Just made this but used cottage cheese instead of sour creme as it was all I had. I, also was glad there was no “cream of” soup involved as I’m trying desperately to keep all pre-packaged / mass produced foods (read: junk) out of my diet. Everything was great EXCEPT the cottage cheese. So I picked out most of the lumps and it was fine. Can’t wait to try again with sour creme instead. Thanx for this recipe- YUM!
I have done this before also but blended up the cottage cheese to a smooth consistency. Just an idea for you possibly for future! Happy cooking :)
Wanted a recipe that did not require soup, but found this to be very dry, though the flavor was good. Will add broth to the left-overs.
We made this recipe tonight, exactly as directed, and LOVED LOVED LOVED it!! I was searching for a hamburger stroganoff recipe without the “cream of” factor. My husband and I are new “empty-nesters” and are trying to learn to cook with REAL food, cook for two, and not cook every night. This fits the bill perfectly. I can’t tell you how thrilled I was to see it freezes well, too. Definitely a keeper! Will most certainly be exploring your site for more! Thanks!!
Hello! Just popping in to thank you for this yummy recipe, which I’ve cooked twice now. I make a large pan and freeze it, and then re-heat in microwave. Comes out fab! Thanks again :)
I’m so glad you like it!
Made this dish last night. We loved it! The seasonings made it special. Thank you for your detailed instructions which helps a novice cook like me. Thank you!
I’m so glad you liked it Sara!
Try making the stroganoff using both regular cream of mushroom & one golden mushroom soup. It gives it a great color and just that added flavor.
I’ve been making hamburger stroganoff for many years. It was always one of my husbands favorite meals. I always serve the stroganoff on toast points because that was part of the original recipe. I use Pepperidge Farm thin sliced bread but it’s getting hard to find! Toast the bread and then cut each slice in quarters. It’s a nice change from noodles!
Hi Lynn, Pepperidge Farm really needs to make their thin sliced bread more available! I’ve needed it for several recipes (appetizers) and have the hardest time finding it in the stores here.
I added fresh, minced garlic and Worcestershire sauce. I probably needed some more seasoning. This recipe is similar to the one I used to make a lot years ago. That recipe had a bit of flour in it, but I prefer not to use it and it wasn’t missed. My ten month old had a homemade meal not long before I finished cooking it and eating a bowl myself, but she enjoyed some of the meat and noodles in addition to her own puréed meal:-)
I made this on Sunday – it was/is delicious. My husband and I both loved it. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe.
I made this recipe last night and it turned out BEAUTIFULLY. The sauce was just right – rich and full of flavor! I think the key is not mixing the ground beef and then taking advantage of the brown bits in the bottom of the pan in addition to seasoning to taste. This will definitely be a new family favorite. Thank you!!
My poor husband had to work super late last night so I made this recipe and had it waiting for him when he got home. We both loved it!
I made this. It was alright; however, it was dry, had way to much sour cream and very little beef flavor. I modified it for the leftovers (so my husband would finish it for his work lunches) by adding beef broth to make more of a sauce and to add more beef flavor. Not bad, but STILL to much sour cream. Thanks for sharing this though. I do love your site. :)
Any suggesstions on how to make this dairy and soy free? Also another spice to add that isn’t paprika, or another nightshade? I have a bad nightshade allergy. Thanks!
This sounds like a good recipe and I also enjoy using steak when we can aford it. I came up with a burger stroganoff a few years back. We cook the chopped onion with our meat, add cream of mushroom soup and the seacret ingridient in my version is 2 Tbs of A1 steak sauce. A quick and comforting meal any weeknight!
Thanks for the awesome recipe! (: My boyfriend thought it was going to be way too creamy but it surprised him and he loved it! It was super easy too; I will definitely make this again.
I just can’t thank you enough for your budget recipes. We found ourselves a little tight this week, so I just printed out a bunch of your budget recipes and relied on those for my Saturday shopping. I did this one here Saturday night and it was delicious. Tonight it is the easy black beans and rice which I have done many times before. Also will be doing the lemon chicken recipe which you marinate in a bag before. Budget recipes are always good especially in this economy. Thank you! Elise
What can you substitute for the wine?
This has great flavor..I used dry sherry and what a smell when it is reducing..a very inexpensive meal too for those having to be frugal like we are..
Yum!! I had to look for quite a while to find a recipe without canned soup. I made it almost as written (no paprika due to nightshade allergy) and my family and daughter’s friend thought it was delicious. Highly recommend!
Thanks for the reminders to season all the way through.
Wonderful recipe. My kids aren’t huge mushrooms fans, but asked for second helpings of this recipe!
I used a white table wine, but will try sherry next time in the hopes of getting the alcohol to shine through a little better. Just a personal preference.
The house smelled wonderful, too. Like home.
