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Salisbury Steak – Easy Beefy Comfort Food Amish Recipe

This Amish Salisbury steak recipe is inexpensive and easy to prepare.  A simple herb gravy tops patties of ground beef for a week night comfort food meal. This classic Amish country meal idea is an oldie but goodie at our house.Amish Salisbury Steak recipe is an old time favorite meal idea

The traditional Salisbury steak recipe, done Amish style.  Delicious flavor!  What is not to like?

Amish cooking is synonymous with fresh ingredients that satisfy any hungry family.  The Amish have a rich culinary heritage that is very popular with home cooks everywhere.

Whether it is a recipe for Apple cream pie,  their favorite snickerdoodles, or some Amish Cinnamon bread, “Amish cooking” means hearty and savory foods.  And most importantly, Amish food spells “comfort food.”

Making Amish Salisbury Steak

I was lucky enough to still find some fresh parsley and oregano growing on my patio in spite of the 9 degree weather we have experience this week. (most unusual for North Carolina.)

I was not so lucky with the basil since it has finished for me, but at least some of the kitchen garden herbs are fresh!

ingredients for Amish Salisbury steak

When I was young, we did not have much money to spread to food for 6 children, so my mother often used ground beef and Salisbury steak is one dish that we often had. 

I used to just love the delicious gravy and it did not feel anything like eating a hamburger, which, really, is basically what it is.

Since it is called Salisbury steak, we felt like we were fine dining!  (And to make sure, the patties were oblong shaped, not round like hamburgers.)

Salisbury steak patties.

And the gravy…it was to die for! We’d always have crusty bread to sop it up, and looked forward to being able to do so.

Salisbury steak gravy.This recipe for Salisbury steak is full of flavor, easy to make and will satisfy the hungriest of eaters.  Your family will ask to have it again and again!

Amish Salisbury Steak

This is a basic meat and potatoes recipe. Serve it with creamy mashed potatoes, and a tasty side vegetable for a wholesome Amish meal that will make you think you are eating in one of the Amish family eating houses in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Yield: 8

Amish Salisbury Steak

Amish Salisbury Steak

Hearty home cooking is a great way to describe this Amish Salisbury steak recipe.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes



  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 2 tsp salt
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 large egg, beaten (I use free range eggs)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 6 saltine crackers, broken
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  • 1/8 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon basil


  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup water
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • A pinch of oregano and basil


  1. Soak the crackers in the skim milk and set aside. Drain off the milk just before you make the patties.
  2. Combine all of the ingredients for the patties in a bowl. Then shape mixture into oblong shaped patties and brown slightly on each side in a non stick frying pan.
  3. Save the drippings. and place them in a baking dish.
  4. Make the gravy by adding 3 cups water to the beef drippings. Combine the 2 tbsp of flour with water.
  5. Bring to a boil, and add the flour mixture to boiling drippings in a thin stream.
  6. Whisk quickly and constantly to prevent lumps.
  7. Season with salt and pepper and the seasonings, and heat until the gravy is thickened.
  8. Pour the gravy over the beef patties and bake at 400* for 30 minutes.
  9. Serve with mashed potatoes and crusty bread for a real comfort food treat.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 345Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 124mgSodium: 763mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 33g

Nutritional information is approximate due to natural variation in ingredients and the cook-at-home nature of our meals.

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Tuesday 18th of October 2022

It sounds so yummy ill have to try


Sunday 9th of December 2018

Hey, can you use dried herbs for this recipe?


Monday 10th of December 2018

Hi Caitlyn. Yes, dried herbs will work. Just use 1/3 the amount called for. I use fresh herbs because the flavor is better and dried herbs lose their flavor in storage but the recipe will work either way. Carol

Deana Motz

Tuesday 17th of July 2018

Can you freeze this


Tuesday 17th of July 2018

Hi Deana. You could freeze the patties and then cook and make the gravy at the time you plan to eat. Carol

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