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Hamburger Gravy

This Hamburger Gravy recipe is SO easy to make with ground beef. Cream of mushroom soup can be added or left out! Serve it over noodles, mashed potatoes, or biscuits for a classic comfort food that your family will love.

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Hamburger Gravy over mashed potatoes with green beans in the background.

Hamburger Gravy

This is without a doubt, the most nostalgic recipe on my blog. My dad used to make this meal for me all the time growing up. I won’t go into a sentimental story about it but I WILL ask you this:

Have you ever heard this recipe referred to as S.O.S.? This meal used to be served in military mess halls, (my dad used to have it in the Air Force), and they called it Sh** on a Shingle. 😆

There are a ton of variations of S.O.S, which is why I’m calling it “hamburger gravy” instead. Many remember S.O.S. as being made with chipped beef on toast.

Either way, I can promise you that this is one of the simplest, but most flavorful meals you can possibly make. (And super budget friendly.)

It’s really easy to incorporate add-ins too. I’ve provided the basic, easy, flavorful recipe… and have also included info on how to incorporate vegetables or cream of mushroom soup.

Okay, enough jibber jabber, here’s everything you need to know:

How to Make It

See recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.

Brown the beef, onions, and garlic in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat.

Add the Worcestershire sauce, seasonings, and flour. Stir to combine and cook for 1-2 minutes, until you can no longer smell flour.

Cooking ground beef and onions in a skillet to make hamburger gravy.

Add the beef broth, beef bouillon, and half and half. Use a silicone spatula to “clean” the bottom and sides of the pan. Bring the mixture to a boil, the reduce to a simmer. Let it bubble gently, it will continue to thicken and concentrate.

Adding beef broth and milk to a skillet to make hamburger gravy.

Once near your desired level of thickness, taste and season with salt if desired.

Serve over mashed potatoes, egg noodles, or with biscuits.

See below on optional ingredient additions such as vegetables or cream of mushroom soup.

Hamburger gravy in a skillet before and after simmering and thickening.

How to Add Cream of Mushroom Soup

  • Make the recipe as-is and let it simmer and reduce. Add 1/2 can cream of mushroom and 1/2 cup milk and let it simmer and reduce again until thickened. You may choose to add 1/4 lb. more ground beef, or utilize the extra ‘gravy’ to incorporate vegetables. (See ingredient addition options below)
  • If you prefer to use a whole can of cream of mushroom, add it with 1 cup of milk and use 1.5 lbs ground beef.
  • Be sure to check out my homemade condensed cream of mushroom soup recipe.

Ingredient Additions

  • Mushrooms: Cook them separately to release some of the water, concentrate their flavor, and give them a nice golden color. Mix them into the hamburger gravy at the end. This lets them retain their color, texture, and flavor.
  • Frozen Vegetables: Frozen Carrots, peas, corn, and green beans make excellent additions to this meal. Add them when the beef stock is added and let them heat up as the gravy thickens.

What To Serve With Hamburger Gravy

Storage

Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

A skillet full of Hamburger Gravy with a spoon in it and fresh parsley on top.

Tools For This Recipe

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  • 10-inch stainless steel skillet. (This is the one I used in this post but this one is similar and less expensive.)
  • Silicone Spatula. This is the one I always use and is pictured in the recipe.
  • Gravy Boat- I have this handy one which keeps the gravy warm with a candle on the bottom!
  • Pinch bowls. I always like to measure out my seasonings and other ingredients ahead of time.
  • Measuring spoonsI love that these are magnetic. They keep my drawer neat.

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Hamburger Gravy in a skillet with a ladle.

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Hamburger Gravy

5 from 8 votes
This Hamburger Gravy recipe is SO easy to make from scratch or incorporate with cream of mushroom soup! Serve it over egg noodles, mashed potatoes, biscuits, or toast for a classic comfort food that your family will love.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons Flour
  • 1 ½ cups beef broth
  • 1 cube beef bouillon, or 1 tsp better than bouillon
  • ½ cup half and half

Optional Additions- See Notes

  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup, (10.5 oz.)
  • 8 oz. white button mushrooms, sliced, rinsed, and patted dry
  • 1 cup frozen mixed vegetables

Instructions

  • Brown the beef in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions halfway through and cook until softened, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute.
  • Add the Worcestershire sauce, 1 tsp onion powder, ½ tsp garlic powder, ½ tsp pepper, and 3 TBS flour. Stir to combine and cook for 1-2 minutes, until you can no longer smell flour.
  • Add the beef broth, beef bouillon, and half and half. Use a silicone spatula to “clean” the bottom and sides of the pan. Bring the mixture to a boil, the reduce to a simmer. Let it bubble gently, it will continue to thicken and concentrate.
  • Once near your desired level of thickness, taste and season with up to ¼ teaspoon of salt if desired.
  • Serve over mashed potatoes, egg noodles, or with biscuits.
  • See notes on optional ingredient additions such as vegetables or cream of mushroom soup.

Video

Notes

How to Add Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • Make the recipe as-is and let it simmer and reduce. Add 1/2 can cream of mushroom and 1/2 cup milk and let it simmer and reduce again until thickened. You may choose to add 1/4 lb. more ground beef, or utilize the extra 'gravy' to incorporate vegetables.
  • If you prefer to use a whole can of cream of mushroom, add it with 1 cup of milk and use 1.5 lbs ground beef.
  • Be sure to check out my homemade condensed cream of mushroom soup recipe.

Ingredient Additions
  • Mushrooms: Cook them separately to release some of the water, concentrate their flavor, and give them a nice golden color. Mix them into the hamburger gravy at the end. This lets them retain their color, texture, and flavor.
  • Frozen Vegetables: Frozen Carrots, peas, corn, and green beans make excellent additions to this meal. Add them when the beef stock is added and let them heat up as the gravy thickens. 

Half and Half is a combination of 50% milk and 50% cream. Milk may be used instead if needed.

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29 comments on “Hamburger Gravy”

  1. A win with my USAF vet!

    I made this the first time as a surprise, and served it on toast!    We had leftovers on mashed potatoes.    The flavor is amazing!  I was tempted to skip the bullion, after all homemade broth should be sufficient.   Wow, I’m glad I followed Stephanie’s directions.  

    The second time I used half beef and half venison (which I don’t care for).  Just as good the second time.   I still prefer to not know I’m eating venison 😊

  2. We really enjoyed this! It was very tasty! Thank you for the recipe! I will make this again!

  3. I grew up on SOS. I’m a military brat.  My Dad was a cook when he first entered the military.  So I grew up with military food, which I loved . Our SOS wasn’t fancy like this. Military didn’t use a lot of seasoning. Our gravy was ground beef, onion if desired.  Salt and pepper. Add the flour, brown.  Back in my day… we used water to make the gravy.  Military used powder products. ( eggs, milk) my hubby likes it with milk.  Put it over hot biscuits . Yum.
    Sounds like some updates were made since my time. I’m excited to try yours for more of a dinner meal. 
    I’m excited to try yours. Thank you. 

    • Hi Holly! I’m actually even surprised to hear that your version had ground beef at all! (As opposed to chipped beef on toast)- It seems that there are a ton of variations of S.O.S. but I guess that goes for many recipes! I was (and still am) surprised to hear how many people have even heard of it! I can’t wait for you to try it this way! It certainly brings me back! 🙂 I hope you love it! Thank you for sharing your memories of the recipe!

      • Hey girl. Oh we had it made with chipped beef the majority of the time. It was served on toast. It was according which base and what country we were in.  Lol.  We traveled  all over.
          I did try it your way and it was wondermous. 

      • I’m happy to hear you liked it Holly!😀

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