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Diner-Style Salisbury Steak

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Diner-Style Salisbury Steak
20 Min

This comforting dinner was popular in homes and diners across the country during the '50s and '60s. Our Diner-Style Salisbury Steak is beefy, hearty, and smothered in a flavor-packed mushroom gravy. To serve it the classic way, don't forget the green peas on the side!

What You'll Need

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon prepared yellow mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 (12-ounce) jar beef gravy
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons prepared horseradish
  • 1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced

What to Do

  1. Coat a large skillet with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine ground beef, scallions, bread crumbs, egg, mustard, salt, and pepper; mix well. Shape into four 1/2 inch-thick oval patties.
  3. Heat skillet over medium heat; cook patties 5 to 7 minutes per side or until no pink remains.
  4. Add gravy, water, horseradish, and mushrooms and cook 6 to 8 minutes, or until mushrooms are tender, stirring occasionally.


  • Each serving makes a hearty meal, so you can certainly make smaller portions - just form the mixture into six or eight smaller patties.
  • This recipe is inspired by the 1970s TV show, Happy Days. We're sure that "The Fonz," Richie, and the rest of the Cunninghams enjoyed this meal for dinner many times. For more recipes like this, check out our collection of Classic Old-Fashioned Recipes

Nutritional InformationShow More

Servings Per Recipe: 4

  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Calories 431
  • Calories from Fat 247
  • Total Fat 27g 42 %
  • Saturated Fat 11g 53 %
  • Trans Fat 1.6g 0 %
  • Protein 36g 73 %
  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Cholesterol 162mg 54 %
  • Sodium 608mg 25 %
  • Total Carbohydrates 8.2g 3 %
  • Dietary Fiber 1.4g 5 %
  • Sugars 2.0g 0 %

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I do not see mushrooms listed in ingredients

Yummy! I made these and was so happy with the results. I only had 1 pound of ground beef, and instead of yellow mustard I used Hickory Farms Sweet Hot Mustard, but I used the rest of the ingredients for the patties in the measurements shown in the recipe. I didn't have a jar of gravy, so I made my own with butter, flour, beef stock, salt pepper. That worked out well as a substitute. I sauteed the mushrooms in a little butter first and set them aside, then fried the patties and set them aside, then made the gravy. Finally I added the mushrooms to the gravy and nestled the patties in the sauce, making sure they were completely covered with all that yummy goodness. The results were savory and delicious. This recipe did not disappoint, and I will definitely be making this again.

We liked it better with the patties browned off, then stir frying the 'shrooms for a few minutes. Just seems to have a little more flavor that way. Everything else the same. Very tasty.

That's a good suggestion! I was wondering about the horseradish, though. I'm not a big fan of it but does it give it a better flavor without being overpowering? Maybe I should just cut the amount in half.

Hi there! You can definitely make this recipe with half of the recommended amount of horseradish, or omit it entirely if you wish. The Test Kitchen also suggests that you can vary how much horseradish that you use depending on how the heat of it. Enjoy!

I made a few substitutions (gravy mix and canned mushrooms) but it came out fantastic! Will be making this again family loved it !

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this is great, my family loves it !

This recipe brought me back to the 50's. Delish! Mr. Food site is user friendly...some cooking sites I frequent are very frustrating. I

This is a great old fashison style, just the same way my grandpa made it, I used toasted onion bagel for bread crumbs, and made my own gravy with sauteed onions and mushrooms with poultry seasoning

Just wonderful . . for a healthy change use ground turkey. I also made homemade pan gravy from sauteed onions then I added 1/4 c. sour cream. I will make again!!

This is the best!!!!

Do you drain the grease before adding the gravy?

Leaving the bits from the bottom of the pan after cooking the ground beef will add flavor to the gravy. If there is excess grease, go ahead and drain that off. Enjoy!

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This was absolutely delicious. I sauted baby portobellos first & then pan fried the Salisbury steaks. Poured 2 cups of gravy over this & let simmer for a few minutes. Made fresh mashed potatoes & spinach to go with this. A real keeper!

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I love Salysbury. This one is completely different than the one I use to cook. I think is better. I just use my own gravy. I have anything jarred. But this recipe is amazing.

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Made this last nite and the family RAVED! This was easy and quick and absolutely delicious!! Only thing i would do is use 2 12oz beef gravy.

I think I'd prefer dijon mustard

What I do is put them a cup cake pan or a larger muffin pan then put then a pan of gravy with the other things the goes with.

I like them baked also, frying is messy.


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