Easy Gluten Free Salisbury Steak in a cast iron skillet
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Easy Gluten Free Salisbury Steak Recipe (Dairy Free)

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Easy Gluten Free Salisbury Steak Recipe (Dairy Free)

Salisbury steak is a classic dish that can be make into an easy gluten-free recipe for a quick dinner on busy weeknights! 

This Easy Gluten Free Salisbury Steak Recipe features a unique twist of using onions in the gravy instead of the traditional mushrooms.

Thick, juicy hamburger patties are smothered in a savory brown gravy recipe that brings all of the homestyle vibes!

My experience with Salisbury Steak was in tv dinners as a kid, and these are so much better!

Gluten free Salisbury steak in a cast iron skillet

Salisbury steak originated in the United States during the late 19th century that was created by Dr. Salisbury in hopes of presenting a healthy recipe that could be made with ground meat.

Traditionally the original recipe was made with ground beef, breadcrumbs or wheat flour, and seasonings, but I took this combination and made it gluten free and dairy free.

I will walk you through making up the simple hamburger steak meat, forming into patties, then making the quick brown sauce gravy in the original skillet.

This gluten-free salisbury steak recipe will become a meal the entire family will be asking for again and again!

Keep reading to find my tips, substitutions and frequently asked questions about this easy dinner recipe.

What you will need to make the Salisbury Steak patties

Ingredients for gluten-free Salisbury steak
  • 1- 1.5lb Lean Ground Beef
  • 1 teaspoon Seasoning Salt
  • 1/4 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 3/4 cup Almond Flour
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 Large Egg
  • Cast Iron Skillet
  • Whisk
  • Large Bowl

Let’s make some Gluten-Free Salisbury Steaks!

First you need to make up the salisbury steak patties. 

In a large mixing bowl, add all of the ground beef, seasoning salt, unsweetened almond milk, almond flour, onion powder, garlic powder and egg.

Since we are making this gluten free with the almond flour instead of gluten free bread crumbs, I added in the egg to this recipe.

Gluten-free Salisbury steak raw meat in a bowl

I found that when I left it out it worked fine, but the texture was quite gritty so for the best result, use an egg!

Stir all of the patty ingredients together, or mix with your hands.

Once the meat mixture is well mixed, smooth out the top and score into 5 triangles as shown.

Gluten-free Salisbury steak raw meat for patties

This is the easiest way to make sure each patty is similar in thickness so they all cook evenly.

Now pat each triangle into a round beef patty about 4 inches across and place on a tray or plate.

Patting them into round patties versus oval patties will give you thick patties, but they will all fit into your skillet!

Gluten free Salisbury steak raw meat Patty

When it comes to preparing gluten-free Salisbury steak, the cast iron skillet becomes our first choice.

Not only does it allow for even cooking and a delightful sear on the exterior of the patties, but it also enhances the flavors of the dish. 

You can of course use any skillet you have on hand that has a lid and this recipe will still be fantastic!

Preheat your 10 inch or 12 inch skillet over medium-high heat so it is ready for the meat patties.

Raw meat patties in a cast iron skillet for gluten-free Salisbury steak

In order to get a good sear on the meat, your skillet must be pre-heated.

Grease your large skillet with some oil or leftover bacon grease and gently set your beef patties in it.

If they touch a little that is fine, but do not have them on top of each other.

Gluten free Salisbury steak meat patties browned in a cast iron skillet
Gluten free Salisbury steak meat patties browned in a cast iron skillet

Turn the heat down to medium heat and sear them in the skillet for 5-6 minutes on each side.

Once they are done searing, place them back onto a plate or tray so you can make the gravy.

What you will need to make the brown gravy

Gluten free Salisbury steak gravy ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups of beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup (SF if you are low carb)
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce or gluten free soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon glucomannan or xanthan gum
  • Salt and Black Pepper to taste

Now its time to make this easy recipe for onion gravy 

While traditional Salisbury steak recipes call for mushroom gravy, we’re taking a flavorful departure by incorporating onions instead. 

Onions offer a natural sweetness and depth of flavor that can complement the rich taste of the beef patties.

When they are sautéed to perfection, they create a caramelized base for the gravy that still delivers all of the flavors!

Onions sauteed in a cast iron pan for gluten-free Salisbury steak

Using the same skillet originally used to sear the beef patties, add in 1 tablespoon avocado oil or olive oil.

Once the oil is hot, add in the chopped onions.

In order to create a rich and savory gravy, you sauté the onions until they are translucent and slightly caramelized.

Now add in the broth while whisking, then incorporate the rest of the gravy ingredients.

Sauteed onions and cast iron skillet for gluten-free Salisbury steak gravy

Whisk it all well then turn the burner up to a medium high heat to bring it to a boil.

Once it comes to a boil, sprinkle in the glucomannan or xanthan gum while whisking.

Turn the heat down to medium low and continue whisking 5 minutes until it coats the back of a spoon.

Whisking up Brown Gravy Sauce for gluten free Salisbury steak

Now nestle the browned beef patties into the thick gravy.

