I made this with my own ground beef (and wait! Before you run away, if you have a food processor and 5 extra minutes you can do it too! Click here for all the info.) And you can certainly use regular ground beef if you want to. One way or the other, mix it up with some fresh breadcrumbs, an egg, some tomato paste and a little salt and pepper and form it into those oval shapes you remember. (Why the oval shapes? I have no idea.) Before you cook the burgers, saute up some onions until they are soft and golden. Then cook the steaks and set them aside.
The last very vital step is to make that gravy up there, which you cook up in that same skillet out of some beef broth, a little cornstarch and the pan drippings. Very easy and essential to the whole Salisbury Steak Experience.
Now dish it up with a steak covered in the soft onions and liberally topped with the gravy, and if you want the full experience, go for the mashed potatoes and peas and carrots on the side. I now feel completely rehabilitated, Salisbury Steak-wise!