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Salisbury Steak Meatballs: A Comfort Food Twist

Calling all comfort food lovers! This recipe for Salisbury Steak Meatballs offers a delightful twist on the classic dish. Imagine bite-sized spheres of juicy ground beef and turkey, bursting with savory flavors and nestled in a rich and comforting sauce. Perfect for a weeknight meal or a casual gathering, these meatballs are sure to please.

Why You'll Love This Recipe:

  • Fun and Flavorful: This recipe takes the familiar taste of Salisbury Steak and transforms it into fun and flavorful meatballs. It's a great way to add variety to your meal routine and engage picky eaters.
  • Easy Does It: Despite the impressive outcome, these meatballs come together surprisingly quick and easy. With minimal prep work and readily available ingredients, you can whip up a satisfying meal in no time.
  • Versatile Star: Serve these Salisbury Steak Meatballs over mashed potatoes, mashed cauliflower, or rice for a complete and comforting meal. They can also be enjoyed on their own as appetizers or party snacks.


  • For the Savory Meatball Mixture:

    • ½ pound lean ground beef
    • ½ pound lean ground turkey
    • ⅓ cup minced onions
    • ⅓ cup seasoned breadcrumbs
    • 1 large egg, beaten
    • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
    • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
    • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
    • ¼ teaspoon mustard powder
    • 1 tablespoon black pepper
    • ¾ teaspoon salt (plus additional for seasoning)
    • 5 ounces sliced mushrooms, divided
  • For the Rich and Hearty Sauce:

    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • Remaining ½ cup minced onions
    • 1 ¼ cup beef broth
    • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
    • 1 tablespoon flour


  1. Mushroom Prep: Finely chop one ounce of the sliced mushrooms and set them aside. This will add a delightful textural contrast to the meatballs.

  2. Sautéing the Onions: Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the remaining ½ cup of minced onions and cook until softened and translucent. This takes about 5 minutes.

  3. Dividing the Onions: Once softened, divide the cooked onions into two separate bowls. One portion will be used for the meatballs, and the other for the sauce.

  4. Meatball Magic: In a large bowl, combine half of the cooked onions with the ground beef, ground turkey, chopped mushrooms, breadcrumbs, beaten egg, 1 tablespoon of tomato paste, ¼ cup of beef broth, ¾ teaspoon of salt, and the black pepper. Mix gently but thoroughly until everything is well combined.

  5. Shaping the Stars: Using your hands, carefully form the meatball mixture into 20 small meatballs.

  6. The Sauce Symphony: In a separate small bowl, whisk together the flour and 1 cup of the beef broth until smooth. This will create a roux that thickens the sauce.

  7. Sautéing the Meatballs: Heat additional oil in a large pan or Dutch oven over medium heat. Carefully add the meatballs in batches to avoid overcrowding the pan. Cook the meatballs until browned on all sides.

  8. Building the Flavor: Once all the meatballs are browned, add the remaining sliced mushrooms, salt, and black pepper to the pan.

  9. The Sauce Comes Together: Pour the whisked flour and beef broth mixture (the roux) into the pan with the browned meatballs and mushrooms. Bring the sauce to a simmer and stir in the remaining onions, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, red wine vinegar, and mustard powder.

  10. Simmering to Perfection: Simmer the meatballs in the sauce for 20 minutes on medium heat, or until the meatballs are cooked through and the sauce has thickened slightly. Alternatively, you can cook the meatballs and sauce in a slow cooker on low for 6-8 hours.

  11. Serving Up Comfort: Serve your Salisbury Steak Meatballs hot over mashed potatoes, mashed cauliflower, or rice. Enjoy the delicious and comforting flavors of this delightful twist on a classic dish.


  • For a richer flavor, use all ground beef or all ground lamb instead of the combination of beef and turkey.
  • Leftover meatballs and sauce can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently on the stovetop.
  • Feel free to experiment with different vegetables in the sauce. Chopped carrots, zucchini, or bell peppers would all be delicious additions.