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Nothing says luxury like a steak dinner. Of course, nothing says empty wallet like a steak dinner, either. But does it have to be that way? Of course not! These recipes prove that you can have steak taste on a burger budget, and never once does it involve ketchup or a bun.
1. Drunken Goat Cheese Cheesesteaks
Steak's price all depends on the cut that you buy. Go for thin slices of inexpensive chuck steaks, then marinate them in an oil, vinegar, and Worcestershire mixture. Grill them quickly then load them onto a roll with grilled peppers and onions and a blanket of smooth goat cheese sauce and you have a sandwich fit for a king. Get the recipe here.
2. Beef Stroganoff
This creamy pasta dish is pure comfort food. You can use a more expensive cut of steak, like tenderloin, because it's just one component of the meal. Round it out with al dente egg noodles, sautéed onions, juicy mushrooms, and a creamy sauce. Get the recipe here.
3. Make Inexpensive Steak Juicy
It's the perfect fake out - getting an inexpensive cut of meat and masquerading it as one that cost 4 times as much. The simple technique of salting steak before cooking it draws moisture out of the meat, tenderizing it and also seasoning the meat from within. Just let it sit for an hour, dry the steaks well, and you are good to go. Get the recipe here.
4. Grilled Skirt Steak Fajitas
Skirt steak is inexpensive, flavorful, and perfect for those outdoor grilling parties. Marinate the steak in a citrus, tamari, and herb marinade and then grill with vegetables until the steak is medium rare. Have a make your own fajita party with tortillas, guacamole, salsa, and other toppings and let your guests go to town. Get our Grilled Skirt Steak Fajitas recipe.
5. Chicken Fried Steak with Country Gravy
Beef round is sliced paper thin and then pounded with the studded side of a meat mallet to tenderize. It's then coated in flour and fried until the outside is crispy and the meat inside is tender and juicy. Served with a buttery gravy and mashed potatoes, is it any wonder that this is the pride of Texas? Get our Chicken Fried Steak with Country Gravy recipe.
6. Salisbury Steak
These mini-meatloaves served with a rich mushroom gravy are a far cry from ordinary burgers of ground beef. Served with a glass of white wine and a seasonal salad, they are easily elegant enough for a romantic dinner for two. Get our Salisbury Steak recipe.
7. Seared Steak with Spicy Rice Noodles
Flank steak is an inexpensive cut to start with and when you mix it with chewy rice noodles and a spicy/tart marinade you need even less of it than you otherwise would. Feel free to add vegetables like bell pepper and broccoli to further round out the meal. Get our Seared Steak with Spicy Rice Noodles recipe.
Sarah Spigelman Richter is a New York City–based writer, blogger, and social media manager. She has developed recipes for Tabasco, blogs about her favorite restaurants and recipes at Fritos and Foie Gras, and can be found, most Friday nights, watching "Arrested Development" reruns.