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Ground Beef Gravy

While I was growing up, this is the dinner Mom let me make once a week. Now when I prepare it for my family, I'm reminded of happy times with Mom in the kitchen.—Diane Krasley, Graterford, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 5 min. Cook: 20 min.
  • Makes
    3 cups


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) beef broth, divided
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Hot mashed potatoes or cooked pasta


  • In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add 1-1/2 cups beef broth, onion, parsley, basil, garlic powder, seasoned salt and pepper. Simmer, uncovered, for 5-10 minutes or until onion is tender.
  • In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and remaining broth until smooth. Stir into beef mixture. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Serve with mashed potatoes or pasta.
To prevent lumps when thickening with cornstarch, don't mix cornstarch with a hot liquid. Combine it with a cold or room temperature liquid and gradually add it to the hot mixture in a skillet or saucepan.
Nutrition Facts
1/2 cup: 145 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 545mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 14g protein.

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  • Brandy
    Oct 22, 2020

    Loved this!!!! So tasty

  • PrplMonky5
    Jun 2, 2020

    I thought this was pretty good, but made some tweaks to it based on previous reviewers. I did only 1 Tbsp of Parsley, which was more than enough. I did regular beef broth (not lower sodium) and cut back on the seasoned salt (did about 1/4 tsp). That was a mistake, however - it didn't have quite the right taste. Next time I'll increase it to 1/2 tsp. Before I added in the beef broth and cornstarch mix, I threw in some steamed carrots and frozen peas to add some veggies to it. They were really yummy in it, but unfortunately there just wasn't enough of the "gravy" because of that. Next time I'll increase the gravy portion if I intend to add extra veggies. We put it over rice and while that was ok, I think I'd like to try potatoes or pasta next time. Overall, I'd make this again, with a few more tweaks.

  • Linda
    Jun 21, 2018

    We grew up eating this in our home too. It was also one of our favorite school lunches they used to serve.We never had garlic or parsley in it but pretty much the same recipe!

  • drtrish
    May 4, 2017

    Made this last night - I let the onions saute with the burger a few minutes rather than adding the onions, seasonings, and broth in right away. Then I added the seasonings to cook for a minute and then finally added in the broth. I think it enhances the flavors of the herbs a little better that way. I also added about 1/8 tsp of ground cumin for a little smoky flavor, and a small can of mushrooms, drained. I used low-sodium broth. This is definitely a keeper! Next time I'll cut back the parsley - I think 1 Tbsp is enough. I might add some finely diced carrot and/or celery too. Or, I was thinking the addition of a little sour cream or heavy cream would turn this into a nice stroganoff type gravy! But really, it's great as it is and so simple... And - it's picky-hubby-approved!

  • Nisee79
    Aug 25, 2016

    I loved this recipe but because I don't eat beef, I made some changes. I used ground turkey, chicken broth and i added some cayenne pepper! Yummy

  • krysfielder
    Jul 13, 2016

    Quick, easy, could make it with ground turkey to make it cheaper and lower fat and the family loved it!

  • sahm2391
    Nov 30, 2015

    This is an awesome quick weekday dinner recipe. Served over leftover mashed potatoes from Thanksgiving. So easy to prepare and everyone in my family, which covers ages 12-84, loved it!! I didn't have any basil and I did add carrots with the onions but otherwise followed the recipe and it came out great. Definite keeper.

  • bizcheex
    Mar 25, 2015

    This is an excellent and easy weekday recipe. I always adjust the spices, based on my broth, so that it won't be too salty. I also use flour instead of cornstarch, to thicken the sauce. I add green beans to the mixture. Even my very picky child loves this!

  • ambergirl76
    May 26, 2014

    I am just a learner, so I do my best, just love you cookery book, I really did not like the gravy, I much prefer the liquid type, it was a little salty.

  • Sillyman1
    Jul 14, 2013

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