The Salisbury steak was a grilled ground beef patty proposed by Dr. James Salisbury (1823-1905) as part of his healthy diet. The steak has now evolved into a fried hamburger steak covered with gravy, commonly including sautéed onions. The following recipe is for a grilled hamburger steak topped with skillet prepared mushroom gravy. Onions can be substituted.
2/3 pound ground beef
Salt and pepper to taste
1 sliced green onion, white and green
Prepare the mushroom gravy (recipe follows). Prepare the grill for hot direct cooking. Divide the meat in half and form two patties. Season the meat and grill, lid closed, for 4 to 4 1/2 minutes per side, depending upon the desired doneness.
Top with the mushroom gravy and green onions.
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 pound sliced mushrooms
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups beef broth
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
Salt to taste
Fresh ground black pepper to taste
1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Sauté the mushrooms in butter until tender. Add the flour and stir until thoroughly mixed. Add the broth, thyme, and simmer until thickened. Season to taste and add the Worcestershire sauce. Stir until well mixed. Just before serving, stir in the onions.