smothered cowboy salisbury steaks

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Smothered Cowboy Salisbury Steaks I One Lovely Life

Don’t ask me why these are called cowboy salisbury steaks. Cowboys eat real steaks. That are the size of their heads. Still, I think the name is charming and I loved it. What you’re looking at (pardon the low lighting) are salisbury-style steaks with a yummy sauce, caramelized onions, and delicious, heavenly mushrooms.

Smothered Cowboy Salisbury Steaks I One Lovely Life

Much like my fear of deep-frying, I’m sort of afraid of cooking steaks. Mostly because I don’t really KNOW much about steaks. Or cooking them. We didn’t eat steak growing up. I’d never even tried a steak until I was a senior in high school at a friend’s birthday dinner. We just didn’t do it.

Starting the second half of last year and even more so now, I’ve been trying to eat higher quality meats. Mostly up to this point, this means organic chicken and sustainably caught fish. I’ve had a hard time finding grass-fed beef available in my area (without buying an entire half of an animal–I just don’t have the freezer space), so our “better beef” searches have been mostly fruitless.

Last week, I saw, right at my local market, perfectly portioned 100% all grass-fed organic ground beef. I’m not really much of a ground beef person, but when I saw it in the store after all my high and low searching, I picked some up and decided to make salisbury steaks. I had great inspiration from this site, and knew they’d be great.

We have a shocking lack of man food at home, and I knew my meat-and-potatoes loving husband would appreciate it. The meal felt very homey and old-timey, and maybe that’s where the ‘cowboy’ part of the name comes in. I relied on simple ingredients and even an onion soup mix (which I don’t use often). The results were simple and delicious, especially when paired with mashed potatoes to use up some of that extra sauce.

I can’t even begin to tell you how great the mushrooms were! Michael is NOT a mushroom fan, so I kept the pieces big enough that he could easily put them on my plate instead. It’s a good method that worked well for us.

A note on the onion soup mix: I found an MSG-free organic soup mix to use this time, but if you want to make your own, you can combine 3/4c dried minced onion, 1/3c beef bouillon (msg-free), 4 tsp onion powder, and 1/4tsp sugar. 5 Tbsp of this mix is equal to 1 packet of soup mix.

Smothered Cowboy Salisbury Steaks I One Lovely Life

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Smothered Cowboy Salisbury Steaks

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  • Yield: 4-6 1x



For Salisbury Steaks:

  • 1lb ground beef
  • 1/2 packet dry onion soup mix (or 2 1/2 Tbsp homemade)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4c milk
  • 1/4c fresh bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce, divided

For Sauce and Toppings:

  • 23 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2lb baby bella (or cremini) mushrooms, halved or quartered, if large
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1 1/2c beef broth (can use 1 1/2tsp bouillon and 1 1/2c water)


  1. In a medium bowl, combine ground beef, soup mix, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Add milk, bread crumbs, egg and 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce and mix with your hands until combined (try not to over-mix, as this can make the patties tough). Divide into 6 equal portions and shape into patties.
  2. In a large saute pan, heat 2 Tbsp olive oil and 1 Tbsp butter over medium-high heat. Working in batches, brown the patties on both sides and place in a 9×13″ baking dish. Set aside and reduce heat to medium. Add mushrooms to the pan and cook 4-5 minutes or until browned and tender. Season with salt and pepper and sprinkle over the patties.
  3. Return pan to medium heat and add onions. Add a little more olive oil if necessary to keep the onions from sticking. Cook onions until golden and tender, about 5-6 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and sprinkle over the patties.
  4. Add remaining butter, olive oil, and the flour to the pan. Stir over medium heat 1-2 minutes. Pour in beef broth and remaining 1/2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce and stir to dissolve flour mixture. Cook 3-4 minutes over medium heat or until thickened to desired consistency. Pour gravy over patties, mushrooms, and onions.
  5. Cover baking dish with foil and bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. Serve warm with your favorite side dishes.

Adapted from Jane Deere


  1. I had no idea you could make homemade onion soup mix with such accessible ingredients, Emily! What a lovely tip, and a mouth-watering recipe. I haven’t had salisbury steak in a long time, so this would be a great mix-up in my routine. Yum!

    Btw, I’m in love with your blue casserole dish. 😉

  2. You have a way of making simple dishes look so elegant! I too would love to buy all grass fed beef, but like you said, it’s just not that readily available AND since my hubby loves his beef, we’d be in the poor house with the quantity I would have to buy.

  3. Hi Emily,

    I’ve been following your blog for a while now, and I just love it. I found it through my friend Alyssa and have just been silently stalking until hello…YUM! I made this recipe tonight for dinner and was seriously so delicious, I couldn’t NOT tell you how much I loved it! Even my two year old who can be kind of hit or miss at dinner time ate a whole patty. I’m pretty sure I’ll be telling everyone I know about this recipe, and adding it to my list of “regulars”.

    P.S. Your husband was in my freshman ward at BYU! Pretty sure he and his roommates made me a strawberry cake for my birthday about 6 years ago… Small world 🙂

  4. This salisbury steak looks awesome. I am making it tonight for company. I am always looking for recipes without the ‘pre-mixed’ stuff (as in soups, msg-laden stuff, etc). This recipe hit the spot of things I was looking for. Keep up the good work! Happy cooking! I put a link on my blog to yours.

  5. I found this recipe on pinterest. I made it tonight doubling the recipe 1/2 venison and 1/2 hamburger. It was delicious! Even my picky kid who 9.5 times out of 10 won’t eat meat cleaned his plate tonight! Thanks for the great recipe!

  6. I wonder how this would taste if you froze it and reheated it later? I’m having surgery in a couple of weeks and need ideas for the freezer.

    1. Sandra – I haven’t tried it before, but I think it would be okay (no cream, milk, etc.). If you do try it, I’d love to know how it goes! Best of luck with your surgery!

  7. So I am 10 minutes from this being dome in the oven.

    My patties did not stick together at all. Is this normal? Maybe I needed to use a leaner ground beef? I used dry breadcrumbs… Maybe that was the problem.

    1. Karli – I’m SO GLAD! I was really nervous for you, though I just read both your comments. I’m not sure why they wouldn’t keep together. Perhaps it was the dry breadcrumbs, as you said. I’m glad they were delicious!

  8. this was delicious,thanks for the recipe!:)i used golden onion soup mix.i was looking for something different than my usual hamburger steak and gravy and the taste of this fit the bill!i also used panko bread crumbs-about 1/2 c since my meat mixture was a little soft and i was scared of it falling apart.i will definitely make this again-very tasty!:)

  9. Help! I’m trying to make this recipe but I don’t have beef broth 😱… any substitutes? Can I use water?

    1. Allison – Oh dear! How did it work out? I was all signed off for the night when you commented. I’d probably swap in another broth if you have one. Water won’t have much flavor and will be more bland.

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