by Texas Homesteader ~
Poor-Man’s Steak (or stuffed hamburger) is ground meat stuffed with grilled onions, peppers & melted cheese served on fried potatoes & topped w/brown gravy. I like to add diced tomatoes to the mix for a spicy kick! This simple recipe is sure to bring rave reviews.
Travel Experience With Poor Man’s Steak
I wanted to attempt a dish RancherMan & I enjoyed at a restaurant called ‘Poor-Man’s Steak’. It was a thick serving of a hamburger patty stuffed with grilled onions & peppers along with melted cheese.
It was served on a bed of fried potatoes with brown gravy drizzled over the whole shebangie. (a real man-pleasing meal, that’s for sure!)
RancherMan has raved about it ever since. So I decided to make it for him at home.
Ground Beef or Ground Venison
You can use ground beef of course. But in my traditional #UseWhatchaGot mode I’ll be using ground venison instead of hamburger.
So I pulled the ground venison from the freezer last night to thaw in the fridge.
Using Dehydrated Vegetables
Now with the venison thawed I rehydrated some dehydrated cubed potatoes by covering the cubes with hot water & allowing to rehydrate for about an hour.
I’ve already got homemade broth in the fridge for making the gravy. I’ll thicken it with cornstarch.
Making My Poor-Man’s Steak
Now that I have all of my ingredients together it’s show time! When it’s time to pull the dish together I’ll make the stuffed meat patty using previously frozen chopped grilled onions, bell pepper & jalapeno. But you’ll want to chop & sauté those veggies now if needed.
I also pulled out some shredded pepper jack cheese. RancherMan & I are fans of spicy food. If your family isn’t, feel free to substitute with your favorite cheese here. Cheddar or Monterrey Jack would be good choices.
UPDATE: A cube of cheese in the center of the hamburger patty takes longer to melt than using shredded cheese. This makes it less likely to have cheese melting out of the patty before it’s cooked to a safe internal temperature of 160 degrees F.
Since my dehydrated potatoes from the pantry are now fully rehydrated I’ll need to get them ready to be topped by the stuffed meat patty by draining the water from them..
With a little bacon grease in my cast-iron skillet I’ll fry the rehydrated cubed potatoes to give them a little crisp edge. This will take the place of regular cubed & fried potatoes for the recipe.
Finally I’ll make gravy out of homemade broth. It’s simple, I’ll thicken it with just a little cornstarch.
You can use broth the same as me, or a jar of prepared brown gravy, or even the inexpensive little packets sold in the store. Whatever’s easiest for you.
Now I’m ready to start assembling my poor-man’s steak. Let’s see how it all comes together with my ground meat:
Cheese Melts Too Quickly
It was absolutely delicious and RancherMan raved. So from that standpoint it was a win for sure.
But I was disappointed that in an effort to make sure my venison was well done, much of the shredded cheese inside melted away during cooking.
So now I put a small cube of cheese in the middle instead of shredding the cheese. In asking on our social media page, one of my oh-so-smart FB followers suggested:
“You have to seal the patties REALLY well. That, and sear them then steam them. The meat cooks quicker and the cheese tends to stay put better.”
So maybe I’ll try that next time instead… Although RancherMan implores: “Don’t change a thing!”
Anyway, here’s the recipe! If you try and like it – please leave a comment below with a rating. Thanks!
Poor-Man's Steak (ie: Stuffed Hamburger)
This poor-man's steak is just a hearty stuffed hamburger patty. I've grilled onions and peppers and stuffed them into a hamburger patty with cheese. The result is delightful and delicious. #TexasHomesteader
- 2 lbs ground meat (I used ground venison)
- Chopped onions/bell peppers to taste (I used about 1/2 cup total)
- Chopped jalapenos to taste (I used 3)
- 4 oz Cheese cut in a cube for each patty (I used pepper jack cheese)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
Grill the onions, bell peppers & jalapenos on a griddle coated with bacon grease & set aside.
Season ground beef with 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon of pepper & 1/2 teaspoon onion powder.
Separate the 2 lbs of ground meat into sections of just under 1/4 lb each, resulting in 10 halves (5 burgers).
Flatten meat sections & add the sautéed peppers & onions to the middle of half the patties. Add a small cube of cheese on top of the sautéed veggies.
Fry each side until done - about 5-6 minutes each side.
Serve them on a bed of fried potatoes and ladle on brown gravy.
These burgers are thicker than normal so it takes a little longer to cook them. I cooked each side about 5-6 minutes so I could make sure it was well done all the way through.
This recipe will make 5 large restaurant-sized servings. So feel free to reduce down to smaller patties for more servings if desired.
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