I was a bit skeptical that both my wife and I would like this recipe. I made it substituting the sour cream and lemon juice with Greek yogurt (2% fat) and it was fantastic! I won’t even bother trying the original recipe since the yogurt substitution came out so well.
Oh boy, this looks YUMMY! May canned mushrooms be used instead of fresh?
Hello Joanie, hmmm, I have yet to cook with canned mushrooms, so wouldn’t know what to tell you. Why don’t you try it and see? ~Elise
Thank you for the adjustment advice on the yogurt and curdling. I did everything per your instructions and it came out perfectly. My husband repeated it more than twice “This is really great!”
As always, your recipes make me look good!
I made this stroganoff which turned out to be really great! My only complaint is that it was too thick and chunky. I would like to make it next time with a little more sauce. Love the flavor though and cooking the meat your way really makes a difference! Thanks!
Hi Elise, I only have Greek yogurt. Do you think that would work instead of sour cream?
Yes. Warm the yogurt first, and make sure that when you add it it never comes near boiling. ~Elise
Made this last night and it was FABULOUS. I love the idea of breaking the meat into little hunks and not stirring it until it is brown. Such a simple trick – such huge flavor. This was very good – unfortunately both my son and husband had colds so they couldnt really taste it much. Forgot to add the lemon juice – but will make this dish again and again and will make sure to include next time. Used light sour cream – excellent! It is SO nice to have a new recipe for ground beef!
Just wanted to say, don’t know where I’ve been?!? The tip you gave in this recipe of cooking the hamburger in batches and only turning once was brilliant. I had never done that before with ground meat. I made a gluten-free, dairy-free inspired version of this stroganoff for my in-laws and they loved it! The meat really held up when it was cooked the way the recipe says.
I ended up using this technique later with a white bean kale soup. I browned large chunks of ground turkey in batches in olive oil and set them aside, (they weren’t cooked all the way through) then after I had my soup going, I simmered the turkey in the soup for about 10 minutes. It gave me substantial hunks of meat in the soup and also made the turkey tender. Yum.
Thanks for the tip, they are always great!
Made this last night and just had the leftovers for lunch. Really, really good! The browning of the beef and the combination of the sherry and lemon juice really make it taste wonderful.
Yum! I should have waited until today to post because this was really delicious. Two of your suggestions were especially key to the success of this dish. One was on how to brown the hamburger and the other was the reminder to season along the way.
My husband also appreciated your recipe.
I have about 2 cups of leftover creme fraiche. Can I assume that would be a good alternative to sour cream?
Yes, creme fraiche would be an excellent alternative to sour cream. ~Elise
I’ve been teaching myself how to cook thanks to you and Mark Bittman – great, great website! Would it be alright to use ground bison for this recipe?
I think ground bison would work, let us know how it turns out for you. ~Elise
Thank you for posting this recipe! I’m intimidated by the original but hamburger stroganoff seems much more approachable. Would it be detrimental to use a low-fat/non-fat yogurt or sour cream instead of the full-fat version?
Just make sure it never comes close to boiling, or it will likely curdle. Just gently heat until warm enough to eat. ~Elise
I substituted one 8oz can of coconut milk for the sour cream and it was good enough for me to finally write in. Thanks for all the great recipes Elise. And thank you to all of you who provide comments.
My husband is a huge stroganoff fan. I made this a few days ago, and he said it was the best he’s ever had. EVER. That’s a bold statement. Thanks for the great recipe!
This dish is better than any beef stroganoff I have ever had before! Thanks for sharing it. Love the site!
I made this recipe the other night for my husband and myself as he is a huge stroganoff fan. Found it to be a bit salty. Could have been cooks error through, over-salting in fear of under-salting! Neither of us are big mushroom fans, either – we don’t mind the flavor, but dislike the texture. So I skipped the step with them and later added a can of cream of mushroom soup. We both thought it was absolutely delicious! And super quick. I plan on keeping a bag of egg noddles in the pantry so I can make this after work.
Beef stroganoff is one of my favorite dishes my mother used to make. I’ve never made it before, but we’re trying out your recipe to see how it compares, since it looks really similar and really tasty. One alteration that my mom always does is to sprinkle poppy seeds over the egg noodles before pouring the sauce onto them. They add a great texture and nuttiness.
I made this for dinner last night, and just ate the leftovers for lunch. I loved it, but most importantly my husband did too. I love stroganoff, so I’m glad I finally found a way to make it that he likes. Thanks for the tip on browning the beef and adding plenty of salt. Tons of flavor!
I remember my mom making this when I was a kid and she added garlic to the meat and onion mixture. She also added a little tomato paste (maybe 2T), red wine, and a dried herb mixture to the mushroom sauce, before adding the sour cream. This made the sauce kind of an orangey/pink. Definitely making this tonight!
