Hamburg Steaks with Mushroom Gravy

Nuvita Biscuits

This rendition of ground beef patties topped with a luscious and intensely savory mushroom gravy.


  • 2 lb. ground beef chuck
    ½ cup grated onion
    2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
    2 tsp. hot sauce
    1 ½ tsp. ground allspice
    Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
    ⅓ cup canola oil
    1 lb. mushrooms, thinly sliced
    2 slices bacon, finely chopped
    5 tbsp. unsalted butter
    ⅓ cup flour
    6 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
    1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
    1 small carrot, finely chopped
    1 rib celery, finely chopped
    1 bouquet garni (6 sprigs thyme, 6 sprigs flat-leaf parsley, and 1 bay leaf tied with kitchen twine)
    ¼ cup tomato paste
    1 oz. dried mushrooms
    2 cups dry red wine
    2 tbsp. sherry vinegar
    Chopped parsley, to garnish


1. Combine beef, onion, Worcestershire, hot sauce, allspice, and salt and pepper in a bowl, and mix until thoroughly combined. Form mixture into four 5″ oval patties, about 1″ thick, and transfer to a plate. Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until ready to use.

2. Heat oil in a 12″ cast-iron skillet over high heat. Add mushrooms, and cook, stirring, until browned, about 12 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, transfer to a bowl, and set aside. Add bacon to skillet, and cook, stirring, until its fat renders, about 4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to paper towels and set aside. Add patties to skillet, and cook, turning once, until browned and cooked to desired doneness, about 8 minutes for medium. Transfer to a serving platter.

3. Drain and discard all but 3 tbsp. fat from skillet, and add 3 tbsp. butter; add flour, and cook, stirring constantly, until lightly browned, about 6 minutes. Add garlic, onion, carrot, celery, and bouquet garni, and cook, stirring, until vegetables are soft, about 5 minutes. Add tomato paste, and cook, stirring, until lightly caramelized, about 3 minutes. Add dried mushrooms and wine, and cook, stirring, until reduced by half, about 3 minutes. Add 1½ cups water, bring to a boil, and cook until gravy is thickened, about 8 minutes. Pour gravy through a fine strainer into a bowl, pressing on solids in strainer; discard solids. Stir in remaining butter and sherry vinegar, and season with salt and pepper; stir in reserved cooked mushrooms.

4. To serve, spoon gravy over steak patties and garnish with reserved bacon and chopped parsley.



Recipe Comments

  1. posted by Andres C on Feb 12, 2013

    I need some homestyle recipes to cook for our family that is gluten and sugar free. Its too cold for us still so grilling isn’t quiet an option yet. We know that beef stew, pot roasts, any kind of soup is an option but he’s getting sick of it and so am I! We want homestyle meals, I bought some gluten free flour but I don’t know what to cook with it. Any ideas? For meats we have hamburg, stew meat, steak, and chicken in our freezer. For veggies he can have broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, carrots, and green beans. No corn or potatoes.
    I was just trying to get more of a variety since this diet is new to us, my husband was diagnosed with lyme disease so they put him on this diet.

  2. posted by nmlpc on Mar 16, 2013

    So, my husband-to-be has really high cholesterol. It runs in his family, but he absolutely refuses to give up the tastiness of the food for better health. Does anyone know recipes or even a cookbook that has low-cholesterol meals that actually taste good too? I also want something tasty since my cholesterol isn’t a problem but I want to support him and eat the same types of meals as he does. Can anyone help?

    Oh… and he is kind of a picky eater. He likes his meat (mostly steak and hamburg) and has a heard time with most vegetables. The good thing is I can use ground turkey for any kind of casserole that requires hamburg (he can’t tell the difference in something like that), and he loves venison (which is low in cholesterol, and he loves a regular house salad.

    Any ideas even just to try would help.

  3. posted by Matthew on Mar 18, 2013

    2maros my brothers 18th birthday, and im hoping that he’ll accually eat food, and i wanted to make him breakfast, lunch and dinner, he likes stuff like chili and steak, but i dont think that we have steak, but we have hamburger and stuff like that, what are some good ideas of some food that i can make?

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