These Salisbury Steak Meatballs are comfort food at its finest. Tender, perfectly seasoned homemade ground beef meatballs simmered in their own rich dark brown gravy, made with or without mushrooms, served over fluffy mashed potatoes.
Salisbury Steak Meatballs
Did you eat TV Dinners growing up? For whatever reason, whenever I think of them, I think of the Salisbury Steak dinners. These Salisbury Steak Meatballs are the grown-up more sophisticated older sister to those then foil divided tray dinners. And about the only thing they have in common is the flavor we all know as “Salisbury” with mashed potatoes and brown gravy. Unless you want to make some corn alongside, I suppose.
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Being able to use your own fresh ingredients, and know exactly what’s in this meatball recipe is the best part. No “mystery meat here.”
I always add mushrooms to the gravy, but of course, those can be left out if you prefer.
Salisbury Steak vs. Salisbury Steak Meatballs
When I first started making these back in 2014, I had tried a couple of “scratch recipes” and the family never really thought they measured up to what they were used to with the TV Dinners. Funny, right? Well, after some tweaking, I finally mastered my Salisbury Steak & Mushrooms recipe, Salisbury Steak patties with caramelized onions in a brown mushroom gravy.
But then I thought … wouldn’t these be so good done in meatball form?? So the next time I made them, I made them into meatballs, and we loved this recipe even more! I mean, who doesn’t like meatballs, right? (I mean unless you’re vegetarian, and if you are, I doubt you are looking at this recipe anyway.)
Meatballs Served Over Mashed Potatoes or Noodles
Typically, I serve this meatball dish over fluffy mashed potatoes. Then a reader suggested I try egg noodles. I love it when you guys tell me how you enjoy my recipes, so I gave it a shot.
Sure, you could use the store purchased ones, but I whipped up a batch of my Homemade Egg Noodles, and holy moly! It was sensational.
Salisbury meatballs over noodles or mashed potatoes – you can’t go wrong either way.
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Ingredients in Salisbury Steak Meatballs
I would have to say that pretty much everything I need to make this recipe I can find in my pantry at all times. Everything is pretty basic, with the exception of the Kitchen Bouquet. Over the years I have gotten many questions about what it is.
It’s a browning agent for gravies and I have come to adore it. It totally takes beef recipes with dark sauces, like stews, or beef broth like in vegetable beef soup, to a whole new level.
This is what it looks like. Find it by the gravy or by the flavoring packets in the grocery store, or order it on Amazon.
After you have mixed the spices and bread crumbs into your ground beef, you’ll form the meat into balls. Using a scoop is always a good idea, it keeps them all the same size.
All ready for the skillet!
Brown meatballs in a little oil over medium heat, rotating them often so they don’t burn. Once they are browned evenly, remove them from the pan and set them aside.
Remove any excess grease from the pan. (Don’t wash) Add butter, and stir in your sliced onions. Cook for about 5-10 minutes over medium-high heat, onions will become golden brown, tender and fragrant. Add mushrooms. Cook for a couple more minutes.
Reduce your heat to medium and add in beef stock, Worcestershire sauce and ketchup. Stir and simmer for about 10 minutes. Add to this your Kitchen Bouquet and corn starch mixture. Stir to combine, gravy will begin to thicken.
Salt and pepper, to taste.
Return the meatballs to the gravy, turn heat to low, and cover the skillet. Cook meatballs in gravy for 20-30 minutes. This will make them tender, take care while stirring to not break them apart.
Spoon the meatball gravy right over those fluffy mashed potatoes or egg noodles and enjoy!
Recipes with Meatballs
Have you ever asked yourself “what can I make with meatballs?” A question that is more common than you may think.
I have had a couple of readers say that they have used frozen meatballs for this recipe, I have never done that, as I want all of the spices and seasonings that I use in my homemade meatballs to shine through.
Please know that if you try it with frozen meatballs the flavor will definitely be different than my original recipe.
However – I do have lots of recipes for meatball lovers, some using the frozen ones, and some making them from scratch.
If you love meatballs like we love meatballs, check out all of these recipes!
