Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak

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Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak is one of our favorite comfort foods. Tender beef patties simmered in rich brown gravy with mushrooms and onions. This crockpot salisbury steak is perfect served over mashed potatoes, rice or pasta!

  Salisbury Steak in a black crock pot with text

Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak

This easy Salisbury steak one of our favorite family meals!  I love using my slow cooker any time of year! We serve this on top of garlic mashed potatoes or rice but my all time favorite is serving it over cooked macaroni noodles.  Add a side salad and you’ve got the perfect meal!

Since I’m the one who does most of the cooking, I love coming home to a ready meal and this easy slow cooker Salisbury Steak recipe tops my list.

The beef patties simmer all day in a rich gravy with mushrooms and onions resulting in a really flavorful dish and making them extra tender.

A lot of people confuse Salisbury steaks (which is a combination of ground beef in gravy) with Swiss Steak which is generally minute steak with a tomato-based sauce. (You can find my favorite Swiss steak recipe here).

Crock Pot Salisbury Steak on a plate

Tips for Crockpot Salisbury Steak

This Easy Salisbury Steak can be prepared in a skillet but I love it in the slow cooker since it can be prepped ahead of time and it’s ready right when we get home from soccer practice.

  • Homemade patties: it doesn’t take long to make the beef patties homemade, and they taste absolutely delicious.
  • Sear the Patties: The simple step of searing the beef patties just helps them to hold their shape without falling apart plus browning meat always adds extra flavor!
  • Freeze Option: I often double the beef patties in this recipe and freeze half of them (without browning them first) for next time. If you happen to have pre-made frozen beef patties they can be used in this recipe as well with great results.
  • Ground Turkey Option: We have also made this recipe with ground turkey (I also add a bit of celery to the mixture) and a turkey gravy with great results. The patties always come out flavorful and fork tender.

Once seared the patties are layered in the Crock Pot with sliced onions and mushrooms. Next, I combine the gravy ingredients and pour it over the patties. While some recipes do call for cream of mushroom soup, I prefer this version with a richer darker gravy.

Crock Pot Salisbury Steak patties with broth being poured into crockpot

Easy Salisbury Steak Leftover Idea

Should you be lucky enough to have leftovers (we rarely do), this reheats perfectly and makes a great messy sandwich in a hamburger bun topped with sliced tomatoes and mayonnaise.

This easy salisbury steak recipe reheats perfectly and freezes well too!

Crock Pot Salisbury Steak on a plate with rice


What to Serve with Easy Salisbury Steak

Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak with mushrooms on top
4.93 from 132 votes
Review Recipe

Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 10 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Easy Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak is one of our favorite comfort foods. Tender beef patties simmered in rich brown gravy with mushrooms and onions.


  • 6 ounces sliced mushrooms
  • ½ onion , sliced
  • 1 ½ cups beef broth (low sodium)
  • 1 ounce package brown gravy mix (dry)
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon dijon
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 4 tablespoons water

Beef Patties

  • 1 ½ pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ¼ cup minced onion
  • cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 clove garlic
  • salt & pepper to taste

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  • Place mushrooms & onions in the bottom of your slow cooker.
  • Combine beef patty ingredients and form 6 patties. Brown over medium high heat (about 3 minutes per side).
  • Layer beef patties over mushrooms. Combine remaining ingredients except water and cornstarch. Pour over beef and cook on low 5 hours.
  • Once cooked, remove patties and set aside.
  • Turn slow cooker onto high. Combine cold water and cornstarch. Stir into the broth and let cook a few minutes until thickened. Add beef back into the sauce to coat.
  • Serve over mashed potatoes or rice.

Recipe Notes

Nutritional information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 217, Carbohydrates: 9g, Protein: 27g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 103mg, Sodium: 412mg, Potassium: 578mg, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 195IU, Vitamin C: 3.9mg, Calcium: 37mg, Iron: 3.3mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword easy, Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak
Course Entree, Main Course, Slow Cooker
Cuisine American

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  1. I made this today for supper. The only change I made was I put onion soup mix in the patty mixture and used a entire onion instead of half. It was so delicious. My husband thinks it was the most delicious hamburger steaks he’s ever had, and probably the best thing he’s had in a while.That’s high praise. Trust me, you have got to cook this.5 stars

  2. This is my go-to recipe for Salisbury steak. Have been using it for at least a year. I’ve tried a different one for in the oven and on stove and it doesn’t compare to this one. I make no tweaks and just make as is and the family makes it disappear. ☺️5 stars

  3. One of our favorites! I am making it again and have a question. I would like to put more mushrooms as we always seem to eat them in one sitting and don’t have enough for leftovers. Is this okay and are there any changes I should make in the other ingredients? This is the third time I have attempted to leave a question on this site but it never shows up! Hopefully I will have better luck this time. Thanks!

