Hamburger Gravy From Scratch (for Biscuits and Gravy)

No matter the time of day, this homemade hamburger gravy piled high on sourdough biscuits is a pleasure to your taste buds. Dried thyme paired with a hint of smoked paprika marries with lean ground beef to flavor the thick homemade gravy. This isn’t any old hamburger gravy recipe, it’s tested and beloved in our kitchen along with the fluffiest sourdough biscuits! If you haven’t whipped this up, put it on the calendar: you’ll thank me later!

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When I was growing up in Indiana, biscuits, and gravy were a staple in our home. My mom always whipped up a batch for supper which is where I fell in love with it. When creating this recipe I wanted to keep the beloved flavor profile but make it a little healthier with lean ground beef rather than sausage. I also added dried thyme and smoked paprika to give it the savory profile sausage brings to the table.

Hamburger gravy can be used in many ways. You can top homemade sourdough biscuits for a weeknight meal or add a little on top of mashed potatoes for a delicious side. Some like to add a scoop to the top of whole wheat sourdough toast as they did in WWII.

Hamburger Gravy Ingredients

Hamburger

  • 1 tsp olive oil or avocado oil
  • 1/2 pound ground hamburger
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Gravy

  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups milk (dairy or non-dairy) Cashew cream is my favorite
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/8 tsp dried thyme

How To Make Hamburger Gravy from Scratch

Hamburger

  • First, heat a pan with 1/2 tsp of olive oil on medium-high heat.
  • Next, add ground hamburger, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper and cook on medium heat for 6-8 minutes.

Gravy

  • Now to make the gravy, leave cooked ground hamburger in the skillet and add flour. Still cooking on medium heat, use a wooden spoon to stir the roux for 2 minutes.
  • Next, whisk in milk, pepper, garlic, and dried thyme cooking on medium-low. Continue whisking until gravy begins to thicken about 5 minutes
  • Finally, cook on low for about 5 minutes to fully heat and serve over biscuits!

How to Make Homemade Sourdough Biscuits

Of course, you need homemade biscuits so I’ve got the best and fluffiest sourdough biscuit recipe for you! These biscuits are simple and pair with hamburger gravy so well.

Hamburger Gravy Recipe FAQ

  • How to thicken hamburger gravy? When you make the roux with meat drippings and flour, this mixture thickens your gravy creating the desired texture. Some people add a little cornstarch mixed with water at the end of gravy recipes to thicken it but I don’t recommend this unless it needs to be thickened more.
  • What adds flavor to the gravy? The meat drippings from cooking the ground beef as well as the spices flavor this gravy recipe.
  • Can I freeze this hamburger gravy? Yes! Just be sure to store it in a freezer-safe glass container that is air-tight. This is my favorite glass container for freezer storage. Also when you go to reheat frozen gravy simply take the lid off, stick it in the oven, and begin preheating at 400 degrees. This warms your container up with the oven to prevent the glass from breaking.
  • Will the gravy separate when reheating it? More than likely it will separate after you reheat it. Simply stir to recombine and it’ll taste fresh. Avoid reheating in the microwave as it will zap the taste right out of your gravy.

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Best Hamburger Gravy Recipe (for Biscuits and Gravy)

Molly LaFontaine of Plum Branch Home
No matter the time of day, this homemade hamburger gravy piled high on sourdough biscuits is a pleasure to all taste buds. Dried thyme paired with a hint of smoked paprika marries with lean ground beef to flavor the thick homemade gravy.
5 from 1 vote
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Breakfast, Supper
Cuisine American, Southern
Servings 2 people

Equipment

  • 1 skillet
  • 1 Wooden Spoon
  • 1 whisk

Ingredients
  

Hamburger

  • 1 tsp olive oil or avocado oil
  • 1/2 pound ground hamburger
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Gravy

  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups milk (dairy or nondairy) cashew cream is my favorite
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/8 tsp dried thyme

Instructions
 

Hamburger

  • First, heat a pan with 1/2 tsp of olive oil on medium-high heat.
  • Next, add ground hamburger, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper and cook on medium heat for 6-8 minutes.

Gravy

  • Now to make the gravy, leave the cooked ground hamburger in the skillet and add the flour. Still cooking on medium heat, use a wooden spoon to stir your roux for 2 minutes.
  • Next, whisk in milk, pepper, and dried thyme to the roux cooking on medium-low. Continue whisking until gravy begins to thicken about 5 minutes
  • Finally, cook on low for about 5 minutes to fully heat and serve over biscuits!

Notes

  • How to thicken hamburger gravy? When you make the roux with meat drippings and flour, this mixture thickens your gravy creating the desired texture. Some people add a little cornstarch mixed with water at the end of gravy recipes to thicken it but I don’t recommend this unless it needs to be thickened more.
  • What adds flavor to the gravy? The meat drippings from cooking the ground beef as well as the spices flavor this gravy recipe.
  • Can I freeze this hamburger gravy? Yes! Just be sure to store it in a freezer-safe glass container that is air-tight. This is my favorite glass container for freezer storage. Also when you go to reheat the frozen gravy simply take the lid off, stick it in the oven, and then begin preheating at 400 degrees. This warms your container up with the oven to prevent the glass from breaking while warming up the gravy.
  • Will the gravy separate when reheating it? More than likely it will separate after you heat it back up. Simply stir to recombine and it’ll taste fresh. Avoid reheating in the microwave as it will zap the taste right out of your gravy.
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  1. 5 stars
    I loved this gravy!!! It has a wonderful flavor and it makes a delicious savory meal!!!
    I had your Sourdough Cheddar Bay Biscuits (very delicious) and put this gravy on them. It was so delicious together!!! 😋
    Thank you for another delicious recipe!!!

    1. Thank you so much!! I am so happy to hear you enjoyed every bite! It’s one of our favorites as well!! We love that combo too, it is such an amazing flavor combination!!