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How to Make Brenda Gantt Hamburger Steak And Gravy

Brenda Gantt Hamburger Steak And Gravy Recipe

For many, the ultimate comfort food is a hearty and flavorful dish that can be prepared with ease. One such dish that has stood the test of time and continues to satisfy is hamburger steak with gravy.
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Author: Lori Walker, MS, RD
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 3
Calories: 288kcal


  • mixing bowl
  • large skillet


  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour: A foundation for a perfectly balanced batter ensuring a crisp and golden texture when fried.
  • 12 ounces lean ground beef: Adds hearty and savory notes creating a robust base for the dish.
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder: Infuses a rich and aromatic essence enhancing the overall flavor profile.
  • 1 cup whole buttermilk: Contributes a luscious and tangy element providing depth to the batter.
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper: Offers a subtle but distinct warmth complementing the savory notes of the beef.
  • 1 cup whole milk room temperature: Incorporates a creamy and smooth texture, contributing to the dish’s indulgent quality.
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar: Introduces a touch of acidity elevating the flavor with a hint of sweetness and depth.
  • 3/8 teaspoon baking powder: Enhances the batter’s fluffiness ensuring a light and airy texture when fried.
  • Vegetable oil for frying: Serves as the medium for achieving a crispy and golden exterior, sealing in the flavors.
  • 3/4 teaspoon hot sauce: Infuses a subtle kick adding a layer of complexity and a hint of spiciness.
  • Garnish: ground black pepper chopped green onion: A finishing touch that adds a burst of freshness and a peppery bite.
  • 1/2 tablespoon Italian seasoning: Introduces a medley of herbs contributing a savory and aromatic blend.
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt plus more to taste: Ensures a well-seasoned dish, with the option to adjust according to personal preference.


  • Begin by combining 3/4 cup of all-purpose flour, 12 ounces of lean ground beef, 1 teaspoon of garlic powder, and 1/2 teaspoon of ground black pepper in a large bowl. Add in 1 cup of whole buttermilk and mix until well combined without overworking the mixture. Shape the mixture into equal-sized oval patties, about 1 inch thick. In a separate shallow dish, combine 1 cup of whole milk with 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar. In another dish, create a mixture with 3/8 teaspoon of baking powder and enough all-purpose flour to coat the patties. Dip each patty in the milk mixture before coating them in the flour mixture.
  • Heat 1/2 inch of vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, carefully add the coated patties to the pan and fry until they turn a beautiful golden brown on both sides for around 3-4 minutes per side. After removing the patties from the pan, let them drain on a paper towel-lined plate. For an optional touch of heat, sprinkle 3/4 teaspoon of hot sauce on each patty.
  • Using the same skillet as before with only about 2 tablespoons of oil remaining in it, stir together 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour for around one minute until combined well with the remaining oil. As you continue to stir, gradually add 2 cups of whole milk and cook until the mixture thickens to a gravy-like consistency. Season with 1/2 tablespoon of Italian seasoning and 3/4 teaspoon of kosher salt, adjusting to your preferred taste. For serving, top each hamburger steak patty with the prepared gravy and garnish with ground black pepper and chopped green onion for an added pop of flavor.


  • For a shortcut version, you can use pre-made hamburger patties instead of making them from scratch.
  • To save time, you can prepare the gravy while the patties are frying.
  • The type of oil used for frying is important. Vegetable or canola oil works best as they have a high smoke point.
  • Make sure the oil is hot enough before adding the patties to prevent them from sticking to the pan.
  • For a healthier option, you can bake the hamburger steaks in the oven at 375°F for 25 minutes instead of frying them.
  • Experiment with different herbs and spices such as thyme or rosemary in your hamburger steak mixture for added flavor.
  • If the gravy is too thick, you can thin it out with a little bit of water or broth.
  • To add more depth of flavor to the gravy, you can deglaze the pan with a splash of red wine before adding the flour and milk mixture.
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