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

hamburger steak plated with a side of mashed cauliflower and broccolini.

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 mix, and breadcrumbs. This is just a bit simpler, but seriously just as yummy.

The Ingredients You’ll need for the Hamburger Steak

  • Ground Beef
  • Yellow Onions. Yellow onions add more flavor to the recipe than white onions would.
  • Mushrooms. 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.

Ingredients for hamburger steak layed out in seperated dishes.

How to make the Hamburger Steak and Gravy Recipe

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

step by step photos of the burgers in a pan, mushrooms in a pan, gravy being made, and the completed dish.

Tips & Tricks

  • Don’t be afraid of using a higher-fat beef. If you prefer to use 90/10 ground beef, that’s fine, but higher fat works great for this recipe as well!
  • Adjust the thickness of the gravy as needed. If you like a thinner gravy, you can add a splash of beef broth to thin it out. If you like it thicker, you can simmer for longer or add extra arrowroot starch/

Storage and reheating instructions

Store this recipe in the fridge for 3-4 days in a glass container and reheat it on the stove. You can also freeze this recipe for 1-2 months.

What to serve with the Hamburger Steak

You can also it with a green like broccoli, asparagus, or a green salad, and mashed sweet potato for a well-rounded meal!

hamburger steak in a pan with mushrooms.

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Hamburger Steak

  • Author: Michelle
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


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


Units Scale

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 (or you can use the fat from the burgers)
  • 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. Season the ground beef with salt and pepper and form into 4-5 burgers.
  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 160-165 F. Set aside, leaving at least 2 tbsp of fat in the pan (adding more if needed).
  3. Saute the onion slices for 5-6 minutes or until soft. Add the mushrooms and cook for another 3-4 minutes or until tender.
  4. Combine the broth, coconut aminos, mustard, apple cider vinegar, arrowroot starch and seasonings in a bowl and stir to combine. Pour the mixture into the pan and reduce the heat, allowing to thicken for 3-4 minutes.
  5. Once the gravy is thick, add the burgers back to the pan and spoon the gravy over the burgers. 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

Keywords: hamburger steak

This recipe was published in 2019 and updated in 2023. Photos by Modern Food Stories.