Easy Hamburger Gravy

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The ultimate comforting and quick dinner meal that can be prepared in just 20 minutes. Easy hamburger gravy with pantry staple ingredients served over mashed potatoes.

Today I have an dinner recipe ready for you that will take only 20 minutes to make. It’s an easy hamburger gravy made with ground beef, some seasonings, and soup. This is a recipe that even your kids will love because you can tweak it and serve it exactly how they like it.

Hamburger gravy isn’t one of those dishes that looks all that amazing, but it is pure comfort food. Let’s make it!

ground beef gravy in a skillet with a spoon

Key Ingredients for Hamburger Gravy:

  • Ground beef: For a different flavor, add in Italian sausage, ground chicken, or ground turkey instead.
  • Salt and pepper
  • Onion
  • Garlic powder
  • Dried thyme
  • Half and half: The half and half can be substituted with whole or 2% milk, a combination of heavy whipping cream and milk, or evaporated milk.
  • Cream of mushroom soup: Cream of chicken soup can be used instead of cream of mushroom.
ingredients for ground beef gravy

How to Make Hamburger Gravy

  • Brown the meat. In a medium-large skillet over medium-high heat, add cooking oil. Once the oil has heated, add in ground beef and chopped onion. Cook and crumble until the meat is no longer pink and the onion is translucent, about 5-7 minutes. Drain off any grease.
  • Add seasonings. Add the garlic powder, salt, pepper, and dried thyme and stir to combine and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Make the gravy. Pour the half and half and cream of mushroom soup into to the cooked meat mixture and cook for an additional 2 minutes or until heated through. Make sure to not bring this to a boil or the half and half might curdle.
  • Serve right away. Serve on top of mashed potatoes or noodles and garnish with parsley, optional. Best when served warm.

How do I store my gravy?

Cover and store in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. You can also freeze your hamburger gravy in an airtight container for 2 to 4 months.

Recipe Variations:

  • Instead of thyme, you can add rosemary, oregano, tarragon, chives, cilantro or any other herbs or seasonings you like.
  • There are many vegetables you can add to this dish. Try frying up some mushrooms with the onions, add half a bag of frozen peas or mixed vegetables, or drain and add a can of green beans before serving.
  • If you want a totally different dish, change out the protein, make it with coconut milk and curry powder, add some cauliflower or chickpeas, and serve it over rice or with naan bread.

What else can I make with this gravy?

  • Hamburger gravy can be served over toast, rice, biscuits, polenta, pasta (such as egg noodles), mashed potatoes, zucchini noodles, spaghetti squash, or anything else that sounds good!
  • You can even make it into a hamburger pot pie by adding some veggies, putting a pie crust on top, and baking. It’s a very versatile and quick dish.

You will also love our ground beef stroganoff!

hamburger gravy over mashed potatoes
hamburger gravy over mashed potatoes

Easy Hamburger Gravy

4.60 from 5 votes
The ultimate comforting and quick dinner meal that can be prepared in just 20 minutes. Easy hamburger gravy with pantry staple ingredients served over mashed potatoes.
Servings 4
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt plus more to taste
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper plus more to taste
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 10.5 ounces cream of mushroom soup 1 can
  • fresh chopped parsley optional for garnishing

Instructions
 

  • In a medium-large skillet over medium-high heat, add cooking oil. Once the oil has heated, add in ground beef and chopped onion.
  • Cook and crumble until the meat is no longer pink and the onion is translucent, about 5-7 minutes. Drain off any grease.
  • Add the garlic powder, salt, pepper, and dried thyme and stir to combine and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Pour the half and half and cream of mushroom soup into to the cooked meat mixture and cook for an additional 2 minutes or until heated through. Make sure to not bring this to a boil or the half and half might curdle.
  • Serve on top of mashed potatoes or noodles and garnish with parsley, optional. Best when served warm.

Notes

The calories shown are based on the recipe serving 4, with 1 serving being ¼ of the gravy (no potatoes included in the calorie count). Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information. The information in the nutrition box are calculated through a program and there is room for error. If you need an accurate count, I recommend running the ingredients through your favorite nutrition calculator.**

Nutrition

Calories: 400kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 100mg | Sodium: 920mg | Potassium: 590mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 221IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 91mg | Iron: 3mg
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Calories 400
Keyword 30 minute dinner, beef recipe, comfort food

About Julie Clark

I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.

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