Chopped Steak Recipe: This chopped sirloin steak recipe is seared to perfection and then topped off with herbs, carmelized onions and mushrooms for an unbeatably delicious flavor!
Chopped Steaks are so dang underrated! They are packed with protein, delicious flavor and the are usually smothered in roasted onions and mushrooms for an incredibly tasty meal. There’s no beating around the bush, steak prices are going up which is making it harder and harder to purchase it. However, a chopped steak is simply ground sirloin that is packed together, seasoned up well with salt and pepper and then pan roasted, or grilled, to your desired internal temperature – I like medium :-).
What is a Chopped Steak?
Whenever I think of a chopped steak I immediately think of the Eddie Murphy stand up from the 1980’s where he talks about having a big old greasy house burger haha. I mean a chopped steak is essentially a burger that is created from chopped, or ground, beef. I think a chopped sirloin steak is the best way to go because you can ensure that it comes from a good cut of beef, the sirloin, and it’s got a nice combo of lean to fat.
With that being said I do want to say that you can absolutely use ground chuck or another ground beef cut that you prefer. I’m more of a clean cut sort of dude so sirloin steak suits me just right. One of the first gigs I ever got when I graduated culinary school was as a sous chef at a restaurant in St. Louis where we used to serve chopped steak for lunch. It was unbelievably popular because it was affordable and it didn’t have all the carbs that a burger offers because there’s no bun. A chopped steak is jam packed with protein, flavor and affordability. I mean come on, who wouldn’t want any of that goodness? There are still a few restaurants out there that make and serve a chopped steak which actually are pretty good, like Longhorn Steakhouse. Yup, I reference Longhorn Steakhouse but I have to show them love since I bartended there while I was back in college getting my degree in video production. I used to eat that thing all the time because when you’re a college kid you want meat and it’s expensive you gotta get what you can get when you can get it!
What goes on a Chopped Steak?
The beautiful thing about a chopped steak, or really any steak for that matter, is that you can put on it whatever your heart desires! They always say that a good steak doesn’t need anything on it and I agree! This chopped steak can absolutely be eaten by itself but man oh man do the caramelized onions and roasted mushrooms enhance the flavor so much. Caramelized onions and mushrooms give off umami which is that delicious flavor you taste where you cant put it down and you need to keep eat it. Other things that have umami are soy sauce, ginger and tomatoes, amongst several others. Meat is umami in nature so if you are combining that with 2 other umami ingredients then you’ve got an absolute flavor explosion going on in your mouth so thank the Lord for that! Honestly just the steak and onions are good by itself and the mushrooms just take it to another level.
How to Caramelize Onions:
Just when you think you’ve caramelized onions, it probably needs 10 to 15 minutes more. True caramelized onions take about 45 minutes or so to properly caramelize but the flavor, ooooohhhhh the flavor that comes from it. It all starts by adding some fat to a pan over medium heat and then adding in your sliced onions and forgetting about them for 45 minutes. Well not really, you do need to come back every 5 minutes or so to give it a stir but you don’t want to agitate them too much or they’ll never get the chance to caramelize. You can also add in a bit of water or wine to deglaze the pan with and get off all the fond that is stuck to the bottom of that pan. Fond is that goodness on the bottom of the pan when roasting something that adds SOOO MUCH flavor to your recipe.
Well that’s all I got friends, thanks for stopping by and if you love chopped steak and want to check out one of my favorite chopped steak recipes then see these Chopped Steak Sandwiches!
Chop Steak with Caramelized Onions and Mushrooms
Looking for a great weeknight dinner? Try out this tasty and easy to make Chop Steak Recipe with Caramelized Onions and Mushrooms recipe!
- 12 ounces ground lean meat
- 1 teaspoon of olive oil
- 1/2 yellow onion sliced thick
- 1 cup domestic mushrooms
- 4 ounces beef stock
- 1 teaspoon of fresh thyme
- 1 ounce unsalted whole butter
- 1 Idaho potato peeled and diced
- 1/3 cup diced raw bacon
- Kosher salt and cracked fresh pepper to taste
In a hot skillet add in bacon and cook until crispy. Once bacon is cooked reserve to the side and use the same pan to caramelize the diced potato.
Once they are nice and brown throw the bacon back in the pan, season with salt and pepper and finish in the over on 400° for 10-15 minutes.
Next, form the ground meat into one 8-12 ounce patty. Season well with salt and pepper and in a hot skillet with 1 teaspoon of olive oil, sear ground meat to desired temperature (If you are not comfortable cooking the beef through on the cooktop, then finish in the oven on 400° for 8-12 minutes).
Once meat is cooked set aside, and in the same pan add in onions and mushrooms to caramelize.
Once the vegetables are nice and golden brown, deglaze with the beef stock add in the thyme and reduce the amount of liquid in half by cooking on high heat.
Finish the sauce with butter and salt and pepper and pour over chop steak.
Serve hot and enjoy!