Amish Country Poor Man’s Hamburger Steak Recipe

Amish Country Poor Man’s Hamburger Steak Recipe

2 cups saltine cracker crumbs (approximately 1 1/2 sleeves of crackers – crushed)
1 1/2 cups milk (I used 2%)
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
dash of cayenne
flour to dredge
3 (10.75 ounce) cans condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup – OR makeHomemade Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup- using the equivalent amount
1 can milk (use soup can)
1 can water (use soup can)
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Spray 9×13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
Gravy: In a medium size bowl add the 3 cans of soup, milk, water, parsley and mix well – set aside.

Hamburger Steak Patties: In a large bowl, using your hands, mix ground beef, cracker crumbs, milk, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, cayenne, salt and pepper until well blended. Gently form 8 to 10 large patties (don’t press too hard), making them all equal size.

Next, lightly dredge (coat) in flour and fry in a skillet with high sides on medium-high heat until golden brown on both sides – inside will still be uncooked.

Place patties in baking dish. If making more than 6 patties, layer them – see photo above. Pour gravy evenly over patties, bake covered with foil on middle rack of oven for 1 hour or until the steak patties are well done, reaching a safe internal minimum tempertaure of 160 degrees f.

*If you are making more than 6 patties and need to layer them, turn the top layer of patties over one time, half way through baking – this was recommended by Lee Ann Miller’s recipe for Ohio’s Amish Recipes, Poor Man’s Steaks, to insure even cooking. Her recipe does not call for covering while baking. I opted to cover to prevent mess from

Serve steaks with mashed potatoes, baked potatoes, rice, egg noodles, favorite veggies, salad. Be sure to spoon the gravy over potatoes, rice and/or noodles. Enjoy! splattering.

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