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Homemade Turkey Gravy

This Turkey gravy recipe is going to be the best gravy you have made and is perfect for Thanksgiving or the holiday season.
Pouring turkey gravy on turkey.

This Turkey gravy recipe is going to be the best gravy you have made and is perfect for Thanksgiving or the holiday season.

When it comes to serving turkey at Thanksgiving or during the festive holidays, you also need to have a super tasty gravy to go with it. It just wouldn’t be a complete meal otherwise, would it? Gravy is the perfect accompaniment to meat and vegetables . It adds some moisture and flavor to the dish and can bring all of the flavors of the meat and your side dishes together. I love the turkey flavors that come through with this gravy and you can use the drippings from the turkey you have already cooked. 

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Many people choose to buy gravy from the grocery store or are perhaps a little daunted about making their own gravy fearing it will be complicated. You couldn’t be more wrong! This turkey gravy is simple to make, uses a handful of ingredients, is quick to prepare, and tastes amazing. What more could you want? Once you make your own gravy you won’t go back. So here is everything you need to know to make this delicious turkey gravy. 

Ingredients needed for the Turkey Gravy

  • ½ cup turkey drippings 
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups broth
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

Turkey gravy ingredients.

Looking for a great turkey recipe for this amazing turkey gravy? Give this Herb Butter Turkey recipe a try!

How to make the Turkey Gravy

Now that you have got all of the ingredients together let’s make some gravy. 

 Step one: Create the roux

The first step is to create the roux which will be what will thicken your gravy and add to the flavor. Place the turkey drippings into a medium-sized saucepan and put on medium-high heat. Don’t let it boil. When it is warmed add in your flour and whisk constantly until it becomes a golden brown color.

Turkey Gravy Roox.

Step two: Making the gravy

Once your roux is ready it is time toad your broth. Pour the broth into the flour mixture and whisk over medium-high heat. The mixture will start to thicken so do this until you get your desired consistency. It is important to keep whisking so that you don’t end up with lumpy gravy.

Turkey gravy with whisk in the pan.Step three: Season to perfection and serve

Now your gravy is at the desired thickness give it the taste test and season it to perfection. You can add a little salt and pepper to enhance the flavors. Then remove from the heat and pour into your serving jug or gravy boat. Drizzle over your Herb Butter Turkey, mashed potato, vegetable sides, and stuffing. Enjoy!

Turkey Gravy Recipe notes and tips

It is always a good idea to get some helpful tips and notes that will help make the recipe easier or remind you of things to think about. No matter how simple it is there will always be some extra guidance.  I have a couple of suggestions and notes that will help you when making this recipe. 

  • It is important to whisk continuously when you add the flour to the warm drippings. This is creating your roux which will help to thicken your gravy and will help to avoid lumps.
  • You need to keep an eye on this gravy as it can thicken up quickly. Stir until you get your desired thickness and then remove it from the heat. Turkey Gravy inn Gravy Boat.

Variations to try

When it comes to any recipe it is always good to hear of any variations and changes you can make. I have some suggestions that you might want to try.

  • In this recipe, we are using turkey drippings, but if you can’t get hold of any you could use butter instead. You could also fry up some bacon and then use some of the drippings from that with some butter for this recipe. The leftover bacon could be cut up and added to mashed potatoes. Yum!
  • Broth works well with this recipe but you could also use stock if you have that in your pantry. 
  • This process will work with other meats. You could use beef drippings instead of turkey drippings when serving a brisket or beef joint. It also works for chicken. 
  • You could add some dried herbs to this gravy for extra flavor. If you like a bit of a kick, then some dried chili flakes will work well. 

Pouring turkey gravy on turkey.

FAQs for Turkey Gravy

There will always be questions that people may have even though it may be seen as an easy recipe, so hopefully, I will have managed to answer some of the most commonly asked questions below. 

What is the secret to good gravy?

You don’t want any excess fat in your gravy so one o the best-kept secrets is to remove any excess fat as you cook the gravy. You will notice that once you have let your gravy, any excess fat will rise to the top. Remove this and then your gravy will be perfect. 

How do I avoid lumpy gravy?

We are using all-purpose flour to thicken up this gravy but the last thing you want is lumps. Using a whisk and consistently stirring until you know the lour has combined is the best way to avoid lumps. 

Why is my gravy not tasty?

You are using concentrated turkey drippings and also broth so your gravy will not lack in flavor. As the gravy cooks, the volume decreases and therefore intensifies the flavor which can make it seem too salty. However, this will only be a problem if you season throughout. Leave any seasoning to the end so that you can balance the flavors. I promise the gravy will taste amazing!

Help, my gravy is a little bland, what should I do?

Sometimes there can be a lack of flavor, and if you notice this you can easily add some flavor to the gravy with salt and pepper. Dried herbs also work well and if you have your turkey resting any juices from that can also be added. I don’t think you will have this problem with this gravy recipe, but hopefully, those tips will help if you do. 

I hope you enjoy your Turkey Gravy. 

Overhead view of turkey dinner with gravy.

Pouring turkey gravy on turkey.

Homemade Turkey Gravy

This Turkey gravy recipe is going to be the best gravy you have made and is perfect for Thanksgiving or the holiday season.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Thanksgiving
Keyword: Gravy, Homemade Turkey Gravy, Turkey Gravy
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 124kcal



  • Place the turkey drippings into a medium sized saucepan over medium high heat.
  • Once the drippings have become warm, whisk in the flour. Cook until the flour becomes a light golden brown, whisking constantly.
  • Pour the broth into the flour mixture and whisk over medium heat until the mixture begins to thicken to your desired consistency.
  • Stir in the salt and pepper and remove from the heat.
  • Drizzle over your turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing, enjoy!


Calories: 124kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Sodium: 304mg | Potassium: 8mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 0.4g | Vitamin A: 101IU | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 0.3mg
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