Crockpot Hamburger Patties With Ketchup Gravy

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This hamburger patties with gravy recipe includes juicy hamburger steaks slow-cooked in a ketchup gravy with tender onion and bell pepper to make an easy and scrumptious weeknight supper.

Forkful of hamburger patties with gravy and rice.

It always makes me happy when I can bring you another ground beef recipe because I know a lot of families rely on ground beef as a staple on their dinner table. Mine certainly does! This slow cooker hamburger patties recipe takes my love for ketchup, stuffed bell peppers, and ground beef and combines them into one delicious meal.

This is one of those recipes that take just a few minutes to prep. Pop everything in the slow cooker in the morning, go about your day, and supper will be ready when you get home. Let’s talk about the prep. Our hamburger patties/hamburger steaks/Salisbury steaks (whatever you want to call them) are held together with a combination of crushed saltine crackers and egg. Once you combine the ingredients, you shape them into patties, pop them in the bottom of your crockpot, then add the remaining ingredients.

This includes ketchup gravy seasoned with Italian seasoning, diced onion, and diced bell pepper. That’s all there is to it! Pop the lid on your slow cooker and let it do its thing. In 8 hours, dinner will be ready to serve. I like to serve my hamburger patties with gravy as a main dish on a bed of rice, but I’ve included other serving suggestions below. Now, who’s ready to make a quick and easy dinner tonight? Me!

Ingredients for hamburger patties with gravy.

Recipe Ingredients

  • Ground beef
  • Saltine crackers
  • Onion
  • Ketchup
  • Bell pepper
  • Egg
  • Italian seasoning

How to Make Hamburger Patties With Gravy

Add saltine crackers to mixing bowl.

Now crush your saltines and place them in a mixing bowl…

Add egg to mixing bowl.

Along with the egg.

Add ground beef to mixing bowl.

Add your ground beef.

Mix ingredients together.

Mix it up well either with your hands or a large fork.

Shape mixture into hamburger patties.

Shape meat into hamburger patties.

In a separate mixing bowl, add ketchup.

In a separate mixing bowl, add your ketchup…

Add water to mixing bowl.


Add Italian seasoning to mixing bowl.

And Italian seasoning.

Mix ingredients together.

Mix that up really well.

Add hamburger patties to bottom of slow cooker.

Place beef patties on the bottom of the slow cooker.

Pour sauce into slow cooker over patties.

Pour your sauce over the patties.

Add diced onion to slow cooker.

Add the diced onion…

Add diced bell pepper to slow cooker.

And diced bell pepper to the crockpot as well.

Cover slow cooker and cook.

Cover and cook on low for 7 to 8 hours or on high for 3 to 4 hours.

Hamburger patties with gravy in the slow cooker.

It will look a little bit like this after slow cooking all day and your house will smell like delicious stuffed bell peppers (you’re welcome 😉).

If you want at this point, you can add a little more ketchup to the mixture to thicken your sauce but I like it just like this.

Hamburger patties with gravy and rice.

Salt and black pepper to taste, serve over rice, and enjoy!


  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Simply reheat in the microwave.
  • You can also freeze leftovers for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight before reheating in the microwave.

Recipe Notes

  • If you don’t have saltines on hand, feel free to swap them for bread crumbs instead.
  • You can also substitute the lean ground beef for ground turkey if you prefer.
  • If you want to add more vegetables, opt for sliced mushrooms.

Recipe FAQs

Can I place raw ground beef in the slow cooker?

Yes, you can! Place the raw ground beef patties in the slow cooker and they’ll not only be cooked but they’ll taste delicious at the end of the cooking time.

What else do you serve with hamburger patties with gravy?

You can also serve your hamburger patties as a main dish with:

What’s the difference between Salisbury steak, hamburger steak, and hamburger patties?

So this beef patty recipe is basically Salisbury steak with a different name. Salisbury steak includes ground beef with bread crumbs and egg as a binder, whereas the ground beef to make hamburger steaks is only seasoned with salt and black pepper. Salisbury steak is basically a cross between meatloaf and a hamburger and is often served with mushroom gravy or onion gravy.

Typically, you’ll serve your hamburger steak on a hamburger bun or bread, whereas Salisbury steak is often served with rice or mashed potato. Check below for some corresponding recipes!

Here are some equally delicious dinner ideas:

Salisbury Steak Meatballs in the Crockpot

Swiss Steak in Oven

Delicious Hamburger Steak Recipe With Fried Sliced Onion

Steak Sandwiches

Crockpot Swiss Steak Recipe

Chicken Fried Steak Recipe With Gravy

Hamburger patties with gravy on rice.

Hamburger Patties With Ketchup Gravy

This hamburger patties with gravy recipe includes hamburger steaks slow-cooked in ketchup gravy with onion and bell pepper to make an easy weeknight supper.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef, gravy, groundbeef, hamburgers
Servings: 4 patties


  • 1-2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 sleeve crushed saltines
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 tbsp dry Italian seasoning
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped


  • Crush saltines and place in a large bowl with the egg and ground beef. Mix well with your hands or a fork, then form the mixture into 4 patties. Place patties in the bottom of your slow cooker.
    1-2 pounds ground beef, 1/2 sleeve crushed saltines, 1 egg
  • Mix ketchup, water, and Italian seasoning together in a separate bowl and pour it over the patties in the slow cooker. Top with onions and bell pepper.
    2/3 cup ketchup, 1/3 cup water, 1 tbsp dry Italian seasoning, 1 onion, chopped, 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • Cook on low for 7-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.
  • Serve over rice.


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  1. Probably my fav recipe on the blog. I know it was the first that I cooked. It showed up in my facebook memories today from 2016. I think I have enough peppers n onions in the freezer to make a meal. I prep the patties and keep some in the freezer too.

  2. I love this recipe so much. I’ve made it a lot over the years since it was first posted. I have even created a quick stove-top version for when a craving hits me and I don’t want to wait for the crockpot.

  3. My word, Uptown Beef Patties with Ketchup Gravy has to be my favorite recipe from your cookbook. I still dream of that first bite. The flavor is out of this world.

  4. Do you need to use extra lean ground beef? Afraid grease from hamburger patties will incorporate into the gravy. Maybe brown them first?? Your ideas please?

      1. In your come home to supper book on page 10 the recipe says to preheat the oven to 325°but it does not say how long to bake it for

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