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Poor Man’s Steak and Gravy

by Laura

The month of August is almost over. Before you know it, the temps are going to cool down and fall meals will be what you will be craving. This poor man’s steak and gravy is a great meal to enjoy as we transition to fall. It’s great comfort food.

The steak itself is similar to a meatloaf. You make them using ground beef, saltine crackers, milk, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and cayenne. However, after you make these patties, you dredge them in a mixture of flour, salt, and pepper.

Next you brown the patties in a skillet with some butter and olive oil. However, you just want to sear the outside of these patties. They are going to get baked in the oven with the gravy mixture to finish.

Once the patties on seared, you place them in the baking dish. You place the gravy ingredients in a bowl and whisk together. The pour the gravy over the patties. Cover the dish for foil and bake for 30-40 minutes.

Serve these poor man’s steak and gravy with a side of mashed potatoes. Then just add your favorite cooked veggie.

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Poor Man’s Steak and Gravy

  • Author: Laura
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 60 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 ½ cups saltine crackers, crushed
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ½ tsp Italian seasoning
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp cayenne
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup flour (for dredging)
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • For the Gravy:
  • 2 cans condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 ½ cups whole milk
  • 1 ½ tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×13 inch baking dish with non-stick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, crushed saltines, milk, Italian seasoning, garlic, onion powder, paprika, and cayenne pepper. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Mix together and then form into 8 even-sized patties.
  3. Place the flour in a shallow dish. Season the flour with salt and pepper. Dredge all the patties in the flour.
  4. In a large skillet, melt the butter and add the olive oil. Sear patties on both sides until golden brown. Work in batches.
  5. Transfer the browned patties to the greased 9 x 13 inch prepared baking dish.
  6. In a bowl, whisk together the cream of mushroom soups and milk and then stir in the chopped parsley. Pour the gravy evenly over the top of the patties. Cover the dish with aluminum foil.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until cooked through.
  • Category: Beef
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American
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This recipe is adapted from Spaceships and Laser Beams.

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