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Salisbury Steak Casserole

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Does your family want a Hearty Comfort Food meal that is also super quick and DELICIOUS? Salisbury Steak Casserole is exactly what you are looking for!


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Salisbury Steak Casserole is mouthwatering! It is everything you love about the classic Salisbury Steak but so much easier!  Meat, potatoes, gravy, and veggies! See. Told you your mouth would be watering!

So what are you going to love about this Salisbury Steak Casserole? It comes together in 30 minutes. “What?!” Seriously. There is no complicated Salisbury Steak patty making required. AND your entire family is going to love it


Salisbury Steak Casserole Recipe - ground beef, french onion soup and pepper in a deep skillet.


What ingredients do you need?

  • Mashed Potatoes: How can you serve Salisbury Steak without mashed potatoes? Luckily this recipe includes them right in the dish! If you are looking for an easy mashed potato recipe check out my Homemade Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes!
  • French Onion Soup: The onion flavor is what makes a Salisbury Steak taste different from meatloaf or hamburger steak. If you’re looking for a yummy one of those instead try these Glazed Mini Meatloaves
  • Lean Ground Beef: This is an important one! You cannot make this Salisbury Steak recipe without the meat!
  • Black Pepper: A little spice!
  • Cream of Mushroom Soup: You can substitute this for other cream based soups if that’s what you’ve got in your cupboard making this part ultra flexible.
  • Dry Onion Soup Mix: This is your salt!
  • All Purpose Flour: For your yummy thick gravy.
  • Ketchup: Also known as Table Sauce! Sweet and tangy is the way I would describe it. 
  • Water: Easy enough!
  • Worcestershire Sauce: Like ketchup only sweet and savory!
  • Mustard Powder: The dry form of prepared mustard. If you don’t have mustard powder you can always substitute for prepared mustard. It shouldn’t change your recipe too much.
  • Sliced Mushrooms (optional): Mushrooms taste delish in this recipe but if they aren’t your thing, just leave them out or substitute with another veggie you love.
  • French Cut Green Beans: Add some color and nutrition!


Salisbury Steak Casserole Recipe - french onion soup, cream of mushroom soup, dry onion soup mix and flour in a bowl to create gravy.


Pro Tips:

  • Don’t forget to preheat! This recipe comes together fast and you’ll be grateful you can pop it in right away when you’re done.
  • Use an oven safe skillet to cook your beef and you can layer everything right on top. Just make sure it doesn’t have a plastic handle. A one skillet meal! Less mess! Yay!
  • Pick and choose your veggies. I love green beans and mushrooms. But if you don’t (or your kids don’t) add a yummy veggie you do love to make this a family favorite. Almost any veggie will go perfectly in this recipe. Peas, corn, roasted cauliflower, bell peppers or carrots are all possible ideas!
  • Use leftover mashed potatoes. I’m a HUGE fan of leftover mashed potatoes! Like in my Leftover Mashed Potato Peppermint Patties, Leftover Mashed Potato Cinnamon Rolls, or Leftover Mashed Potato Bread. I could go on! They go great in everything! Plus they make cooking a cinch!
  • Gotta love the sodium! Salisbury Steak is known for having a powerful salty flavor and the dry onion soup mix is what gives it that yummy flavor. If you want less salt, use half the packet or you can cut it altogether. I LOVE the flavor with the whole packet though.


Salisbury Steak Casserole Recipe - french onion soup, cream of mushroom soup, dry onion soup mix and flour in a bowl to create gravy.


Can I freeze Salisbury Steak Casserole?

Yes you can freeze this Salisbury Steak Casserole! Make ahead meals are my favorite so I understand if they are your favorite too. Take it straight from the freezer to the oven! Not bad for a ground beef gravy casserole!


Salisbury Steak Casserole Recipe - cooked ground beef in a casserole dish


What is Salisbury Steak?

Perhaps you’ve made it this far and you have no idea what Salisbury steak even is! Though if you’ve read all this, you’ve probably got a pretty good idea! 

Basically, Salisbury steak is a very popular American comfort food made from a homemade ground beef patty and covered in a yummy onion gravy. Most homemade Salisbury steaks are served either on top of mashed potatoes or with mashed potatoes as a side dish. 


Salisbury Steak Casserole Recipe - new sauce layered over ground beef


What is the difference between Salisbury Steak and Meatloaf?

First, typically Salisbury steak is served in a patty while meatloaf is served in a loaf. Salisbury steak also tends to have a brown gravy or sauce (like onion gravy or a mushroom sauce for instance) while Meatloaf is typically served with a tomato based sauce. 

While they are very similar, their flavorings and presentation can be quite different.


Salisbury Steak Casserole Recipe - green beans placed over gravy


What is the difference between Salisbury Steak and Hamburger Steak?

These two are a lot more similar than Salisbury steak and meatloaf. They are presented in nearly the same way. While Salisbury steak is typically served in a steak type shape, hamburger steak is normally served in a more round or square shape. They both are normally served with similar sides though.

The main difference is that hamburger steak is made from ONLY beef and seasonings while Salisbury steak usually contains additional vegetables such as onions, mushrooms, or even bell peppers within the meat itself.


Salisbury Steak Casserole Recipe - mashed potatoes spread over green beans and ready to go into oven.


Why is it called Salisbury Steak?

