Chicken Fried Hamburger with White Gravy

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Chicken Fried Hamburger with White Gravy is an inexpensive ground beef recipe that’s pure comfort food. Serve over mashed potatoes for a delicious southern meal.

Chicken Fried Hamburger with White Gravy


Ground beef patties are dipped in buttermilk and dredged in a flour/cornmeal mixture seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne pepper.

The patties only need about 3 to 4 minutes to fry per side.

Chicken Fried Hamburger with White Gravy


A cast iron skillet is best for frying because it retains heat so well.

After the hamburger steaks are cooked, use a third a cup of the oil, plus the browned bits to make a milk gravy.

Chicken Fried Hamburger Steak is very similar to Chicken Fried Steak made with cubed steak. The batter forms a nice, flavorful coating around the hamburger patty.

Serve with mashed potatoes and peas or green beans for a complete southern meal.

Chicken Fried Hamburger with White Gravy

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Chicken Fried Hamburger with White Gravy

Chicken Fried Hamburger with White Gravy

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Southern
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Total Time: 37 minutes
Servings: 4
Chicken Fried Hamburger with White Gravy is an inexpensive ground beef recipe that's pure comfort food. Serve over mashed potatoes for a delicious southern meal.
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  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup yellow or white cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Chicken Fried Hamburger

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

White Gravy

  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  • Combine all ingredients for dredge in a shallow dish and mix well.
  • Mix the 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper into ground beef. Divide ground beef into 8 equal pieces and flatten into 1/2-inch thick patties.
  • Pour buttermilk into a shallow bowl.
  • Dredge patties in dredge mixture, dip in buttermilk, and then dredge a second time, making sure they are coated well.
  • Pour 1/2-inch of oil in a deep cast iron skillet (or another type of skillet). Heat oil to 350 degrees.
  • Fry 4 pieces at a time, cooking for 3 to 4 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels.
  • Repeat with remaining 4 patties. If desired you can keep the first 4 warm in a 200 degree oven.
  • To make gravy, pour excess oil out of the pan, leaving 1/3 cup of oil and the browned bits in the pan.
  • Add flour and place over medium heat. Whisk for 1 minute.Whisk in milk, onion powder, salt and pepper. Cook until thick and bubbly. If you want the gravy thinner, add a little more milk.

Recipe adapted from Taste of the South

Two Hamuburger patties with gravy over mashed potatoes.

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19 thoughts on “Chicken Fried Hamburger with White Gravy

  1. This was an awesome new recipe for hamburger meat. Never better then anything country fried. I used a high walled shallow dish and only used about 3/4 cup buttermilk.

  2. This is a new family favorite! I added a little more garlic, pepper and salt. I will be making this again.

  3. Fix these hamburger steaks as directed…at the slotted time. And temp. Breading was semi burnt and meat was bloody . Had to cook the on the oven . Which dried them out. So disappointed, my family was so looking forward to this meal.

  4. I agree that this recipe is delicious! My only complaint is that I ended up throwing out a LOT of the dredge mixture – and that was after using 1/3 cup of it plus the left over buttermilk to make the gravy. I think you could cut the dredge recipe in half and still have enough.

    1. When ever I have leftover coating of any kind, I put in a ziplock bag, write on it what its for, put it in the freezer and use it again next time.

  5. Made this tonight and it was amazing. I didn’t have baking powder so I omitted it and it still turned out good. Will make again. Thank you for the recipe.

  6. I love your recipes but, can you include nutrition values? Hubby is on a strict low sodium And potassium diet.

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