Spoon it over the patties and turn them to coat.

Gluten free Salisbury steak patties going into the brown gravy

Put a lid on the skillet and now simmer covered on medium low heat for 8-10 minutes cooking time or until the internal temperature reaches 160F.

Flip the patties once more to cover in sauce and serve up.

Gluten free Salisbury steak patties prepared with brown gravy

I had mine with a side salad.

I have also paired it with mashed cauliflower before to give the full traditional salisbury steak experience!

Store any lefovers in an airtight container up to 5 days in the fridge.

Gluten free Salisbury steak on a plate with a salad

To reheat, place in a 350F oven for 10 minutes.

I make a foil packet with two pieces of aluminum foil. 

Place the patty plus gravy in the middle, then crimp the sides to make a tight sealed packet.

This helps to prevent it from drying out.

You could also add in a little extra water of course if your gravy is quite thick.

Gluten free Salisbury steak on a fork

Tips, Substitutions and FAQs

  • Pair this salisbury steak with a side of sautéed spinach, green beans or cauliflower rice to add a fresh and vibrant element to the plate. The earthy flavors of these vegetables blend well with the richness of the onion gravy.
  • Cauliflower mash, regular mashed potatoes or mashed sweet potatoes can be delightful accompaniments that contribute to the dish’s comfort food appeal in a healthy way.
  • If you do not want to make the gravy with glucomannan or xanthan gum, you could always use a starch alternative. The easy way to do this is to whisk up 1 tablespoon of potato starch or arrowroot flour with 2 tablespoons of cold water, then add it in when the gravy mixture reaches a boil. 
  • You can substitute the worcestershire sauce with either soy sauce or coconut aminos for soy free. 
  • The ketchup called for can be substituted with tomato paste or a bit of tomato sauce if you want.
  • As with all of my ground beef recipes, any ground meat will work. Feel free to use ground turkey or ground venison in place of the beef. The final product will still be delicious!
  • Consider putting in 1 teaspoon of dijon mustard into the gravy mixture to add another flavor profile to this great recipe!
crockpot image

Can you turn this into a Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak recipe?

Yes, you can! Crock pots, or any slow cooker will cook low and slow, so you will get the same great flavor! Brown the hamburger patties and make up the gravy. Instead of nestling the patties in the skillet to cook, pour the gravy into a crock pot and put the patties on top. Cover and cook on LOW for 1-2 hours.


What about worcestersire sauce, does it contain gluten?

Some brands do in fact contain gluten. You will have to read the ingredients carefully to make sure. The same goes for soy sauce. Look for Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce as they are gluten free. Tamari sauce is a gluten free soy sauce I get at the grocery store.


Can I use mushrooms instead of the onions?

Yes, you sure can. Just use the same amount of chopped mushrooms in place of the onions in the recipe.

Sliced button mushrooms


Is this recipe also considered keto?

Yes! All of the ingredients used are considered keto and could be renamed as a keto salisbury steak recipe. You can of course use heavy cream and butter if you are not worried about it being dairy free and wanting to increase the fat. Also you can use 80/20 beef to increase the fat as well.


Can I freeze this Gluten Free Salisbury Steak Recipe?

Yes you can! It is best to freeze the patties after browning and make the gravy fresh when you eat them. If you do want to make the entire recipe at once, just make sure it is in an oven safe dish and make extra gravy so you cover all of the patties generously. Let the entire dish thaw in the freezer for best results.Bake at 325F for 15-20 minutes. This will ensure the meat patties are at a safe temperature to eat.


Can I make this into Salisbury Steak Meatballs?

Yes, that would work great! Instead of making the patties, make the meat mixture into meatballs. Brown them in the pan the same way, pushing around to brown all sides of the meatball. You can simmer 5 minutes less than the patties as they are smaller.


Can I use a different flour and milk if I need it to be nut free?

Yes you can! I would recommend using a nut free alternative like oat milk, or hemp seed milk and a nut flour alternative like oat flour or gluten free all purpose flour. You may find that the meatballs are a bit gummy, but that is normal with oats versus nuts.

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Gluten free Salisbury steak in a cast iron skillet

Easy Gluten Free Salisbury Steak Recipe (Dairy Free)

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Salisbury steak is a classic dish that can be make into an easy gluten-free recipe for a quick dinner on busy weeknights!
This Easy Gluten Free Salisbury Steak Recipe features a unique twist of using onions in the gravy instead of the traditional mushrooms.
Thick, juicy hamburger patties are smothered in a savory brown gravy recipe that brings all of the homestyle vibes!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Simmering 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course dairy free, gluten free, gluten free dinner, keto beef recipe, keto dinners, low carb dairy free
Cuisine American
Servings 5 people

Equipment

  • 10 inch Cast Iron Skillet with lid
  • Whisk

Ingredients
  

Salisbury Steak Patties

  • 1- 1.5 lb Lean Ground Beef
  • 1 tsp Seasoning Salt
  • 1/4 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 3/4 cup Almond Flour blanched, finely ground
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 Large Egg

