Beef Broth Brown Gravy

Savory beef broth brown gravy has just the right flavor and is easy to prep in just 10 minutes with only 5 ingredients – perfect for meats, potatoes, and more! 

This Beef Broth Brown Gravy is the best topping for Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes and Instant Pot Pot Roast and Potatoes

Beef Broth Brown Gravy |

Thanksgiving is a mere month away. And, despite maybe some evidence to the contrary, I feel more “on top of it” than in past years. It might be because the weather has finally turned cold and I’m seeing Christmas decorations in the stores (okay I’ve been seeing those since the middle of the summer). But I’m not in denial that it’s coming up anymore. I can turn a blind eye to aisles and aisles of glittery ornaments, snowmen, talking Santas, and candy canes till about Halloween, and then, at some point, I just accept it. Game on.  

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I mean, you get to stuff yourself full of delicious food. Strike that. You are contractually obligated to stuff yourself full of delicious food. Every holiday has food but this one is specifically about eating everything in sight. Oh, and the pilgrims (remember them?). Although Thanksgiving should be full of tried-and-true, traditional turkey day fare, there are some things we like to tweak. And by “we” I mean me and my ginormous family. It’s okay to put a new spin on an old favorite. (I’m pretty sure the pilgrims didn’t put marshmallows on their sweet potatoes, after all.)

Beef Broth Brown Gravy |

While some of us do veer more toward the traditional Thanksgiving staples, and some of us prefer to try some new dishes here and there, there is one thing we can all agree on: gravy. Specifically beef broth brown gravy. I know, I know, typically you’d make turkey gravy because, well, you have a big turkey and it’s the obvious choice. But — and hear me out on this — the beef gravy is what makes the turkey. Confused? Allow me to explain.

Although turkey gravy is good, I find it isn’t always dependable. There may not be enough drippings to make enough gravy to cover everyone at your table(s) and you don’t want to thin it out just to make enough. The flavors of the turkey don’t always shine through either. And, what if you’re frying a turkey? Well, there are zero pan drippings to make gravy with that method. That’s why we just go ahead and make beef gravy. It’s so easy to put together (10 minutes! Five ingredients!), so flavorful, and you can make as much or as little as you need for the big day (or any occasion that calls for gravy). It tastes so good, too!

Once you’ve made this gravy, you’ll wonder where it’s been all your life. Pour this deep, rich, flavorful broth over your mashed potatoes, your turkey, your rolls, smother your entire plate with it. Just promise me you’ll have it at your table.

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The first thing that comes to mind is mashed potatoes. Whether you decide to make them on the stovetop or in the slow cooker, mashed potatoes just aren’t finished until they are covered in gravy. They go together like chocolate and milk, apple pie and ice cream, burgers and fries…you get the picture. However, gravy is a great finale for a number of dishes, including:

  • Slow cooker mashed potatoes and slow cooker buttery garlic herb mashed potatoes (because, let’s face it, slow cooker mashed potatoes are delicious and we’ll take freed up stove and oven space where we can get it).
  • Turkey. Roasted, brined, dry rubbed, fried, or grilled — turkey is always made better with a big ladle of gravy. Don’t worry, beef gravy pairs excellently with poultry.
  • Rolls. I like to tear off chunks of buttery dinner rolls and dip them into my gravy. Or, better yet, make a mini sandwich the next day out of leftover turkey, gravy, and whatever other fixings you want.
  • Save some for a meatball sub or to pour over French fries or even pasta.
  • Put gravy on top of a split open baked potato.


If you made or are making a beef roast soon, be sure to save the drippings. You can always pop them in the freezer for future use too. Substitute the drippings for the beef broth and then follow the recipe below as-is.

