Brown Gravy Recipe

This Brown Gravy Recipe is made from flavorful beef broth and seasonings, no drippings needed! A thick and creamy gravy made in just minutes!

We pour this gravy on so many things like our Brown Gravy Meatloaf which of course we serve with our creamy Mashed Potatoes. Both get the gravy. You can also use this brown gravy as a dipping sauce for things like French Fries or Chicken Nuggets!

Brown Gravy Recipe is a gravy recipe made without drippings and beef broth

An Easy, No Drippings Needed, Brown Gravy Recipe

But if you do have drippings…you can definitely use them. Don’t let them go to waste!

All you need to do is substitute the amount of drippings you have for the beef broth. For instance, if you have a cup of drippings then just use 2 cups of beef broth, etc.

What Can You Add To This Brown Gravy Recipe?

Brown Gravy Recipe is a gravy recipe made with beef broth and seasonings

What Else Can I Add To This Gravy Recipe?

This simple gravy is perfect as is, but if you feel like using a little something extra, try these additions!

  • Cooked onions and garlic in olive oil
  • Fresh herbs like rosemary, thyme or parsley
  • Beef drippings, skimmed of fat, if you have them
  • A splash of heavy cream

All of these ingredients will make this brown gravy recipe even more flavorful, but use whatever you have on hand!

Brown Gravy Recipe is a gravy recipe that doesn't need meat drippings

What Can You Use This Brown Gravy For?

We use this brown gravy on so many things like meatloaf, hot turkey sandwiches (a favorite of mine!) or piled on french fries with mozzarella cheese.

Those are called Disco Fries in case you’re not from Jersey…and they are a late night comfort food must.

Also try using this gravy in place of any jarred or packaged gravy in recipes like our Ground Beef Tater Tot Casserole.

Because you might not have a jar of packaged gravy but you probably have beef broth laying around.

Also you might be cooking a turkey breast or a chicken tonight? This brown gravy recipe goes perfectly with either of those, don’t worry about the fact that it has beef broth in it.

Brown Gravy Recipe is a gravy recipe made with beef broth

It’s as easy as that. So there you have it, the easiest gravy recipe ever!

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Brown Gravy Recipe is a gravy recipe that doesn't need meat drippings

Brown Gravy Recipe

  • Author: Dan
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups 1x

This versatile Brown Gravy Recipe can be used on so many things! Mashed potatoes, french fries, meatloaf, turkey or chicken!



  • 3 cups beef stock or broth (can add in some meat drippings if you have them)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons beef base (We use Better Than Bouillon)
  • Kosher salt and fresh black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup of water mixed with 3 tablespoons of cornstarch
  • Splash of heavy cream (optional)


  1. Add all the ingredients except the cornstarch and water mixture to a pot. Whisk together and bring to a boil.
  2. Pour in the cornstarch mixture while whisking to prevent any lumps.
  3. Bring the gravy back to a boil, then turn down to a simmer and cook for 3-4 minutes.
  4. Add in the cream if using, then serve.

Recipe Notes

This gravy can be made ahead and kept in your refrigerator for 3 to 4 days.

The beef base is salty, so add salt at the end of the recipe to taste.

  • Category: side dish, gravy
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: gravy recipe, brown gravy recipe, beef broth gravy


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19 Responses
  1. Kris hodges

    Well, Dan, I made your gravy recipe and, while it was nice and dark brown, all I could taste was Worcestershire sauce. I added another 1/2 Tablespoon of Better Than Bouillon but it still didn’t taste much like beef. Your recipe is quite easy to make though and I’ll use it again. Thanks for posting it,

  2. Bill

    Made this this morning to go with leftover cheesy hashbrown casserole. Started with a brown butter and flour roux. I cut the Worcestershire in half, added a dash of white pepper, a dash of onion powder and a tablespoon of black coffee (my mom taught me this trick). The Better Than Bouillon is the best. Added beef stock until it got to the consistency I wanted. Took about 10 minutes to make, and was delicious over the hashbrown casserole. Would make great disco fries!

    This is a great, easy gravy recipe when you don’t have pan drippings. Substitute chicken BTB and chicken stock and you got a great chicken gravy. Use the roasted veggie BTB and veggie broth, and make the roux with oil instead of butter, and you got something for your vegetarian friends. I’m sure it would be amazing over mashed cauliflower

  3. Beverly butler

    Cooked the onions and garlic first and very slowly to caramelize, then set aside. Threw a strip of bacon in the same pan and fried it quickly; crumbled the bacon over onion-garlic mixture, still set aside. Still in the same pan now including bacon drippings, then used all your ingredients but added a little more (yes, more!) Worschestshire sauce and the juice of a lime and some pepperonccini. Suggestion: add only half the corn starch mixture to begin with, then go from there. Almost got mine too thick. I spooned this magic over chicken fried steak and piled the onion-garlic-bacon on top with springs of fresh parsley and a salad on the side and thought I’d died and gone to heaven. I made your beautifully simple recipe much more complicated than it needed to be but it was utterly delicious, and I’d have had no idea where to begin without it, so thanks a bunch!

  4. Sherrie

    Kid tested. Mommy approved lol <3 Absolutely delicious! I made this with meatloaf and cheesy garlic potatoes. My 17-year-old daughter could not get enough and I started looking at the gravy packets strange…


    Would be a nice website, if you got to the point with the recipe instead of all the unnecessary lengthy verbiage

    1. Dan

      Hey Sunny, thanks for the thoughtful comment, but at the top of each post there’s a “jump to recipe” button that takes you past all that lengthy verbiage and right to the recipe!

    2. Dolores Shepherd

      Hey Sunny I mean the wonderful verbiage is a part of the recipe superb. I know I’m appreciative of it. Atleast u got a great recipe right? It takes more energy to express opinions then it is to appreciate. Have a Blessed Day.. 😊

  6. Susan

    Yes this is saltier than I am accustomed to, however the proportions work. When I went to find beef bouillon in my pantry, I found, instead, onion soup mix. This seemed like a viable alternative. (I left out the Worcestershire sauce and other salt.) It was! I sautéed some fresh mushrooms and tossed them in at the end. A nice onion mushroom gravy for the leftover meat loaf we had. I will look for ways to reduce the sodium, but the proportions were just right to give me a starting point. Thanks
    PS Will be looking for Better Than Bouillon at my grocery store.

  7. Heather

    This is the BEST savory meatloaf recipe I’ve ever tried … just finished making tonight and it was a total hit! I followed your directions except I put the breadcrumbs in the saute mixture to avoid over mixing. And your gravy was incredible! Was the perfect texture! Thanks so much!

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