Chef John's Salisbury Steak

Total Time: 2 hours, 40 minutes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Servings: 4

Price per serving: $7.90

Author: Chef John


Chef John's Salisbury Steak


· 1 pound 85% lean ground beef· ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper· 1 teaspoon dry mustard· 2 tablespoons ketchup· 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce· 1 teaspoon soy sauce· 1 large egg, beaten· 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste· ½ cup plain bread crumbs· 2 tablespoons salted butter· 12 large white button mushrooms, sliced· 1 cup diced onion· 1 pinch salt· 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour· 2 tablespoons ketchup· 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce· 3 cups high-quality, low-sodium beef broth· salt to taste· 2 tablespoons salted butter


Step 1Combine beef, black pepper, dry mustard, ketchup, Worcestershire, soy sauce, egg, cayenne, and bread crumbs in a mixing bowl. Use a fork or your hands to stir the ingredients until very evenly distributed.Step 2Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours, or up to overnight.Step 3While the meat is resting, melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large nonstick pan over high heat; add mushrooms, onions, and a pinch of salt. Saute, stirring occasionally, until very nicely browned, 5 to 8 minutes. Reduce heat to medium and add flour. Cook and stir for 3 minutes.Step 4Stir in ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and beef broth; increase heat to high. Bring to a simmer; reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, until the gravy thickens slightly and reduces, about 10 minutes. Taste and adjust salt as needed. Transfer to a glass measuring cup, scraping the pan clean with a spatula, and reserve.Step 5Remove meat from the refrigerator and divide into 4 equal portions. Moisten hands and form into oval patties, about 1/2 inch thick. Season both sides of the patties lightly with salt.Step 6Melt 2 tablespoons butter in the previously used nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Add the patties and cook until browned, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Pour in gravy and bring to a simmer; reduce heat to medium and continue to cook until gravy is piping hot, and the meat is just cooked through and springs back lightly when touched, about 5 minutes.