Pan Fried Steak and Steak Burgers with Red Wine Onions and Laura’s Lean Giveaway!


One of my daughter’s male friends told her that the way to catch a guy is to cook him a steak.  I asked her if she told him how to catch a girl.  She said, she didn’t know how, but it would be harder than just a cooking a steak.  (In a later conversation, we agreed that making Nutella Strudel for her, might work.)

I do know that it made my sons and husband very happy to sit down to a meal of steak and our poor man’s version, Steak Burgers.  The Red Wine Onions made them both even more delicious.

There’s a lot going on in this post – 3 recipes and a giveaway! – so keep reading…

Recently, I was contacted by Laura’s Lean Beef asking if I would like to do a review and giveaway.  Of course!  It was the perfect excuse to buy real steak, something we rarely ever have.

I bought a package of boneless strip steaks and a large package of hamburger.  Above, you can see the ingredients for the Pan Fried Steak with Red Wine Onions.

I’m not very good at cooking steak, since I rarely do it, so I turned to Pioneer Woman’s site for help.  I used her 2 secret ingredients – Lemon Pepper Seasoning and Lawry’s Seasoned Salt.  Here’s her how-to.  I didn’t venture far from this, except I did cook mine a bit longer.

I used my cast iron skillet to cook the steak.  After it was done, I made the onions in the same skillet.  Here’s how:

Red Wine Onions to Top Steak

  • 1 onion, chopped or sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • about 1 cup red wine

Cook the onion and garlic till soft, using the same skillet you used to cook the steak.  Pour in about a cup or so of red wine and cook over medium heat, till the wine reduces.   I didn’t measure the wine, just glugged some in.  I wish I would have used more, since most of it cooked off, but the taste was divine!  Serve the onions over sliced steak.

If you like mushrooms, feel free to add them.  I’ve tried to like mushrooms.  I want to like them.  But I just don’t like them.

I wasn’t sure if I had enough steak for everyone, so I decided to try out Laura’s Lean Ground Beef and make Steak Burgers.  Here’s what you’ll need (Ketchup made it into the photo, but it’s not in the burgers. Please ignore it.)

Steak Burgers

  • 2 1/2 lbs. ground beef (I used 8% fat)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 2 tsp. lemon pepper seasoning
  • 1 tsp. Lawry’s seasoned salt
  • 1/4 tsp. liquid smoke

Combine all the ingredients until well blended.  Pat out burgers.  Cook on the grill, an indoor grill or in a skillet.  I chose the outdoor grill.

I made 4 good sized burgers, fairly thick to serve with the Red Wine Onions and 6 regular sized burgers to put in the freezer for later.

The liquid smoke in this recipe really kicked things up a notch.  We all really loved these, almost more than the steak.  We have high-falutin’ taste around here.

As far as the Laura’s Lean Beef – yum!  I could tell a difference in quality over the Walmart brand I usually buy.  I wasn’t sure how the leaner beef would do on the grill, but it didn’t taste dry at all and cooked up fast.

Giveaway Time! Giveaway now closed

Laura’s Lean Beef is going to provide 3 readers with $20 vouchers each to choose their own Laura’s Lean product in their local store.

For the first entry: Leave a comment here telling me how often you cook steak.

For an optional second entry, pop over to the Laura’s Lean Facebook page and hit the like button.  Leave a comment here to let me know you did that.

The giveaway will be open through Monday night.

Disclosure: Laura’s Lean Beef provided me with $20 in vouchers to choose products in my local store.  All opinions are my own.

Red Wine Onions
  • 1 onion, chopped or sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • about 1 cup red wine
  1. Cook the onion and garlic till soft, using the same skillet you used to cook the steak.
  2. Pour in about a cup or so of red wine and cook over medium heat, till the wine reduces.
  3. I didn’t measure the wine, just glugged some in. I wish I would have used more, since most of it cooked off, but the taste was divine!
  4. Serve the onions over sliced steak.


Steak Burgers

Serves: 10 burgers

  • 2½ lbs. ground beef (I used 8% fat)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 2 tsp. lemon pepper seasoning
  • 1 tsp. Lawry’s seasoned salt
  • ¼ tsp. liquid smoke
  1. Combine all the ingredients until well blended.
  2. Pat out burgers.
  3. Cook on the grill, an indoor grill or in a skillet.


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  1. We have steak maybe once a month. We buy a 1/2 of a beef and split it with the in-laws, so we have a good selection of steak, but try to space it out to make it last. It is so expensive to buy at the store and I’m not very good at cooking them except on the grill.

  2. I cook steak at least twice a month, sometimes more. Just depends on if I can find it on sale. In fact, we are having steak tonight!

  3. I liked her facebook page.

  4. Between cost & ignorance about how to cook it, I never buy steak. This means Tim would be *very* happy if I won. 🙂

  5. Just “liked” her on FB.

  6. We have steak about once a month. I DO love Laura’s Lean Beef, though. It’s all my parents buy (in KY) so I get yummy beef every time I’m home!

  7. We grill it out about twice a month. The better cuts make a huge difference, so we usually end up spending a little bit more but we get them from Costco, so it’s cheaper than the regular grocery store. Yum, meat.

  8. We rarely cook steak — it’s a real treat for us when we do! We love to grill it… yum, yum.

  9. TG Kranz says:

    I put a little oil in a skillet and turn it on med high until it is screaming hot. Season the steaks with whatever you like(salt&pepper is fine). Put the seasoned steak(we like ribeyes) in the hot pan and cook 4 mins on one side. The key is not to move them, put them down and DON’T touch them until it time to turn. Turn them over and cook and additional 3-4 mins for medium doneness, less for medium rare and more for medium well.

  10. TG Kranz says:

    Liked Laura’s on FB.

    Oops!I forgot to say how often we have steak in the previous post. It’s about once a month.

  11. We usually cook steak a lot during the spring and summer. Probably about 3 times a month.

  12. we like to grill steak in the summer as a treat – i tried it once in the skillet and it did not taste good!!

  13. Kathy L. says:

    I rarely cook steak but when we do cook it, it’s usually in the summer on the grill and maybe once a month!

  14. MarathonMom says:

    We only buy steak for special occasions since it is so expensive. My whole family loves it though and would be extremely happy to see some in our fridge/freezer! 🙂

  15. Elizabeth McIntosh says:

    We rarely eat steak due to its high cost. Maybe once every two months if I find it on sale. We eat the poor man’s version like you do, burgers. 🙂

  16. I never cook steak. I only like it grilled, and we don’t do that often. But maybe this summer I’ll do it once for a splurge.

  17. Elizabeth McIntosh says:

    I liked her facebook page.

  18. We eat beef 2-3 times per week, and steak much less often than that because of the price. Can’t wait til we’re able to start buying 1/4 or 1/2 cows!

  19. Liked Laura’s on FB!

  20. We usually have cube steak about once every 2 or 3 weeks.

  21. We have steak a couple of times per month and I prefer the Laura’s beef. Whenever I see it on sale, I stock up. Your onions look terrific! I’m going to give them a try the next time we have steak – WITH mushrooms 🙂

  22. I just liked their facebook page.

  23. Brittany Albert says:

    My husband and oldest daughter love steak, so we end up having some form of steak/beef 2-3 times a week.

  24. Brittany Albert says:

    I like Laura’s Lean on FB.

  25. My husband would say we don’t have steak nearly enough! I usually cook steak once in a blue moon since it’s not really in our budget. But my favorite recipe to use steak in Rachel Ray’s Orange Beef with Cilantro Rice. We have it once every other month or so when we have a few extra dollars to spend on the good stuff! 🙂

  26. I liked Laura’s Lean on Facebook!! 🙂

  27. We love Laura’s Lean around here…we often find it in the manager’s clearance in our meat department and then we stock up big time! We also love steak! In the summer it’s not unusual to find us grilling up steaks once a week or so. We don’t buy T-Bones or anything really expensive like that, but we love us some steak!

  28. Bessie Burnsed says:

    I cook steak about oh…once a month… too darn expensive..

  29. James Shumate says:

    atleast once a month we have steak

  30. I try to cook a steak for my family at least once or twice a month, I don’t eat beef, but I know if I don’t fix it for them every once and awhile there might be a mutiny at my house! 🙂

  31. Charlotte LeBlanc says:

    I have steak at least once a week. Sometimes, 2 times a week. When I have left over steak, I make steak and egg tacos with grilled onions and salsa for breakfast. Yummy.

  32. Charlotte LeBlanc says:

    I already “liked” you on facebook. I am a fan.

  33. Amanda Rosenbaum says:

    not very often but I like it.

