Hamburger Creamed Gravy - The Southern Lady Cooks

This hamburger creamed gravy is wonderful over toast, biscuits, rice, pasta, potatoes and grits!  I love it over mashed potatoes.  Some people make this with chipped or dried beef, too. This was an Army staple, thus the SOS name.  I can remember having this gravy for breakfast over toast when I was a child.  An easy and economical dish.

Hamburger Creamed Gravy ingredients needed:

Ground beef

Onion, chopped

Minced garlic



Black pepper

Worcestershire sauce

Milk (I use one 12 ounce can of evaporated milk and enough water to make 2 cups)

This recipe is dear to many people as you can see from the comments below. I am going to share some of our favorites! If you have followed our site for any amount of time, you know we love recipes that hold beautiful memories and this is definitely one.

“I can’t wait to make this! My father passed away when I was 14 and this sure does bring back memories. He served in the Army during the Vietnam War. Being from a large family, he was asked to cook sometimes and this was one of his most popular dishes. I have fond memories of waking up to the smell of this gravy cooking. He made it with chipped beef and also at times used ground beef. It was served over toast. I’m getting tears just thinking about my brother and I scooting up to the table, eager to dig in to a yummy plate full on a cold weekend morning. Well, I’m making this for my kiddos this week. Thank you for the recipe!!!” – Steff

“Reading these comments and realizing no one eats it over mashed sweet potatoes! That’s the only way we enjoyed hamburger gravy growing up (and I never heard it called sos). Maybe the sweet potatoes is a Pennsylvania Dutch thing. Anyway it was always one of my favorites growing up. My husband likes his on toast better even though we grew up in the same area. Maybe it’s a Mennonite thing!” – Amber

“I wasn’t born in the south by grew up here, my parents were Northern transplants, so while my Mom cooked mostly northern food my Dad embraced Southern living and made SOS quite often. Oh so good…especially for us little girls who loved being able to say “SOS” We got such a giggle out of it! Thanks for sharing!” – Deb

Hamburger Creamed Gravy - The Southern Lady Cooks

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Hamburger Creamed Gravy

This Hamburger Creamed Gravy, also known as SOS is a classic. Serve it over toast, biscuits or rice. 
4.97 from 30 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American, southern


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup onion chopped
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups milk I use one 12 ounce can of evaporated milk and enough water to make 2 cups


  • Brown ground beef, onion and garlic until beef is cooked. Drain. Put hamburger back in skillet and add flour, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce and milk. Simmer until gravy thickens. Makes 6 to 8 servings.
Keyword Hamburger Creamed Gravy
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