Our 9 Best Thanksgiving Gravy Recipes of All Time Will Dress Up Your Holiday Meal

High angle view of the best turkey gravy in a small gravy boat with a whole plated turkey peeking in the frame.
Photo: Lindsey Hayes

If your Thanksgiving guests love to smother everything with gravy, then you know you need the perfect recipe when Turkey Day rolls around. Whether you're looking for turkey gravy, vegetarian gravy, or gravy you can make ahead of time (because let's face it, you need all the time you can get on Thanksgiving), our best Thanksgiving gravy recipes are here to help. These gravies will be delicious on your turkey, tofurkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, or anything else you drizzle it on. Scroll through to find our top-rated gravy recipes.

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Chef John's Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy

gravy boat filled with Chef John's Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy recipe
Allrecipes Magazine

Good news! Chef John's top-rated gravy can be made ahead and stored in the freezer until Thanksgiving. It's made with roasted turkey wings and vegetables, and has a little kick from his usual pinch of cayenne pepper. "This make-ahead turkey gravy frees up valuable kitchen time for Thanksgiving, plus it will look and taste even better than those frantic, last-minute versions," says Chef John.

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Vegetarian Gravy

overhead view of homemade Vegetarian Gravy being stirred in a saucepan
Ceiya Dawn

This meatless gravy is made with vegetable broth, soy sauce, nutritional yeast, and spices. Reviewers say this gravy will even impress the meat-lovers at your Thanksgiving table. "This gravy is absolutely amazing. It has such a hearty taste…simply wonderful! You will not be disappointed," says reviewer Dora.

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Turkey Mushroom Gravy

Turkey Mushroom Gravy
Soup Loving Nicole

"I am typically gravy challenged but this worked great for me. I didn't have as much celery on hand as the recipe called for, which was a bummer, but it was still mighty tasty. This is really good and will be my go-to for turkey gravy," says Allrecipes Allstar Soup Loving Nicole.

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Rich Turkey Gravy

gravy on turkey and mashed potatoes
thedailygourmet

With only four ingredients, this is the easiest gravy you can make this Thanksgiving. All you need is flour, water, chicken bouillon cubes, and the pan drippings from your turkey. It's a great last-minute option and is ready in 30 minutes.

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Giblet Gravy

a glass gravy boat of rich-looking dark brown turkey gravy
bd.weld

This old-fashioned gravy has turkey giblets, chicken broth, carrots, white wine, turkey drippings, celery, and spices. "It is delicious with turkey and mashed potatoes. Start making this while the turkey is cooking since it requires about two hours of simmering," says recipe creator Tikeren.

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The Best Turkey Gravy

High angle view of the best turkey gravy in a small gravy boat with a whole plated turkey peeking in the frame.
Lindsey Hayes

This classic gravy recipe uses the giblets and neck from the turkey plus chicken broth, turkey drippings, and two packages of turkey gravy mix. "I made this for Thanksgiving, best gravy ever. I made all except the final step the day before. Added drippings and thickening once the turkey was done. Perfect. Definitely a crowd-pleaser," says reviewer DB.

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Special Turkey Gravy

turkey gravy on turkey and mashed potatoes
dandrol

This easy turkey gravy uses a package of turkey gravy mix. With the addition of the turkey drippings, the gravy becomes a flavorful addition to your Thanksgiving table. "Despite the simplicity of this recipe, it turns out a gravy which is lump-free, rich, golden brown in appearance, and most importantly, delicious. I was skeptical that a recipe with so few ingredients would be worthwhile, but not to worry, it was excellent in every regard," says home cook Curt McLey.

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Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy

overhead view of Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy recipe in a gravy boat garnished with cracked pepper and fresh thyme leaves
Brie Passano

A 5-star favorite, this make-ahead gravy doubles up on the roasted turkey wings and takes under three hours to make. Freeze it for up to three months ahead of time. Some reviewers made the roux with turkey fat instead of butter to deepen the roast turkey flavor. You can whisk in the pan juices from your roast turkey to give it yet another layer of flavor.

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Homemade Turkey Gravy

Homemade Turkey Gravy recipe in a gravy boat served with bread dressing
Soup Loving Nicole

If you prefer to make your Thanksgiving gravy right after the turkey comes out of the oven, this 4-ingredient recipe is for you. While the turkey is resting, you'll cook the flour in the fat from the dripping to make your roux, then whisk in the turkey juices along with chicken broth until the gravy is the thickness you want. Season with salt and pepper to finish.

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