Steak Diane On The Cheap

Image courtesy Cindy Rose

Nothing makes a good cut of meat taste better than a fabulous sauce or gravy.  Let’s face it, under the current economy not all of us can afford a great cut of beef.  Have no fear.  This recipe will make an ordinary hamburger deliciously decadent!


  • 4 or 6 of your favorite burger patties (homemade is best)
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp fresh cracked pepper
  • 2 tbs unsalted butter
  • 1 tbs minced onion
  • 1 tbs minced garlic
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • ¼ cup Jack Daniels
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup beef stock
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp chopped parsley


Season your burgers with sea salt and pepper.

Pre-measure all your ingredients to make the building of this sauce move quickly and stress free.

Melt butter in large frying pan over medium-high heat.  Place burgers in pan and brown on both sides until your desired doneness.  Remove burgers from pan and set aside on a plate.

Add onion and garlic to pan and sauté briefly.  Add mushrooms and continue to sauté stirring constantly for about 2 minutes or until soft.

Add Jack Daniels and allow alcohol to cook off (3-4 minutes). (If you are cooking on an open flame, remove from heat before adding.)  Add mustard and cream, mix thoroughly. Cook for about a minute then add beef stock and Worcestershire sauce, stir to combine.

Thicken the sauce with a beurre manie.  (Mixture of equal parts butter and flour -slightly more butter. I usually use 2 tbs each for small batches and add as needed.)  Start with a tablespoon and increase until you reach desired consistency. A beurre manie prevents clumping you would get from adding just a flour and water mixture.

Return meat and accumulated juices to the pan and warm through.  When served sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley.

This dish pairs well with roasted cauliflower or grilled potatoes.

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Cindy A. Rose began writing for the Tentacle in 2011 trying to raise awareness over things happening within Frederick County Public Schools. She began keeping a close watch on FCPS when she learned there were not enough air conditioned buses for special needs children during the hot Maryland summers. The Tentacle offered her a place to share her concerns with her community when local newspapers didn’t always. Cindy had the opportunity to buy the Tentacle from creator/owner John W. Ashbury in 2019, so she did. She believed then, as she believes now, our communities, friends and neighbors have important things to say that needs to be shared with those living around them. Large corporate news companies don’t always share in those passions and concerns. The Tentacle is a local news, commentary and community website run by citizens, for citizens. Its success depends on your participation.