Hamburger Steak Sandwiches with au Jus

au Jus, Brute?

There are many times, after serving roast beef, that I am left with a nice, rich stock of pan drippings even after making enough gravy for the beef. In fact, my freezer contains many such bags of 1 or so cups of this delectable flavored broth. So many times these little bags come in handy for meals like the one today.

This is a take on roast beef sandwiches which I like to add a nice layer of grilled or caramelized onions and peppers. But in this case, I have no roast beef so it's going to be hamburger steak sandwiches. To the pan drippings of the thin 'steaks', I find a quick and tasty homemade au jus to be just the thing to simmer with the meat, dribble on the buns, and as usual, a good topping of onions and peppers.

Now it would be ever so easy to reach for the little green pack, my favorite au jus pack is from Knorr's, but sometimes my pantry runs low and I must take to making my own sopping juices. Sorry, Knorr's, but this recipe is pretty darn good and even tastes fresher than the little green pack. Et tu Brute, er, in this case me for giving out such a delectable recipe. Enjoy!

Hamburger Steak Sandwiches

1 pound lean ground beef
Steak seasonings
Olive oil
1 onion, sliced
1 bell pepper, sliced
recipe for au jus or packaged
Po boy or hoagie buns

Mix desired amount of steak seasoning into the ground beef and divide meat into 4 or 6 parts. Between plastic wrap (I cut 2 sides from a large baggie) press each of the beef mixture as thin as possible forming an oval 'steak'.
Add a tablespoon of oil to a hot skillet and fry each steak on both sides until brown. Remove and add more oil if needed and caramelize the onions and peppers over medium low heat. Remove onions & peppers and continueing making the au jus. Add the steaks into the sauce and simmer on low for about 5 minutes.
Toast the buns and layer desired amount of steaks breaking to fit the bun if needed. Add the onions and peppers and dribble a good spoonful or two of sauce over the mixture. Add the top bun and eat up.

Homemade au Jus

1 cup beef drippings from prime rib or baked roast
1 -15 ounce can beef broth
1/4 cup warm water
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon Kitchen Bouquet
1/2 teaspoon onion and herb seasoning (Mrs. Dash is good)
1/2 teaspoon Lawry's seasoning salt or as needed

Mix the water and cornstarch in a small bowl and whisk until the blended. Set aside.
In a large saucepan pour in the drippings over medium heat, add the broth, Kitchen Bouquet, and seasonings. Bring to a low boil and then whisk in the cornstarch mixture. Continue whisking until the sauce thickens slightly. Remove from heat.

Note: Use this sauce over cooked beef, sandwiches or delicious over beef tips and noodles. ONLY add the seasoned salt after tasting as your drippings may be salty enough.


  1. If there was a contest for most brilliant and hilarious opening line, "Au jus, Brute?" would win - hands down!!!!! lolololol

  2. Oh now Drick, you got a winner here. The next time you make it to New Orleans you need to go down to Mother's on Poydras. They have the "Debris Po-Boy" which is roast beef, and they call it debris because of all the drippings, and beef scraps that fall off at the bottom of the pan from the slow roasted rounds. And the messier the better!


  3. It is fabulous!!!

    If I gave you my mailing address, would you send this to me ASAP?!?!?!?

  4. This looks wonderful! love the flavors here so juicy and love lots of peppers no onions! very nice!

  5. Drick, this au Jus recipe is so wonderful...
    And as usual you post recipes that remind me of home and are dishes my kids will enjoy :)
    Love that you save your drippings, beautiful flavors working here :)

  6. The only description for that sandwich is YUM! I have a pile of hoagie rolls and hamburger. Just wish I had the pan drippings! :(

  7. Don’t you juts loooove the pan drippings! They are usually so rich that a nice gravy is in order. That’s a good sandwich you made…would be nice for lunch as it’s rainy today. A hot Sammie would do the trick!

  8. I love the ingredients in your au jus. Yowza. The sandwich looks incredible too. Even the picture makes me want this BAD.

  9. OH goodness drick this is perfect football sunday amaze me every recipe just gets tastier and tastier...


  10. Don't know how I missed this post, but I'm glad that I found it! This sandwich is "to die for" and the au Jus Brute and caramelized onions and peppers sound sinfully good! Drooling, again!

  11. Uh oh."Au jus, Brute" might find it's way into a play I'm writing. Is that plagiarism? Just when I was feeling all "ho hum" about a new burger you say the magic words, "au jus" and I am so there.

  12. Looks and sounds delicious. I am always looking for something new to do with ground beef. Thanks for sharing.

  13. that is exactly what I need this summer.

  14. I can't get enough of these pictures... they make me so hungry! These steak sandwiches sounds so flavourful and delicious :)

  15. Heck yes! This sandwich looks so amazing! I would have a hard time putting it down!


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