How to Make the Best Salisbury Steak

Salisbury Steak is a mix of ground beef, bread crumbs, eggs, onion, and water and shaped into oval patties. It topped with thick gravy sauce. It is sometimes mistaken for a hamburger patty or burger steak, but the difference is  sometimes, the shape of this dish is almost like the steaks served in restaurants, and as for the hamburger patty, it has a round shape.

Salisbury Steak Origin

This famous steak originated from America and was named after a physician and dietician named, Dr. James Henry Salisbury, the inventor of the said dish.  He also studied gastrointestinal health, digestion, and nutrition at the same time. The Salisbury Steak was created during the Civil War as a protein food for American soldiers, who suffered from malnutrition during that time, and the said dish made it possible to keep up with their good diet. 

Ways to Cook Salisbury  

There are different ways to cook this all-time American favorite, and each one brings more flavor and texture to the beef.

 Baked Salisbury 

If you don’t like standing in front of the stove, then the best way to cook your Salisbury steak is to bake them. Mix all ingredients, then place them in a baking sheet and put it into the oven. Once the patties are half baked, you can add some of the sauce and remove the patties until well done.

 Salisbury Steak Instant Pot

Want your Salisbury patties to be delicious and well seasoned? Then cooking them in an instant pot is the best way to do it. Just dump the patties with your favorite gravy into your instant pot and wait for it to cook. 

Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak

The outcome is mostly the same when cooking with an instant pot. The difference is that the beef is tenderer. Also, the cooking process takes longer compared to instant pot cooking.


 Salisbury Steak has different variants. Here are some examples of them.

Healthy keto Salisbury Steak

This version of the steak is not just healthy and hearty but also a flavorful one, which is perfect for a weeknight dinner. Just use ingredients that have low sugar and low salt content. 

 Salisbury Steak Meatballs

A meatball is one of the most served and enjoyed dishes. With this variant, you can enjoy both meatballs and Salisbury steak. All ingredients are the same except for the  shape, that is round and basically meatballs like. 

 Ways to Fix a Salisbury Steak That Has Been Cooked Wrong.

Of course, sometimes, no matter how good we are in cooking, we still encounter some small failures along the way, especially if it’s our first time trying out the recipe. These are examples of mistakes you might make when cooking this dish with some troubleshooting tips you can follow to fix them.

 Gravy too salty – add more water or more broth to it to make it less salty.

 If it’s not tendertry to soak the patty into the gravy for a little longer and then reheat it in a pan over a low fire to make the meat tender and juicy at the same time.

Did you know?

Beef patties first existed in ancient Roman Recipes that may have dated back as early as the 4th century. The preparation was called isicia omentata. Isicia Omentata was said to be the first burgers to be ever created in history. It is also a baked patty made from chopped beef seasoned with wine, peppercorns and pine kernels.

 Cooking Tips for Salisbury Steaks

It may seem like cooking a regular patty or shaping ground meat, but there are still some secrets you didn’t know about making the best Salisbury Steak, and they are the following.

  1. To improve the texture of the patty, choosing the right filler is the key. To have a juicier meat, use wheat-bread mixture instead of bread crumbs.
  2. To even out the flavor of the patty, mixing and molding  it thoroughly with your hands is recommended – but of course, wash your hands  first very well before mashing the mixture.

 Best Served With 

 There is nothing better than enjoying your dish of Salisbury Steak with one of these side dishes.

  1. Mashed Potatoes – rich and creamy or just simple plain mash potatoes will go best with the flavorful mushroom gravy of the steak.
  2. Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower – if you don’t want carbs, then these veggies are the best pair to go with your high protein meal. 

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