Amish Poor Man’s  Steak is a delightful and hearty dish rooted in Amish culinary traditions. This comforting meal, often considered a budget-friendly alternative to traditional  steak, offers rich flavors and satisfying textures that make it a favorite in many households. By combining simple, readily available ingredients, this dish delivers a robust dining experience without the high cost of premium cuts of  meat.


Main Ingredients:

  • Ground  beef: 2 pounds
  • Onion, diced: 1/2
  • Saltine cracker crumbles: 1 cup
  • Milk (for  meat mixture): 1 cup
  • Flour: 1 1/2 cups
  • Garlic powder: 1/2 teaspoon
  • Butter: 30 milliliters (approx. 2 tbsp)
  • Salt and pepper: To taste

For the Gravy:

  • Cream of mushroom soup: 1-2 cans
  • Milk (for gravy): 3/4 cup


  1. Preheat the Oven: Set your oven to 350°F (175°C).
      1. Form the Patties: Shape the  meat mixture into oval or rectangular patties, mimicking the shape of classic  steaks.
      2. Coat the Patties: Dredge each patty in flour, shaking off any excess.Prepare the  Meat Mixture: In a large bowl, combine the ground  beef, milk, diced onion, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and crushed saltine crackers. Mix thoroughly to ensure all ingredients are well incorporated.
      1. Brown the Patties: In a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt the butter. Brown the patties on both sides, about 3 minutes per side, to achieve a good sear and enhance the flavor. Remove and set aside.
    1. Prepare the  Baking Dish: Place the browned patties in a greased 9×13-inch  baking dish.
    2. Make the Gravy: In a bowl, combine the cream of mushroom soup with 3/4 cup of milk. Mix well and pour over the patties in the  baking dish.
    3. Bake the Patties: Cover the dish with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes.