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Salisbury Steak Recipe For One

This Salisbury Steak Recipe For One is single serving comfort food at it’s finest. Low in carbs and topped with a mushroom, onion gravy. Made with pantry staples, this comforting meal can be ready in minutes.

Salisbury steak on a plate next to green beans

Growing up I didn’t eat a lot of packaged foods. My mother mostly made dinners from scratch. I rarely ate sweetened boxed cereal and sodas were strictly forbidden. Once in a while though, when my mother had a particularly long day at the office, we would enjoy a frozen dinner and I remember salisbury steak being one of my favorites.

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A fork going into a salisbury steak topped with mushroom and onion gravy with a side of green beans all on a large plate

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What Is Salisbury Steak?

Salisbury Steak has been around since the late 1800’s. It’s a dish made of ground beef and spices and isn’t really a steak at all. It’s more of a seasoned hamburger patty typically served with brown gravy.

Salisbury Steak is named after Dr. James Salisbury, a 19th century American physician who had very interesting ideas about diet. He believed that food was the key to health and that certain foods could cure illnesses. He tested his theory during the Civil War treating soldiers.

Dr. Salisbury also believed that vegetables and starchy foods produced poisonous substances in the digestive system and his “Salisbury Steak” was the perfect food to cure many ailments. He advocated eating meat in large portions, and limiting fruits, vegetables and fats. He can actually be credited with starting the first low carb diet craze.

A forkful of salisbury steak topped with mushroom and onion gravy with a side of green beans all on a large plate


See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.


  • ground beef
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Italian seasoning
  • mustard powder
  • garlic powder
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper
  • olive oil


  • butter
  • sliced onions 
  • sliced mushrooms
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • beef broth
  • sour cream

How To Make This Recipe

In many recipes you will find Salisbury Steak made with fillers such as bread crumbs. I decided I wanted to make this Salisbury Steak a low carb, keto version (as Dr. Salisbury did) so I chose to eliminate bread crumbs and other fillers from my recipe. I love the spices used in this recipe and don’t think bread crumbs are necessary. Detailed Salisbury Steak recipe below.

  1. First step in making Salisbury Steak is to mix together ground beef, Worcestershire sauce, mustard powder, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper.
  2. Form the ground beef mixture into a round or oval patty and fry it in a skillet over medium-high heat on both sides until meat is no longer pink in the middle.
  3. Remove the beef patty from the skillet and place on a plate. Cover with a sheet of aluminum foil while you make the gravy.

How to Make Salisbury Steak Gravy

  1. Melt 1/2 tablespoon of butter in the same skillet.
  2. Add sliced onions and sliced mushrooms to the pan and cook until softened.
  3. Stir in a little Worcestershire sauce and beef broth.
  4. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce it to a simmer. As the gravy simmers, it will reduce. After simmering for 4-5 minutes, pour the gravy over the steak and enjoy.

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Half of a salisbury steak missing topped with mushroom and onion gravy with a side of green beans all on a large plate

What To Serve With Steak

Typically, Salisbury Steak is served with mashed potatoes

I like to keep my meals low carb when I can and enjoy mine with a side of green beans or other vegetable. You might also like to serve yours with any of these single serving recipes:

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Salisbury Steak Recipe For One

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
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Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keywords: ground beef
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 747kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk



  • 8 ounces ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil


  • 1/2 tablespoon butter
  • 2 1/2 ounces sliced onions (about 1/4 small onion)
  • 1/4 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon sour cream


  • Place the ground beef in a bowl. Add the Worcestershire sauce, Italian seasoning, mustard powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Mix together until well combined. Flatten the seasoned ground beef into a round patty, about 1/2-inch thick.
  • Heat the oil in a medium-sized skillet on medium heat. Add the ground beef patty to the hot skillet and cook for 4 minutes per side or until burger is no longer rare. Remove the burger patty from the skillet and place on a plate. Cover plate with aluminum foil and set aside.


  • Return the skillet to the heat and reduce heat to medium-low. Add the butter to the pan. When the butter has melted, add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally for 3 minutes. Add the mushrooms to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally until the mushrooms have softened, about 3 minutes.
  • Stir in the Worcestershire sauce and the beef broth, bring the mixture to a gentle boil, stirring occasionally, then reduce heat to low. Simmer for another 3 minutes.
  • Stir in the sour cream and mix well. Add the ground beef patty back to the pan and cook for a minute more, spooning some of the sauce over the meat as it heats.
  • Remove the beef patty from the pan and place on a plate. Pour the sauce over the top and enjoy.


Calories: 747kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 59g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Cholesterol: 178mg | Sodium: 779mg | Potassium: 1032mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 175IU | Vitamin C: 5.3mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 4.8mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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24 thoughts on “Salisbury Steak Recipe For One”

  1. made this tonight..without the sauce ..instead fried some boiled potato in the fat out of the meat.. awesome taste in the meat…cheers

  2. Shera Matthews

    3 stars
    So glad to find this site!
    Re Salisbury steak recipe, it was good flavor, but needed some more tweaking & time. The onions still had some crunch texture sauce didn’t reduce much & meat could have used some low covered heat in an oven to get more tender. I will keep trying recipes & customize this one a bit more. Thank you for the one dish idea & it’s helpful!

  3. I typically buy 93%/7% lean ground beef, what do you recommend for this recipe? I can’t wait to try this.

  4. 5 stars
    Great recipe. Good flavor. I usually don’t care for Salisbury steak. The ingredients peaked my interest and the picture made it look yummy. Made it as written. I wouldn’t change a thing. Thanks! It’s a keeper.

    1. Hi Rhonda,
      I’m so happy you enjoyed the salisbury steak. Thanks so much for taking the time to let me know.


  5. The recipe looks good, and ultimately “doable” until I got to the bottom. 1tsp of sour cream. I don’t often buy sour cream, and I certainly wouldn’t buy it for a recipe that calls for 1 tsp. Is there something I could substitute?

    1. Hi Judy,
      The sour cream just makes the sauce a little creamier. You could definitely leave the sour cream out or stir in a little cream or whole milk instead.


    1. Hi Katie,

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the salisbury steak! Thanks so much for letting me know.

      The sauce reduces as it simmers so quite possibly your sauce might have needed to simmer just a bit longer.


  6. 5 stars
    OMG! You are my new favorite website! I am a married mother of 3, but I have to spend hours and hours at home alone. To be honest, I have been sick of eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or hot pockets…. you are my saving grace and this recipe was to die for! Thanks so much – YUM, YUM, YUMMMMM!!!

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