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Chicken Fried Hamburger with White Gravy

In Texas, there are three foods which are considered "sacred" - brisket, chili, and chicken fried steak. Of these, chicken fried steak is often called the unofficial state dish of Texas. The basic dish of breaded and pan-fried or deep-fried cube steak covered in either a white (milk) or brown (beef) gravy is believed to have evolved from wiener schnitzel, a popular dish of Germans immigrants who settled in Texas during the 1800s.

This dish is a simple variation which substitutes ground beef in the place of cube steak. It includes a side recipe for white (milk) gravy made from the pan drippings.

Adapted from Spicy Southern Kitchen

Cooking Method
Difficulty Beginner
Prep Time: 15 mins Cook Time: 25 mins Total Time: 40 mins
Servings 8
Best Season Suitable throughout the year

A simple variation on the classic chicken fried steak substituting ground beef for the cube steak. This recipe includes a white (milk) gravy made from the pan drippings.

Adapted from Spicy Southern Kitchen

    Chicken Fried Hamburger
  • 1 1/2 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Breading/Frying
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup yellow or white cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 3/4 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • vegetable oil (for frying)
  • White Gravy
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 3/4 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
    Chicken Fried Hamburger
  1. Season ground beef with salt and pepper. Divide into 8 equal sized (3 oz) portions and form into patties approximately 1/2 inch thick.

  2. In a large bowl add flour, cornmeal, baking power, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, and cayenne pepper, and whisk until well combined. Pour buttermilk into a separate shallow bowl or dish.

  3. Bread the beef patties by first dredging in the flour mixture, then dipping in the buttermilk to coat, then dredge again. Make sure each patty is evenly coated with flour.

  4. In a large skillet, pour 1/2 inch of vegetable oil and heat over medium-high heat to approximately 350 degrees.

  5. Fry patties in the skillet, four at a time, for 3 to 4 minutes per side. Remove and drain on paper towels.

  6. White Gravy
  7. After removing the last of the patties from the skillet, drain off all but 1/3 cup of oil, keeping the browned bits, and return to the stove on medium heat.

  8. Add flour and whisk for 1 minute. Whisk in milk, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Stir/whisk frequently 3-5 minutes or until thickened.

    (If the gravy gets too thick, whisk in small amounts of milk until it reaches the desired consistency.)

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 patty (3 oz)

Servings 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories 420kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 6g30%
Cholesterol 82mg28%
Sodium 1176mg49%
Potassium 620mg18%
Total Carbohydrate 41g14%
Dietary Fiber 2g8%
Sugars 7g
Protein 31g62%

Calcium 16 mg
Iron 25 mg
Vitamin D 153 IU

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Keywords: chicken fried steak, hamburger, ground beef, fried, milk gravy