Homemade Italian Meatballs
Italian sausage, lean ground beef and spices combined together and formed into meatballs. Pop them in your mouth as they are, cover them in sauce as an appetizer, on a sub sandwich, or as a topping for pasta. Anyway you try them, you just have to try them!
Bacon Cheeseburger Meatballs
Perfect appetizers – meatballs stacked with all of the ingredients for a deluxe bacon cheeseburger!
Traditional Swedish Meatballs, served over wide egg noodles, a perfect comfort food meal.
Dorothy's Cranberry Meatballs
Beautifully presented, Dorothy’s Cranberry Meatballs are simply made with the delicious combination of cranberry and orange, Dorothy Lynch for some pizzaz, and some brown sugar to sweeten the deal.
Grilled Bratwurst & Kraut Meatball Kabobs
These Grilled Bratwurst & Kraut Meatball Kabobs combine the flavors of grilled brats with peppers, onions and kraut with lean ground beef meatballs.
Porcupine Meatballs are a simple, budget friendly weeknight meal that the family will love.
Instant Pot Twisted Meatball Sub
This easy Instant Pot recipe for Meatball Subs requires only a few simple ingredients, then it's topped with sauerkraut for an amazing twist! Perfect for the Big Game. Meatball subs in under 30 minutes!
"Stuffed Pepper" Meatballs
All of the flavors of traditional stuffed peppers, made meatball style in a jiffy!
Baked Spaghetti and Meatballs
Italian style meatballs, marinara sauce and spaghetti baked into a cheesy and delicious casserole. This will be a fast family favorite!
Saucy Mama ~ Buffalo Chicken Meatball Sub
Get all of the flavors of hot wings in this SAUCY Meatball Sub!
All of these meatball recipes are keepers, for sure, but let’s get back to the Salisbury Steak Meatballs that you came here for.
Comfort Food with a Capitol “C.” The gravy is amazing and then you serve these meatballs and gravy over fluffy mashed potatoes? This has your next Sunday family dinner written all over it!
I hope that you give these a try and that you and yours enjoy them every bit as much as we have.
Let’s get cooking!
Salisbury Steak Meatballs
These Salisbury Steak Meatballs are comfort food at it's finest. Tender, perfectly seasoned meatballs in their own rich gravy, served over fluffy mashed potatoes.
- 2 pounds Lean Ground Beef
- 2/3 cup Seasoned Breadcrumbs
- 2 teaspoons Ground Mustard
- 2 teaspoons Beef Bouillon Granuals
- 4-5 dashes Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 Tablespoon Ketchup
- Salt And Pepper, to taste
- 1 medium Onion, diced
- 8 ounces white mushrooms, sliced (can sub two 3 ounce cans of mushrooms)
- 32 ounces Beef Broth
- 4 dashes Worcestershire
- 1 Tablespoon Ketchup
- 2 teaspoons Kitchen Bouquet
- 3 Tablespoons of Corn Starch dissolved in 3 Tablespoons water
- Salt & Pepper, to taste
- In a bowl combine your ground beef with all of the meat ingredients, and form into balls. Mine were slightly larger than a golf ball. Pour a couple of Tablespoons of oil in a skillet, and add meatballs, brown over medium heat, rotating them often so they don’t burn. Once they are browned evenly, remove them from the pan and set them aside.
- Remove any excess grease from pan. (Don’t wash) Add about 2 Tablespoons of butter, and stir in your sliced onions. Cook for about 5-10 minutes over medium-high heat, onions will become golden brown, tender and fragrant. Add mushrooms. Cook for a couple more minutes. Reduce your heat to medium and add in beef stock, Worcestershire sauce and ketchup. Stir and simmer for about 10 minutes. Add to this your Kitchen Bouquet and corn starch mixture. Stir to combine, gravy will begin to thicken. Salt and pepper, to taste. Return the meatballs to the gravy, turn heat to low and cover the skillet. Cook meatballs in gravy for 20-30 minutes. This will make them tender, take care while stirring to not break them apart.
- Serve with mashed potatoes.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 340Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 101mgSodium: 904mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 36g
nutrition isn't guaranteed accurate.
This recipe was originally shared on May 7, 2014. It has been updated to improve user experience and reshared on October 14, 2020.
(this recipe is inspired by The Pioneer Womans Salisbury Steak Recipe)
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