Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak

Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak

Background and History

Salisbury steak is a classic American dish with roots dating back to the late 19th century. It was invented by Dr. James Salisbury, a physician who recommended a diet heavy in lean meat to his patients for health reasons. Salisbury steak traditionally consists of seasoned ground beef patties served with gravy, and it has remained a beloved comfort food over the years. This slow cooker version offers a convenient twist on the traditional recipe.


1 ½ pounds ground beef

1 onion, finely chopped

1/2 cup breadcrumbs

1/4 cup milk

1 egg

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon garlic powder

Salt and pepper to taste

2 cups beef broth

2 tablespoons cornstarch

Optional: sliced mushrooms, for garnish

Optional: chopped fresh parsley, for garnish



Preparation Time

15 minutes

Cooking Time

4-6 hours on low heat


In a large mixing bowl, combine ground beef, chopped onion, breadcrumbs, milk, egg, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Mix until well combined.

Shape the mixture into oval-shaped patties, about 1/2 inch thick.

Place the patties in the slow cooker.

In a separate bowl, whisk together beef broth and cornstarch until smooth. Pour the mixture over the patties in the slow cooker.

Cover and cook on low heat for 4-6 hours, or until the patties are cooked through and tender.

Once cooked, remove the patties from the slow cooker and transfer them to a serving platter.

If desired, thicken the gravy by transferring it to a saucepan and simmering over medium heat until thickened.

Serve the Salisbury steak patties hot, topped with the gravy. Garnish with sliced mushrooms and chopped fresh parsley, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

(Per Serving)

Calories: 350 kcal

Total Fat: 20g

Cholesterol: 100mg

Sodium: 800mg

Total Carbohydrates: 15g

Protein: 25g


For added flavor, you can sauté the chopped onions before adding them to the ground beef mixture.

Feel free to customize the gravy by adding sliced mushrooms or onions to the slow cooker along with the patties.

Leftover Salisbury steak patties and gravy can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days or frozen for longer storage.

Allergy Warning

Check the ingredients of the Worcestershire sauce and beef broth for allergens such as gluten or soy, depending on your dietary restrictions.

Be mindful of any allergies to ingredients such as onions or garlic.