This is a homestyle dish handed down from my grandmother to my mother to me. It's very simple but tastes out of this world; it's my husband's favorite dinner! The secret is the simmering. When the gravy simmers for a while, the flavors blend to make a thick sweet gravy. Serve with noodles and biscuits.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
45 mins
total:
55 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a medium bowl, mix together the ground beef, 1/2 cup ketchup, bread crumbs, onion powder, steak seasoning, salt, and pepper. Form into small fat hamburger patties, or meatballs.

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  • Heat oil in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Place the patties in the skillet, and cook until browned on both sides. Remove patties to a plate, and drain grease from the skillet.

  • In the same pan, slowly stir together the remaining ketchup and water if the mixture seems thin, add a bit more ketchup, or if it is thick, add more water. Add the onion, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Return the patties to the pan, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes. Stir after the 30 minutes, and if the gravy is still thin, continue simmering with the lid off until gravy thickens.

Nutrition Facts

378 calories; protein 22.8g; carbohydrates 36.1g; fat 16.6g; cholesterol 68.8mg; sodium 1322.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
05/09/2006
Yummy!! There is nothing misleading about this recipe. It amazes me how people will give a negative review about how they think it is too ketchupy or too sweet. The title says Hamburgers and KETCHUP gravy and the discription says it thickens into a SWEET gravy. Gee I mean what do you expect? I thought it was very good. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
01/21/2009
For taste 5 stars. For ease of cooking 3 1/2 stars and for family health 2 stars. 1463 mg of sodium is far too much for my families arteries to process. Good? YES good for you NO. I'll pass on this one. Read More
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225 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 96
  • 4 star values: 71
  • 3 star values: 34
  • 2 star values: 16
  • 1 star values: 8
Rating: 5 stars
05/08/2006
Yummy!! There is nothing misleading about this recipe. It amazes me how people will give a negative review about how they think it is too ketchupy or too sweet. The title says Hamburgers and KETCHUP gravy and the discription says it thickens into a SWEET gravy. Gee I mean what do you expect? I thought it was very good. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/22/2006
I have to rated this recipe a 5 because my family really enjoyed it. I would not rate this a very "special" meal...more of an "everyday" dish. I served it with pasta and a green salad and a week later my family requested that I make it again.This time I served it with mashed potatos and fresh green beans. This is a versatile dish and easy to make. Since my family liked it so much I think I will get several pounds of ground beef and make the patties up and store them in the freezer so they are available for a quick but easy meal. Thanks Jennifer this will make the summer meal planning a little easier. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/26/2003
This recipe was great! At first I didn't simmer it enough then after about 45 min. I stirred it and couldn't believe how thick and sweet it was. No way did this taste like ketchup after it has simmered! The meatballs were really flavorful too! Make sure you add enough onion chunks because that's what make this gravy so good. My husband added hot sauce on his plate because he likes everything hot. I didn't make it with noodles tho I just made them as is and had some veggies and made some biscuits and it was wonderful! I will definatly make this again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/20/2005
We really liked this recipe but as some other reviewers experienced there was a problem with the meatballs not holding together. To overcome this we cut the ketchup to 1/4 cup in the meat mixture and added a beaten egg. If you are alergic to eggs.... add 1 tablespoon all purpose flour instead... and go back to the 1/2 cup ketchup. We also added garlic powder which enhanced the flavor even more. YUMMMMMMM. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/18/2004
My family loved this recipe! I made the meat into meatballs and had no problem with them trying to fall apart. They stayed together nicely. I made them pretty small so maybe that helped.. I didnt think that the gravy or the meatballs tasted like ketchup at all. The trick must be in adding a large onion and really simmering it. (Even though I didnt eat the chunks of onion.) We didnt think it tasted like sloppy joes or meatloaf at all either. Myself my husband and my 3 year old really liked it. He said "yummy yummy mommy". Also we didnt serve them over noodles just by themselves with side dishes of mashed potatoes and corn on the cob. We all agreed that it would probably be gross if it were to be served over noodles. Anyways I think you should give it a try! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/01/2007
Made this tonight and loved it. Good food for a cold night. I read all of the reviews and the only thing I changed was that I added an egg to help the meat stick together. I made meatballs rather than patties and it was very good. This is a keeper. Thanks for sharing. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/20/2002
This was a quick & delicious meal...the burgers were so moist & tasteful. The whole family loved them over egg noodles. I will definitly add this to my weekly menu. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/21/2009
We call this Serbian Steak at our house(kind of a joke, we Serbs didn't have money for real steak) and make it with round steak and lots of onions. Takes a few hours of simmering in a slow oven. We serve with fried potatoes and rustic bread. Use organic ketchup to avoid high fructose corn syrup. You really don't need seasoning other than onions. Many people tend to forget that ketchup is quite a complex sauce, which you'll find if you ever make it at home. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/16/2007
this was delicious. i added a bit of beef boullion to the gravy. very easy Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
01/21/2009
For taste 5 stars. For ease of cooking 3 1/2 stars and for family health 2 stars. 1463 mg of sodium is far too much for my families arteries to process. Good? YES good for you NO. I'll pass on this one. Read More
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