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Ground Beef Gravy Recipe

Ground Beef Gravy Recipe

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. YIELD:6 servings


  • 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


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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. Yield: 3 cups.

Recipe Note

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.

Nutritional 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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drtrish User ID: 83627 265504
Reviewed 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 User ID: 8920913 253145
Reviewed 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 User ID: 5728656 250400
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2016

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

sahm2391 User ID: 6016437 238505
Reviewed 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 User ID: 8175392 223560
Reviewed 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 User ID: 7739169 34446
Reviewed 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."

pinksuitcases User ID: 630663 43811
Reviewed Apr. 19, 2012

"I really liked this recipe. It was super easy and tasted like home. It was a bit salty though. Maybe you could use reduced sodium broth and cut out the seasoned salt, but try it and see what you think. I like salt myself. Ha ha."

cwbuff User ID: 441425 43808
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2011

"This is surprisingly tasty for simple comfort food. My sons really liked it. I increased the meat to 2 lbs to suit their appetites and decreased the garlic powder to 1 teaspoon. Try it - don't let its simplicity fool you."

audreyjones User ID: 3450152 76366
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2011

"Tastes close to what my grandma used to make =)"

ladyhearts4 User ID: 309164 74817
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2011

"I make this at least once a month. It is easy and great tasting.. I serve over potatoes. Me and the kids don't like onions but I put them in the food processer twice and you cannot even tell they are in this.. I and the kids eat it.. I dont use as much parsley as it says though..."

mother of 3 User ID: 1726536 203967
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2011 Edited Nov. 27, 2015

"Mmmmm - wonderful sauce flavor. I used 12 oz. organic beef broth & 1 tsp. organic Better Than Bouillon beef base and 1/4 tsps. basil, marjoram, parsley & garlic powder. Decreased ground beef to 1/2 lb. Hubby ate it - YAY! I changed the sodium by using 1/4 tsp. each seasoned & Himalayan salt. Made garlic mashed potatoes."

cwbuff User ID: 441425 33678
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2011

"For a simple recipe, this is very tasty! At first, I was tempted to say "Aw the heck with it" and just use a dry or canned gravy, but I'm glad I didn't! Just a few tweaks - I cut the garlic powder down to 1 teaspoon instead of 1 tablespoon. Otherwise I think the garlic would have been overwhelming. And I added peas to make it a full meal - you could add any veggies you want. Also, next time I will increase the amt of the cornstarch and remaining broth to make a little more gravy. I like the idea someone had of adding French-fried onions at the end. All in all, an above-average busy night's dinner."

kimlauryn User ID: 5424622 29216
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2011

"I found it very easy and definately tasty."

kissdacook User ID: 3206853 29388
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2011

"add vegys and sprinkle cheddar cheese on top and you got a shepherds pie, thats why its so good. next time i'm going to crumble cheese and fried onions on top use half the basil and parsley :) maybe even use cheddar mashed potatoes"

lwilles19630 User ID: 2098418 203966
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2010

"Tried this recipe based on the high reviews. Will not make again. I cut the parsley, basil and garlic powder in 1/2. Still over powering taste of parsley and basil."

svetlana64 User ID: 5338609 29383
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2010

"goes well with mixed vegetables"

svetlana64 User ID: 5338609 107866
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2010

"Delicious!!!! a keeper...I used beef consumme` broth instead of plain beef broth."

CuriousCook User ID: 4569935 43807
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2010

"This dish obviously had some very highly recommended reviews, however I didn't care for the taste. I believe the Parsley and especially the basil dominated the flavor of this dish. I say half the amount of both spices and possibly add the beef broth UNDILUTED to give it a richer more balanced flavor. It has great potential, though."

kennedi User ID: 4182842 27937
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2009

"Very good gravy, taste good with mashed potatoes. Would recommend it to anyone, but I needed another meat to accent the dish!"

lkl User ID: 3001959 29379
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2009

"For such a simple list of ingredients, this was the tastiest beef recipe I've ever tasted. We will definitely make this recipe again and often.


mugscie User ID: 2057794 29214
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2009

"This is so easy and so delicious. It goes along way which makes it an inexspensive meal. I served it over mashed potatoes. YUMMY"

CAROLANN321 User ID: 4459508 84224
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2009


Radica User ID: 3608587 33664
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2009

"My whole family loves it, I'll have company over and make it again. It's really great comfort food. I served it over mashed potato and made rolls & green beans on the side."

kightlis User ID: 4315427 83278
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2009

"Hubby and I just didn't care for this at all. But as you can see we are in the minority."

jasavage17 User ID: 2816108 83277
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2009

"I luv this recipe, I've made it several times since discovering it."

hillarybrynn User ID: 2782727 29211
Reviewed May. 5, 2009

"this was so goooood. i added extra cornstarch to make it a bit thicker...and did more onion than it called for. it was very, very filling...and is inexpensive!"

JenniferH User ID: 2696956 82917
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2009

"I found it to be very tasty. Didn't change anything. I mashed potatoes and carrots left over from last night and put the Ground beef Gravy over it. Yummy."

BeadladyRose User ID: 3384651 29378
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2009

"I have made something simlar for years but I add mushrooms and niblets mexican corn to it. I love the left overs too."

kedi User ID: 1105509 74815
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2009

"This looks delicious. Can't wait to try it. Kedi"

Shera Long User ID: 2675447 83276
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2008

"I make this all the time. I am a little lactose intolerant and this gravy is right up my alley instead of milk gravy (white) which gives me a tummy ache. It is warm and cozy cooking!

Shera L."

tinkaandme User ID: 1650238 107865
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2008

"Great recipe! Delicious flavor and tastes great with mashed potatoes. Definitely a keeper!

Thank you for sharing.
Debbie H, Tenn."

Katrina_Tx User ID: 2748830 33644
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2008

"This is lovely.

I do however reduce the cornstarch a little for my own taste but we just love this meal, i'll tend to do some roast potatoes with it and vegetables but you just can't beat mashed potatoes.
Great recipe, thank you."

jpsluis User ID: 2086387 84223
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2008

"Just made this for dinner, my husband & I both loved it. I doubled the meat, beef broth and spices. thanks for the recipe!


msgrneyz2 User ID: 991218 33627
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2008

"I made this dish this evening because I was looking for something different to do with ground beef. I followed the recipe, but added a little worchestershire sauce when I browned the meat. It was good, and will probably make it again, but next time, I think I will use 1/2 the amount of basil and parsley that it called for. Was just a little too strong for my tastebuds. Thanks for your recipe."

lindseychesser User ID: 2720113 34445
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2007

"I just made this dish and it was delicious! My husband is a meat-lover, I am not and we both thought it tasted great. I didn't have beef broth and so I just used water. I also 1/2 the recipe for just the two of us and it made plenty. MMMmmm!"

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