Brown Butter Hamburger Stroganoff

Last week I pulled some hamburger out of the freezer intending to make burgers while my dad was visiting. Then in the midst of all my food planning, I had to put my dog down. And suddenly I no longer felt like trying hip, new burgers. Instead, I wanted something easy to make. Something comforting. Like the beef stroganoff my mom used to make when I was a kid.

I pepped up my mom’s recipe a bit by browning the butter, using homemade Condensed Cream Soup Substitute instead of canned condensed soup, and adding lots and lots of whipping cream.


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 large clove of garlic, chopped
  • 8 oz mushrooms, cleaned and sliced (I used shiitake and crimini)
  • ¼ c. butter, browned
  • 2 T. flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • 2 10 ¾-oz can cream of chicken soup or substitute
  • 1 to 2 c. whipping cream, half and half or milk
  • pasta water, as needed
  • 1 c. sour cream
  • 1 12-oz package egg noodles, cooked
  • parmesan cheese, for garnish


  1. In a large skillet cook meat, onion and mushroom until onion and mushroom are tender and meat is cooked through. Drain excess grease.
  2. Stir in browned butter, flour, salt, garlic, and pepper and cook 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in soup or soup substitute. Add whipping cream (enough to get desired consistency). Stir in sour cream and cooked noodles. Simmer on low, stirring occasionally, for 10 to 15 minutes. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste, if necessary.
  3. Serve immediately, garnished with freshly grated parmesan cheese.

My mom’s recipe does not call for whipping cream, but the mixture seemed “dry” without it. I am guessing on how much whipping cream I added from start to finish. I kept adding more and more hoping to get a creamier consistency. If you feel as though you don’t need any whipping cream at all, don’t use any. My browned butter seemed to separate from the rest of the ingredients a bit – pretty normal for browned butter, in my experience. Once I stirred vigorously enough and added enough whipping cream, the dish came together. Both my dad and my sister thought the dish was great.

Recipe rating: 

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