How to Make Meatloaf Gravy

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How to make meatloaf gravy – quick and easy brown gravy is easier to make from scratch than you think!

I am a big fan of gravy. I make this easy brown gravy any time we’re having mashed potatoes or need to serve it with a meat dish.

spoon with gravy over a gravy boat

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My meatloaf recipe is gravy based instead of ketchup or a tomato sauce. Knowing how to make homemade brown gravy to serve with it, and many other dishes, is a skill you’ll appreciate having.

There are so many recipes that you can pair with it and it whips up in no time.

brown gravy in a saucepan

Tips & tricks for making Meatloaf Gravy

  • Dice your onions small, unless you like gravy with texture.
  • Switch up the flavors by adding mushrooms, fresh herbs (like parsley, thyme, sage), a splash of wine, or a splash of soy sauce which will darken the gravy and add great flavor.
  • If you like your gravy thin, skip adding the cornstarch slurry.
  • If you like it thicker, make a slurry of cornstarch and water and add it to the beef broth. Let it simmer to thicken.
  • Prepared gravy should be used within 2-3 days of making it. Any longer than that, you’ll want to freeze it for later use.
ingredients & whisk laid out to make gravy

Growing up, I always made the gravy packets any time we wanted gravy. I still think it’s pretty good, BUT then I realized how easy it is to make gravy from scratch, with just a few ingredients, and now I don’t have to worry about keeping the packets on hand.

If you need another option, try my easy mushroom gravy or turkey gravy!

How to make Meatloaf Gravy

  1. STEP ONE: To a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat and add the minced onion. Cook and stir until the onion is tender.
  2. STEP TWO: Add the beef broth and stir occasionally for 5 minutes.
  3. STEP THREE: In a small bowl, make a slurry by adding the water and cornstarch and mixing together until smooth. Once fully mixed, pour the slurry into the gravy & stir to distribute and thicken.
mashed potatoes & gravy

More dishes to put gravy on

Tools you’ll need

  • Sauce Pan – A good non-stick, dishwasher safe covered sauce pan is a great addition to the kitchen.
  • Silicone Spatulas – I love these one-piece, heat safe, silicone spatulas. I use them daily.
  • Onion/Vegetable Chopper – This chopper makes dicing onion easy and tear-free.
  • Gravy Boat – There are so many pretty gravy boats! My local HomeGoods store had many to choose from and most were around $5.
collage of meatloaf gravy
brown gravy dripping off a spoon

How to Make Meatloaf Gravy

Melissa Williams | Persnickety Plates
How to make meatloaf gravy – quick and easy brown gravy is easier to make from scratch than you think!
4.60 from 25 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 2 cups
Calories 156 kcal


  • 4 Tb onion minced
  • 2 Tb butter
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 4 Tb water
  • 2 Tb cornstarch


  • To a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add in the onions and cook and stir until tender.
  • Add in the beef broth and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Make a slurry by adding the water and cornstarch to a small bowl and mixing together with a fork.
  • Pour the slurry into the saucepan and cook for 1 minute or until thickened.
  • Pour into a gravy boat & serve!



Store covered in the fridge for 2-3 days.


Serving: 1gCalories: 156kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 3gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 996mgPotassium: 159mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 350IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 14mgIron: 1mg

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  1. Dollie brady says

    5 stars
    Very easy recipe for making beef gravy… poured over meat and mashed potatoes

  2. Julie says

    I use the same recipe, but add a couple tablespoons of Kitchen Bouquet. It enriches the beef flavor and darkens the color. Diners will swear you made it from a package, but it’s even better!

  3. Cindi says

    I have drippings can I use them or will it not turn out good if I do

    • Melissa Williams says

      Hi Cindi, I’m sure you’ll make a fine gravy, this particular recipe is just for when you don’t have drippings.

  4. Andrew Goldstein says

    2 stars
    The gravy tasted fine (not great, could have been more flavorful) but it would just not thicken up! Maybe the proportions don’t scale well, I made 4 cups’ worth.

    • Melissa Williams says

      No, sauces don’t often scale well without adjustments.

  5. Mimi says

    5 stars
    Just finished meatloaf and mashed potatoes. I was out of ketchup, tried this out. Very good. And so easy. It quickly thickened up. Thanks!

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