This slow cooker Salisbury steaks recipe is the comfort food you have been craving. Easy, delicious, and so satisfying!
This easy slow cooker Salisbury steaks recipe is a favorite family meal! It is comfort food at its finest.
Growing up, I loved the school lunch Salisbury steak. I know many kids didn't like it, but I've always figured that if you slap gravy on just about anything it will end up being delicious.
Or at least that's how I feel.
I love, love Salisbury steak - probably because it's smothered in gravy!
Because I wanted to make Salisbury steak even easier to make, I decided to try making Salisbury steaks in the slow cooker.
Spoiler alert: It is seriously delicious! Gravy lovers, you will love this one.
I love making this slow cooker salisbury steaks recipe and make it at least once a month. It's now a family favorite!
I was pleasantly surprised when I first made this recipe to find that it turned out just as good as my skillet version and requires much less hands on time.
I know we all really appreciate an easy slow cooker recipe on busy days and this one is amazing.
My slow cooker Salisbury steaks take just a few minutes to put together. You have to mix the ground beef with the seasonings and whisk together the gravy.
All the time for searing and flipping and stirring gravy of a traditional Salisbury steak recipe has gone out the window thanks to the slow cooker.
This is an easy weeknight dinner that you can prep earlier in the day or prepare it as an easy yet decadent weekend meal.
Salisbury Steak Recipe
So, how do you make salisbury steak? It's easy!
To make this homemade Salisbury steak recipe, you will need:
- Baby portobello mushrooms - Sliced thin, the mushrooms add loads of flavor to the Salisbury steak
- Onion - White or yellow onion, thinly sliced, is the perfect complement to the mushrooms
- Lean ground beef - With the addition of gravy the lean ground beef cooks slow and tender
- Steak seasoning - Store bought or homemade steak seasoning add tons of flavor
- Worcestershire sauce - Used in both the Sailsbury steak patties and the gravy
- Dried onion flakes - Build up the flavor with the addition of dried onion flakes in the patties
- Dried parsley - Parsley lends a nice herbal freshness to this Salisbury steak recipe
- Breadcrumbs - Plain or Italian breadcrumbs work well for this recipe
- Egg - A single egg is needed to help as a binder in the steak patties
- Cornstarch - The cornstarch is used to thicken the beef gravy
- Beef broth - Make an easy beef gravy using beef broth
- Black pepper - Season the beef gravy to taste with black pepper
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- Mixing bowls - You'll first need a large mixing bowl for mixing up the ground beef mixture. We recommend the Luminarc Stackable Bowl 10-Piece Set. These glass bowls are super versatile and you'll use them for so many recipes.
- Slow cooker - This method of making salisbury steak requires a slow cooker. We love the simple yet mighty Crock-Pot 7 Quart Oval Manual Slow Cooker. It doesn't have a ton of bells and whistles, but it's reliable and affordable if you don't already own a slow cooker.
- Slow cooker liners - While not required, you may want to grab a pack of Reynolds Kitchens Slow Cooker Liners. They're inexpensive, easy to keep on hand and help cut down cleaning time when it comes time to do dishes.
How to Make Salisbury Steak
To amplify the flavor of this salisbury steak recipe I start by adding slices of baby portobello mushrooms and onions to the bottom of the slow cooker, after first spraying it generously with non-stick cooking spray.
Next mix the ground beef with steak seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, onion flakes, parsley flakes, breadcrumbs and an egg.
Combine well with your hands, then form it into patties.
Layer the patties into the slow cooker on top of the sliced mushrooms and onions. It's totally ok if the patties overlap a bit.
Next you make the simple gravy mix, whisking it very well to avoid any lumps.
Pour the gravy overtop of the Salisbury steaks. Close the lid and cook on high 3 to 4 hours.
Alternately, cook on low for 6 to 8 hours until cooked through to your liking.
I'm so happy that my slow cooker version worked out and tastes just as good as the skillet version!
If you prefer your Salisbury steak to have crispy, seared edges, you could sear in a pan for a few minutes before moving the patties to the slow cooker.
My slow cooker is an oval shaped 6 quart slow cooker, which easily fit six patties without having to stack the patties. Again, a little bit of overlap is ok.
If the size of your slow cooker requires you to stack, use a layer of onions and mushrooms in between layers of Salisbury steak to prevent sticking.
How to Serve Salisbury Steaks
Traditionally Salisbury steak is served over mashed potatoes with lots of extra gravy.
(Another great, lower carb options is mashed cauliflower!)
It is also common to see Salisbury steak served with egg noddles as I did here.
Use a shallow bowl or large dinner plate, add the mashed potates, egg noodles or another pasta of your choice.
Add a Salisbury steak pattie, then spoon extra mushrooms and onions on top. Ladle extra gravy to your liking.
Optionally, a bit of fresh parsley on top makes a great addition to the flavors of this Salisbury steak recipe.
I tossed my egg noodles in butter and added a pinch of salt, pepper and dried parsley flakes before adding the Salisbury steak and gravy.
These Salibusry steaks turned out great! If you’re looking for the ultimate comfort food, I invite you to try my slow cooker Salisbury steak recipe.
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