Instant Pot Hamburger Steaks

Dave often cooks what I am craving. It something that I really appreciate since he does most of our cooking. Sometimes I jump in and help, but for the most part he loves to cook and create, so I sit back and let him.

This week he didn’t ask — it was time for him to make a recipe that has been on his list for a while. We tend to bulk up on meat once a month which keeps our costs low. The trick is when we start getting low on meat and we have to build meals around it. I think he was savi1ng this hamburger just for this dinner!


Hamburger Patties
2 lbs Ground Hamburger

1 Can Black Beans Drained (optional)
2 Slices of Bread chopped
2 Tbsp Cream
1 Tbsp Onion Powder
1/2 tsp Salt, Pepper, Cayenne Pepper, Paprika, Garlic Powder and Oregano
1 Egg
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 Yellow Onion Chopped
2.5 Cups Beef Broth
1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
Salt and Pepper to taste (1/8 tsp)
3 Tbsp Cornstarch + 4 Tbsp Water (cornstarch slurry


Burger Patties

  • Lay down a large sheet of parchment paper or wax paper and drain the black beans in a strainer if using black beans
  • Chop bread and add it to a large mixing bowl with the 1/4 cup of cream
  • Add the granulated onion, or onion powder, salt, cayenne, paprika, granulated garlic, oregano, and black pepper to the bread and cream, mix ingredients
  • Add the 2 lbs of hamburger and drained black beans to the bowl of seasoning, cream and bread and mix the ingredients until well mixed
  • Form 4 hamburger patties with the hamburger mixture on the parchment paper
  • Press sauté on the instant pot, when the pot is HOT, add 2 Tbsp of olive oil and place the burger patties into the instant pot
  • Brown the hamburgers for 3 minutes, carefully flip the burgers, I use a cookie spatula and long kitchen tongs, brown for another 3 minutes and carefully move browned patties to a plate and cancel sauté
  • Drain the fat from the pot

Cooking Fluid

  • Small chop one onion, I do this while the hamburger steaks are browning on sauté
  • Add the chopped onion to the Instant Pot stirring after 30 seconds and 1 minute
  • Add 1/2 cup of the beef broth and scrape the bottom of the pan clean using a flat wooden spatula
  • Add the rest of the beef broth, 2 cups, and 1 tsp of Worcestershire sauce

Pressure Cook

  • Add burgers to the gravy
  • Put the lid on, seal the pressure release valve and pressure cook for 20 mins
  • Nature pressure release for 10 mins and then open the pressure release valve
  • Plate the burgers


  • Cancel pressure cook and press sauté
  • Mix 3 Tbsp cornstarch and 4 Tbsp water in a bowl or cup
  • When the broth begins to simmer, stir in the cornstarch slurry and whisk the broth until it has a velvety boil, 5 minutes, cancel sauté
  • Top each hamburger steak with a large ladle of onion gravy
  • We made some carrot noodles that went perfect with the hamburger steaks and fell madly in love with the onion gravy
  • Enjoy your hamburger steaks and onion gravy

If Dave could eat this every day he would, I’m pretty sure the kids would too! It was amazing. 🙂

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