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poor man's steak meat entree

Amish Poor Man's Steak Recipe

Poor Man's Steak are fat juicy burgers that have been dipped in flour, fried in butter, and smothered in mushroom gravy. Delicious served with mashed potatoes or noodles.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 5 mins
Total Time 1 hr 35 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Amish
Servings 8 people
Calories 536 kcal


  • 2 lb. hamburger
  • 1 c. saltine cracker crumbs (about 30 crackers)
  • 1 c. milk
  • 1/2 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 - 1/2 c. flour, for dipping
  • 3 Tbs. butter, for frying


  • 1 or 2 cans cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 soup can full of milk (about 1 1/2 cups)


  • Mix hamburger, cracker crumbs, milk, onion, and seasonings.
  • Shape the meat mixture into thick burger patties. It makes eight.
  • Roll the patties in flour.
  • Melt the butter in a large skillet. Fry the patties over medium/high heat for a few minutes on each side to give them a nice sear.
  • Place the browned patties into a 9 x 13" baking dish.
  • Mix cream of mushroom soup and milk. Pour over the patties.
  • Bake, covered, at 350° for 50 - 55 minutes. Remove cover and continue baking for another 10 minutes.
  • Serve with mashed potatoes or noodles.


I place the crackers into a zip-lock bag and crush them with a rolling pin.
You can use one or two cans of mushroom soup, depending on how much gravy you want. I usually use only one can.
 If you prefer, you can substitute the milk for water in the gravy.


Serving: 1pattySodium: 1602mgCalcium: 67mgVitamin C: 1mgVitamin A: 273IUSugar: 3gFiber: 2gPotassium: 643mgCholesterol: 94mgCalories: 536kcalTrans Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 10gFat: 22gProtein: 34gCarbohydrates: 48gIron: 6mg
Keyword Poor Man's Steak Recipe, Smothered hamburger steak
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