This hamburger steak with mushroom & onion gravy is classic Southern comfort food! This one-pan meal is paleo, whole30, and AIP.

Hamburger Steak

What is Hamburger Steak?

Hamburger steak is traditional southern comfort food that’s made with ground beef patties, and homemade mushroom gravy!

You may be thinking, isn’t this just Salisbury steak? And yes, it’s close! Salsbury steak is usually made with ketchup, french onion soup, and breadcrumbs. This is a bit more simple, but seriously just as yummy.


How to make the Hamburger Steak and Gravy Recipe

  • Form the ground beef into patties and season.
  • Cook the burgers in a pan until cooked through and set aside.
  • Thinly a yellow onion and cook in the same pan. Add the mushrooms and saute.
  • Pour in the beef broth, coconut aminos, and arrowroot starch and thicken.
  • Add the beef patties back into the pan and top with the gravy.
  • Serve with a side!


What to serve with the Hamburger Steak

This hamburger steak already has a lot going on in just one pan with the burger, mushroom gravy, and onions. However, you can also pair it with a green like broccoli, asparagus, or a green salad, and mashed sweet potato for a more well-rounded meal.

Hamburger Steak with Mashed Sweet Potato and Broccoli

The Ingredients You’ll need for the Hamburger Steak

Ground Beef

I like to use something like an 80/20 beef for burgers, but you can also go leaner if you prefer.

Yellow Onions

Yellow onions add more flavor to the recipe than white onions would.


Baby Bella or button mushrooms would both work.

Beef broth

Coconut aminos

Coconut aminos is the gluten-free substitute for the Worcestershire sauce in this recipe. It gives it similar umami without being overpowering.

Apple cider vinegar 

The ACV adds a touch of acid to round out the gravy.

Arrowroot starch

Arrowroot is used in place of corn starch to help thicken the gravy. If you’re keto/low carb, this isn’t necessarily a low carb ingredient but the recipe doesn’t use a lot of it! You can also leave it out and just reduce the sauce for longer.

Hamburger Steak

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Hamburger Steak

  • Author: Michelle
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 3 servings 1x


This hamburger steak is classic Southern comfort food! This one-pan meal is paleo, whole30, and AIP.



For the hamburger

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper (omit for AIP)
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil

For the gravy 

  • 2 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 2 tsp mustard (omit for AIP)
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper (omit for AIP)
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp arrowroot starch
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley, for topping


  1. Form the ground beef into 3-4 burgers and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat the avocado oil over medium heat in a large pan and add the burgers. Cook for 4-5 minutes on each side or until the internal temperature reaches 160 F. Set aside.
  3. Using the same pan, add more fat to the pan and heat.
  4. Saute the onion slices for 5-6 minutes or until soft. Add the mushrooms and cook for another 3-4 minutes or until tender.
  5. Pour in the broth, coconut aminos, mustard, apple cider vinegar, and seasonings and stir to combine.
  6. Whisk in arrowroot starch and reduce the heat, allowing to thicken for 2-3 minutes.
  7. Once the gravy is thick, add the burgers back to the pan and stir to top with gravy.
  8. Serve topped with chopped parsley.


All nutrition facts are estimations.

The arrowroot does add a small amount of carbs. If keto/low carb, feel free to omit if desired and reduce the sauce further.

  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Category: One pan meals
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 414
  • Fat: 26.6g
  • Carbohydrates: 6.8g
  • Protein: 36.4g

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