Amish Classic "Poor Man's Steak" Recipe Is Pure Downhome Comfort Food by 30Seconds Food

Amish Classic "Poor Man's Steak" Recipe Is Pure Downhome Comfort Food

"Poor man's steak" is a classic Amish ground beef recipe. It's basically hamburger patties that are fried then baked, with a savory cream of mushroom gravy.

This is a budget-friendly recipe the whole family can enjoy. Be sure to start this poor man's steak recipe the day before because it needs to chill overnight in the refrigerator. 

Enjoy this pure down home comfort food recipe for an any-night-of-the-week dinner

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 24 hours to chill 
Cook Time: 1 1/2 hours
Total Time: 25 1/2 hours
Servings: 4 to 6



  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 cup cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • flour, for dusting
  • vegetable oil, for frying


  • 1 can (10 ounces) cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 soup can water

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Combine all the steak ingredients except oil and flour. Press the mixture into a loaf pan. Cover and chill in the refrigerator overnight.
  2. Cut the loaf into squares for single servings. 
  3. Dust the slices in the flour. Heat a little oil in a skillet and brown the patties on each side. Put them into a baking pan.
  4. Combine the cream of mushroom soup and water. Pour it over the patties. Bake in a preheated 300-degree F oven for 1 1/2 hours.

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Loaf Pans $8 & Up
Crackers $2 & Up
Flour $2 & Up
Vegetable Oil $2 & Up
Amish Cookbooks $5 & Up

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Elisa Schmitz
Very interesting! Definite comfort food!

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