Brown Beef Gravy Recipe


Homemade delicious beef gravy in just minutes with only a few simple ingredients making this perfect for pot roast, potatoes, and more! Complete your next family meal with this easy recipe.

This brown beef gravy made from the beef broth is terrific to add as a staple for toppings at your meal, and it pairs well with meats and potatoes. Gravy is definitely a favorite sauce and topping and is loved by many, especially those who have a love for a good, hearty meat and potatoes dish.

We know that making brown beef gravy is sometimes the last thing you want to do when preparing an entire Thanksgiving meal or a family dinner, but we promise it’s easy and quick.

You’ll be able to have this delicious gravy ready to add to your meal in just 10 minutes, and most of the ingredients we are sure you have in your pantry. The best part of all is that this brown beef gravy doesn’t require any roux as a base to get the process started.

Brown Beef Gravy Recipe

No more buying processed store-bought gravy now that you have the perfect beef gravy recipe that we are sure you will be using for years to come. You will wonder how you have survived all these years without making homemade brown beef gravy. 

What Is Brown Beef Gravy?

Brown beef gravy is a sauce made from drippings from meat that has been roasted. It is also common to use beef stock or beef broth to make brown beef gravy in place of pan drippings from the meat. It is thickened with cornstarch or a flour roux and then served over meat and potatoes.

Brown gravy differs from other pan gravy because it is not cooked in the original pan but in a fresh, clean pot. Doing so creates a simple process that includes only the ingredients you add and allows you the opportunity to control the flavor of your gravy.

You can choose if you want to add drippings to your brown gravy if you have them on hand. If not, you can use beef broth or stock in place of the drippings, but you may have to add some extra flavoring to get the gravy to its perfect taste and flavor.

Brown Beef Gravy

Brown Beef Gravy Recipe

Brown beef gravy is a sauce made from drippings from meat that has been roasted. It is also common to use beef stock or beef broth to make brown beef gravy in place of pan drippings from the meat. It is thickened with cornstarch or a flour roux and then served over meat and potatoes.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Beef, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people
Calories 15 kcal


  • 2 cups Beef broth or beef drippings
  • 2 teaspoon Garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce (optional)
  • ¼ cups Cold water
  • 3-4 Tbsp Cornstarch, mixed
  • Salt and peppers


  • In a medium-sized saucepan, bring the beef broth, garlic powder, onion powder, and Worcestershire sauce to a boil over medium-high heat.
  • Reduce heat and bring the broth to a simmer.
  • In a small bowl, combine the water and cornstarch and whisk until the cornstarch is dissolved.
  • Slowly pour the mixture into the boiling beef broth while continuously whisking. Reduce the heat to medium-low and continue to stir until the sauce is thickened.
  • Season the gravy with salt and pepper. Add more as needed to taste.
  • Allow the gravy to simmer for 1 – 2 minutes and serve hot.
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Tips & Tricks for Brown Beef Gravy Recipe

  • If you do not have cornstarch on hand or prefer to use cornstarch in your gravy, you can make a roux with flour for use instead.
  • To make a roux, you must melt butter in a saucepan and add flour. Once the flour is added, you will whisk until combined and until the flour is cooked. Then you will proceed with following the above recipe by adding the beef broth or beef drippings and the other listed ingredients.

Brown Beef Gravy Recipe

Whisk to combine, simmer, and serve! Using flour instead of cornstarch adds a few additional steps to your gravy-making process, but it will not add much time to the overall recipe.

  • You can use beef stock (homemade or store-bought) in place of beef broth or dripping if you would like.
  • If you have pan drippings available from a large piece of meat like a pot roast you have seared, you can use those in your gravy to give it additional flavor. Simple whisk in and combine before adding the cornstarch and water mixture.
  • If you run into an issue where you feel like your gravy isn’t as flavorful as you would like, feel free to add a beef bouillon cube into the gravy for some extra kick of seasoning. By doing so, you should be able to get your gravy tasting exactly how you want it to.
  • When using pan drippings for your brown beef gravy, you want to ensure you get a good scrape of the bottom of the pan. You want to include all of the little browned bits as possible that are in the pan since that’s where the flavor is held.
  • You can spice up this brown beef recipe by adding fresh herbs. You can also add mushrooms, onions, and/or peppercorns to give your gravy a rich finish.
  • You can play with the consistency of your gravy by adding more stock to have a lighter consistency or more cornstarch to make the gravy thicker.
  • You can easily make this recipe into a turkey or chicken gravy by swapping out the type of drippings or stock/broth used and replacing it to match the type of gravy you want.

Nutrition Information of Brown Beef Gravy Recipe

Calories: 15 kcal
Carbs: 2g
Protein: 2g
Fat: 1g
Sugar: 1g


Brown beef gravy may have seemed like a recipe that seemed difficult or too time-consuming, but now you know how easy it is to have delicious homemade gravy in just a few simple steps.

This recipe is perfect for holiday meals, family dinners, or just to prepare in advance to store away in the freezer for a quick grab whenever you need it. Brown beef gravy pairs well with many types of meat and potato dishes and are perfect to complete lots of meals you already have on rotation In your kitchen.

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  1. This was so good!!! A simple and pretty quick recipe

  2. fisherman3970 says:

    An absolutely delicious meal. I made it exactly as instructed and the whole family loved it.

  3. This is very good.

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