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


  • 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 315 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. I made this with 3/4 lb of ground beef, but with the full sauce recipe. I hadn’t used a brown sauce mix before, but I have to say these turned out delicious! I served them over mashed potatoes. Thanks for creating this for the slow cooker.5 stars

  2. I made this for a group of people, turned out great. One of the men said; “Best thing that ever happened to hamburger”.

  3. I looked up a recipe for hamburger steak crockpot version once and I am positive you came up with a different version. The recipe had lipton onion soup and balsamic vinegar glaze. no ketchup, no Panko it was one of the best recipes I ever had. somehow it was deleted from my favorites . if it was your recipe could you repost it? if not I did favorite yours as it’s very close. thank you .

  4. I LOVE this recipe and have shared with several who also love it!! Of course, everyone likes to tweak it to their personal preferences. Too make it even easier, I use a popular jarred gravy. If you have time, I suggest caramelizing the onions and browning the mushrooms, specially if you use fresh. Just as simple (and faster, naturally) on the stovetop if you decide last minute as I often do, but we won’t tell!! You won’t regret trying this!!5 stars

  5. I’m a pain in the butt vegetarian so i subbed with garden burgers and vegetable broth. Absolutely delicious!!!!

  6. Hi Holly
    Made this for supper and it was so delicious; however I had one problem. After I added the meat back to the crockpot in the gravy, the condensation on the pot lid made my gravy runny so I had to make more on the stove. Do you have any tips on how to keep that from happening? thankyou sami5 stars

    1. I haven’t tried had that problem so I can’t say for sure Sami. You could try resting 2 layers of paper towels over the top before placing the lid on. The paper towels shouldn’t touch the steaks but will absorb a lot of moisture. If the gravy is a little runnier than you’d like, you can always add more cornstarch slurry. I hope that helps!

      1. Thankyou Holly
        I will try that with the paper on the menu your crockpot pork chops.5 stars

  7. This recipe is a favorite. I added a little Worcestershire to the gravy . Everything else was exactly to recipe.
    So delicious!!

  8. A delicious and super simple recipe for Salisbury steak! The patties were so tender and the gravy delicious! Has anyone tried adding the cornstarch at the beginning when you mix the beef broth? Does the gravy thicken so you can skip this step at the end?5 stars

    1. So happy to hear that you love this Salisbury steak Janice! The cornstarch would not stay mixed with the broth if mixed in at the beginning.

  9. Very delicious and easy recipe! I didn’t brown the beef patties to save time and dishes. I baked it in the oven for about 3 hours at 350 degrees covered and added a little Gravy Master to the cornstarch/water thickener to darken the gravy. It was perfect!!

  10. Amazing recipe! I had lots of frozen Costco beef patties leftover from the summer so I used a few of those, browned both sides then made recipe exactly. The family have given it a big thumbs up and declared they really enjoyed it and it’s a proper warming comfort dinner! I served with mashed potatoes, carrots and broccoli. Yum, thank you!

  11. Made this for my family tonight it was delicious I doubled the recipe only thing I didn’t put in was the ketchup definitely will make again !!!5 stars

  12. Made this for my husband and I and substituted the beef for ground turkey. Came out amazing! Cooked everything else as is in the recipe!5 stars

  13. This recipe is wonderful. However, my family does not care for mushrooms. What kind do you recommend using? I used the sliced mushrooms in a jar.5 stars