    1. Hi Susan, you should be fine to add more mushrooms without any issue. You could add a little extra beef broth to thin out the sauce and make it go farther if you wanted.

  4. We love this recipe. I am making it again today and have a question. We love mushrooms and I would like to add more. Is this okay and should I make any adjustments to the other ingredients? Thanks.5 stars

  5. Great recipe! Question, I have run out of time and need to cook mine on high today. How long do you suggest slow cooking if I can’t do 5 hours on low?5 stars

    1. This should work fine on high for 2.5-3 hours. You’ll want to ensure your beef reaches 160°F.

  6. The Salisbury steak recipe is a keeper. Easy to follow recipe instructions, and my family was very impressed with the results. Tasty, filling, and no left overs ! This will be a staple meal in our family since everyone loves mushrooms and onions .. i was very happy with the end results. The gravy is nice and thick and the burgers seared up beautifully in my cast iron fry pan. I’m extremely pleased when my family is asking me when will I make this meal again. Winner !!5 stars

  7. This is the Best! Easy to prepare and is amazing in taste. My husband couldn’t stop talking about it. Said it was restaurant good and wouldn’t believe it was just hamburg lol. So do yourself a favour and make this! Your family will love you (even more)
    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe.5 stars

  8. DELICIOUS I just made it for the first time! It turned out amazing! I followed the recipe to the tee and it came out great! I love Spend With Pennies. I stumbled onto it a week ago and have already made 3 different recipes. This site has been a God sent to me, we are not going out to eat and it’s a nice change to find enjoyable ways to eat at home 5 stars

  9. This is a fantastic recipe. I have made this multiple times. I read some of the other previous reviews. I have never had a problem with the patties falling apart. I do always add a small amount of extra seasonings, to taste, in the meat patties. I double the mushrooms as we love them and I generally use minced dry onion (just a small amount) in the gravy and the patties. I use knorr brown gravy packet, that’s our fav.
    As others I have asked I have made extra patties and frozen them before searing. Defrost in frig when needed. This is a huge time saver since the patties are the majority of your prep time. I have never found the patties or the gravy to be lacking in flavor.5 stars

  10. Made these last night with my 15 year old. AMAZING! We doubled it and changed it up just a hair to suit our tastes. We substituted one can French Onion soup for a broth, one packet of mushroom gravy for brown, chilli sauce for ketchup, and a can of mushroom stems and pieces minced for the fresh mushrooms as while we all like the flavor of mushrooms we do not like the texture. We also put cut potatoes on the bottom (was a little concerned about them cooking through, but did this first and gave them a head start while we did the rest and they were perfect!) to make it a one pot dish. Should have used carrots too, but next time! The only complaint was from the 17 yr old who said the steaks didn’t have much flavor as she doesn’t care for gravy. Can’t say I disagree, but I smother with gravy so I didn’t notice. Any suggestions to get a little more flavor into the meat? Definitely signing up for the newsletter!5 stars

    1. Great idea with the potatoes, thanks for sharing! You could certainly up the seasonings in the meat, I think any of the following would be great:

    2. additional salt & pepper
      a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce
      additional onion powder/garlic powder
      Italian seasoning
    3. I have a great recipe for Herbed Pot Roast. It has green beans, onion, and carrots in it. When I tried adding cut up POTATOES in it, all the delicious herbed taste DISAPPEARED. Maybe the potatoes were the thieves of your flavor.5 stars

  11. I was wondering if I could use canned brown gravy instead of the packet. My daughter has a milk allergy and I haven’t found a packet mix that doesn’t contain milk but our local grocery store does have milk free canned.

    Thanks and can’t wait to try this!

    1. I haven’t tried it but I do think it would work. You might like to reduce the broth a little bit because you’ll have extra liquid in the gravy. Let us know how it goes!

  12. Excellent salisbury, I also used beef broth instead of water for the gravy, Big difference, family loved it5 stars