What people are saying about this Beef Broth Brown Gravy

“This is a great recipe I used 2 cups of Au jus instead of beef broth it turned out to be best gravy I ever made :)” – Harly

“This is very good. I mixed in some browned ground beef and green peas and served it over rice. Nice comfort food. It’s a regular in our rotation!” – Bobi

“I made this for the first time and it will definitely be my go to brown gravy recipe!
Thanks!” – Tonya

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Beef Broth Brown Gravy

Savory beef broth brown gravy has just the right flavor and is easy to prep in just 10 minutes with only 5 ingredients - perfect for meats, potatoes, and more!
Course Sauce / Condiment, Side Dish
Keyword beef, gravy
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Author Tiffany


  • 2 cups beef broth (you can also use beef dripping from a roast)
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce (optional)
  • 1/4 cup cold water + 3 tablespoons corn starch
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • In a medium sauce pan bring beef broth to boil over medium-high heat. Stir in garlic powder, onion powder, and worcestershire sauce.
  • In a small bowl whisk together cold water and corn starch until dissolved. Pour into boiling beef broth and reduce heat to medium-low. Stir until thickened.
  • Season with salt and pepper. Taste, add more salt and pepper if needed, and taste again to make sure it's just right. Serve hot over your favorite meats or potatoes.


This recipe makes about 2 cups of gravy and can easily be doubled or even tripled if you use a large sauce pan.




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Hi it okay if use beef stock instead of beef broth ?

    Yes that works just fine!

Had a little too much worcestershire sauce for me.

    It does say “optional”

For my version I substitute 2 cups of red wine and 2 crumbled beef bouillon cubes for the beef broth, replace the worcestershire sauce with low sodium soy sauce and add 3 tbsp heavy cream with the corn starch/water slurry. Before adding those, let the half finished sauce boil a little longer to evaporate the alcohol and reduce it slightly. What can I say, I like cooking with wine, and sometimes put it into the food too.

    Sounds good. But You SHOULD make your own recipe PAGE, since it’s quite different.

    This sounds so good. I love cooking with wine also. I’ve used teriyaki sauce instead of soy sauce. Yummmm.

    Goood suggestion. I am goinG THAT ROUTE

Too much garlic for my taste and I reduced it to 3 teaspoons when doubling recipe

    5 stars
    OMG!! You mean there’s such a thing as too much garlic?

This is basically the recipe I’ve used for years, but I add a thickener to it — too runny as-is. I used to use flour/roux or corn starch. Now that I’ve gone low-carb, I use a tiny bit of a low-carb thickener – not enough to get gummy, but enough to make it feel like gravy and not just seasoned broth.

This is a great recipe I used 2 cups of Au jus instead of beef broth it turned out to be best gravy I ever made:)

5 stars
This is very good. I mixed in some browned ground beef and green peas and served it over rice. Nice comfort food. It’s a regular in our rotation!

    Those are great ideas! Sounds delicious. I love hearing when one of my recipes become part of a family rotation! So happy that you love it!! Thanks for sharing, Bobi!

Loved it saved my dinner tonight best brown gravy I’ve had in a while

    Hi Kyle! “Saved your dinner” cracked me up! So happy it turned out great for you!

Unless your a BIG fan of garlic cut back on the 2 teaspoons. It’s a good gravy but next time I’ll omit the garlic completely

    Hi Troy- sorry you weren’t completely satisfied. Thanks for sharing your input! Hoping it turns out perfectly for you next time! 🙂

5 stars
Thank you for sharing this recipe it went great with the hamburger steak and my husband and son rea liked it🤗

    So happy it turned out great for you and your family, Saconda! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

5 stars
I’ve never made my own gravy before. I used beef STOCK and added a Mediterranean blend of spices plus the WOrstcheshire sauce and the corn . my kids Raved about it and asked for seconds!! Thank you for this easy recipe!

    Kid approved- Yes! You can’t beat that, right? Way to go! Thanks for your feedback, Denise!

5 stars
I made this for the first time and it will definitely be my go to brown gravy recipe!

    This makes me so excited! Thanks for your feedback, Tonya!

2 stars
I followed the recipe exactly, and not only did it not turn into gravy (it didn’t thicken with the corn starch), but it was very bland. I ended up having to double the cornstarch and the salt, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce. It was ok, but I’ll keep looking for a better gravy recipe. Thanks.
Ps. I’m not yelling, my capslock isn’t on and yet my comments are in all caps. Sorry.)

    Thanks for your feedback, Juli!

3 stars
too thin
g flavor
claus has right idea

1 star
I am sorry BUt i just made this gravy recipe and it was horrible. Way too much garlic and Worcestershire SAUCE. I retried it leaving out the garlic used 1/2 tsp onion powder and just a couple of squirts of worcestershire SAUCE and it was really great.

