How to Make Hamburger Gravy
Make my favorite comfort meal…hamburger gravy using ground beef! It’s delicious over a pile of mashed potatoes.
- What will I need to complete this recipe?
a. You will need the following ingredients:
i. Ground beef- I used 80/20 blend
iii. Garlic salt
iv. All-purpose flour
v. Beef broth
vi. Milk- I used whole milk
vii. Worcestershire sauce
viii. Black pepper
ix. Vegetable oil
x. Fresh parsley (optional for garnish)
b. You will need the following supplies:
for this section)
i. Large skillet
iii. Measuring cups
iv. Measuring spoons
v. Stirring spoon
vi. Knife & Cutting board
- How should I store my Hamburger Gravy?
a. Hamburger Gravy should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It can be
stored in the fridge for 3-4 days. To reheat, warm it on the stove or in the microwave,
stirring occasionally. If it’s too thick, add a little water or broth to thin it out. Make sure
it’s heated through until steaming.
b. To freeze: Cool it completely, then store it in a freezer-safe container or Ziploc bag. It can be frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before reheating, and you may
need to stir well and add a bit of water or broth when reheating if it’s too thick.
- What are substitutions that I can make?
a. Ground Beef: Substitute with ground chicken, or ground turkey. The overall taste profile may be different with the substitutions.
b. Onion: If you don’t have fresh onion, onion powder can be used, or you can skip it.
c. Garlic Salt: Use garlic powder with a pinch of salt, or fresh minced garlic.
d. All-Purpose Flour: For a gluten-free version, use cornstarch or a gluten-free flour blend.
e. Beef Broth: Chicken or vegetable broth can be used as an alternative.
f. Milk: You can use heavy whipping cream in place of the milk.
g. Vegetable Oil: Can be substituted with another cooking oil like canola or olive oil.
- What should I serve with my Hamburger Gravy?
a. Mashed Potatoes: A classic pairing that provides a creamy base for the gravy.
b. Steamed Rice: Serves as a simple, comforting side that absorbs the gravy well.
c. Buttered Egg Noodles: Offers a hearty and satisfying complement and goes great with
d. Biscuits: Ideal for sopping up the rich gravy, or ladle the gravy on top.
e. Green Beans or Broccoli: Steamed or sautéed for a healthy and crunchy contrast.
f. Cornbread: Adds a sweet and savory touch to the meal.
g. Garden Salad: A fresh salad with a light dressing balances the richness of the gravy.
h. Roasted Vegetables: Such as carrots, parsnips, or Brussels sprouts for added flavor and nutrition.
i. Toasted Bread or Dinner Rolls: Great for an additional starchy side to enjoy with the
- 1 pound ground beef
- ¼ cup diced onion
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 cups beef broth
- ½ cup milk
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- Optional: Chopped fresh parsley for garnish
- In a large skillet, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add the diced onion and ground beef to the skillet. Cook, breaking the beef apart with a spatula, until it's browned and the onion is translucent, about 5-7 minutes; drain.
- Sprinkle the garlic powder and black pepper over the cooked beef and onion. Stir well to combine.
- Sprinkle the flour evenly over the beef mixture and stir well to combine. Allow the flour to cook for about 1-2 minutes to remove the raw flour taste.
- Gradually pour in the beef broth while continuously stirring to prevent lumps from forming. The mixture will thicken as it cooks.
- Stir in the milk and Worcestershire sauce, and continue to cook over medium heat until the gravy reaches your desired thickness, about 5-7 minutes for thin gravy and 10-12 for thicker.
- Season the gravy with additional salt and black pepper, if needed.
- Optional: Garnish with chopped fresh parsley before serving.