Hamburger Steak with Onion and Mushroom Gravy

Hamburger Steak with Onion-Mushroom Gravy

I love diner food.....well, I love food in general but diner food speaks to me.  When I was little and we would go on vacation we always went by car or truck as I got older and we camped and we usually ate at little restaurants that were not chain restaurants.  You know the kind of places I mean.....the kind of restaurant where everyone knows the waitresses and the cook is behind a stainless steel counter and almost everything comes with gravy.  Oh, how I loved those places.  I never go to places like that anymore.  I don't think many of them exist and I don't think my two younger sons would even fathom the kind of place I'm talking about.  *sigh* The recipe I'm sharing with you today is exactly the kind of food served at those restaurants that brings back such good memories for me.  

Hamburger Steak with Onion-Mushroom Gravy from



1 box of dry stuffing mix ~ turkey flavor {this is my secret ingredient!}

2 lbs. ground round

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. pepper

2 (1.2-ounce) envelopes brown gravy mix

2 Tbsp. vegetable oil

2 (8-ounce) packages fresh mushrooms

1 medium-size yellow onion thinly sliced

Hamburger Steak with onion-mushroom gravy ~ home cooking 101 with

1.  Place first 6 ingredients in a large bowl and mix thoroughly using your hands {that's the reason there aren't pictures of this hands were all meaty}.  Shape into 8 equal-sized patties. 

2.  Whisk together brown gravy mix with water following directions on package.

3.  Heat oil in a good quality skillet ~ I use my cast iron skillet.  Add patties and cook over medium-high heat 2 minutes on each side until browned.  Remove from skillet.  

4.  Add mushrooms and onion to skillet and saute until tender; approximately 6 minutes. 

5.  Stir in prepared grave and bring to a light boil.  

6.  Return patties to skillet and cover with gravy mixture.  Cover skillet, reduce heat to low and simmer 10 minutes.

Serve hot with some homemade mashed potatoes and a green veggie and you have a meal to make the whole family happy.  

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If you keep the basics on hand for this recipe you can make it quickly when unexpected guests drop by and you want to share a meal with them.  This recipe can be easily halved or doubled but as is will feed 6 with some extras.  

So what do you think?  Do you remember meals like this and diner-style restaurants from your youth?  If you do, I'd love for you to tell me about it.  🙂 


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  1. Diane | An Extraordinary Day says:

    Mary Beth... I still look for non-chain restaurants that are popular by the locals for good eats. 🙂
    You recipe is similar to a meatloaf recipe I recently tried that received raves!!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      I like local restaurants as well ~ we do have a fairly new one about 20 minutes from my house that has amazing food and great service. It's always super-packed though, and a bit pricey so we don't go there often but when we do it's always a treat. Oh...and we also have a local farm that has a restaurant that is AMAZINGLY good ~ they serve meat from other local farms that contain no steroids, etc., and vegetables and fruits from their farm when it's in season. We don't go there often because we tend to eat TOO much when we do. 😉

  2. I'm from Pittsburgh and when I was growing up there were so many diners and small restaurants who had food like this. My inter reminded me once that the words "smothered in onions" was a code for delicious to us. I still make these meatcakes reven though my kids are all grown. Thanks for the memories.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much for stopping by, Dorth, and sharing your memories. Since you're from Pittsburgh do you by any chance remember the Mercer Diner? I remember going there when I was growing up. About 10 years ago I wanted to take my kids to eat there while I was on maternity leave and it was GONE! I asked at a local gas station and they said a company in Germany bought it and moved it over there but it burnt down. 🙁 I think they still have some diners out in Lancaster but I haven't been there in ages ~ maybe this summer I'll take a trip there and let you know!