Mom’s Hamburger Gravy

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Mom’s Hamburger Gravy is our go-to dinner when we are short on time and starving.  The ingredients for this simple ground beef dish are probably already in your refrigerator and pantry, and you can have dinner on the table in 20 minutes flat.

There are some recipes that take you back to your childhood.  For my family these recipes include Tuna Noodle Casserole, Beef Stew, Cheesy Ham and Potato Casserole, Salmon Patties and this easy hamburger gravy and biscuits recipe.

Instead of making biscuits and gravy with pork sausage, our mom typically made hamburger gravy and biscuits since we always had freezer full of beef.  The recipe is simple; it includes staples of flour, salt and pepper, milk, and onions. The other great thing is that this old-fashioned gravy with ground beef takes less than 20 minutes. No wonder Mom made this dish so often.

Mom's Hamburger Gravy is our go-to dinner when we are short of time and starving.  The ingredients are probably already in your refrigerator and pantry, and you can have dinner on the table in 20 minutes flat.  

Hamburger Gravy with Flour and Water

I love how economical this meal of hamburger gravy can be.  The hamburger gravy is made with flour, water and milk, although in a bind, the milk could be substituted for water alone.

The main thing to remember is that the flavor is coming solely from onions, salt and pepper.  Season the ground beef according to the recipe. If you do not season this dish well, your ground beef gravy will fall flat with the family.

My kids gobble up ground beef gravy just like we did as kids. Who doesn’t love salty, beefy gravy served over biscuits (or toast).

Mom's Hamburger Gravy is our go-to dinner when we are short of time and starving.  The ingredients are probably already in your refrigerator and pantry, and you can have dinner on the table in 20 minutes flat.  

What can I do with leftover hamburger gravy?

Don’t throw away that leftover hamburger gravy.  My frugal grandma taught me to waste not and re-purpose everything! Here are 5 new ways to use leftover hamburger gravy.

  • Add frozen peas or other frozen vegetables, heat through and serve over toast.
  • Add a tablespoon or two into the center of refrigerated biscuit dough to make turnovers.
  • Make sloppy joes by adding a little ketchup, mustard and brown sugar.
  • Layer the leftover ground beef gravy in the bottom of a baking dish and top with mashed potatoes to make a shepherd’s pie.
  • Add some Velveeta and taco seasoning to make a quick Queso dip!

Mom's Hamburger Gravy is our go-to dinner when we are short of time and starving.  The ingredients are probably already in your refrigerator and pantry, and you can have dinner on the table in 20 minutes flat.  

Mom’s Hamburger Gravy Ingredients

Ground Beef

Diced Onions

Salt

Black Pepper

Flour

Milk

Water 

How To Make Easy Hamburger Gravy from scratch:

  1. Brown ground beef with diced onions in a skillet; season with salt and black pepper.
  2. Stir in flour, cooking for a minute to remove raw flour flavor.
  3. Slowly add milk while stirring until thickened.
  4. Add water to thin out gravy to desired consistency.
  5. Serve over biscuits, toast or mashed potatoes.

For the full recipe and ingredient amounts for great hamburger gravy, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Mom's Hamburger Gravy is our go-to dinner when we are short of time and starving.  The ingredients are probably already in your refrigerator and pantry, and you can have dinner on the table in 20 minutes flat.  

Notes About Mom’s Hamburger Gravy:

  • This is a great hamburger gravy recipe! It can be made in less than 20 minutes, and it contains easy ingredients!
  • Brown your ground beef in a large skillet like this one.  Add the chopped onions in with the ground beef during the browning stage for great flavor.
  • Whenever I’m browning up ground beef, I like to add just a little bit of water to the bottom of the skillet to help cook the hamburger and onions.
  • It’s up to you on how thick or thin you want your creamed hamburger gravy.  Start with 1/2 cup water and increase as desired.
  • This easy hamburger gravy is delicious served over biscuits, toast, buttered noodles or mashed potatoes.

Other Gravy Recipes

Kids love all things gravy. Here’s three of our favorite gravy dinner options.

Easy Chipped Beef Gravy

This Easy Chipped Beef Gravy is a classic recipe using dried beef and usually served over toast. It is an easy dish that is fast and kid-friendly.

Cubed Steak and Gravy

Chicken Fried Steak (also known as Fried Cubed Steak or Country Fried Steak) is downright delicious.  This 20-minute meal consists of perfectly seasoned and breaded cubed steak that is pan fried and topped with homemade gravy. 

Pork Roast and Gravy

Our version of Crock Pot Pork Roast with Gravy only has 3 ingredients---pork roast, cream of mushroom soup, and condensed French Onion Soup.

