* 1 1/4 lb. ground sirloin
* 1/2 sweet onion, finely chopped
* 1/4 tsp salt
* 1/4 tsp pepper
* 1/2 sweet onion, diced
* 8 oz. fresh mushrooms, sliced
* 1 (12 oz.) can beer
* 1 envelope of brown gravy mix
* 1/2 tsp dried thyme
1. Place meat, onion, salt, and pepper into a large bowl and mix with hands, then form 4 patties.
2. Place the patties in a heated skillet and cook 10 minutes turning once, then remove patties from skillet and set aside, keep warm.
3. In same skillet, put the diced onion and mushrooms. Saute together on medium high heat until mushrooms soften and onion gets transparent.
4. Add the beer, gravy mix, and thyme, whisk and cook 3 to 4 minutes or until gravy thickens.
5. Serve gravy over patties.
You can actually use any ground beef you want for the patties in this recipe. The classic "chopped sirloin steak" is a nice treat, but any good beef will do.
The gravy is the real hit here. Using beer is the secret to a lot of very tangy and flavorful gravies. You want to cook the gravy long enough to bubble the alcohol flavor out, but it should only take a few minutes. You'll want to let the gravy simmer until it gets nice and thick. Then when you spoon the gravy over the patties it doesn't just run off the top.
This is an inexpensive meal that really impresses the "meat and potatoes" people at the table. For a side dish, consider making oven-roasted potato wedges.