Mouthwatering Crockpot Salisbury Steak is a great way to enjoy ground beef - and this recipe requires very little hands-on cooking time.
This Crockpot Salisbury steak recipe is easy, needs very little preparation time and is sure to become a fast family favorite - it's the epitome of comfort food!
When it comes to whipping together a simple, delicious dinner any night of the week, the Crockpot easily reigns supreme and this recipe is proof of just that.
A few minutes assembling the Salisbury steak patties, a quick browning on each side in a skillet and a few hours in the Crockpot result in one heck of a meal.
Why We Love This Crockpot Salisbury Steak Recipe
Do you often find yourself stuck for ideas when it comes to different ways to prepare ground beef? It's affordable and accesible, but can get boring for sure.
It can be hard thinking of ways to make your ground beef dishes taste new and exciting - but Salisbry steak is an idea you may not yet have tried!
This particular Crockpot Salisbury steak variation requires minimal hands-on cooking time and comes together in just a few minutes making it a real favorite.
A Brief History of Salisbury Steak
The name Salisbury steak is actually quite deceiving, because Salisbury Steak isn’t technically steak. In fact, it is better defined as a fancy hamburger!
James was a doctor famous for his commentary on diet and nutrition.
He believed that American troops during the Civil War were being given the wrong foods and that what they really needed was protein - beef in particular.
Salisbury went on to test his ideas by providing chopped beef to the men, which he thought would be easier for them to digest than other sources of protein.
He even wrote a book believed to be one of the first publications linking good diet with good health and promoting the consumption of animal protein.
So, what is Salisbury steak? It is a seasoned ground beef patty made with breadcrumbs then cooked and served with a thick, rich gravy. You'll love it!
Crockpot Salisbury Steak Recipe
In order to make this easy Crockpot Salisbury steak recipe, you will need:
- Ground beef - Ground beef forms the basis of any true Salisbury steak recipe. 80/20 ground beef works the best for Salisbury steak.
- Breadcrumbs - You'll find breadcrumbs in every Salisbury steak recipes as well. I opt for seasoned Italian breadcrumbs.
- Onion soup - Adding tons of flavor to the ground beef patties, I like to add a packet of French onion soup mix for ease and taste.
- Flour - Dredging each Salisbury steak in bit of all purpose flour before browning them is key to the incredible texture.
- Cream of chicken soup - Our secret to the rich, creamy, thick gravy in this Crockpot Salisbury steak recipe is canned cream of chicken soup.
- Au jus gravy mix - Keeping things as easy as can be, grab a packet of au jus gravy mix. It makes this the easiest Crockpot recipe.
- Mixing bowl
- Crockpot or slow cooker
Step 1. Add the ground beef, onion soup mix, breadcrumbs and milk in a large mixing bowl. Knead with your hands until everything is well combined.
Step 2. Using your hands, divide and form the beef mixture into eight patties.
Step 3. Heat a bit of oil in a skillet. While it is warming, dreadge each Salisbury steak lightly in a bit of flour. Place them in the skillet and brown on one side.
Step 4. Flip the patties and brown on the second side. Remove from the heat.
Step 5. Spray your Crockpot with non-stick spray then transfer the Salisbury steak patties to the crock. Stack them in a pyramid shape.
Step 6. Add cream of chicken soup, water and au gus mix to a mixing bowl.
Step 7. Whisk everything together until smooth, thick and creamy.
Step 8. Pour the mixture over the Salisbury steaks in the Crockpot.
Step 9. Cook on low for four to five hours until cooked through and serve.
How To Serve Salisbury Steak
Widely considered a true classic comfort food, Salisbury Steak is usually servced with mashed potatoes and gravy, or occasionally buttered egg noodles.
While boxed mashed potatoes take just minutes to whip up, nothing beats homemade mashed potatoes, which take less time than you’d think.
Simply boil potatoes of your choice (we love red potatoes) and mash with butter, milk, salt and pepper. Throw in chopped garlic and scallions for added flavor.
You can also add a dollop of ranch or a similar creamy dressing to heighten the flavor and develop your own favorite way of making mashed potatoes.
The Best Salisbury Steak Recipes
Over the years we've whipped up a number of different Salisbury steak recipes. Our homemade Salisbury steak recipe is an easy sheet pan recipe.
Once you know how to make Salisbury steak, cook it the way you like - our copycat Pioneer Woman Salisbury steak recipe is made in a cast iron skillet.
Another super easy version, our slow cooker Salisbury steak recipe, is one of our most popular recipes ever and a the definition of a true crowd pleaser.
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