Hamburger Steak (Hache) Au Poivre

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 20 mins

I got this recipe, years ago, when visiting out in California. It is good for family and/or company (even plain meat and potatoes people like this one!). I am posting it as it was written, but I always double the sauce ingredients.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Shape meat into patties of equal size.
  2. Sprinkle with salt.
  3. Sprinkle all over with the crushed peppercorns and press down on meat to help peppercorns adhere.
  4. Heat a heavy skillet and do not add fat of any kind.
  5. When skillet is quite hot add the patties.
  6. Cook about 5 minute on one side.
  7. Using a spatula, quickly up patties and turn.
  8. Cook about 5 minute longer (10 minute for well-done).
  9. Remove patties to a warm platter.
  10. Add 1 tablespoon of the butter to the skillet.
  11. Add shallots to the skillet and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon until shallots are wilted.
  12. Add the wine and cook 1 minute.
  13. Add the cognac and let reduce to about half.
  14. Add the beef broth and cook until reduced to about 3 tablespoons.
  15. Swirl in the remaining butter.
  16. Return patties to skillet (off the heat) and turn once.
  17. Serve garnished with the parsley.


Most Helpful

Look what I made for us! Oh, and could you do my dishes before you go...

gailanng April 01, 2012

This was a great way to serve "burgers" without it seeming mundane. I added a can of sliced mushrooms and used onions instead of shallots, and did not have cognac, so l left it out. I also add about 1 T of Worcestershire sauce in the meat. I topped each hamburger steak with a slice of provolone cheese, then topped it with the onion & mushroom mixture. My boyfriend thought it was a tad too spicy though.

Hippie2MARS November 19, 2013

A great recipe that does full justice to good quality meat. We had it with oven-roasted potatoes and a mixed salad and enjoyed every bite!

MevrouwVanderA August 24, 2011

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