Hamburger Steak

September 16, 2014 in food

This simple hamburger steak recipe is perfect for an easy weeknight meal. Just six ingredients!

When fall rolls back around, all I can think of is comfort food. Those easy weeknight meals that not only fill our house with delicious aromas, but use items that we keep stocked in our home. If you look in our fridge or freezer at any given time, you’ll find packages of ground beef. We use it for our weekly spaghetti nights, my homemade hamburger helper recipe, or my husband’s personal favorite, hamburger steak. This is a very easy recipe. I mean, I have no idea why I’m even posting it, since it’s so simple. But, I went through the trouble of taking lovely pictures of this quaint little meal, so why not share it with you?

This simple hamburger steak recipe is perfect for an easy weeknight meal. Just six ingredients!

The ingredients. They seem so simple, don’t they? Well, they are. I’ve figured out that this particular cast of characters provide a great boost to plain ground beef. The cayenne plays off of the worcestershire and the seasoned salt does something that regular table or kosher salt couldn’t do. These are magical ingredients.

This simple hamburger steak recipe is perfect for an easy weeknight meal. Just six ingredients!

After you combine the ground beef with the dream team ingredients, place them in a cast iron skillet on medium heat. You just need to brown them on each side, then place on a plate. You’ll add them back to the skillet a bit later.

This simple hamburger steak recipe is perfect for an easy weeknight meal. Just six ingredients!

Look at that skillet. This would be a perfect place to put some sliced onions and peppers. So, that’s just what we’ll do.

This simple hamburger steak recipe is perfect for an easy weeknight meal. Just six ingredients!

Don’t be fooled by the smoke coming from my vegetables. It’s actually steam. When we find onions and peppers on sale or clearance at our grocery store, I buy them up, slice them, then freeze them. This bunch was frozen in a quart size bag a few weeks before. It turns out to be way cheaper than the peppers and onions frozen vegetable  bags in the freezer section.

This simple hamburger steak recipe is perfect for an easy weeknight meal. Just six ingredients!

After the vegetables cook for a bit, and the onions are almost translucent, place each hamburger steak within the vegetables and cover. The steam from the veggies will help to cook the steaks to medium well or well done. We’re a medium well family, but the best part of this recipe is that however you like your steaks, it will still taste heavenly.

This simple hamburger steak recipe is perfect for an easy weeknight meal. Just six ingredients!

Hamburger Steak

Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients
1 pound ground beef (80 to 85% lean)
1 small onion, sliced
2 green, red and/or yellow peppers, sliced
2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon seasoned salt, divided
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Instructions
In a medium bowl, mix together ground beef, worcestershire sauce, 1/2 tablespoon seasoned salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper. The best way to incorporate the seasonings is to use your hands.
Shape ground beef into 4 to 6 oval patties and set aside. Place a large cast iron skillet on medium heat. Once hot, place the patties in the pan and let them brown on each side for 3 to 5 minutes. Once seared, place on a plate and set aside.
Still on medium heat, placed sliced vegetables in the cast iron skillet. Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt over the vegetables and toss slightly. Continue to cook on medium heat until onions are translucent, tossing occasionally.
Once the vegetables are almost cooked, nestle each hamburger steak within the vegetables. Cover and turn heat down to low. Let steaks cook for 7 to 10 minutes, or until medium well to well done.

This simple hamburger steak recipe is perfect for an easy weeknight meal. Just six ingredients!

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This post gives a great tip on how to save money on SodaStream syrups.

 

We love our SodaStream. We really do. My husband was addicted to soda when we first were married. I’d known that he was a fan of sugary drinks, but never realized how much he depended on soda, or pop as he called it. We’d grab up the store brand 3-liter drinks and he’d run through them in a matter of days. Once we both decided to eat healthier, the soda left the house. He actually ended up losing 20 pounds right off the bat, just by giving up some of his food vices, including soda. Recently, we’d decided to give SodaStream a try, since he still misses having a bubbly drink from time to time, and I’m a seltzer lover. After pricing out the cost (with a rebate), and the savings we would have from using it, I saw right away that the syrups were the real money pit. Not only are they not as healthy as you may think (take a look at the ingredients), they are so expensive! Paying 4 to 6 dollars per bottle can really add up, and that’s not something that I’d like to add to our 64 dollar grocery budget. I decided to find a new way to use syrups that wouldn’t break the bank.

I’ve googled SodaStream syrup recipes quite a few times, but have only seen mentions of moving from buying the SodaStream syrups to buying other syrups in their place, like Torani. This doesn’t create a big enough savings for our family. Then it hit me: juice concentrates. You know, those cute tubes located in the freezer section of your supermarket. They are concentrated enough to use with the SodaStream, and they are inexpensive. You can also keep it healthier by choosing to purchase 100% juice concentrates.

Here are some tips I’ve learned from using the concentrates instead of SodaStream syrup recipes:

  • The darker the better. We’ve had great luck with grape juice and pomegranate juice concentrates. For some reason, the light the juice, the lighter the taste in the SodaStream bottle. You could add more syrup to intensify the taste, but that would defeat the purpose of using the syrups to save money.
  • Lemonade concentrates don’t fair as well. Like I mentioned above, lighter syrups don’t work as well, and this includes the lemonade concentrates.
  • Use the SodaStream bottle cap to measure. We use 4 capfuls per bottle, but use however much you would like. At 4 capfuls, you’ll be able to stretch that 2 dollar concentrate.
  • Place the concentrate in a glass container once opened. This is key. Not only is it easier to spill all of your concentrate if you leave it in the plastic container, but it may have a chance to attract other odors or flavors from various items in the fridge. Place your concentrate in a mason jar or any other glass container you may have.
  • Defrost the concentrate. This should be a given, but I’ll list it anyway. Make sure the concentrate is fully defrosted before you use it. Safely defrost it in the fridge. When we see that one concentrate is almost gone, we grab another one from the freezer, and let it defrost overnight.

Have you found a way to save money on SodaStream Syrups? Share with us in the comments below.

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