How to Make Beef Gravy

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Your favorite meat and potatoes dinner isn’t complete without this easy and delicious Beef Gravy recipe. The deep color and rich flavor makes this gravy the perfect topping to so many meals!

Beef gravy dripping from a spoon into a bowl of gravy

The Best Beef Gravy Recipe


The taste of homemade gravy far exceeds gravy that comes from a powder. The extra few minutes it takes to make your own is totally worth it. It is a favorite at our Sunday dinners.

Growing up, the star of every Sunday dinner was our mom’s creamy, rich beef gravy. She was famous for her warm, comforting Sunday meals, especially mashed potatoes and gravy. Extended family members were always clamoring to get an invite to her table. One of our uncles (who will remain anonymous) came over for dinner once, filled his whole plate with mashed potatoes and then covered the entire thing with Mom’s gravy. Hey, no judgement here, Uncle Anonymous. We’re just jealous we didn’t think of doing it first!

Beef gravy slowly being poured over a mound of mashed potatoes

The Best Roast Beef Recipes 

If you are looking to make a roast beef gravy recipe, it helps to start with a good recipe for roast beef. Lucky for you, we have lots of great roast beef recipes! From slow cooker roast beef (aka Crock Pot pot roast) to our popular Instant Pot pot roast to a Sunday oven pot roast made in a roasting pan, we’ve you you covered. All of these methods will give you a good amount of liquid for a delicious roast beef gravy.

Gravy with Juices from a Beef Roast 

Drippings from your roast meat is ideal for the best gravy. Use that glorious broth left over from cooking your meat for your gravy. Use as much as you can and try to scrape up those little beef bits from the bottom of your roasting pan, slow cooker, or Instant Pot before turning it into gravy.

Homemade Beef Gravy with Beef Broth

Drippings from your main course meat is ideal for the best gravy but sometimes there’s not enough juices left in the pan to make enough gravy to feed the family. If this is the case (which it is the case MOST of the time for our gravy-loving family) here’s a simple trick: add beef broth and a little butter. Gravy needs a bit of that good, delicious fat for a better consistency. If you don’t have drippings at all, no worries, just follow the recipe below for an easy beef broth gravy!

Beef gravy being poured over a sliced roast

Can I Use Beef Stock Instead of Beef Broth?

Yes! Stock that has been simmered down from bones, seasonings, and veggies (usually the trifecta of carrots, celery and onions) adds a much deeper flavor to gravy. But if making all that at home sounds daunting, there are several can or carton options at your regular grocery store.

Beef Gravy with Flour

We like the cornstarch method when making gravy because it is a little more forgiving and easier to do when you have beef drippings. If you don’t have cornstarch on hand or prefer a roux gravy you can still use this easy recipe! Simply melt butter, add flour and stir until flour is cooked– then whisk in the beef broth and remaining ingredients. Which leads me to…

Brown Gravy from a Roux

Gravy made from a roux sounds fancy, but it’s actually really easy once you understand how it works. What I like about roux gravy is that it can vary in flavor and color depending on how long you cook the flour. If you like a deep, dark brown gravy (similar to gravies in Europe), you cook the flour for much longer than you would a light brown, country-style beef gravy (see image below). There is so much to know about roux, we actually dedicated an entire post to it. Learn ALL about roux HERE.

The 4 types of roux including white, blond, brown, and dark in white bowls

Is Beef Gravy Gluten Free?

Most beef gravies are NOT gluten free. Beef broth or bouillon generally contain a fair amount of gluten. But, if you use a gluten free broth (check the labels!) and prepare this recipe with corn starch, you will have a delicious gluten free gravy.

Mashed potatoes with beef gravy on a plate

Kick It Up a Notch

Want to add some more flavor dimensions to your roast beef gravy? Try adding some of these easy ingredients:

  • Worcestershire sauce – adds a deep, tangy flavor to the gravy.
  • Thyme – Bring a fresh, earthy flavor to your gravy with a teaspoon of thyme. Let it simmer until all those fresh flavors are released.
  • Chopped onion – sauté some finely chopped onion in a little butter before adding any other ingredients for a brighter flavor. 
  • Mushrooms – Any mushroom lovers out there? Slice up some mushrooms and sauté in butter over medium heat before adding to the gravy.

Where’s The Beef?

Want even more delicious, beefy recipes with beef gravies and sauces? Here are some of our favorites:

More Delicious Gravy Recipes

Once you have the method down, the possibilities of delicious gravies are endless. Give some of these a try:

Beef gravy dripping from a spoon into a bowl of gravy

Beef Gravy

5 from 21 votes
Your favorite meat and potatoes dinner isn’t complete without this easy and delicious Beef Gravy recipe. The deep color and rich flavor makes this gravy the perfect topping to so many meals!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course, Sauce
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons butter (optional, see notes above)
  • 4 cups beef broth (or beef drippings, or combination of both)
  • 3 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup water
  • beef bouillon to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • In a medium-sized sauce pan, combine butter, beef broth, onion powder, and garlic powder. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
    Stirring together gravy ingredients in a sauce pan
  • Reduce heat and bring to a simmer.
    Bringing gravy to a simmer
  • In a small bowl or liquid measuring cup, combine cornstarch and water, stirring until well combined.
    Mixing corn starch and water to thicken gravy
  • While whisking the broth CONSTANTLY, slowly add cornstarch mixture to the saucepan. I like to pour in about a tablespoon at a time to gauge consistency. You may not need all of the cornstarch mixture, add only until desired consistency is reached.
    Adding corn starch mix to gravy
  • Add beef bouillon (or Kosher salt– I just like the depth of flavor the beef bouillon adds as compared to straight up salt) and pepper to taste.
    Stirring in beef bullion to gravy
  • Allow to simmer 2-3 minutes. Serve over potatoes, rice, poutine, or your favorite beef dishes.
    Pouring beef gravy over mashed potatoes

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Nutrition Information

Calories: 65kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 2gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 486mgPotassium: 77mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 131IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 11mgIron: 1mg

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Echo Blickenstaff

Echo lives in Pleasant Grove, Utah with her husband, Todd, who works in advertising, and her four kids: two girls and two boys. She deploys her accounting degree as the blog’s resident problem solver. In her time outside the kitchen, Echo loves to get away from the phones and busy schedules and spend quality time with the family. Anywhere’s great – but getting out into nature in the mountains or on the beach – is the best kind of getaway.

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  1. 5 stars
    I have made this recipe 3 or 4 times now without drippings and it comes out great every time. Quick, easy and delicious!

  2. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for sharing this amazing recipe! Will surely have this again! It’s really easy to make and it tasted so delicious! Highly recommended!

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