  34. I never buy steak because, I always mess it up 🙁 But, The steak burgers look good!

  35. Merry Graham says:

    I grill steaks about 2 times a month. We love flat iron steaks and filet mignon.

  36. Merry Graham says:

    I had already liked Laura’s Lean Beef Facebook ~ I posted a message letting my peeps know to enter your giveaway!

  37. I don’t cook steak very often, as there are 6 of us at home right now, but I have one to use tonight!


  38. I used to cook steak about twice a week when I was still with my husband, but now that its just me and the kids, and my son isn’t a big meat eater, its probably down to about once every other week. Steak is just one of those things I’ve gotta treat myself to!! I love it!!

  39. Diane Anderson says:

    We have steak about 3-4 times a year at our house. It’s too expensive and the only way we really enjoy it is on the grill. Thanks for the giveaway!

  40. Diane Anderson says:

    I liked Laura’s Lean Beef on Facebook!

  41. I like Laura’s Lean on FB!!

  42. Maggie Mckay says:

    We have steak at least twice a month and love Laura’s beef

  43. We eat steak about once a week although my husband wishes we could have it 5 days a week. Can’t wait to try the red wine onions…looks yummy!!

  44. We LOVE steak in our house but, we rarely have it. I honestly do not think that we have had steak since we were married. Wow, just realized that. 🙂 Winning this giveaway would be great. My husband would be in heaven if we had steak for dinner one night.

  45. Jill Jones says:

    We have steak about once or twice a month on average. We like it grilled with onions and mushrooms sauteed on the side.

  46. Jill Jones says:

    I “liked” LLB on FB!

  47. I cook steak in butter and worcestershire sauce

  48. Janelle Ashton says:

    My boyfriend would prefer that I serve it at all three meals! Just kidding, but at current prices, It’s more of a special treat! Could practically taste that recipe: the onions sound wonderful!
    Best wishes and thanks for a chance to win this fantabulous giveaway!

  49. Both of these sound really good. I can’t wait to try them. We love steak around here. I think we have it about 3 to 4 times in a month. The red wind onions sound delicious and mushrooms would be excellent with that too.

  50. We rarely eat steak. I’m like you and don’t eat it enough to know how to prepare it properly.

  51. I also commented/liked Laura’s fb page. here’s hoping I win!

  52. I cook steak about 1-2 times a month because I dont really know what other way to season it with… and im a beginner cook.

  53. I already liked the facebook page.

  54. Catherine Ball says:

    I only cook steak about 6 times a year. I probably cook beef 9-12 times a year. When I cook beef I use Laura’s Lean Beef products. I have found that it is well worth my time to drive across town to the store that carries Laura’s Lean Beef products. The taste is fantastic

  55. Carol H. says:

    We have Steak about once a week, and Hambuger meat is so versatile we have it 2-4 times a week. This looks like a yummy new recipe to try, thanks♥

  56. Carol H. says:

    I already like/love Laura’s Beef it tastes great!!

  57. We don’t eat a lot of red meat at our house, so when we do it’s really a special treat.

  58. We do steaks every so often- we use a rub to season it- and cook on the grill. Sometimes I cook it on my grill pan indoors. But, my favorite is Fajita steak that we put in quesadillas! Yummy!

  59. We only buy steaks on special occasions (Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, parent birthdays), and we only put them on the grill. My husband is the grill “king” and he does quite a fantastic job with steaks on the grill. We’ve never tried LLBeef, so I’d love to give it a try!

  60. Kathleen Conner says:

    We eat steak about once every 2 weeks

  61. Kathleen Conner says:

    I like Laura’s Lean Facebook page

  62. Jeannine Q says:

    We eat steak about twice a month

  63. I don’t cook steak. I’m scared of it, honestly. It’s way too expensive to mess up! I do love a good steak, though, when someone else fixes it or my dear husband takes me out to eat. 🙂

  64. We have steak maybe twice a month. We’ve only had the opportunity to try Laura’s beef products once. When it was on a manager sale at our local grocer.

  65. I haven’t cooked steak before. My husband and I took a cooking class in January with steak as part of the menu. I took a ton of notes and now it’s grilling season so I need to try them out.

  66. I never cook steak, too expensive for my budget. Have used only Laura’s ground beef for the last 3 years.
    , 2-3 times per month.

  67. I very rarely cook steak, like maybe 2-3 times a year. I don’t know how to pick a steak and I’m scared to cook them. I do use ground beef 2-4 times a week though!

