Salisbury Steak Meatballs (Instant Pot, Stove Top, Slow Cooker)

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These beefy meatballs are cooked in a mushroom gravy and lightened up by using half ground turkey and half lean ground beef. Kid-friendly, comforting and delicious! Make them in the Instant Pot, Slow Cooker or Stove Top!
These beefy meatballs are cooked in a mushroom gravy and lightened up by using half ground turkey and half lean ground beef. I made these in my Instant Pot (a multi-cooker that does the job of a slow cooker, electric pressure cooker, rice cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, sauté/browning pan, and warming pot all in one) for a meal that took less than thirty minutes to make, but have also included stove top and slow cooker directions.
For anyone wondering, I have the 6 Quart Hamilton Beach Set ‘n Forget Programmable Slow Cooker (affil link). I love it because you can adjust the time you want it to cook, and it automatically turns to warm when it’s done. It also has a probe for meat that automatically shuts off when done. I hated my old crock pot, it burnt everything and my food had a weird taste. This slow cooker is so great, I actually own several!

These beefy meatballs are cooked in a mushroom gravy and lightened up by using half ground turkey and half lean ground beef. Kid-friendly, comforting and delicious! Make them in the Instant Pot, Slow Cooker or Stove Top!
I’ve been dying to make these meatballs which I adapted from my Salisbury Steak recipe. They are wonderful served over cauliflower mash as pictured here or why not try them over skinny garlic mashed potatoes.
These beefy meatballs are cooked in a mushroom gravy and lightened up by using half ground turkey and half lean ground beef.

These beefy meatballs are cooked in a mushroom gravy and lightened up by using half ground turkey and half lean ground beef.
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Salisbury Steak Meatballs (Instant Pot, Stove Top, Slow Cooker)

271 Cals 28 Protein 12 Carbs 12 Fats
Total Time: 25 mins
Yield: 4 Servings
COURSE: Dinner
CUISINE: American
These beefy meatballs are cooked in a mushroom gravy and lightened up by using half ground turkey and half lean ground beef. Kid-friendly, comforting and delicious!

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 cup minced onions
  • 1/2 lb 93% lean ground beef
  • 1/2 lb 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1/3 cup whole wheat seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste, divided
  • kosher salt
  • pinch black pepper
  • 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce, to taste
  • 1/4 tsp mustard powder
  • 5 oz sliced mushrooms
  • 1 1/4 cup reduced sodium beef broth
  • chopped parsley for garnish, optional

Instructions

  • Finely chop 1 oz of the mushrooms into small pieces and set aside. Heat the Instant Pot (or a large nonstick pot on medium-high) on Sauté add 1 tsp oil and onions and cook until golden brown, about 4 to 5 minutes. Divide onions in two.
  • In a large bowl, combine half of the sautéed onions with the ground beef, ground turkey, chopped mushroom, bread crumbs, egg, 1 tbsp tomato paste, 1/4 cup of the beef broth, 3/4 tsp salt and black pepper.
  • In a small bowl, blend flour and 1 cup broth until smooth. Mix in remaining onions, remaining 1 tbsp tomato paste, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and mustard powder.
  • Gently shape into 20 small meatballs.
  • Heat the Instant Pot (or non-stick pot) back on saute, add remaining teaspoon of oil and brown the meatballs (in batches so you don't overcrowd the pot) about 2 minutes until no longer sticks (if it doesn't turn, it's not ready yet), turn and brown an additional 2 minutes. Add the mushrooms, 1/8 teaspoon salt and black pepper and pour the sauce over the meatballs, cover and cook on high pressure 10 minutes (20 minutes in a regular pot). Let the pressure release on it’s own. Garnish with parsley.
  • Slow Cooker Directions: Saute meatballs in a skillet, transfer to slow cooker with mushrooms, salt and pepper and pour sauce over. Cover and cook low 6 to 8 hours, until tender.

Nutrition

Serving: 5meatballs, Calories: 271kcal, Carbohydrates: 12g, Protein: 28g, Fat: 12g, Cholesterol: 124mg, Sodium: 741mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 3g
WW Points Plus: 7
Keywords: Freezer Meals, Kid Friendly, Pressure Cooker Recipes, Slow Cooker Recipes, Under 30 Minutes
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  1. Loved this recipe. I doubled the meat portion and freezing 1/2 of the meatballs. It was definitely a hit and I will be making this again!

  2. How would I turn this recipe into gluten free? 

  3. This is a family favorite. The flavor is wonderful. I appreciate the work Gina put in to make tasty healthy recipes.

    I sometimes get the stuff stuck 9n the bottom. Sometimes the meatballs fall apart. No one cares. They j7st dig in.

  4. What could be used in place of the mushrooms?

  5. Turkey made meatballs very sticky! Hard to turn in Instant Pot and I ended up with black on the bottom of pot. The meatballs were smushed but tasty. 

  6. It says to add chopped mushrooms to meatball mixture and then sliced mushrooms later in recipe.  How much of chopped mushrooms are to be added? 

  7. I used all 93% ground beef and did all on stove top.
    Dish was good, but, not great. Surprising after reading so many great reviews. I found the sauce and also the meatballs lacking in flavor. My mouth and brain were searching for more depth of flavor, but it wasn’t there. It needscsomething, but I can’t put my finger on what I feel is missing.

  8. Could I use all beef? I don’t like ground Turkey. Thanks!

  9. Just as an FYI- the recipe calls to add the mushroom to the meatball and again to the sauce. I assume the mushroom should only be for the latter. I messed this batch up unfortunately. 

    • See step 1, you mince part of them and add the minced mushroom to the meat, the sliced mushrooms get added later.

  10. Wonderful meal on a cold, rainy fall evening.

  11. Would you work using just ground turkey. I don’t love ground beef. Thanks Julie

  12. Very tasty! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  13.  Can this be made into a keto version 

  14. Made this tonight and it was delicious. Real comfort food served with mashed potatoes.

  15. Call me crazy….but I made this dish on a weeknight after work. Lol. I just got my Instanst Pot and I couldn’t wait to try it out!! A million dishes later and this dish was AMAZING!! The meatballs, the sauce, the taste. Let’s just say my servings were not skinny, LOL! I made this with the skinny mashed potato link from the recipe. Loved these two together!! I roasted some broccoli and I am in heaven! This is definitely a Sunday night dinner or any other day you have time to follow the directions and make a wonderful dish. Enjoy! Thank you Gina!!

  16. Def should have read more reviews first! Tried to saute half the meatballs in the pot and it was a disaster. Threw the other half in the oven and broiled on both sides and they came out perfect. Then added them to the sauce to cook. Tasted great but don’t sear the meatballs in the pot! Added an extra 1-2tsp of Worcheshire sauce.

  17. Made the meatballs tonight and we were not disappointed! Great flavor and they went together pretty fast. I don’t have an instant pot so I made some slight changes. I followed the ingredients exactly. I made the meatballs and browned them under the broiler. Then I put the meatballs and gravy into an electric skillet and simmered them until they were cooked through. Smelled as good as they tasted!!! Thanks Gina for another awesome recipe!!

  18. It was more work than taste. Much easier to brown meatballs in oven. Will not make again. 

  19. Amazing!! All the yummy flavor of my mom’s old fashioned Salisbury steaks without feeling heavy/guilty! The sauce is runnier than gravy with Salisbury steaks but served over mashed potatoes/cauliflower, I didn’t mind the consistency one bit! Broiled the meatballs in the oven before transferring to instant pot. Doubled the recipe and kept the cook time the same for the single recipe!