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Texas Hamburger Steak

Texas Hamburger Steak

This is the quintessential recipe that is cooked in Texas homes everywhere. Everyone cooked this dish when I was a child.  Living in Texas has it’s own point of view and when the automobile companies in Detroit, Michigan started to lay off folks in the late 1970’s, we had a flux of new people come to the Gulf Coast looking for Jobs.  This was when I learned that goulash was a regular to my northern Friends.  I had a few people over the years get to eat at my childhood home and when my mother cooked hamburger steak, because it is never rejected by children, my new Northern friends thought it was the most fantastic meal ever.  It took me years to realize that the gravy meals were not my mother’s inclination to cook french but my father’s, he was a born Texan, way of influencing her cooking.

Hamburger Steak - Texas Family Kitchen

I had someone recently tell me that Chicken Fried Steak was the Texas Famous Meal.  I laughed because we never ate chicken fried steak unless we stopped at a Truck Stop between Houston and either Dallas or San Antonio.  To me it was a cheap attempt at taking stringy beef and loading it with gravy to make it more palatable but that may be my parents influence of top quality food choices too.

Either way The Texas Hamburger Steak is still the choice to serve on a busy weeknight or just as the most perfect comfort food that men, woman and children love.

Texas Hamburger Steak
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Ground Meat patties with a delicious gravy.
Recipe type: Texan
Cuisine: Texan
Serves: 4
  • Meat Patties:
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced and fresh
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup onion, minced
  • 1 Tb Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ cup Panko bread crumbs
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp salt
  • Gravy
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 can mushroom slices
  • 1¼ cups water
  • ¼ cup Worchestershire sauce
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp salt
  • a pinch of Cayenne to taste (optional)
  • 1 package Pioneer brown gravy mix
  • ½ cup water
  1. In a bowl combine all hamburger mixture until combined.
  2. Shape into patties.
  3. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  4. Add in patties, cook until browned on each side (about 3-4 minutes per side, the patties do not have to be cooked all the way through as they will finish cooking completely in the gravy) remove to a plate.
  5. To the same skillet add in sliced onion and mushrooms; cook stirring scraping up any browned bits that have accumulated on the bottom of the skillet; cook for about 8-10 minutes or until the onions are softened
  6. Add in water, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, and spices and bring to a boil.
  7. In a cup add the ½ cup of water and brown gravy and mix thoroughly.
  8. Add to the boiling sauce and mix till thickened.
  9. Add in the patties back to the skillet.
  10. Reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered for about 25 minutes turning the patties over once halfway through cooking.