My Amish friend showed me this “Poor Man’s Steak” recipe. It’s so good. How come I don’t feel poor eating it?

Written by Imad
Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Amish Poor Man’s Steak is a humble and traditional dish that originated in Amish communities. It is a clever alternative to expensive cuts of steak, using ground beef and pantry staples to create a delicious and satisfying meal. This recipe has been passed down through generations, symbolizing the resourcefulness and simplicity of Amish cooking.

Amish Poor Man’s Steak is a versatile dish that can be served in various ways. One popular option is to serve it with a side of creamy mashed potatoes and buttery corn. The contrast between the flavorful steak patty and the smooth mashed potatoes creates a delightful combination of textures. Additionally, green beans, roasted vegetables, or a fresh green salad make great accompaniments, bringing freshness and balance to the plate.

Amish Poor Man’s Steak Recipe:


2 pounds ground beef

1/2 diced onion

1 cup crumbled saltine crackers

1 cup milk

1/4 flour

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

3 tablespoons butter

Salt and pepper to taste

For the gravy sauce:

1-2 cans cream of mushroom soup

1.5 cups of milk


1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. In a mixing bowl, combine ground beef, crumbled saltine crackers, milk, minced onion, salt, black pepper, chili powder, and garlic powder. Mix thoroughly until well combined.

3. Shape the mixture into oval or rectangular patties, similar to traditional steak shapes.

4. Coat each patty with flour, shaking off any excess.

5. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium-high heat.

6. Place the coated patties in the skillet and cook until browned on both sides, about 3 minutes per side. Remove the patties and set them aside. (This is just to give color and enhance flavor.)

7. Transfer to greased 9×13 baking dish. Mix gravy sauce in bowl and pour over patties.

8. Cover baking dish with foil and bake for 50 mins. Remove cover and bake for 10 more mins.

Enjoy the hearty and comforting flavors of this Amish classic, where simple ingredients come together to create a mouthwatering dish the whole family will love.

About the author