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Hamburger Steak and Gravy

Hamburger Steak and Gravy (Updated Recipe) is a hearty main dish that's easy to make with simple ingredients. Prep and serve in less than one hour. Recipe and photography by Beverly Davis for CornbreadMillionaire.com.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 burgers



  • 1.5 pounds ground beef or chuck
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Liquid Smoke Or use Worcestershire Sauce.
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)
  • 4 Ritz crackers, crushed
  • vegetable oil cooking spray Or use 2-1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil.
  • 1 large yellow onion, peeled Sliced and separated into thin rings.


  • 1 cup hot water, divided
  • 2 tablespoons self-rising flour
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (optional)
  • salt and black pepper to taste


Hamburger Steaks

  • In large bowl, combine ground beef (or ground chuck), egg, Liquid Smoke, black pepper, salt, onion powder, garlic powder (if using) and crushed Ritz crackers.
  • Use large spoon or hand mix until evenly combined. Set aside.
  • Prepare burgers in preferred size. I used about 1/3 cup of mixture to make a burger (6 total). Set burgers aside.
  • Spray large skillet with vegetable oil cooking spray. Or drizzle with 2-1/2 tablespoons of vegetable oil.
  • Warm over low-medium heat until sizzling hot.
  • Place onion rings in a single layer over bottom of hot skillet. Place patties on top. Sides not touching.
  • Cook 3 to 5 minutes on each side (well done). Or cook as preferred (pink inside).
  • Remove hamburgers and onions. Drain on a paper towel.


  • Turn heat off. Drain grease (save). Leave drippings and brown pieces stuck to bottom of pan.
  • In bowl or cup, combine 3/4 cup of hot water and 2 tablespoons of flour. Stir until smooth. Pour into skillet with drippings. Add 1-1/2 tablespoons of reserved grease.
  • Stir constantly over medium-high heat for 3 to 4 minutes or until gravy is golden brown.
  • Scoop a sample with spoon. Cool and taste. Season with salt and pepper. If desired, add remaining water to thin gravy.
  • Gravy should be smooth because flour was dissolved in hot water before pouring into skillet. If desired, whisk gravy to make "smoother."
  • Makes about 1 cup of gravy.