What to Serve with Hamburger Steak

Are you wondering what to serve with your delicious hamburger steak? Look no further! We have over 60 ideas for side dishes, breads, desserts, and more that will perfectly complement your meal. Let’s dive in and explore the fantastic options!

Why We Love It

Hamburger steak, also known as “poor man’s steak,” is a classic comfort food that has stood the test of time. Our slow cooker hamburger steak recipe features lean ground beef and a creamy sauce. It’s easy to make and perfect for the whole family to enjoy. The key is to pair it with side dishes that allow the flavors of the rich mushroom gravy to shine while providing a contrasting texture to the tender meat patties.


What better way to complement comfort food than with a comforting, carb-filled side dish? Potatoes are hearty, filling, and make a great accompaniment to hamburger steak. Here are some potato recipes you can try:

  • Homemade mashed potatoes
  • Mashed red-skinned potatoes
  • Scalloped potatoes
  • Stovetop potatoes au gratin
  • Baked potatoes au gratin
  • Baked potatoes
  • Tater tots
  • Crispy fried potatoes
  • Buttered creamer potatoes
  • Boiled potatoes

Rice and Noodles

Rice and noodles are excellent choices for side dishes because they don’t overpower the gravy’s flavor. Here are some options to consider:

  • Egg noodles
  • Buttered pasta with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese
  • Noodles Romanaff
  • Jalapeno cheese grits
  • Buttered rice
  • Rice cooked in beef broth or French onion soup
  • Macaroni and cheese
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Vegetables & Fruit

There are so many fantastic vegetable side dishes to choose from. Add some color and nutrition to your meal with these options:

  • Fried cabbage
  • Green beans and potatoes
  • Sauteed mushrooms
  • Roasted maple carrots
  • Steamed broccoli
  • Steamed cauliflower
  • Roasted squash and Brussels sprouts
  • Fried apples
  • Spiced apple rings
  • Sauteed spinach and bacon
  • Creamed corn
  • Sauteed zucchini
  • Buttered peas
  • Asparagus with a squeeze of lemon juice
  • Fried onions
  • Onion rings


Salads bring freshness, crunch, and nutrition to any meal. Consider these simple or complex salad options:

  • Broccoli salad
  • Marinated green bean salad
  • Classic tossed salad
  • Carrot raisin salad
  • Apple walnut salad
  • 3-bean salad
  • Broiled grapefruit halves
  • Classic wedge salad
  • Southern cucumber salad


Breads are perfect for rounding out the meal and sopping up that delicious gravy. Here are some bread options you can try:

  • Cloverleaf rolls
  • 30-minute rolls
  • Biscuits
  • Cheese biscuits
  • Drop biscuits
  • Beer bread


When it comes to desserts, fruit-based options pair wonderfully with hamburger steak. Consider these classic diner-style desserts:

  • Dutch apple pie
  • Red hot apple pie
  • Spice cake
  • Banana cake
  • Blueberry peach cobbler
  • Strawberry rhubarb pie
  • Oatmeal cookies
  • Brownies

You can also never go wrong with a scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream as a delightful accompaniment.


A garnish adds a touch of elegance to any dish. Consider adding one of these easy garnishes to enhance the presentation of your hamburger steak:

  • Pickled onions
  • French fried onions
  • Chopped parsley
  • Sliced green onions
  • Sauteed mushrooms and onions sprinkled on top
  • Sauteed bell peppers (mixing different colors makes them extra pretty)
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Wine and Cocktails

Pairing the right wine or cocktail with your hamburger steak can elevate the dining experience. Here are some options to consider:

  • Pinot Noir or Cabernet Sauvignon for classic hamburger steak
  • Zinfandel or Syrah for hamburger steaks
  • Classic old fashioned cocktail as a pre-meal treat

Other Dinner Recipes These Sides Go Great With

The fantastic side dishes we’ve discussed are not only perfect for hamburger steak but also great accompaniments to other main dishes, such as:

  • Ground beef stroganoff
  • Classic beef stroganoff
  • Beef tips and gravy

Things to Know

To make the most out of your hamburger steak meal, here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • If serving with mashed potatoes, arrange the hamburger steak patties over the potatoes so that the rich gravy covers both.
  • Avoid pairing two starchy sides and instead opt for a variety of textures, such as a crispy salad, tender beef, and creamy gravy.
  • Leftover hamburger steak is perfect for making hot, open-faced sandwiches. Simply put it on bread or toast and cover it with the gravy. If you have limited meat, chop it up to make it go further.

When you’re craving classic comfort food, hamburger steak is a family favorite. With these easy and delicious side dishes, you can round out your meal and create a memorable dining experience. Enjoy!

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Freshly baked cloverleaf rolls in a muffin tin.

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