Poor Man’s Steak

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min.


12 servings

Updated: Sep. 30, 2022
"ON A PASTOR'S BUDGET and with seven children, we didn't have steak very often. But we were just as satisfied with this wonderful dish Mom dreamed up—a country-style "steak" with creamy gravy. It was always a hit with our family.


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup cracker crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 pounds ground beef
  • All-purpose flour
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted


  1. In a large bowl, combine water, cracker crumbs and salt; add beef and mix well. Press into a 15x10x1-in. baking pan lined with waxed paper. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Cut the meat into 12 squares. Coat each square lightly with flour. In a large skillet, cook over medium heat in oil, a few pieces at a time, until a thermometer reads 160° and juices run clear; drain.
  3. Remove waxed paper from the baking pan; spread the soup in bottom of pan. Place meat squares in a single layer over soup. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until heated through; Spoon some soup over each meat square.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 283 calories, 18g fat (6g saturated fat), 76mg cholesterol, 493mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 23g protein.