is also easily changeable, depending on individual tastes and what ingredients are on hand. As appealing as it is, it is a meal that can be equally enjoyed regardless of the time of year, and it is neither difficult or expensive to make.
Ingredients (for four hungry people):
2 pounds ground beef or other ground meat
1 large onion, finely diced
1 bell pepper, finely diced
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 pound mushrooms, sliced (optional)
3 large eggs
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon sage
1/2 teaspoon oregano
salt and pepper to taste
2 cups prepared brown gravy, hot
1. Mix the ground meat, onions, sweet pepper, celery, mushrooms, eggs and spices. Form the meat mixture into four equal oblong patties, each about a half inch thick.
2. Heat the oil in a large fry pan and fry the meat patties over medium heat, turning them over during cooking. The patties are done when the juices seeping out of the meat have no pinkness. This usually takes between 15 minutes and a half hour.
3. Serve the hamburger steaks on a platter or large plate, with the gravy spooned over the top.
The gravy can be made from the drippings in the pan, adding more olive oil if necessary and stirring in flour, cooking until the desired consistency is reached, stirring constantly. This usually takes no more than a few minutes. If desired, gravy can be made from a powdered mix, however.
The hamburger steak can be served with cooked vegetables or it can be put on a bed of cooked rice. A wonderful variation is to put fresh, ripe, tomato slices over the top of the steak, prior to adding the gravy. Another variation is to sprinkle the meat with grated cheese before topping with the gravy. Using duck or turkey eggs instead of chicken eggs can slightly alter the flavor, as well. The eggs are mostly to hold the meat together.
Additionally, uncooked rolled oats can be added as a meal stretcher. One cup of oats to the above recipe can result in enough hamburger steaks for five people, without greatly altering the taste.
This is a meal that goes great with a green salad, too. Fresh strawberries for dessert is a fitting end to the supper and chances are good that people aren’t going to want anything that is too rich after such a filling meal. Homemade onion rings are great as a side dish.
Hamburger steak is especially good for families who enjoy having steak but can’t afford it. It isn’t hard to make and the flavor is fantastic. Even people who can afford steak often enjoy this main course. The preparation time usually isn’t much of an issue, either. Further, though usually cooked on a stove top, the steaks can also be barbecued instead.
For an especially delicious meal capable of taking care of strong appetites, this is one to try.