I made this but substituted sour cream with yogurt — I have seen this done, but somehow, my version always seems to separate and I get watery curdles instead of creamy sauce. Should I be taking the pot entirely off the stove?? Is it the heat that is causing my stroganoff to be soupy? Otherwise it tasted pretty yummy…
Thanks for any advice!
Part of the problem is the cold yogurt being mixed in with the hot dish. I’ve adjusted the recipe to say to use “room temp” yogurt/sour cream. Good idea to remove the pan from the heat before adding the yogurt (I added that step too). You don’t want the yogurt getting anywhere near boiling, or it will curdle. It also may help to drain the yogurt first of any liquid, before you use it. ~Elise
I made this recipe per the instructions. Mine too was very white and very bland. Pictures look pretty, but not a good recipe.
If bland, you need to add more salt, pepper, and paprika. Check your paprika to make sure it isn’t dead (old paprika loses its flavor). ~Elise
I figured out why my stroganoff was white instead of the golden brown it should have been- I used TWICE as much sour cream! Nice math skills, huh? Anyway- I will make this again with the correct amount of sour cream. Thanks!
It will still be on the white/grey side. I shot the photo in very warm light, which cast a warm glow on what is otherwise a rather unappetizing grey dish. ~Elise
I made this tonight. I substituted shallots for the onions, and it was delicious. Mine didn’t look like the picture though…it was way whiter in color? I don’t know why…Anyway, thank Elise for the great tips on browning in batches and salting the meat. It really contributed to the flavor. You are at the top of my personal yahoo page, and I always get so excited to see every new post and recipe! Thanks Elise!
I’ve made vegetarian versions of a similar stroganoff over the years – one with soybeans, the other, which I prefer these days, with seitan.
Made this last night, and it was a huge hit… I think the best tip was about not stirring the ground beef while it was cooking… would definitely make this again!
Where’s the garlic? Brandy is an alternative to the wine by the way.
If it seems like there isn’t enough salt, just add a quick swirl of soy sauce. It will add both salt and an additional “beefy” flavor.
I make a quickie stroganoff-type dish using ground beef, onions and a can of cream of mushroom soup. It is something really easy and my teenage boys were working on mastering it. The boys forgot to season along the way, and that’s when we learned about the swirl of soy. We made up for the lack of salt by using the soy sauce. It was absolutely wonderful. Now it’s one of our standard ways to season.
I agree that salting along the way is best, but I still make sure I add the swirl of soy. It just adds a wonderful depth without the fear of oversalting.
I made this tonight, Elise.
You are made of awesome with awesome sauce on top.
Do you think this would freeze well? I’m looking for good recipes to freeze for a friend with new twins.
If I were to freeze this, I would either make it without the noodles and freeze, or I would mix the noodles in with the stroganoff and then freeze. ~Elise
I just made hamburger stroganoff last week after looking at tons of recipes. This recipe looks sooo much better than the ones I looked at.
Where did you find those extra-wide noodles?!?!?
Found the noodles at Whole Foods, it’s a house brand. ~Elise
I used to make stroganoff with ground beef when I worked and had to quickly get dinner on the table for the family. It was so popular with the kids that I’d make a big batch and use it as a sandwich filling too. It’s the same consistancy as sloppy joe filling and tastes so good on garlic toasted buns…and over rice, or mashed potatoes or as a base for shepards pie. It’s a tasty time saver.
This IS a great recipe, one we’ve enjoyed for years but I’ve overlooked it lately. Thanks for the reminder! The addition of a spoonful of coarsely ground dijon mustard will zing it up a bit- even along with the sherry which is a MUST have. Thanks for your inspiration and creativity!
I love stroganoff! My mother would always make it with red wine so the sauce ended up with kind of an orange tint, and when you bit into the mushrooms they had that delicious wine flavor
This looks gorgeous! Fall means stroganoff to me – I tried a variation with fennel and pork tenderloin last week. But I love the idea of ground beef, especially with that touch of nutmeg… Yum.
I’m trying to cut back on red meat; any thoughts on how well this would work with ground turkey as a substitution?
Ground turkey doesn’t have as much flavor as ground beef, so you would probably need to up the spice level – more paprika, and maybe some additional spices and herbs too, like nutmeg or tarragon. ~Elise
Hi Elise! This looks really great – I am a big stroganoff fan, and am always happy to have a new version to try. Sadly (and sorry if this is sacriligious!) I just can’t stand mushrooms, so I always substitute baby peas for the shrooms whenever I make a stroganoff and it works really well. Thought I would pass that along if anyone else is mushroom-challenged like me! Thanks again for the post.
Great tip, thanks! ~Elise
Kate, I also hated mushrooms (their texture, but not their flavor) but loved beef stroganoff. For what it’s worth I “pureed” the mushrooms in a food processor first and then cooked them down. It provided all the mushroom flavor w/o really noticing that mushrooms were in the dish.
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