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.  

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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

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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 process….my 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.  🙂