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Ground beef and gravy recipe

Ground beef and gravy recipe

Ground beef and gravy

This is a simple recipe for ground beef and gravy that is great for a basic meat, mash and two veg meal.

This ground beef and gravy recipe is another of my mother’s simple minced beef recipes that is just so tasty.

We ate this meal twice in a row the week I posted this post because, as it went down so well the first time, the girls asked for it again. It is also a big favourite of our Ukrainian refugees.

It is easy and quick to make, and healthy if you serve up with some tasty vegetables. 

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Minced beef with gravy, mash, carrots and peas.


Mince beef recipe ideas – things to make with mince

There are so many minced beef recipes out there that you can make, and we certainly have a few on this blog: cottage pie, lasagne, spaghetti Bolognese, pasta bake, taco wraps, to name but a few.

Scroll down to the bottom of this post to see a few other healthy minced meat recipes on this site.

But the best ground beef recipe? Well, that depends on what you are after. Each meal with ground beef has its own characteristics and different herbs and spices always give a certain variation to the meat.

This mince with gravy recipe is a very quick ground beef recipe that can be cooked in 15 minutes. So for me, it rates as one of the easiest dinners with ground beef or mince.

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Beef Mince vs Ground Beef

What is minced beef? In the UK we call ground beef ‘mince’ or ‘minced meat’. It is minced steak or in other words, beef that has been through a mincer.

It can sometimes be confusing as the British also know a product called ‘mincemeat’. Mincemeat is something completely different: a mix of chopped fruits, spirits and spices which is used as a filling for mince pies which we eat at Christmas time.

These days this mincemeat mix would not normally contain meat, but in the past, it used to, hence the name.

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Ground beef and gravy recipe

Easy Minced Beef Recipes

My motto is ‘sometimes the easy way is the best way’, and that is certainly what this dish is. It must be the easiest of beef mince recipes around.

There are no real herby additions to the gravy so you just get the taste of the beef, and the gravy, which goes naturally with the vegetables.

Nothing flash, nothing clever. But very tasty and you will clean your plate.

I distinctly remember eating this meal in my parent’s kitchen as a kid, and I always looked forward to it.

It is funny how certain foods help you maintain certain memories and this was surely one of my favourite dishes as a kid, and now my kids love it.

Serve it up with some mashed potatoes and baked carrots or boiled carrots and cooked peas. Enjoy!

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If you do try and make this recipe, please let me know how you get on in the comments section below!

How to make mince and gravy

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Ground beef and gravy recipe

Ground beef and gravy recipe

Yield: 3
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This simple ground beef and gravy recipe is pure comfort food. The kids will love it. Easy and quick to make and a perfect combination with some simple veggies.


  • 500g lean ground beef (minced beef)
  • 1 onion, chopped very small
  • 1 tsp Marmite
  • 2 tbsp HP sauce
  • 1 beef OXO cube
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp Bisto gravy granules
  • Water
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • Carrots, peeled and chopped lengthways
  • Potatoes, peeled
  • Frozen Peas
  • Salt and pepper


  1. In a pan fry the onion in the vegetable oil for one minute. Then add the ground beef to the pan and fry it until it is fully browned.
  2. While you are frying, use a wooden spatula to chop the ground beef so that the meat becomes smaller pieces of meat.
  3. Then add the crushed OXO cube, a few cups of water and bring to a simmer. Then add the Worcestershire sauce, HP sauce, Marmite and Bisto granules. [These are all pretty specific British ingredients which add a particular bite to the gravy. But I am sure if you have your own gravy ingredients they would do fine.]
  4. Now simmer the meat for about 10 minutes, stirring regularly and adding water if necessary to keep a good level of gravy.
  5. Season to taste and keep tasting the sauce to check the strength of the gravy. Add more gravy granules if needed. (You can add water from the pan boiling the potatoes and carrots to keep the nutrients.)
  6. While you are cooking the meat you can boil the potatoes and carrots in a separate pan (together). 
  7. The peas only need a few minutes in boiling water to cook them, so they can be started later.
  8. Finally, after 10 minutes you can remove the carrots from the pan and produce the mashed potato according to this recipe. Or you can mash the carrots and potatoes together if you prefer.
  9. Check the meat is fully cooked before serving.


Serve up the ground beef together with mashed potatoes (or boiled potatoes), carrots and peas. 

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 3 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 606Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 173mgSodium: 541mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 4gSugar: 5gProtein: 59g

This nutrition information was automatically calculated by Nutritionix, but may not be 100% accurate.

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Some more ground beef recipes here:
Cheesy Bolognese Pasta Bake
Spaghetti Bolognese Recipe
Chili con carne
Traditional Cottage Pie Recipe
Stuffed Aubergines Recipe (with a lightly spiced ground beef filling)
Classic Lasagna Recipe
Moist Meatloaf Recipe
Taco Wraps - the best way to eat Tacos
Minced Beef Hotpot
Air Fryer Meatballs
Classic Cocktail Meatballs
Hungarian Meatballs
Easy Swedish Meatball Recipe

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