Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak

Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak is one of our favorite comfort foods.  Tender beef patties simmered in rich brown gravy with mushrooms and onions.  This is perfect served over mashed potatoes, rice or pasta!

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This is one of our favorite family meals!  I love using my slow cooker any time of year!  Since I’m the one who does most of the cooking, I love coming home to a ready meal.

Salisbury Steaks can be prepared in a skillet but I love them in the slow cooker since it can be prepped ahead of time and it’s ready right when we get home from soccer practice.  The beef patties simmer all day in a rich gravy with mushrooms and onions resulting in a really flavorful dish and making them extra tender.

A lot of people confuse Salisbury steaks (which is a combination of ground beef in gravy) with Swiss Steak which is generally minute steak with a tomato based sauce.  (You can find my favorite Swiss steak recipe here).

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It doesn’t take long to make the beef patties homemade and they taste absolutely delicious. I often double the beef patties in this recipe and place freeze half of them (without browning them first) for next time. If you happen to have pre-made frozen beef patties they can be used in this recipe as well with great results.

While some recipes do call for cream of mushroom soup, I prefer this version with a richer darker gravy.  Searing the patties before adding them to the slow cooker helps them hold their shape (and adds flavor). We serve this on top of garlic mashed potatoes or rice but my all time favorite is serving it over cooked macaroni noodles.  Add a side salad and you’ve got the perfect meal!

Should you be lucky enough to have leftovers (we rarely do), this reheats perfectly and makes a great messy sandwich in a hamburger bun topped with sliced tomatoes and mayonnaise.


Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak

Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak is one of our favorite comfort foods.  Tender beef patties simmered in rich brown gravy with mushrooms and onions.  This is perfect served over mashed potatoes, rice or pasta!

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Ingredients:

  • 6 oz sliced mushrooms
  • 1/2 onion , sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups beef broth (low sodium)
  • 1 oz package brown gravy mix (dry)
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon dijon
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 4 tablespoons water

Beef Patties

  • 1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 1/3 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 clove garlic
  • salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Place mushrooms & onions in the bottom of your slow cooker.
  2. Combine beef patty ingredients and form 6 patties. Brown over medium high heat (about 3 minutes per side).
  3. Layer beef patties over mushrooms. Combine remaining ingredients except water and cornstarch. Pour over beef and cook on low 5 hours.
  4. Once cooked, remove patties and set aside.
  5. Turn slow cooker onto high. Combine cold water and cornstarch. Stir into the broth and let cook a few minutes until thickened. Add beef back into the sauce to coat.
  6. Serve over mashed potatoes or rice.

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Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak is one of our favorite comfort foods.  Tender beef patties simmered in rich brown gravy with mushrooms and onions.  This is perfect served over mashed potatoes, rice or pasta!