Hamburger Stroganoff

BudgetQuick and EasyGround BeefStroganoff

Hamburger stroganoff made with ground beef in a sour cream mushroom sauce, with onions, parsley, paprika, served over egg noodles.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Do you like beef stroganoff? Hamburger stroganoff is a great way to enjoy beef stroganoff but without breaking the bank. Instead of using strips of top sirloin, we use ground beef.

The main advantage of ground beef is clearly budget, and if worked properly you can also have wonderful flavor.

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First, get ground chuck. Chuck is the shoulder cut of beef, the shoulder muscles being well worked from the grazing action of the steer. More muscle action equals more flavor, and a tougher cut of meat.

Chuck is notoriously tough as a steak (ask my father who used to try to cook chuck steaks in his poor bachelor days), but one of the most flavorful parts of the animal. Grinding the meat tenderizes it, but the flavor is still there.

Ground Beef Stroganoff

Second, take the time to properly brown the meat. In other words, don’t stir it! Just let it cook, on relatively high heat, until well browned, before giving it a stir.

The browning is what gives you the flavor. Use the cooking of the onions and mushrooms to scrape up any of the browned bits, and deglaze the pan to get the rest.

It’s also important to salt while you cook. If you get to the end of this recipe and it’s dull, it’s because you haven’t salted it enough. Experiment with the spices if you want. A little ground nutmeg can give it a lift, as well as tarragon.

Hamburger Stroganoff Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4

You can substitute the sour cream and lemon juice for a cup of full-fat plain yogurt (room temperature). Do not allow to boil.


  • Butter
  • 1 pound ground chuck beef
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 8 ounces sliced cremini mushrooms (can substitute button mushrooms), sliced
  • 1/3 cup of dry sherry, dry white wine, or water
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley, loosely packed
  • 1 1/4 cups full fat sour cream (room temperature)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika or more to taste
  • 8 ounces egg noodles


1 Heat pasta water: Put a large pot of salted water (1 teaspoon salt for every quart of water) on to heat, for the pasta.

2 Brown the ground beef: Heat a large sauté pan on medium high heat. Melt 1 teaspoon butter in the pan and swirl it around.

Working in batches as not to crowd the meat (crowding it will make it hard to brown), break up the ground beef and add it to the pan. Sprinkle the meat with salt. Do not stir the meat, as stirring will prevent browning.

brown the ground beef for hamburger stroganoff

Once the meat is well browned on one side (a couple minutes, depending on how hot the pan), use tongs or a fork or a metal spatula to flip to the other side.

Once that side is browned as well, use a slotted spoon to remove from the pan and set aside.

Continue to brown the meat in batches, adding a teaspoon of butter to the pan with each batch if needed, and salting the pan and the meat, until it is all browned. Remove meat from pan. Drain excess fat from pan.

3 Sauté the onions: Add the onions to the pan. If you are working with very lean meat, you may not have any residual fat in the pan. If this is the case, you'll want to add in a tablespoon of olive oil or butter to the pan.

brown the onions for hamburger stroganoff

Cook the onions, scraping up the meat drippings, until soft, about 5 minutes. Remove onions from the pan (add to the meat).

4 Start cooking pasta: Depending on the cooking times of your particular brand of pasta, this is likely a good time to add the pasta to the (should be now) boiling, salted water.

5 Sauté mushrooms, add sherry: While the pasta is cooking, add a tablespoon of butter to the pan, increase the heat to medium high. Add the sliced mushrooms. Sauté until nicely browned (about 4 minutes).

saute mushrooms for hamburger stroganoff add sherry for hamburger stroganoff

Add the sherry (or dry white wine or water) to the pan to deglaze the pan, scraping up any browned bits. Let the sherry reduce by at least a half, then lower the heat to low.

6 Stir in sour cream, paprika, lemon juice, meat, onions, parsley: Remove the pan from the heat. Mix in the sour cream and paprika until smooth. Return the pan to very low heat, and not let the sour cream boil (or it may curdle). You may add a few tablespoons of water to the mixture to thin it out a bit at any time.

add sour cream for hamburger stroganoff

Stir in the lemon juice, and about 1/4-1/2 teaspoon of salt (taste).

Stir in the meat and onions. Stir in the chopped parsley. Add more salt, pepper, and/or paprika to taste.

7 Serve with noodles: Keep the stroganoff on warm heat until the noodles are done cooking. When the noodles are ready (al dente) drain.

Serve the hamburger stroganoff on top of egg noodles.

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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. Skeezix

    Sorry, but this recipe just isn’t very good. Too much sour cream, for one thing, It overpowers all the other flavors. This dish would also benefit from a half cup of beef broth and a tablespoon or so of Dijon or stone-ground mustard. I had to tweak it considerably to give it some depth of flavor.


  2. Patricia

    Stroganoff is greatly improved by adding a Tblsp of dijon mustard, which I did. Takes it up a big notch.

  3. Vanessa

    The browning of the meat really makes a visual and palatable difference.


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  4. Genevieve

    The recipe was great but I did a few tweets in it for me thank you so much


  5. gary

    Very dry. On warming it up for a second meal, I added 3/4 cup of beef broth and to increase the flavor i added a teaspoon of garlic.

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