    Thanks for your feedback, Angela 🙂

5 stars
I was a little sceptical after Reading The comments, but decided To try it. Made a top Round Roast and used The dripping from The rub in the bottom of The pan. Turned out soo good!!! Had plenty of flavor, actually Added a touch more Garlic, and the Worcestershire sauce was a nice touch. This will be my GO-to gravy recipe From now on! 🤤☺

    Fantastic job, Cora!! It sounds like you did an awesome job. Thanks for sharing!

I made this gravy one time and now it’s the only brown gravy I use. We love it and thank you for the recipe…

    You’re so welcome! Glad that you’ve found the winner! 😉

Hi: Is it okay to use tapioca flour instead of corn starch to make this gravy?

    Hi Ted- I can’t say for sure as I have never used that for this recipe!

HEY can I make this using flour? Use the broth to wisk in? Outta starch, I’m not going out today, but want a nice gravy, my stew meat in crock already! HELP!!

    I think you could! You made just need a tad extra flour- but it should work!

3 stars
Followed the Recipe exactly. Hubby didnt like it. I found the flavor to be kiNd of off. Not quite sure what was missing or if there was too mych of something else. My search continues.

Want it to taste even better? Make a roux with butter and flour, stir in the liquid and add the seasonings. !/4 cup butter and 1/4 cup flour for 2 cups liquid. You’re welcome!


    5 stars
    AwsoMe fast and tasty gravy. My new go to. I SAUTÉED up FinelY chopped mushrooms first and then made the gRavy. Do not listeN to the negative comments

      Great job, Brian! Thanks for your feedback!

Smell so good and taste grea, but i couldnt get it to thicken very much. Am i doing something wrong besides being a bad cook in the first place?

    Hi Trevor! Did you do the corn starch slurry?? That is what helps it to become thick!

A large DOLLOP of butter adds a perfect finish.

    Thanks for your input, Elaine!

I spent a lot of time to find something such as this

1 star
Way too much garlic powder.

    Sorry you felt that way, Dylan! I haven’t had that complaint before 🙂

5 stars
tHank you for the great recipe. it turned out to be very tasty. I served it with beef patties, mashed potato and steamed broccoli.

    Great!! Sounds super yummy. Thanks for your feedback, Kerri!

5 stars
Easy to make and tasted great. Was much better than some 2 ingredient simple gravy but still simple and quick. Delicious for the entire family. Even my toddler loved it.

    Nice job, Elizabeth! Glad to hear that everyone enjoyed your gravy 🙂

5 stars
For years I’ve used a powdered gravy mix for my slow cooker kettle beef. Today I decided to finally make gravy from scratch I chose this one because this one is the only one that used a slurry instead of a roux. I made a double recipe and it is delicious, even my kids love it. It’ll be my go to from now on. Thanks so much.

    Way to step out of your comfort zone and make a homemade gravy! SO much better than those packets, right?? Thanks for your feedback, Chris!

5 stars
So glad I found this recipe! you can’t make gravy when you grill…no drippings. But this worked out beautifully! Great taste 🙂

    Awesome!! I’m happy to hear that you enjoyed this recipe!

1 star
Very little beef flavor. The onion Is overpowering. Not good.

5 stars
Quick-Easy And sImple!!! I’ve been doing things wrong for
Years. My go to RECIPE fRom here on out!

    Glad you enjoyed this recipe!

Just wondered if you know what the sodium contents could be using no salt and only 30 mg per cup beef broth? thanks

    Hi Wendi, I don’t have this info on hand but you could easily find it by using MyFitnessPal and inputting the recipe URL with those modifications to find your answer!

I was out of WORCESTERSHIRE sauce, so I SUBSTITUTED dale’s seasoning. it came out perfect!!

5 stars
I tried 2 ‘other’ recipes that did not use wine. (I will put that on the dogs food), then, I saw this one. the 3rd time was the charm. most excellently simple, Very thick and hearty. I doubled the recipe, added 1 tsp of Beef base and used 1 tsp onion powder with 1 tsp of dried minced onions. I will never buy a can or jar of gravy again. Awesome!

    Happy to hear you enjoyed this recipe!

Hi, i’m planning to use this recipe on christmas day. Can this be pre-made and stored in the fridge? If so, for how long?

    yes, you can do that! A few days in advance would be ok!

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