This is one of my favorite 'cheap meal' recipes that I learned from my Southern cookin' Dad. Creamy hamburger gravy with just the right blend of spices is perfect served over homemade biscuits, mashed potatoes, rice, fried potatoes.. just about anything!

Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
25 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Crumble the ground beef into a large deep skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir until evenly browned. Drain most of the grease, leaving just enough to coat the pan. Add the onions, and cook for a few more minutes.

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  • Pour 4 cups of the milk into the pan, and stir to scrape up any bits of food that could burn on the bottom of the pan. Mix in the bouillon, butter, sage, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.

  • Mix the flour into the last cup of milk until smooth. Slowly pour into the skillet, stirring constantly. Simmer for a few minutes to thicken. If the gravy is too thick, thin with a little bit of milk. If it is too thin, simmer longer, or add more flour. Taste and adjust seasonings before serving.

Nutrition Facts

488 calories; protein 39.2g 78% DV; carbohydrates 18.8g 6% DV; fat 27.4g 42% DV; cholesterol 130mg 43% DV; sodium 585.9mg 23% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
10/07/2005
AWESOME!!! I love sausage gravy with biscuits but I didn't have any sausage so I decided to try your recipe. It is incredible. I think I'll be making this instead from now on. The only think I added was a bit of chopped garlic. Because garlic makes everything better....:) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
01/26/2006
not at all what I was expecting. Yuck! Read More
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321 Ratings
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  • 2 star values: 9
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
10/07/2005
AWESOME!!! I love sausage gravy with biscuits but I didn't have any sausage so I decided to try your recipe. It is incredible. I think I'll be making this instead from now on. The only think I added was a bit of chopped garlic. Because garlic makes everything better....:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/21/2008
Funny, my Dad's been making this for my sister and I since we were kids. Now, I make it for my boys. And they can't get enough of it. I used beef bouillion and cut back a little on the milk and used sour cream, just for a touch of creaminess. I like to add a little worchestershire and a drained can of sliced mushrooms. My whole family loves it and I get to smile and remember my childhood. ;) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/18/2008
Another quick and very easy dinner to whip up. I didn't have 2 lbs of ground beef so I used a combination of beef and ground "sage" sausage. In place of raw chopped onion (kids don't like) I used 1/2 a packet of lipton dried onion mix. I wanted to add more flavor to the gravy so in place of ALL 5 cups of milk I used 2 cups evaporated milk, 1 cup low sodium boxed beef broth, 1 cup of water and 1 cup regular milk. Served over egg noodles and/or biscuits. I had 2 extra kids tonight for dinner and they all wanted seconds!!! Good thing this is one of those dishes you can continue to add liquid and flour to make more servings!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/19/2007
This was SO good! It was so good infact that I joined this site so I could post a review. I'm from the south and I've ate hamburger gravy since I was little and have been making it for MY family for years but never with milk...I love milk gravy we use that for sausage gravy chicken fried steak etc. but never with hamburger meat it was delicious! I ran out of milk so I used canned evaporated milk instead (one can milk to one can water to make whole milk but had to use 2 cans to get the 5 cups) and it turned out wonderful I also added about 4 tablespoons of beefy onion soup mix ( that i make myself) in place of the chicken boullion. Such a great recipe thank you for posting it. This is now my new hamburger gravy recipe!!:o) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/18/2011
Love this recipe! I had this often as a child in Tennessee. My family always put it over toast. We have always heard it referred to as S*&! on a shingle!!! Too funny! Thanks for bringing back memories!!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/20/2011
I've made a similar recipe for years. Here's a tip for you: after frying the onions, I also add fresh or canned sliced mushrooms to the pan. Remove mushrooms and melt 1/3 c. butter and 1/4 c. flour, cook the butter and flour for about 3 min. to remove the raw flour taste and then add the milk (warmed) to the roux and wisk it to smooth out the gravy. Add rest of the ingredients. Fresh garlic diced is a good addition also. I've been cooking for 53 years now... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2008
Great recipe. I made it exactly as it is written and it turned out perfectly. Get some White Lily biscuits straight from the frozen foods section, pop them in the oven to bake, and then pour this gravy on top. You won't be disappointed. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/15/2007
My family loved it. They are adding it the monthly planner. Very Very Good. I also add 1/2 pound of saugage. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
01/26/2006
not at all what I was expecting. Yuck! Read More
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