Hamburger Gravy


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Old fashioned hamburger gravy is a classic recipe that’s tasty, versatile and so satisfying! Crumbled ground beef in a thick and creamy gravy made from milk and broth.

This is the perfect topping for turning any starch side dish into a mouth-watering entrée.

Hamburger gravy on a plate with mashed potatoes and parsley

Ingredients and Variations

There are so many easy changes that can be to this recipe with equally delicious results!

  • Meat: I use lean ground beef (of course) but you can sub any kind of ground meat. Turkey/chicken don’t have as much flavor so you might want to add some extra bouillon cubes. Sausage works to turn this into a sausage gravy recipe.
  • Broth: Hamburger gravy can be made without milk by substituting broth for the same quantity; the gravy will be brown instead of white. Beef bouillon cubes dissolved in water can substitute for broth. Just be sure to adjust added salt accordingly. Low sodium broth is not as flavorful, I don’t recommend it.
  • Diary: I use milk however a little bit of cream or even sour cream can be substituted to add even more richness and body to the sauce.
  • Veggies: Make it with mushrooms, and you’ll have a delicious downscale version of beef stroganoff! Or add in some onions for a creamy deconstructed hamburger steak, especially when using broth!

Short on Time? Ground beef is super forgiving and can go straight from the freezer into the frying pan for making hamburger gravy in minutes. To do so, add a little water or beef broth to the pan and cover, turning the block of ground beef often and cutting into smaller pieces as it thaws.

First image shows raw meat and onions in a frying pan and second image shows cooked meat and other ingredients in a frying pan for hamburger gravy

How to Make Hamburger Gravy

Here’s all it takes to prepare this easy homemade dish.

  1. Brown ground beef, onion and garlic in a pan, and do not drain.
  2. Stir in remaining ingredients (per recipe below), and cook until the sauce thickens.

When thickened, serve hot over a favorite starch. That’s all there is to it! Mashed potatoes, pasta, rice or even toast all work.

First image shows cooked meat with cream being poured into a frying pan and second image shows meat mixture in a frying pan for hamburger gravy

What to Serve with Hamburger Gravy

This yummy, chunky sauce is a quick and easy way to make dinner into a stick-to-your-ribs meal. These are some starch sides perfect for pairing with hamburger gravy.

Savory Sides: garlic mashed potatoes, buttered egg noodles, baked rice

Biscuits & Bread: garlic cheese biscuits, toast points, or toasted english muffins

To round this recipe out don’t forget to add a side of your favorite vegetables like roasted asparagus, green beans, or classic mixed veggies!

Hamburger gravy in bowls with mashed potato and parsley

Can You Freeze Hamburger Gravy?

Hamburger gravy is great as a leftover. Whether refrigerated or frozen make sure to store in an airtight container or zippered bag and write the date on the top!

  • Refrigerated it will last up to four days.
  • Frozen: Dairy doesn’t freeze well so I don’t reccomend freezing this with milk added.

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Hamburger gravy on a plate with mashed potatoes and parsley
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Review Recipe

Hamburger Gravy

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Beef, Main Course
Cuisine American
Old fashioned hamburger gravy is a classic recipe that’s tasty, versatile and so satisfying!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • ½ small onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 bouillon cube

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Instructions

  • Brown ground beef, onion and garlic until no pink remains. Do not drain.
  • You should have some fat in the bottom of the skillet, if not, add 1 tablespoon butter or oil. Stir in Worcestershire.
  • Stir in flour and allow to cook 2 minutes.
  • Add remaining ingredients and stir. Cook over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Season with salt & pepper to taste.
  • Serve over biscuits or mashed potatoes.

Recipe Notes

If you prefer a creamier hamburger gravy, reduce broth to 1/2 cup and increase milk to 1 1/2 cups.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 206, Carbohydrates: 7g, Protein: 17g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 53mg, Sodium: 354mg, Potassium: 406mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 77IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 67mg, Iron: 2mg
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