Oven-Baked Hamburger Steaks: A Quick and Delicious Weeknight Meal

Looking for a quick and delicious dinner idea to spice up your weeknights? Look no further! Instead of the usual stovetop mess, why not try baking your hamburger steaks in the oven? This innovative cooking method not only simplifies the process but also ensures a flavorful result that the whole family will love.

Seasoning and Baking the Hamburger Steaks

To start, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and line a sheet pan with aluminum foil. For best results, place a baking rack on top of the foil to allow excess grease to drip down. Spray the rack with cooking spray to prevent sticking.

Next, season six hamburger patties with a sprinkling of salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder according to your taste preferences. Place the seasoned patties on the prepared baking rack, and bake them for 15-25 minutes until they reach your desired level of doneness. Keep in mind that the cooking time may vary depending on the size of your patties.

Uncooked hamburger patties on a baking rack

Preparing the Mushroom Gravy

While your hamburger steaks are baking, let’s move on to preparing the delicious mushroom gravy to complete the dish. In a large skillet, melt two tablespoons of bacon grease over medium heat. If you don’t have bacon grease, regular cooking oil will do just fine.

Add sliced mushrooms and onions to the skillet, and season them with salt and pepper. Sauté the vegetables until they become tender and aromatic. Next, sprinkle in two tablespoons of flour and stir well until the flour is fully incorporated. Slowly pour in one cup of beef broth, constantly stirring the mixture to prevent lumps from forming. Reduce the heat to medium-low and let the gravy simmer for about 3-5 minutes, allowing the flour to thicken the broth into a rich and flavorful gravy. For a thinner consistency, feel free to add more broth.

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Sautéed onions and mushrooms in a large skillet

Once the gravy is thickened to your desired consistency, season it with additional salt and pepper if needed. To serve, generously spoon the mushroom and onion gravy over the top of each hamburger steak, adding a scrumptious finishing touch to the dish.

Storage, Freezing, and Reheating

If you happen to have any leftovers, here are some tips for storing, freezing, and reheating your oven-baked hamburger steaks. For optimal freshness, it’s recommended to store the hamburger steaks separately from the gravy. You can individually wrap the steaks in plastic wrap or place them in an airtight container. As for the gravy, keep it in a separate airtight container with a lid. Both can be stored in the refrigerator for up to five days.

While the cooked hamburger patties can be frozen for future use, it’s not advisable to freeze the gravy as it could alter the texture of the mushrooms. When you’re ready to enjoy your frozen patties, simply reheat them in the microwave for 1-2 minutes or in the oven at 250 degrees for 20-30 minutes until heated through. Heat the gravy in a saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring in ¼ – ½ cup of additional beef broth until it reaches your desired consistency.

Perfect Pairings for Smothered Hamburger Steaks

To complement the hearty flavors of your oven-baked hamburger steaks, consider serving them with these mouthwatering sides:

  • Stir-Fried Brussels Sprouts
  • Cheesy Mashed Potato Casserole
  • Fried Okra

These delectable sides will add a burst of flavor and variety to your meal, elevating your dining experience to a whole new level.

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So, why settle for the same old stovetop routine? Give oven-baked hamburger steaks a try and discover a simple, hassle-free way to enjoy this classic family favorite. With minimal cleanup and maximum flavor, this recipe is sure to become a staple in your kitchen.

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