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Poor Man's Hamburger Steaks

Updated: Oct 4, 2021

An old fashioned recipe, these poor man's steaks make for a hearty family dinner. Seasoned ground beef is shaped into patties, covered in delicious gravy and then baked in the oven.

PREP TIME: 20 minutes

COOK TIME: 40 minutes

TOTAL TIME: 1 hour



2 pounds Ground Beef

1 1/2 cups Saltine Crackers, crushed

1 cup Whole Milk

1/.2 teaspoon Italian Seasoning

1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder

1/2 teaspoon Onion Powder

1/2 teaspoon Paprika

1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

Salt, to taste for the patties

Pepper, to taste for the patties

1 cup All-Purpose Flour, for dredging

2 tablespoons Butter

1 tablespoon Olive Oil

Non-Stick Cooking Spray


2 cans 10.75 ounce Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup

1 1/2 cups Whole Milk

1 1/2 tablespoons Fresh Parsley, chopped


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and spray a 9x13-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the cream of mushroom soups and milk and then stir in the chopped parsley. Set aside.

3. In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, crushed saltine crackers, milk, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and cayenne pepper. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

4. Using a spoon of your hands, combine the ingredients until mixed. Gently for into even-sized patties.

5. Place 1 cup of flour in a shallow dish. Season the flour with salt and pepper. Dredge all the patties in the flour.

6. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and melt the butter and add the olive oil. Once hot, sear patties on both sides until golden brown. Work in batches. It will continue cooking in the oven.

7. Transfer the browned patties to the greased baking dish. Pour the gravy evenly over the top of the patties. Cover the dish with aluminum foil.

8. Place baking dish in the oven and bake for 30-40 minutes or until cooked through.

9. Place the patties on to serving plates. Stir the gravy well and spoon on top of the patties. Enjoy!

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