Grammy’s Hamburger Steak and Onion Gravy.

You know how you say “The other day I” and the truth is the other day was a month or so ago. Well the other day when I came home with some fresh ground beef from our local Market Street. I took and put some of it in the slow-cooker and browned it off to put in the freezer. The rest of it I made into these awesome hamburger steaks. We had two of them for supper that night and the rest I packaged up in some zippered freezer bags and stuck them in the freezer. I bet you thought I was gonna say the cabinet didn’t ya. 🙂

Well tonight we had the last package of those hamburger steaks for supper. I love the way the onion flavor intensifies after they have been in the freezer for a while. They are really tasty.

My Mama taught me how to make Hamburger Steak. She would put the hamburger meat into a bowl and cut up some onion and mix it all together. Then she would form them into patties. Sometimes she would flour them and fry them in hot grease. She would make brown gravy, cream gravy or sometimes just serve them with ketchup (my favorite.)

I was also taught to make Hamburger Steak when I worked at the Lubbock Bowl Coffee Shop, back when I was in High School. There they would take two quarter-pound hamburger patties and sort of make a well in the center one of them and just press a handful of onion into it and place the other patty on top of the first one and then pinch the sides together. They would just toss the steaks right on the flat top grill and brown both sides. The onions would steam up and get all nice and tender inside the beef. They would serve theirs with brown gravy, mashed potatoes or fries and Texas Toast.
Grammy's Hamburger Steak
So now I sort of combine both styles to make the Hamburger Steak. Instead of frying them in the grease I pan fry them and instead of putting the onions in the center of two patties I mix the onions in with the hamburger meat. I like to let them cook in the gravy sort of like Salisbury steak, so they get all tender and moist.  

Here’s How I did it tonight:

patties in the pan

Place the hamburger patties in a pre-heated skillet over medium-high heat.

patties in gravy 1

Once the patties are browned. Pour in the water and add onion soup mix. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then cover and reduce to low to simmer for about 20 – 30 minutes.

patties in gravy2

Make a slurry of 1/4 C. water and 2 T. flour. (I mix mine in my little jar with a lid on it.) Add in to the pan and stir constantly until gravy is thickened.

Done and on the table

Here’s how it all turned out. I served it with some Ranch Roasted Potatoes we had leftover from a few nights ago, buttered sweet peas and a few Ten Minute Rolls.


Grammy’s Hamburger Steak and Onion Gravy 

NOTES: This recipe makes about six 1/3 lb. patties. I usually freeze them in packages of two which is the perfect size meal for us.


2 lbs. ground round
1 lg. (1 C.) onion, chopped-we like lots of onion, use more or less according to your taste.
2 T. KC Masterpiece BBQ Seasoning or whatever seasoning you have on hand. Salt and Pepper would do just fine, more or less, according to your taste.
1 pkg. onion soup mix or Homemade Onion Soup Mix from my friend Erin @ $5 Dinners(recipe here)
1 C. water.


Pre-heat a large skillet over medium to medium-high heat. Add oil or butter if you’d like.
In a large mixing bowl, combine ground round, chopped onion and seasoning.
Mix well using a rubber spatula or your hands.
Form the beef mixture into patties you can do round or oval, whatever you prefer. Make them as big or as small as you want according to your family size.
Place the patties into the preheated skillet and cook until browned on both sides. (about 8-10 minutes total.)
Pour in the 1 C. water and de-glaze the pan.
Add in the onion soup mix and stir to combine.
Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then cover and decrease heat to medium or medium-low and simmer for 20-30 minutes.
Make a slurry out of 1/4 C. water and 2 T. flour and add into the beef mixture. Stirring constantly until gravy is thickened.



14 thoughts on “Grammy’s Hamburger Steak and Onion Gravy.

  1. Hi and wow! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe! It looks so good and I bet it is delicious. I really want to try this for dinner as I love trying new recipes! I saw it on tuesday trivia party! Have a wonderful day.
    Julie at

  2. We haven’t had hamburger steaks in forever – but I believe we are going to have them tonight! Your recipe is just like my mom’s, which is the one I use, except we have white gravy with ours………..The entire plate is sooooooooo pretty! My husband will be thrilled that you reminded me of this great meal!

    • Welcome back Kelli,
      I’m so happy to have helped bring back a fond memory of your Mom’s kitchen. Thanks for the comment on the plate. The Cowboy laughs at me every time I grab my phone to take a picture of our food before we eat it. He’ll say “Are you sure it’s ok to eat this?” “You haven’t taken a picture of it yet.” LOL. I hope you and your husband enjoy and let me know how it turns out for you.
      ❤ Kim

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