On The Dinner Table – Poor Man’s Steak

This recipe is one we discovered several years ago from a Four Ingredient Cook Book. It has become one of our favorites and it’s a great option for leftovers the next day as well. You can change the recipe to suit your family’s tastes, as it very simple and basic. But, that doesn’t mean it is without flavor.


  • 3 pounds ground meat
  • 1 large yellow onion sliced, you may need more sliced onion depending on how many patties you make, but we generally use one and have one slice per patty.
  • 2-3 jars of beef gravy
  • 1 sleeve of saltine crackers, crushed
  • 1 cup of water, if needed
  • You can use any seasonings you prefer, I usually use a mixture of salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and a pinch of oregano.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray the bottom of a 9×13 pan with cooking spray. You don’t need a lot of spray. If your pan is not big enough you may need to use two.

In a large bowl, mix the beef, crushed saltines, seasonings, and a little water to combine all together. Form into even sized patties, we usually get about 8-9 patties.

Heat a skillet to medium high heat, you don’t want this screaming hot. Cook the patties in the pan for 3-5 minutes on each side. **Note – They will not be fully cooked, you will finish cooking these in the oven. If you prefer your meat to be cooked more, add another minute or two on each side.**

As each patty is finished cooking, add them to the baking dish and put a sliced onion on top. Once all the patties are in the pan(s) cover them with the beef gravy. They don’t have to be swimming in the gravy.

When all the patties are in the pan and covered with onion and gravy, cover them with aluminum foil, and put into the oven to cook for 45 minutes. If the patties are not cooked to your level of doneness, keep them in another 15 minutes or until done.

You can serve the patties, with your choice of green vegetable, egg noodles or potatoes. This dish is a comfort food that will warm and fill you up.

Happy Eating!

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