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
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Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak

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


  • 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.



Nutritional information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
4.97 from 347 votes

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.

Course Entree, Main Course, Slow Cooker
Cuisine American

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  1. This turned out wonderful! So much flavor. Next time I’ll probably double the recipe so there are more leftovers.

    My family loved it and can’t wait for me to make it again.5 stars

  2. Seriously this dish is so yummy so easy. Holly is my new best friend. Love it on a hamburger bun as a sloppy hamburger too. Thx so much5 stars

  3. Awesome recipe. The beef was so flavorful and tender. Gravy tasted great. Easy to prepare. Set and forget it, come back in 5 hours to thicken up the gravy and bam, your done.

  4. Delicious! My patties fell apart in the pot which gave me the idea to make it next time with crumbled meat instead of patties – even faster to make.5 stars

    1. I have only made this recipe as written Ginger. You could possibly try onion mix or mushroom mix but it will alter the flavor.

  5. I doubled the mushrooms and added a packet of Lipton mushroom and onion soup mix but this recipe is amazing!5 stars

  6. What a fantastic recipe , you outdid yourself on this one ! Absolutely delicious
    But you did miss an important step after frying the patties, all the drippings were left in the pan ( I doubled the recipe in order to freeze some ready to go meals)
    So had lots of delicious goodness leftover so I deglazed the pan with a can of beer and it just added another element to that wonderful gravy

    Will definitely be making again and again
    Thank you for posting absolutely love your recipes 5 stars

    1. So happy you enjoyed this recipe, Janine! Deglazing the pan sounds like a delicious way to get every last bit of that deliciousness!

  7. Finally a Salisbury Steak the other half loves. I got a ‘that was delicious’ from a man who rarely notices his food. This recipe is now on rotation. Thank you so much!5 stars

  8. This looks really good. I’m going to try it today. I have a package of aux jus, would it be okay to use that instead of the brown gravy mix?5 stars

    1. I haven’t personally tried this recipe with au jus instead of gravy mix but I think that would be delicious! We would love to hear how it turns out for you, Manette!

  9. This was absolutely delicious! I used 80/20 ground chuck and it came out moist and tender, not greasy at all. Served with mashed potatoes and green beans. Will definitely be making this again. Thanks for a great recipe!5 stars

  10. Delicious! Doubled the onions, mushrooms and gravy ingredients (I’m such a southern girl, and gravy is my weakness.) but otherwise followed the recipe exactly. Heavenly! Hubby said it was one of the best meals he’s had in a long time. Will definitely make again. Thanks for sharing!5 stars

  11. Thank you for the recipe. Even thou I did change it a bit. I’m newly allergic to all dairy which makes things a bit troublesome to say the least. I deleted the gravy mix and added a can of beef consommés and added about a tsp of each thyme and marjoram and paprika. Along with several cloves of minced garlic. It was very tasty and the best thing of all… No reactions Thank you5 stars

    1. So happy you were to adapt this recipe for your dietary needs! Thank you for sharing how it turned out ❤️