How to Make Hamburger Gravy from Scratch

I love the taste of mashed potatoes, but I hate the way they get so soggy after they sit in the fridge for a while. That was until I discovered this easy way to make hamburger gravy from scratch! All it takes is a few simple ingredients and a little time on your hands.



  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 Tbsp. flour
  • 1 lb. hamburger, cooked and drained of fat (about 4 cups)
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion, for garnish (optional)

2 Tbsp. butter

To start, you’ll need 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter. If you can’t find an unsalted variety, it will still be OK to use salted—just note that the salt content will be higher than usual in your final dish.

The first time I made this recipe, I used 1/2 cup of butter and it was too much for my taste buds! You can use less if desired (see notes below), but if you go down on any amount at all then don’t worry about it being too bland; just adjust accordingly when making adjustments later on in the process.

You may want more than just 1/2 cup depending on how many burgers or steaks you’re cooking up at once: If there’s anything else besides meat involved in this recipe like vegetables or beans etcetera then double everything except onions because those two things take up more space than other ingredients combined would do alone without any other additions happening between them yet still retain their original size measurements despite having been added together onto one plate together instead being spread out individually over multiple plates before being eaten together by everyone else around them as well!”

2 Tbsp. flour

Flour is a thickening agent and is used to thicken gravy. It’s also used to coat meat before frying, which helps prevent the meat from drying out during cooking.

2 cups milk, warmed in a separate pan

2 cups milk, warmed in a separate pan

The first step to making your own hamburger gravy is to heat the milk. Warm the milk until it’s just below boiling point and then remove it from the heat. Don’t let it boil or else you’ll end up with curdled gravy! The best way to do this is by placing your saucepan over low heat for about 5 minutes or until warm but not hot enough that steam comes off when you blow on it (like when you’re making coffee).

1/2 tsp. salt

Salt is a key ingredient in any gravy. It’s an essential seasoning, which means that it brings out the flavor of other ingredients and balances them out. Salt also helps to preserve foods like gravies—and if you’re not careful with how much salt you use, your gravy will taste salty instead of sweet!

In this recipe, I used 1/2 teaspoon salt per cup of liquid (after cooking). If you want to add more or less salt than this amount, simply adjust accordingly until everything tastes right to you!

1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

Black pepper is a spice that adds flavor to food. It’s a key ingredient in hamburger gravy and salad dressing, but it can also be used in other dishes like mayonnaise or as an all-purpose seasoning for pork tenderloin.

1 lb. hamburger, cooked and drained of fat

1 lb. hamburger, cooked and drained of fat

If you’re using ground beef, turkey or chicken instead of a whole patty, be sure to use a meat thermometer to make sure the burgers are cooked thoroughly.

1/4 cup chopped onion

1/4 cup chopped onion

Chopped onions are a key ingredient in hamburger gravy. They should be added after the milk has been added and cooked for about 5 minutes before serving.

Instructions for making hamburger gravy from scratch

To make hamburger gravy from scratch, begin by adding butter to a medium saucepan. Once melted, add flour and cook for 1 minute. Add milk and stir until thickened, stirring constantly. Season with salt and pepper to taste; then add onion and hamburger meat (or ground beef). Simmer over medium heat for about 10 minutes or until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon—you can also use an immersion blender here if you have one available! If you prefer not to make your own stock from scratch but would rather have some extra flavor in your gravy instead of relying on store-bought varieties which may contain preservatives or MSG-laden ingredients like soup bases do not worry too much because there are plenty of options out there including homemade versions made specifically with bone marrow bone tips instead – just be sure not too much else goes into them since they’ll still need plenty time simmering away before serving time arrives!

This recipe is easy to make and tastes great on mashed potatoes or over rice.


1 cup milk

1 cup water

2 teaspoons salt, or to taste (optional)

2 tablespoons butter or margarine, cut into small pieces (optional)


We hope you enjoyed this article and that it made you hungry to try out your own homemade version of hamburger gravy. Remember, the best part is that while there are a few steps involved, they’re not difficult or time-consuming at all! So get out your skillet or baking dish, whip up some beef and veg and get ready to enjoy some yummy gravy—because nothing beats it right?

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