Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak


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Cooking Salisbury steak in the crock pot creates a tender dish that has plenty of onion and mushroom gravy. It goes great with mashed potatoes and is sure to become a family favorite.

We love classic recipes like this one in the slow cooker. We also make slow cooker tater tot casserole and hot roast beef sandwiches often.

Salisbury steak patties in a slow cooker with gravy, onions and mushrooms.
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Why this slow cooker salisbury steak recipe works

When you’re looking to switch things up from the traditional casserole dish, this classic recipe is one to try. It takes the guesswork out of what to put on the dinner table and thanks to the slow cooker, it’s a comfort food that doesn’t take much effort. If you don’t feel like making the hamburger patties, try my slow cooker cube steak recipe which has similar flavors.

Rich gravy is easily created from just a few ingredients while tender beef patties are first browned before being added into the crock pot. I love how this meal turns out and the flavors are delicious every time. The next time you’re looking for a new way to cook beef patties, try this version of crock pot hamburger steaks.

Recipe Ingredients

Ingredients for salsibury steak on a table with text labels.
  • Ground Beef – I suggest using lean ground beef with no more than 7% fat. Although they are precooked a bit, this will still prevent from lots of fat getting into the overall casserole dish.
  • Crackers – Ritz or Saltines are fine to use in this salisbury steak recipe. This is the same crackers I use in my slow cooker meatloaf.
  • Egg – This is used to help bind the beef mixture together.
  • Milk – Just a bit of liquid to help keep the beef patties moist.
  • Seasonings – Salt, pepper, garlic powder, and oregano are the perfect combination of seasonings for the Salisbury steaks.
  • Vegetables – Every delicious recipe for hamburger steak has mushrooms and onions.
  • Gravy – For a thick gravy I use cream of mushroom soup, gravy mix packets, and water (less than what the packages call for). I also add thyme for added flavor. Do not use beef broth for it will make the gravy too salty.

Step-by-Step Directions

Four images showing how to make salisbury steak in a slow cooker.

Step One – In a large bowl add the hamburger patty ingredients, which are ground beef, crushed crackers, egg, milk, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and oregano.

Step Two – Mix together with clean hands and form the meat mixture into 4 patties.

Step Three – In a large skillet set over medium-high heat, add enough oil to coat the bottom of the pan. When the oil and pan are hot add the patties, cook until golden brown on both sides. No need to let the patties cook through.

Step Four – In another large bowl, whisk together the cream of mushroom soup, gravy packets, water and thyme until smooth to make brown gravy. Set aside.

Four more images showing how to finish making salisbury steak in a slow cooker.

Step Five – Add half of the sliced mushrooms and sliced onions to the bottom of the slow cooker. Add the patties on top.

Step Six – Add remaining onions and mushrooms on top of the ground beef patties.

Step Seven – Pour over the brown gravy mix.

Step Eight – Cover and cook on LOW for 4.5 hours without opening the lid during the cooking time. Serve and enjoy!

cooked salisbury steak in a slow cooker with a spoon in it.

What goes well with this Crockpot Salisbury Steak recipe?

  • For a comfort food like this, you can’t go wrong with hearty sides like mashed potatoes, steamed white rice or buttered egg noodles (all these options are great for serving that onion gravy over). Another option is slow cooker macaroni and cheese.
  • For a lighter option, consider steamed broccoli, green beans, sauteed carrots, or a fresh side salad.
  • Buttered dinner rolls, cornbread, or regular sandwich bread make great gravy dippers.
Plate of Salisbury steak over mashed potatoes.

Recipe FAQs

Can I use ground turkey?

Yes! Use ground turkey or ground chicken instead of beef and also change the gravy packets to chicken or turkey.

Is it best to use fresh mushrooms in this recipe?

Yes. I recommend buying them fresh either whole and you slice them or you can purchase fresh mushrooms pre-sliced or use canned mushrooms if that’s what you prefer.

Should I make a cornstarch slurry?

The gravy ingredients will be enough to create a nice and rich gravy. Though, if for some reason your gravy isn’t not thick enough to your liking you can make a cornstarch slurry, add it to the gravy and cook for 20-30 minutes longer.

How do I store leftovers?

Place any remaining Salisbury steak patties, mushrooms and onions in an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 3 days.

What can I use if I don’t have crackers?

You can use panko breadcrumbs instead or store-bought premade bread crumbs.

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salsibury steak patties in a slow cooker with gravy and onions.

Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak

4.61 from 23 votes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours 50 minutes
Servings: 4
Tender homemade beef patties in an onion gravy. Great with mashed potatoes.


