Beef Patties with Onion Gravy
By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime
Making beef patties (hamburger steaks) with onion gravy occasionally becomes the thing you just have to do. Because every once in awhile you might find yourself with a craving for something that Mom or Grandmother made, and made very well. This is one of those recipes. Not retro, but timeless. It brings feelings of warmth, home, and comfort.
For busy weeknights, this is just the thing. Some call it a thirty minute meal, which it is (almost) but let’s be real about those few extra minutes. And this simmers for a full thirty. But the rest puts together quickly, making the gravy, getting some rice, noodles or mashed together, and some sort of veggie side or salad.
I served this with rice and a side of green beans. Usually I don’t have green beans as much as when I was younger anymore. Looking back, I don’t think I tired of it- it’s just that there are so many more choices now when it comes to vegetables. But when I think of food like this, I think of Mom. And Mom liked green beans.
Sometimes this reminds me of meatloaf, but it is much easier, more like making hamburgers with a little glory added. I see many talk of this as a Southern dish. I won’t argue with that, but wouldn’t they be surprised to know that families enjoy this everywhere? Serving it with rice is probably the most Southern thing about it, as rice with gravy are quite popular. In the Midwest we might pile this on Amish egg noodles or mashed. You decide.
Unlike meatloaf, this doesn’t stew in its own drippings, which makes it a little bit healthier. And the gravy is quite simple. Sometimes I might opt for using mushrooms, and I almost did. But I thought you guys might like to see me use something else, since I love mushrooms and eagerly eat them every chance I get.
Beef Patties in Onion Gravy
- 1 pound ground beef chuck
- 1/3 cup minced fresh onion
- 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 2 large onions, sliced
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 teaspoons chopped garlic
- 1/3 cup flour
- 3 cups beef broth
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce
- salt and black pepper to taste
- In a small mixing bowl, thoroughly blend the ingredients for the beef patties.
- Divide mix into four parts, and form each into a patty, first compressing the meat in your hands, then shaping the patty, using your thumb to keep the side height good, turning it as you go.
- Brown the patties on both sides in a skillet, then set aside.
- While the patties are cooking, heat the butter in another large skillet and add the onions and garlic, cooking until the onions are softened and lightly browned.
- Add the flour to the pan and stir to coat the onions.
- Then add the broth all at once with the Worcestershire and soy sauces, stirring until the gravy comes to a boil; boil one minute.
- Season gravy with salt and black pepper as you like it.
- Add the browned beef patties to the gravy skillet; bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer thirty minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Serve beef patties with gravy over rice, noodles or mashed potatoes.
From the kitchen of palatablepastime.com