Easy Salisbury Steak

So, if you wondered how “Salisbury Steak” ever came to be, you will be fascinated to hear this; it was invented in 1888 by Dr. J. H. Salisbury. This American doctor created the dish made from minced beef and onions topped with gravy in order to provide easily digestible nutrition for sick Civil War veterans. So, apparently the dish did not come from the Swanson frozen TV dinner company or the city Salisbury, in Wiltshire England like most of us probably heard, just like Belgium Waffles don’t come from Belgium.

Serves 6


1 Packet dried Onion soup and dip mix
1 Jar of “homestyle” brown gravy
1 small basket mushrooms (or pre-sliced in a can)
1 ½-2 lbs pounds ground beef
½ cup bread crumbs
¼ cup milk
2 eggs
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon paprika
½ tsp garlic
½ tsp mustard powder
½ tablespoon parsley
1 ½ tablespoons Worcestershire sauce


In a large bowl, mix together onion soup mix with ground beef, bread crumbs, milk, eggs, paprika, garlic, mustard powder, salt and black pepper. Shape into 6 oval patties.

Add 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil, to a large skillet and over medium-high heat, brown both sides of patties. Absorb excess oil on paper towels and place in bake dish.

Rub mushrooms with wet paper towel to clean, and then cut into thin slices. Toss them with the Worshishire sauce, a little Olive Oil and sprinkle with paprika, salt and pepper. Spoon them over the steak patties. Pour the gravy on top and wrap tightly with tin foil.

Bake, covered at 375 degrees for 25 minutes, remove foil then bake for approximately 30-35 minutes or until the mushrooms are golden and browned on top. To serve, spoon some extra gravy over the top of the patty and sprinkle with parsley.