Six Salisbury steaks simmering in sauce in a pan topped with herbs.

Salisbury Steaks in Onion Sauce

Salisbury Steaks are a delicious and hearty meal made with ground beef patties stuffed with rice. The rice absorbs the sauce and the juices from the meat and the result is a melt-in-your mouth treat that will have you coming back for seconds.

I remember eating Salisbury steaks while I was growing up. Made with beef and pork, stuffed with rice, and topped with an amazing sauce that I could eat right out of the pot. Salisbury steaks patties are very easy to make. The browned patties slowly simmer in the sauce and absorb the flavors. This yields an incredibly soft and savory steak that melts in your mouth when you eat it.

Salisbury Steaks in Onion Sauce (玉ねぎソースのソールズベーリーステーキ)

Tangy, delicious and hearty, this dish was a staple that we ate at least once or twice a month when I was growing up. This is American comfort food, sweet and tangy, and so, so good.

These yummy steaks are made with a mixture of beef and pork and stuffed with white rice.  The rice cooks inside the steaks and absorbs the flavor of the liquids and spices that are released during cooking.

This meal is a easy to cook in a Japanese kitchen and uses ingredients that can be purchased in almost any grocery store around to the world.

15 min 45 mins 6 servings
PREP 15 min
COOKING 45 mins
YIELD 6 servings
Six Salisbury steaks simmering in sauce in a pan topped with herbs.



  • 3/4 lb ground beef (340g)
  • 1/2 lb ground pork (227g)
  • eggs
  • 1/2 cup uncooked short grain white rice
  • 1 tsp beef bouillon powder
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tsp ground parsley
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 3 TBSP olive oil


  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup prepared mustard
  • 1 cup tomato based vegetable juice
  • 2 cups onion soup
  • 1 sprig rosemary


  • Mix: Add beef, pork, eggs, rice, bouillon, ketchup, parsley, salt and panko in a large mixing bowl.  Mix with your hands until well combined.  Form into six equal size  oval patties.

  • Brown:  Add the olive oil to a large saucepan and brown the patties on all sides over medium high heat.  Turn off heat.

  • Whisk:  In a mixing bowl, whisk together the onion soup, vegetable juice, ketchup and mustard until all the lumps are out.

  • Pour: Add the onion soup mixture into the saucepan and add the rosemary.  Bring to a rapid boil over medium high heat.
  • Boil: Cover the saucepan, lower to medium heat, and continue to boil the mixture for 10 minutes.  Uncover and remove the rosemary.
Six Salisbury steaks simmering in sauce in a pan topped with herbs.
Salisbury Steaks


  • Simmer: Cover the saucepan, turn down the temperature to low, and simmer, maintaining a low boil, for 35 minutes.
  • Serve:  Serve over mashed potatoes or white rice.
A Salisbury Steaks on white rice and plated on a ceramic dish
Salisbury Steak served over Rice


  1. Although you could use breadcrumbs instead of panko, unflavored panko is fluffier and the flakes are larger which yields a softer patty.
  2. The onion soup used in the sauce should be savory and delicious. If you have some time, I suggest that you try the onion soup recipe that is posted on this blog and hold aside what you need to make your Salisbury steaks.
  3. When adding onion soup, be sure to use two full cups of the broth.  You can add onions as well, but it important to be sure you add enough liquid.

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