Skip to Content

Hamburger Steaks with Onion Gravy

Easy and delicious meal that turns very inexpensive ingredients into something…more. Hamburger steaks with Onion Gravy will turn into one of your family’s favorite meals.

This post was originally published here on OWYD in January 2011.

Hamburger Steaks with Onion Gravy

Hamburger Steaks with Onion Gravy

Once upon a time, I was a newlywed and a new mom.

We lived in Minnesota and had just had our first son less than a year before. My mother and father-in-law were coming over to visit, a rare and special event because they live in Washington, and were having dinner at our house.

That was all awesome until I realized it had been a bit too long since I’d last been to the grocery store, we were out of nearly everything, and I couldn’t get to the store in time to get something for dinner.

Please enable JavaScript in your browser to complete this form.


Get the recipe via email and join our newsletter!

I consent to joining the free OrWhateverYouDo newsletter

I did a quick search of my cupboards and fridge and saw I had ground beef and onions.

And that was about it.

Enter in this easy meatball recipe. This inexpensive meal is quick, easy, and hearty all at the same time. It has become a regular on our dinner rotation, and I think it will soon be one on yours too!

More great Dinner Recipes here!

Hamburger Steaks with Onion Gravy

Hamburger Steaks with Onion Gravy shopping list

Wondering if you have to hit the store? Here’s the list of items you’ll need to make this recipe. For specific amounts, please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  • ground beef
  • egg
  • Panko bread crumbs
  • ground black pepper
  • seasoning salt (Like Johnny’s or Lawry’s)
  • onion powder
  • garlic powder
  • A-1 sauce
  • vegetable oil
  • onion
  • all-purpose flour
  • beef broth
  • sherry

Get all of my Recipes using Ground Beef here!

Hamburger Steaks with Onion Gravy

How to make Hamburger Steaks with Onion Gravy

This is just the overview so you can see what you’re actually getting into here. When you are cooking, you’ll want to use the full recipe at the bottom of the page.


Mix the patties

Combine all of the meatball ingredients and form into patties. Don’t overwork the meat! It can make the end result tough.



Brown the patties in a skillet over medium heat. Sprinkle your onions around the meat patties. Cook 4-5 minutes, or until browned, and flip. Remove the patties from the pan once both sides are browned, and add more until they are all browned.

Hamburger Steaks with Onion Gravy


Make gravy

Once all the patties are browned and remove from the pan, stir the onions around and sprinkle some flour on top. If necessary, add some additional butter to the pan so the flour forms a smooth, pourable roux. You probably won’t need any extra, but it depends on how lean the beef is that you use.

Stir in the beef broth and sherry and simmer over low heat until thickened.


Finish cooking the patties

Add the patties back into the gravy, cover, and let simmer over low heat until the patties are all at least 165°F internal temperature.

Hamburger Steaks with Onion Gravy

Try these with my Instant Pot Stick of Butter Rice

5/6 happy family members! I’ll call that a WIN any day!

Update: He still doesn’t like it much, 5 years later! 😀 He doesn’t make that cute face anymore though. Bummer!

More awesome recipes to love!

Hamburger Steaks with Onion Gravy
Yield: 8 servings

Hamburger Steaks with Onion Gravy

Hamburger Steaks with Onion Gravy

A delicious and different meal with ground beef and onions that is cooked in a rich gravy spiked with sherry. Perfect for a weeknight meal, and is perfect to serve alongside mashed potatoes or pasta.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons A-1 sauce
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup thinly sliced onion
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 3 tablespoons cooking sherry


  1. Mix together egg, seasonings, and A-1 sauce. Using your hands, mash together with ground beef. Sprinkle panko crumbs over the mixture and knead in with hands until combined, but don't over mix. For into small patties.
  2. In a preheated skillet place the vegetable oil. When oil is hot place patties onto pan, sprinkle onions around the patties and cook until browned, about 4-5 minutes. Flip patties, moving the onions to the sides of the pan, and remove patties when browned on both sides to a different plate. Brown the rest of the patties (this always takes me two rotations with the amount of patties I always have) in the same manner.
  3. When all patties are removed, stir the onions around in the pan and sprinkle flour on the top. If there isn't enough grease in the pan for the flour to properly cook and be absorbed, you can throw in a tablespoon or two of butter. Cook 2 minutes and add in beef broth and sherry. I often use "Better Than Bouillion" and potato water from the mashed potatoes I am making. Add as much as you need to make the gravy the consistency that you prefer. When the sauce is right, add patties back into pan, cover, and cook 20 minutes.
  4. Serve with mashed potatoes, egg noodles, or rice.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 419Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 125mgSodium: 610mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 34g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate. If you are tracking these things for medical purposes please consult an outside, trusted source. Thanks!

Love this recipe? Tell your friends!

Follow on Instagram for more!

Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.


Tuesday 11th of August 2020

Oh this dish brings back memories as a older child eating at Tommys restaurant in West broad in Richmond Virginia. This was all I would order there. I loved the mile high onions he put on it for me. He never could get me to order a different item. He was a jewel of a guy until he married KeKe his dear wife. I was crushed! They are both gone now but I really remember this great couple and my favorite dish.

Nicole Johnson

Tuesday 11th of August 2020

Thanks for sharing, Barbara! Sounds like a great restaurant, and a great couple who owned it. If you are still in or near Richmond and want a really unique experience, go check out It is my MUST HAVE when I go through Richmond!


Thursday 17th of May 2018

I think that this might also make a nice sandwich between two pieces of toasted bread.

Nicole Johnson

Saturday 19th of May 2018

I agree! That would be fantastic!

Skip to Recipe