For as long as I can remember, my mom has prepared broth for gravy using turkey necks.

Simmering turkey necks with veggies and savory seasonings makes a richly flavored broth that’s whisked into delicious velvety gravy!

This gravy has so much flavor, plus it lets the chef use up the whole turkey.

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What Are Turkey Necks? 

(and Where Do You Find Them?)

  • Turkey necks are dark meat which is flavor packed. When preparing a whole turkey for roasting, the neck and giblets are often inside and should be removed before roasting.
  • In this recipe, turkey necks are browned for flavor and used to make broth. You can add the giblets too if you’d like.
  • The simmering part of this recipe can be done months ahead (and frozen), so the gravy is easy to prepare at meal time.
  • You can buy packages of turkey necks in the refrigerator or freezer section of most grocery stores, they’re fairly inexpensive. If you don’t see them, ask the grocer.
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Ingredients for Turkey Neck Gravy

Turkey Necks – Save the necks and giblets that are often packed in the cavity of the turkey! Most grocers will sell turkey necks separately, or you can order them in advance. Necks should be thawed before browning.

Vegetables – Much like making turkey broth or stock, vegetables add flavor.

Broth – Our family has always made this using reduced-sodium broth with the necks for an intense and flavorful gravy. If you’d prefer, you can use water and add bouillon cubes, but we do find boxed broth to give the best results.

Seasonings/Herbs – Use fresh herbs if you have them. If not, dried herbs are just as good in this gravy recipe.

Add Extra Flavor

Save the drippings (both the fat and the juices) from roasting the turkey!

Use the fat in place of butter, and be sure to scrape up any brown bits with a wooden spoon and cook them into the broth for more flavor!

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How to Make Turkey Neck Gravy

  1. Brown turkey necks and (vegetables if you’d like) in a large pot (per the recipe below).
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer for 45 minutes. Strain the broth, discarding the necks and vegetables.
  3. Cook butter, flour, and sage until lightly browned. Whisk in broth a little at a time until smooth.
  4. Simmer the gravy until thickened.

Storing Gravy

Don’t let gravy sit out at room temperature for more than two hours. Keep it in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat on the stovetop.

Freeze for up to 2-3 months in zippered bags or in ice cube trays so you can pop one or two out to add a punch of savory flavor to soups, stews, sandwiches, and stir-fries!

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Turkey Neck Gravy

Turkey neck gravy elevates any holiday feast with its rich and savory flavors!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 4
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  • 4 turkey necks raw
  • 1 large yellow onion unpeeled and quartered
  • 2 ribs celery chopped
  • 2 medium carrots chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 ½ teaspoons poultry seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 1 small handful of fresh parsley or a few sprigs of fresh poultry herb mixture optional


  • ½ cup roast turkey drippings* or butter
  • ½ cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon dried ground sage
  • 4 cups turkey neck broth above


To Make the Broth

  • In a large heavy bottom pot, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the turkey necks and cook until browned on both sides.
  • Add the onion, celery, carrot, and seasonings. Stir in broth and water.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer, and cover. Let simmer for 45 minutes.
  • Strain the broth and discard the necks and vegetables.

To Make the Gravy

  • In a medium saucepan, combine the ½ cup of fat from the turkey drippings or butter (or use a combination of both to make a total of ½ cup) over medium heat. Add the flour and sage and cook, while stirring, until the flour starts to lightly brown, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Once browned, gradually add any juices from the turkey and the strained broth, stirring until very smooth after each addition. It will seem very thick and pasty at first, continue slowly adding the broth and stirring until smooth.
  • Once all of the broth is added, let the gravy simmer over medium-low heat until thickened to desired consistency.
  • Taste and season with salt and pepper.


For the best flavor, reserve the drippings from a roast turkey. Separate the fat and the juices. Use the fat to replace as much butter as possible (add butter to make ½ cup of fat total). Use the juices to replace some of the broth and be sure to scrape up any brown bits.
Browning the flour adds extra flavor.
Fresh herbs are great if you have them on hand but they are not required to make this gravy. Most grocery stores sell a “poultry pack” of herbs around the holidays which contain parsley, rosemary, thyme, and sage. This can be used in the broth. Additional parsley can be added to the gravy just before serving if desired.
Turkey neck gravy can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Reheat on the stovetop. 
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 330 | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 882mg | Potassium: 436mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 5917IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dip, Sauce, Turkey
Cuisine American
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  1. I always cook the giblets in a separate pan, since I saw this a while back, I search for turkey necks and/or chicken necks before the big day. Put them in the freezer and defrost a few days before. Now I roast them in the oven with some special herbs butter and a bit of water. Take them out when lightly browned and toss them with everything else in the pan in a large stock pan. Add at least three or four celery stalks, same with carrots, I have cut them all up into forths or fifths. At least a half of a large onion, cut into large chunks, some fresh rosemary stalks, fresh sage leaves (which I grew both the rosemary and sage}. Maybe a bay leaf, I love a few additional seasonings that I put a Tablespoon or two into the pot after it comes to a simmer. I make sure that all of this is totally covered in water, by the way. Bring to a boil, take down to a simmer. Now you can put your Turkey in the oven and begin roasting. Keep simmering the pot, adding either broth or water until about an hour before the turkeys done. Then take it off the stove, strain the pot, keeping all the liquids and trashing the remains. It is now ready for the drippings from your turkey roasting pan and can probably be moved to a smaller pan to save room on the stove.5 stars