Classic Salisbury Steak

By Jess

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If your only experience with salisbury steak is from an old school TV dinner or greasy spoon diner, it’s time to get a new perspective on it. My version features melt-in-your mouth beef smothered and covered in sauteed onions and gravy.


Enjoy our Paleo version of Salisbury steak and discover just how delicious it can be. Made with ground beef and topped with caramelized onion gravy, it’s sure to be a hit!

Not really a steak at all, Salisbury steak is simply ground beef formed to look like a steak. The good part is you don’t have to worry about any bones or grizzle in it, each bite is tender and juicy like a steak, and it soaks up the juices and gravy really well.

My friend Paul actually tipped me off to Salisbury steak because I had always thought it was just a low quality version of a steak that I only remembered from TV dinners growing up as a kid. Not the best introduction to a dish that can be super tasty when prepared the right way. After giving it a try I had to come up with my own version, one that was completely Paleo friendly.

salisbury steak ingredients

The ground beef of course didn’t have to be swapped out, but we had to lose the bread crumbs that show up in most recipes. It’s funny just how much you can get rid of without changing the overall flavor of the meal when you update a traditional recipe.

carmelized onions

Since Salisbury steak is often served up next to a side of mashed potatoes, it’s best to serve this with a side of cauliflower mash so you get the same effect. There’s something about the smoothness of the mashed cauliflower that goes nicely with the tenderness of the steak, it just works so why mess with a classic?

But of course you don’t have to go with cauliflower mash, and this dish lends itself well to just about any veggie side you can dream up.

One thing you’re sure to love about this meal is how easy it is to get it onto the table. It’s one of those meals where you don’t have to worry too much about getting it right, because it’s hard to get it wrong. If you overcook the steak it still tastes great, unlike an actual steak where if you miss your preferred doneness you might not enjoy it as much.

If you’re like me you’re always on the lookout for easy-to-make meals that everyone can agree on. The beefy nature of this meal, the way that it’s a cross between a hamburger and a steak, means that kids and adults like it just about the same. If you’re serving it up to the kids try skipping the sauteed onions and gravy and serving it up with some Paleo ketchup, meatloaf style.

salisbury steak

This has made it into our regular weekly rotation and now it’s Salisbury Sundays unless something else is going on. I hope you enjoy it as much as our family does.


  • For the steaks
    • 1 pound ground beef
    • 1 egg
    • ½ teaspoon sea salt
    • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
    • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
    • ¼ tsp dried oregano
    • 2 garlic cloves, minced
    • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • For the caramelized onion gravy
    • 2 medium yellow onions, diced
    • 1 tbsp arrowroot flour
    • 1 cup homemade beef stock or water
    • 1 tsp fresh thyme or 1 tbsp dried thyme
    • sea salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. To prepare the patties, combine ground beef, egg, minced garlic, cayenne pepper, oregano, black pepper and salt. Mix until well combined.
  2. Form into 4 patties and set aside. In a skillet heat 1 tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high heat, add onions and cook for several minutes until lightly browned and softened.
  3. Set aside the onions and add two tablespoons of olive oil to a skillet. Fry the patties until well browned on both sides.
  4. Remove the patties and reduce heat to medium. Return the onions to the skillet, add the arrowroot flour and beef stock and cook, stirring occasionally, until the gravy is reduced and thickened.
  5. Season with salt and black pepper and if needed add more broth for thinning. Return the patties to the gravy, spoon the gravy over them and allow them to heat back up for a couple of minutes.
  6. Sprinkle with thyme and serve warm with mashed cauliflower or any side dish you like.


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  1. I haven’t had Salisbury Steak in so long because I never really loved it. This recipe was amazing. Tons of flavor and the perfect gravy! I served with roasted broccoli. YUM! Thank you!

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