Salisbury steak was first created in New York in 1888 by James H. Salisbury, a physician who believed that diet played a large role in your health. Ground breaking right? Well, it was the 1800s.

He believed that people needed to eat a high meat diet – with vegetables, fruits, starches, and fats only consisting of about ⅓ of what you eat each day.

To ensure you met these high meat requirements, he famously suggested that everyone eat his Salisbury steak three times a day! But really who wouldn’t suggest everyone eat their recipe three times a day? 

If you’re going to eat something three times a day I suggest this New York Cheesecake! But then I may have more of a sweet tooth than Mr. Salisbury.


Salisbury Steak Casserole Recipe - casserole fresh out of the oven and ready to eat.


Salisbury Steak Gravy:

If you don’t want to make this Salisbury Steak Casserole Recipe, and would prefer traditional Salisbury Steak, then you could still make this gravy!  A good gravy is a must have when it comes to classic Salisbury Steak.  

Just mix the gravy and cook your steaks in the gravy.  You can bake or stove fry them with this gravy.


Salisbury Steak Casserole Recipe - a scoop of casserole removed from oven with a scoop removed


What is the Difference Between Salisbury Steak and Hamburger Steak?

The main difference between these two steak dishes lies in their ingredients.

Hamburger steak is ONLY made from beef and various spices. Salisbury steak, on the other hand, usually contains additional vegetable content such as onions, mushrooms, or bell peppers within the meat itself.

Salisbury steak is also steak-shaped, whereas hamburger steak is presented as a round or square-shaped patty.


Side Dishes to Serve with Salisbury Steak Casserole:

This Salisbury steak casserole recipe is absolutely scrumptious. It’s easy. It’s quick. And trust me, you are going to thank yourself (and your family will be thanking you too) when you make it!


Yield: 6 Servings

Salisbury Steak Casserole

Salisbury Steak Casserole - fork full of casserole with a scoop in background

*VIDEO* If you love Salisbury Steak, then give this simple 30 minute Salisbury Steak Casserole a chance. Easy, delicious and perfect weeknight meal! This also reheats and freezes well!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  1. Preheat oven to 350*F
  2. If mashed potatoes are not already prepared, prepare now.
  3. In a deep skillet, combine 1/3 can of french onion soup, ground beef & pepper. Cook until meat is cooked through. If using a higher fat meat, drain liquids.
  4. While ground beef is cooking, in a small bowl combine remaining french onion soup, cream of mushroom soup, dry onion soup mix, and flour until well combined and flour isn't lumpy.
  5. Add to soup mixture ketchup, water, Worcestershire sauce, mustard powder and mushrooms. Mix well.
  6. If you have a heavy duty skillet that can go in the oven (no plastic handles) then you can just layer everything it your skillet and bake it. If you do not, or are not comfortable baking with your skillet, then a 9 x 13 pan would work too! If you are doing the 9 x 13 pan, transfer meat mixture into pan now.
  7. Pour soup mixture over ground beef.
  8. Dump and spread green beans over ground beef.
  9. Top with mashed potatoes.
  10. Bake for 20 minutes.
  11. Serve immediately.


Nutritional information is estimated, not exact.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 291Total Fat: 7.9gSaturated Fat: 2.7gCholesterol: 78mgSodium: 817mgCarbohydrates: 23.9gFiber: 0.5gSugar: 4.1gProtein: 29.3g
Originally Posted: November 2, 2015

Photos & Text Updated: September 1, 2020


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Janelle is a mom to three PICKY eaters who is constantly trying to find recipes her kids will enjoy! She loves cooking, baking and photography and is the voice behind the recipe. Being creative in the kitchen is where she comes alive.

87 thoughts on “Salisbury Steak Casserole”

  1. Hi,
    I love to premake casseroles and freeze them for a different day. Do you think this dish will hold up well if frozen?

  2. June 2017
    Cooked this tonight and was a big hit. After reading some of the other comments, I did only use 1/2 packet onion soup since I have to watch the salt. Everything else was just as recipe stated. This was really relish. My husband loved it. I did put in 2 cans beans and my husband who is not a veggie person really enjoyed this dish! We are already looking forward to left over night to finish it off. Highly recommend to anyone with a meat and potatoe husband, he will lick the casserole dish clean!

    • Shirley thank you so much for your comments!! Have you ever thought about making a double batch next time and freezing it for a future date? Or freezing individual portions for quick lunches? You should! It’s fun and easy!

  3. Thank you for this delicious recipe. I used your caramelized onion mashed potatoes as suggested. Next time I make it, I will omit the water from the soup mixture as mine came out just a bit soupy. It was still yummy and my friend even asked for a to-go container of it!

  4. I saved this recipe from Pinterest about a week ago and will be making it for dinner this evening. I had already planned to add an extra can of green beans before reading all the comments. I’m going to use only half the powder soup mix and the amount of water I’ll just have to judge when I get there. Regarding carmalized onions, when I find a good sale, I buy up an extra bag or two, carmalize them all, divide them into smaller portions, then store them in my upright freezer. When I went extra flavor, I just grab a pre_bagged portion and add it. They are great for soups and spaghetti!!

  5. Hi, making this tomorrow for family, sounds great, although I cannot seem to find the link for your caramelized onions, are they mixed in with the prepared mashed potatoes, just wondering. Thank you, Renee


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