salisbury steak with carrots, broccoli, and gravy on a plate
The Tasty Difference Between Salisbury And Hamburger Steaks
While Salisbury steak and hamburger steaks are both classic, gravy-smothered meals, key differences in their recipes, flavors, and histories set them apart from each other.
Hamburger steak typically consists of ground beef seasoned with salt and pepper. While some recipes call for garlic powder or onion powder, most allow the meat to shine on its own.
The steaks are usually pan-fried and smothered in a beef stock gravy, white or yellow onions, and mushrooms to enhance their flavor and keep the meat moist.
Comparatively, Salisbury steak is seasoned with Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, ketchup, fresh garlic, and other spices. Eggs and bread crumbs are used as binding.
Salisbury steaks traditionally pair with mashed potatoes and can also be served with rice. Hamburger steaks also pair with mashed potatoes but can be enjoyed on their own as well.
Hamburger steaks — then known as Hamburg steaks — were made popular in the U.S. in the late 19th century when German immigrants brought the dish across the pond.
Meanwhile, Salisbury steak originated in the U.S. during the Civil War by Dr. Salisbury, who created the meal for soldiers on the front lines.