Brown Onion Gravy

  • 1 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 1 Tbsp ketchup Sugar Free if you are low carb
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce or gluten free soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp glucomannan or xanthan gum

Instructions
 

Salisbury Steak Patties

  • In a large mixing bowl, add all of the ground beef, seasoning salt, unsweetened almond milk, almond flour, onion powder, garlic powder and egg.
  • Stir all of the patty ingredients together, or mix with your hands.
  • Once the meat mixture is well mixed, smooth out the top and score into 5 triangles as shown.
  • Now pat each triangle into a round beef patty about 4 inches across and place on a tray or plate.
  • Preheat your 10 inch or 12 inch skillet over medium-high heat so it is ready for the meat patties.
  • Grease your large skillet with some oil or leftover bacon grease and gently set your beef patties in it. If they touch a little that is fine, but do not have them on top of each other.
  • Turn the heat down to medium heat and sear them in the skillet for 5-6 minutes on each side.
  • Once they are done searing, place them back onto a plate or tray so you can make the gravy.

Brown Onion Gravy

  • Using the same skillet originally used to sear the beef patties, add in 1 tablespoon avocado oil or olive oil.
  • Once the oil is hot, add in the chopped onions. Sauté the onions until they are translucent and slightly caramelized.
  • Now add in the broth while whisking, then incorporate the rest of the gravy ingredients.
  • Whisk it all well then turn the burner up to a medium high heat to bring it to a boil. Once it comes to a boil, sprinkle in the glucomannan or xanthan gum while whisking.
  • Turn the heat down to medium low and continue whisking 5 minutes until it coats the back of a spoon.
  • Now nestle the browned beef patties into the thick gravy. Spoon it over the patties and turn them to coat.
  • Put a lid on the skillet and now simmer covered on medium low heat for 8-10 minutes cooking time or until the internal temperature reaches 160F. Flip the patties once more to cover in sauce and serve up.
  • Store any lefovers in an airtight container up to 5 days in the fridge.
  • To reheat, place in a 350F oven for 10 minutes. I make a foil packet with two pieces of aluminum foil.
  • Place the patty plus gravy in the middle, then crimp the sides to make a tight sealed packet. This helps to prevent it from drying out. You could also add in a little extra water of course if your gravy is quite thick.

Notes

  • If you do not want to make the gravy with glucomannan or xanthan gum, you could always use a starch alternative. The easy way to do this is to whisk up 1 tablespoon of potato starch or arrowroot flour with 2 tablespoons of cold water, then add it in when the gravy mixture reaches a boil. 
  • You can substitute the worcestershire sauce with either soy sauce or coconut aminos for soy free. 
  • The ketchup called for can be substituted with tomato paste or a bit of tomato sauce if you want.
  • As with all of my ground beef recipes, any ground meat will work. Feel free to use ground turkey or ground venison in place of the beef. The final product will still be delicious!
  • Consider putting in 1 teaspoon of dijon mustard into the gravy mixture to add another flavor profile to this great recipe!
Can you turn this into a Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak recipe?
Yes, you can! Crock pots, or any slow cooker will cook low and slow, so you will get the same great flavor! Brown the hamburger patties and make up the gravy. Instead of nestling the patties in the skillet to cook, pour the gravy into a crock pot and put the patties on top. Cover and cook on LOW for 1-2 hours.
What about worcestersire sauce, does it contain gluten?
Some brands do in fact contain gluten. You will have to read the ingredients carefully to make sure. The same goes for soy sauce. Look for Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce as they are gluten free. Tamari sauce is a gluten free soy sauce I get at the grocery store.
Can I use mushrooms instead of the onions?
Yes, you sure can. Just use the same amount of chopped mushrooms in place of the onions in the recipe.
Is this recipe also considered keto?
Yes! All of the ingredients used are considered keto and could be renamed as a keto salisbury steak recipe. You can of course use heavy cream and butter if you are not worried about it being dairy free and wanting to increase the fat. Also you can use 80/20 beef to increase the fat as well.
Can I freeze this Gluten Free Salisbury Steak Recipe?
Yes you can! It is best to freeze the patties after browning and make the gravy fresh when you eat them. If you do want to make the entire recipe at once, just make sure it is in an oven safe dish and make extra gravy so you cover all of the patties generously. Let the entire dish thaw in the freezer for best results.Bake at 325F for 15-20 minutes. This will ensure the meat patties are at a safe temperature to eat.
Can I make this into Salisbury Steak Meatballs?
Yes, that would work great! Instead of making the patties, make the meat mixture into meatballs. Brown them in the pan the same way, pushing around to brown all sides of the meatball. You can simmer 5 minutes less than the patties as they are smaller.
Can I use a different flour and milk if I need it to be nut free?
Yes you can! I would recommend using a nut free alternative like oat milk, or hemp seed milk and a nut flour alternative like oat flour or gluten free all purpose flour. You may find that the meatballs are a bit gummy, but that is normal with oats versus nuts.
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