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Country Beef Gravy over Buttered Noodles


In this post I am sharing the recipe for Country Beef Gravy over Buttered Noodles.

This is a simple dinner to make during the busy week. It’s something different to mix things up from the regular hamburger steak and gravy. Buttered Noodles, mmmmmm, I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love that.

The creamy beef gravy is a great combo bringing two favorites together. It’s almost like making sausage gravy but using ground beef instead. Some folks refer to this as old fashioned hamburger gravy.

There are some folks who consider this to be S.O.S. chipped beef on toast but I think of that particular dish made with dried beef.

While this dish is by no means a “new” recipe, let me share what gave me the inspiration to make it at home was after a visit to Las Vegas.

My sister in law and I went out to a breakfast place and ordered biscuits and gravy. Expecting sausage gravy, I was surprised when the biscuits were topped with a ground beef gravy instead. It was delicious and we both enjoyed our meal.

While I liked their twist with the gravy biscuits, I think I’ll stick to sausage for mine and use this country beef gravy over buttered noodles or toast or potatoes.

Here’s what you’ll need: (updated August 24, 2020)

  • Ground Beef
  • Diced Onion
  • Salt
  • Ground Black Pepper
  • Onion Powder (and any other seasonings that you might enjoy)
  • Flour
  • Whole Milk
  • Cooked Noodles
  • Butter
  • Water for boiling pasta

Hamburger Gravy

Cooked ground beef in a skillet with flour to make a gravy sauce

Hamburger gravy and noodles makes a wonderful family meal. This is one of those recipes that is budget friendly and so delicious. Kids love it too! The creamy beef gravy can be seasoned however you prefer and is so filling served over the pasta.

Creamed beef, tuna, eggs, dried beef along with other staples were a way to stretch ingredients while making a filling meal on a tight budget.

Once you brown your ground beef mixture, keep those fat juices because they’re needed to make the gravy. You can add the flour directly into the cooked beef mixture and stir to combine.


Pasta with Gravy

Creamy hamburger gravy in a skilet

Ground Beef Gravy

A bed of cooked noodles topped with thick creamy hamburger gravy garnished with sliced spring onion

I use whole milk to make this hamburger gravy which makes it nice and creamy. Water could also be used and would create a more brown beefy gravy. 

Once your beefy gravy has thickened, give it a taste and adjust seasonings if needed. 

Country Beef Gravy and Noodles

The photo above is from back in 2016 (cringe) I felt like the gravy wasn’t thick enough and my photo skills were certainly lacking. It can be difficult to make brown foods look appealing in a photograph. I hope the updates I’m sharing do it justice.

Blue and White china plate with a serving of noodles topped with hamburger gravy

Doesn’t that look good, y’all? It is so yummy! You’re gonna love it for a quick and easy meal. This is one of those dinners that you’ll have on the table in less than half an hour.

Top it with sliced scallions or a bit of parsley if you’d like and serve. I used a few sliced scallions to dress it up a little for new photos.

I’ll share all of the details in the printable recipe card below.

Yield: 1 pound of Hamburger Gravy

Country Beef Gravy & Buttered Noodles

Photo of old fashioned buttered noodles topped with hamburger beef gravy and garnished with scallions on a blue and white plate

Old fashioned hamburger gravy is thick, creamy and delicious. A great budget friendly meal when served over buttered noodles, toast or mashed potatoes.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


Hamburger Gravy

  • 1 lb of Ground Chuck Ground Beef
  • 1 Small Onion, diced
  • 1.5 tsp Salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper, or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/3 c Flour
  • 1.5 c Milk


  • 1 pkg Egg Noodles or Old Fashioned Style Noodles
  • 4 tbs Butter
  • Water for boiling pasta and salt to add to water


  1. Heat a medium to large skillet over medium heat; add the ground beef, diced onion and seasonings. Break up the meat as it browns and cook until no longer pink. Do no drain.
  2. Next, add the flour and stir to incorporate into the beef mixture. Continue to cook while stirring for 2-3 minutes then add the milk. Gently stir to combine and bring to a simmer; cook until gravy is thickened.
  3. Taste for seasoning and adjust if needed.
  4. Serve over cooked buttered noodles, Toasted Bread or Mashed Potatoes. (Cook pasta according to package directions while preparing the hamburger gravy. Drain and toss with butter.)

Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 541Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 136mgSodium: 795mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 37g

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Wednesday 12th of April 2023

Which restaurant in Las Vegas? I've accidentally found your page ☺️ and I'm genuinely curious, please and thank you!

Julia Jordan

Thursday 13th of April 2023

I'm glad that you found my website :) If I recall correctly, I believe that it was a place called Lola's. I remember that it was featured on a Food Network show. It's been several years, but I think that is it.

Ray D Bigger

Saturday 10th of July 2021

(There are some folks who consider this to be S.O.S. chipped beef on toast) Navy used the chipped beef. Regular Army used like this with hamburger.

David W Griffin

Sunday 13th of September 2020

Tried this yesterday. it was nice but a little bland. Also I think my use of half and half (didn't have milk) might have made it too thick and also my whole wheat fresh pasta might have not worked as well as regular wheat pasta would have done. Still good but I feel like it needs something.

Julia Jordan

Sunday 13th of September 2020

David, I hope that you'll give it another try. I take leftover the next day and heat it up and add a bit of cayenne to give it a nice kick and serve over toasted bread. You can season it up however suits your taste. I do recommend milk, the cream in half and half will be richer and cause it to be a little thicker. You can add a bit more liquid however and that would thin it out to your liking. ~Julia


Friday 4th of September 2020

Yum, this looks delicious and so comforting after a long day. Have a great weekend, Kippi

Julia Jordan

Friday 4th of September 2020

Kippi, Thank you so much. I hope that you enjoy your weekend as well. ~Julia

Miz Helen

Tuesday 1st of September 2020

Country Beef Gravy is so comforting, wish I had some right now! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday,499 and hope you have a great week! Miz Helen

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