Quick & Easy Oven Baked Hamburger Steak

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This quick and easy oven baked hamburger steak recipe with barbecue topping is a great weeknight dinner idea.

When I was a newlywed and just getting used to the idea of cooking daily dinners, I spent hours pouring over recipes.

I had inherited my Grandma’s original recipe file and had so much fun going through it.

I found in the neatly organized “meats” tab a recipe from my Aunt Violet – Baked Hamburgers.

It’s a quick “cheater meal” recipe that just takes a few minutes to put together – and tastes delicious, too!

Hamburger Steak - A quick and easy hamburger steak recipe that is baked in the oven without gravy

How to Make Hamburger Steak in the Oven

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 package onion soup mix
  • salt and pepper
  • Ketchup
  • Barbecue sauce of your choice

Steps for how to make this hamburger steak recipe without gravy

Steps for how to make oven baked hamburger steaks without gravy

In a large bowl, mix together ground beef, oatmeal, onion soup mix, milk, salt & pepper.

Use a large spoon to begin with, but to mix well blend together with your clean hands.

Roll a generous handful of ground beef mixture into your hand and form into a patty shape.

I learned from watching a Rachel Ray show that it helps to press the center down to form a “dip” in the middle – as the burgers will puff up in the center.

Squirt ketchup and barbecue sauce onto each patty.

You can be as liberal as you want with this step! Rather than making homemade gravy – as is the traditional hamburger steak recipe – this “cheater recipe” is much quicker!

Baked Hamburger Steak in baking dish.
Adding ketchup and barbecue sauce to the top of these hamburger steaks before they’re baked gives them the perfect amount of flavor – without the work of having to make gravy or homemade sauce!

Bake at 350 degrees, uncovered for 30-45 minutes, or until the beef is no longer pink in the center.

How to freeze Hamburger Steak to use later:

Since it is only the 2 of us eating dinner these days, I froze the extra hamburger steaks to use at a later date. (I love bulk cooking and freezer meals!)

This is how I did it:

Hamburger steaks ready to put in the freezer.
Freeze extra hamburger steaks to use later.

I formed the extra burgers and placed them on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Then, I placed them uncovered in the freezer.

After about 2 hours, I removed them and packaged them in a large Zip-loc freezer bag. That way, I can just remove the amount of burgers I want to cook next time and they won’t be stuck together!

To cook hamburger steak from frozen:

Cooking food from frozen can be done 2 ways:

  1. Thaw it out fully first. If you think about this method in time, it’s great! Just remove the hamburger steaks from the freezer and place in the fridge until thawed. Then bake as if they were freshly made.
  2. Bake from frozen (the method I usually use). Place the frozen hamburger steaks on baking dish and add ketchup and bbq sauce. Cover with foil and place in oven as it is heating to 350 degrees. Bake 30 minutes with foil on. Remove foil and bake 30 minutes more. Watch them as they are baking, as baking times may differ based on the size of the hamburger steak patties.

Hamburger steak on a plate ready to eat.

What do you serve with baked hamburger steak?

We like to have ours with a green salad and baked sweet potatoes. They are also yummy with mashed potatoes or tator tots.

To make hamburger steak without the oatmeal showing:

If seeing the oatmeal in the burger bothers you, you can alternately do the following:

Place the oatmeal, onion soup mix, and milk in the blender. Blend until smooth. Then add blended mixture to the ground beef and mix well. 

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Quick & Easy Oven Baked Hamburger Steak

Quick & Easy Oven Baked Hamburger Steak

Yield: 5
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

This quick and easy oven baked hamburger steak recipe with barbecue sauce topping is a great weeknight dinner idea.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 package onion soup mix
  • salt and pepper
  • Ketchup
  • Barbecue sauce of your choice

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, mix together ground beef, oatmeal, onion soup mix, milk, salt & pepper.
  2. Roll a generous handful of ground beef mixture into your hand and form into a patty shape.
  3. Squirt ketchup and barbecue sauce onto each patty.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees, uncovered for 30-45 minutes, or until the beef is no longer pink in the center.

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2 Comments

  1. I grew up making hamburgers & hamburger steak with oatmeal and had never thought it was an issue. Then I got married and saw how my mother-in-law makes hamburgers. She uses crushed soda crackers instead. I have started doing that and now my kids have a strong opinion about oatmeal in hamburgers. 😀

  2. This is how my mother always made her meatballs and meatloaf, except for the milk and she often added an egg. I make mine the same way, but I will add a little water in the soup package – it rinses it out a bit and I don’t have to get out an measuring cup. I found if I use quick oatmeal instead of the old-fashioned, the pieces are smaller and don’t show up as much. I also mix it up in my Kitchen-aid – it saves my hands from freezing and the pieces seem to be mixed up better. I’ve made meatballs with this recipe and my coworkers loved them!!

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