Creamed Chipped Beef

This Creamed Chipped Beef Gravy is the fancy version of that old time classic recipe from your past. Our version is upgraded with mushrooms, sour cream, cheddar cheese and parsley for a new spin on an old favorite. 

Crock Pot Cubed Steak and Gravy

This dump and serve Crock Pot Cubed Steak & Mashed Potatoes is unique.  The mashed potatoes are layered underneath the meat, and the gravy makes itself in the cooker.  Follow these simple steps on how to make cube steak in the crock pot in just 4 hours.

What to eat with ground beef gravy?

Hamburger gravy tastes great over biscuits, toast, buttered noodles or mashed potatoes.  If you’re looking for what to serve with hamburger gravy on the side, here’s 5 great side dishes that can be served with hamburger gravy.

Mom's Hamburger Gravy is our go-to dinner when we are short of time and starving.  The ingredients are probably already in your refrigerator and pantry, and you can have dinner on the table in 20 minutes flat.  

Our Mom’s Best Recipes

We share A LOT of our mom’s recipes here. Why? Because we still make them all to this day! Here are some of our favorites:

Mom’s Tuna Casserole topped with Potato Chips

Mom’s Poppyseed Bread

Salmon Patties

Mom’s Oven Baked Pork Ribs

Wild Rice and Broccoli Soup – Mom’s Reicpe

 

Mom's Hamburger Gravy

Mom's Hamburger Gravy is our go-to dinner when we are short on time and starving.  The ingredients are probably already in your refrigerator and pantry, and you can have dinner on the table in 20 minutes flat.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Entree, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy Hamburger Gravy, Hamburger Gravy, Mom's Hamburger Gravy
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 241kcal
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2-1 cups water

Instructions

  • Brown ground beef in a skillet with onion over medium high heat; season with salt and pepper.
    Mom's Hamburger Gravy is our go-to dinner when we are short of time and starving.  The ingredients are probably already in your refrigerator and pantry, and you can have dinner on the table in 20 minutes flat.  
  • Add flour and stir, cooking for 30 seconds to a minute to remove raw flour flavor.
    Mom's Hamburger Gravy is our go-to dinner when we are short of time and starving.  The ingredients are probably already in your refrigerator and pantry, and you can have dinner on the table in 20 minutes flat.  
  • Lower heat to medium low, and slowly add milk stirring constantly until the mixture thickens.
    Mom's Hamburger Gravy is our go-to dinner when we are short of time and starving.  The ingredients are probably already in your refrigerator and pantry, and you can have dinner on the table in 20 minutes flat.  
  • Gradually add water to thin out the gravy to the desired consistency.
    Mom's Hamburger Gravy is our go-to dinner when we are short of time and starving.  The ingredients are probably already in your refrigerator and pantry, and you can have dinner on the table in 20 minutes flat.  
  • Serve over biscuits, toast or mashed potatoes.
    Mom's Hamburger Gravy is our go-to dinner when we are short of time and starving.  The ingredients are probably already in your refrigerator and pantry, and you can have dinner on the table in 20 minutes flat.  

Notes

  • This is a great hamburger gravy recipe! It can be made in less than 20 minutes, and it contains easy ingredients!
  • Brown your ground beef in a large skillet.  Add the chopped onions in with the ground beef during the browning stage for great flavor.
  • Whenever I'm browning up ground beef, I like to add just a little bit of water to the bottom of the skillet to help cook the hamburger and onions. 
  • It's up to you on how thick or thin you want your creamed hamburger gravy.  Start with 1/2 cup water and increase as desired.
  • This easy hamburger gravy is delicious served over biscuits, toast or mashed potatoes.
  • Kids love all things gravy.  Try Easy Chipped Beef Gravy and Creamed Chipped Beef.

Nutrition

Calories: 241kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 457mg | Potassium: 275mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 66IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 2mg

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10 Comments

  1. I just LOVE hamburger gravy! We always call is SOS. And we make it exactly the same, but with a couple tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce. Such great comfort food. Usually serve it over toast and some diced skillet potatoes. Mmm….😊

  2. We use evaporated milk, cream of mushroom soup, hamburg, onion soup mix and french style green beans, put it on egg noodles or potato. YUM

  3. I tried this ,it was very very easy and very good .I brought back memories of when I was around 10 yo when every Sunday before church my dad would take me (not my sisters) to the mess hall on the base ,he was Air Force ,and we ate S.O.S. that tasted just like this gravy .I’ve tried over 10 different recipes looking for that memory ,I’ve found it .Thank you .I’m 62 now my dad’s still alive and i’m going to go make it and enjoy another father & son breakfast like in the good old day’s . Thanks again

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