  68. Did the FB like as well

  69. I just liked Laura’s Lean Beef on Facebook. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  70. We make steak about twice a month.

  71. I also ‘liked’ the FB page.

  72. Kimberly says:

    Like you, we rarely eat steak. I have 5 kids, and cook on a budget, so steak is reserved for anniversary dinner and Father’s Day. We grill burgers all the time, though, so I’m curious to try your “steak burger” recipe. My husband often eats his burgers with steak sauce.

    (I liked Laura’s facebook page, so please enter me in the drawing twice!)

  73. I cook steak only a couple times a year if that. It is just hard to fit into our budget. 🙂

  74. we keep steak as a special occasion meal…or whenever we’re at my in-laws (they eat a LOT more red meat ha)

  75. We eat steak about every other week. My husband is a HUGE fan!!

  76. I like LLB on FB!

  77. I liked Laura on her FB page. We grill steak a couple of times a month. Thanks for the opportunity to win a steak coupon and also letting us know about Laura’s steaks. I went to her home page to see if they are available in our area and am pleased to learn that the local Kroger stores carry them. I’ll have to check them out next Kroger visit. I can’t wait to try your recipes. When I think of steak, I always hear the song “Big Country” in my head. LOL

  78. Oh, I’m wrong…
    It’s Hoedown from Rodeo. Sorry about that.
    “Beef…it’s what’s for dinner!” Yum. 🙂

  79. brandysue says:

    we cook steak 2-3 times a year, not often enough. WE always grill them.

  80. We eat steak about once every two weeks, but we eat hamburger once or twice a week.

  81. We have steak at least once a week, I love it becasue it is so versatile! We can grill, it, slow cook it, broil, pan fry, etc. .

  82. I Liked Laura’s page on Facebook 🙂

  83. I don’t cook steak very often, mainly because I don’t know how to cook it right. Would love to try the recipe! It looked yummy.

  84. we cook steak mostly in the summer – once a month, maybe.

  85. I ‘liked’ her page!

  86. I gave up FaceBook for Lent, so I’m glad I can still enter the giveaway here!

  87. OldNuffToKnoBtr says:

    I cook steak once or twice a year.

  88. We don’t cook steak a lot at home but it is one of my husband’s favorites. He is pretty picky about how it is cooked though so I’m always afraid I won’t get it right. I’d love to try Laura’s Lean Beef – I got a great sampler pack of grass fed beef from a local company and it was fantastic but we just can’t afford it on a regular basis.

  89. OldNuffToKnoBtr says:

    I liked the Laura’s Lean page.

  90. I cook steak about 1-2x/month. I reallly wasn’t successful until i found a great marinade and followed my sister-in-laws recipe(she will pan-fry the steak and then finish it in the oven). I got rave reviews from all!

  91. Margie Huddleston says:

    We hardly ever eat steak. One reason being that it can be expensive! I enjoy a nice hamburger every once in a while, but we just do not eat a lot of beef. I might if it’s free, though. 🙂

  92. We make steak at least once a month- growing up, I always wanted mushrooms on top, but now I do sauteed sweet onions- my hubby doesn’t like the mushrooms (and I think I prefer the onions anyway!)!

  93. I love steak, but we rarely have it. Only for special occasions (birthdays, anniversary, maybe Valentines Day). Last year, my doctor told me my cholesterol was high and encouraged me to limit my intake of red meat, so I’ve really cut back in the last 6-8 months. I’d love to try Laura’s Lean though, I have seen it at my Kroger, but it is a little pricey for my budget. 🙂

  94. We cook steak probably 1-2 times per month. I love a good juicy ribeye or t-bone but alternate with leaner versions for fajitas. I LOVE Laura’s!

  95. I also liked Laura’s on FB. 🙂

  96. We have steak about once a month – maybe a bit more in the summer grilling season.

  97. My Dad was the steak champion in our family. He died five years ago and we rarely have steak now. I think its about time we try cooking steak for ourselves. He was a meat cutter and he enjoyed the leaner Laura’s beef.

  98. I like Laura’s on facebook

  99. I cook steak about 3-4 times a month.

  100. I cook steak only a few times a year; usually for special occassions. My husband usually cooks the steaks on the grill.

  101. Amy Ramos says:

    We rarely eat meat but this is the only kind (Laura’s Beef) we will have. We love having it during the warmer months and grill it!! YUM!

  102. Amy Ramos says:

    I also liked Laura’s facebook page.


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