For the patties

  • 1 lb. ground beef, 7% fat
  • ½ cup crushed crackers, I use Ritz, but saltines work great too
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbsp. milk
  • tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • ¼ tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. dried oregano
  • 2 Tbsp. cooking oil, (for browning the patties)

For the gravy mixture

  • 10.5 oz. can cream of mushroom soup, I use roasted garlic variety
  • 1.74 oz. brown gravy mix, (two .87-oz. packets)
  • cup water
  • ½ tsp. dried thyme


  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 1 white onion, sliced


  • In a large bowl add the ground beef, crushed crackers, egg, milk, salt, pepper, garlic powder and oregano. Mix together with clean hands, don’t over mix. Form the meat into 4 patties. Set aside.
  • In another large bowl, whisk together the cream of mushroom soup, gravy packets, water and thyme until smooth. Set aside.
  • In a large skillet set over medium-high heat, add enough oil to coat the bottom of the pan. When the oil and pan are hot add the patties, brown on both sides. No need to cook through.
  • Add half of the mushrooms and onions to the bottom of the slow cooker. Add the patties on top. Add remaining onions and mushrooms on top of the patties. Pour over gravy mixture.
  • Cover and cook on LOW for 4.5 hours without opening the lid during the cooking time.
  • Serve and enjoy!

How to Video

Sarah’s Notes

  • You can use ground chicken or ground turkey. If you choose to change the meat, change the gravy packet flavor as well
  • If you do not have Ritz crackers you can use crushed saltines, panko bread crumbs or classic dry bread crumbs.
  • My favorite sides for Salisbury steak are mashed potatoes, steamed rice or buttered egg noodles. Other sides in addition that great great are green salad and cornbread


Calories: 393kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 119mg | Sodium: 837mg | Potassium: 685mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 59IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutrition info is auto-generated. This information is an estimate; if you are on a special diet, please use your own calculations.

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  1. Sylvia says:

    I just would like to say thank you,for making it easier for somebody who does work morning till night and doesn’t have somebody at home whom can prepare meals for them.I believe the magical slow cooker recipes are a wonderful idea especially for somebody who is not a chef with respect a chef

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      Thank you Sylvia! I created this website when I was a mail carrier working full days and having a newborn! I still use these recipes. 🙂

  2. Christie says:

    Can I use cubed steak instead of ground beef? How long should I cook with steak?

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      Hi, You could try it, but the texture will be off. I would use 1.5-2 pounds, be sure to season it. Cook for the same time as this recipe.

  3. Stacey says:

    If I double is 4-1/2 still good? Or how much longer should I cook? Can’t wait to try! Thank you

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      I think it will fit. I would do 5 hours on low.

  4. Jody Hall says:

    Can this recipe be doubled? 8 steaks? Do I double everything else also?

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      I would double everything so there is enough gravy for all the steaks.

  5. Carla says:

    We are a family with a Mushroom allergy but we do like Salisbury Steak when we can get it places without the mushrooms… What could I substitute the cream of mushroom soup for to make this at home ?

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      Cream of celery should work fine.

  6. Michelle B. says:

    5 stars
    Befofe I ask my question I’d like to start off by saying how amazing this recipe is, it was so delicious! So I want to make it again but I don’t have the brown gravy packets this time but I do have McCormicks au jui gravy packets, would I be able to substitute with these? Thanks in advance.

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      Hi Michelle! You could do that and thicken it with cornstarch and cold water slurry at the end. Beware though au jus has a lot of sodium, I would only use one packet.

  7. Tiana says:

    No offense, but cooking from cans and packets is NOT cooking. Where would I find:

    10.5 oz. can cream of mushroom soup I use roasted garlic variety
    1.74 oz. brown gravy mix (two .87-oz. packets)?

    Where I live, we don’t have any of those. So, for me, it is yet another useless recipe 🙁

    1. Brit says:

      Lol ok Karen

      1. Michelle says:

        . My thoughts exactly. Smh

    2. Sis says:


    3. Coco Paz says:

      Substitute some 1/2 and 1/2, heavy cream or sour cream and add with your roasted garlic variety soup. Substitute your home made gravy for the gravy mix. I make all of my own soup, broth and gravy, freeze it and use for later.

      Since you are, or consider yourself to be, an experienced cook, you know that recipes can always be guidelines to use. One doesn’t have to be either a slave to recipes or a slave to fashion…

  8. Mahesh says:

    Could I substitute the crackers with bread crumbs ??

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      Yes, will work great.

  9. David Bourne says:

    Can I use a preto pot or pleasure cooker

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      I have not tried, I apolotize.

    2. Donna says:

      Yes you can. I have several times

  10. Michaella Holton says:

    I work 8 hour shifts and I would love to make this recipe, but it says 4 1/2 hours even in low. I do plan on doubling it. Would it still be okay on low while I’m working or what are your suggestions?

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      It’s hard to say without testing it. Thicker things like this can burn that long.

    2. Chris says:

      I use a christmas light timer to turn the crockpot on after I leave for work. It saves my roast beef getting dry… should work for your situation too 🙂

      1. Linda says:

        5 stars
        Great idea !!