Hamburgers and Ketchup Gravy Recipe -
Hamburgers and Ketchup Gravy Recipe
  • READY IN 55 mins

Hamburgers and Ketchup Gravy

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"This is a homestyle dish handed down from my grandmother to my mother to me. It's very simple but tastes out of this world; it's my husbands favorite dinner! The secret is the simmering. When the gravy simmers for a while, the flavors blend to make a thick sweet gravy. Serve with noodles and biscuits."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    45 mins

    55 mins


  1. In a medium bowl, mix together the ground beef, 1/2 cup ketchup, bread crumbs, onion powder, steak seasoning, salt, and pepper. Form into small fat hamburger patties, or meatballs.
  2. Heat oil in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Place the patties in the skillet, and cook until browned on both sides. Remove patties to a plate, and drain grease from the skillet.
  3. In the same pan, slowly stir together the remaining ketchup and water if the mixture seems thin, add a bit more ketchup, or if it is thick, add more water. Add the onion, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Return the patties to the pan, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes. Stir after the 30 minutes, and if the gravy is still thin, continue simmering with the lid off until gravy thickens.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
May 08, 2006

Yummy!! There is nothing misleading about this recipe. It amazes me how people will give a negative review about how they think it is too ketchupy or too sweet. The title says Hamburgers and KETCHUP gravy and the discription says it thickens into a SWEET gravy. Gee, I mean what do you expect? I thought it was very good.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 21, 2009

For taste 5 stars. For ease of cooking 3 1/2 stars and for family health 2 stars. 1463 mg of sodium is far too much for my families arteries to process. Good? YES, good for you NO. I'll pass on this one.

May 22, 2006

I have to rated this recipe a 5 because my family really enjoyed it. I would not rate this a very "special" meal...more of an "everyday" dish. I served it with pasta and a green salad and a week later my family requested that I make it again.This time I served it with mashed potatos and fresh green beans. This is a versatile dish and easy to make. Since my family liked it so much I think I will get several pounds of ground beef and make the patties up and store them in the freezer so they are available for a quick but easy meal. Thanks Jennifer this will make the summer meal planning a little easier.

Mar 26, 2003

This recipe was great! At first I didn't simmer it enough then after about 45 min. I stirred it and couldn't believe how thick and sweet it was. No way did this taste like ketchup after it has simmered! The meatballs were really flavorful too! Make sure you add enough onion chunks because that's what make this gravy so good. My husband added hot sauce on his plate because he likes everything hot. I didn't make it with noodles tho, I just made them as is and had some veggies and made some biscuits and it was wonderful! I will definatly make this again!

Nov 20, 2005

We really liked this recipe, but as some other reviewers experienced, there was a problem with the meatballs not holding together. To overcome this we cut the ketchup to 1/4 cup in the meat mixture, and added a beaten egg. If you are alergic to eggs.... add 1 tablespoon all purpose flour instead... and go back to the 1/2 cup ketchup. We also added garlic powder, which enhanced the flavor even more. YUMMMMMMM.

May 18, 2004

My family loved this recipe! I made the meat into meatballs, and had no problem with them trying to fall apart. They stayed together nicely. I made them pretty small so maybe that helped.. I didnt think that the gravy or the meatballs tasted like ketchup at all. The trick must be in adding a large onion and really simmering it. (Even though I didnt eat the chunks of onion.) We didnt think it tasted like sloppy joes or meatloaf at all either. Myself, my husband and my 3 year old really liked it. He said "yummy yummy mommy". Also we didnt serve them over noodles, just by themselves with side dishes of mashed potatoes and corn on the cob. We all agreed that it would probably be gross if it were to be served over noodles. Anyways, I think you should give it a try!

May 01, 2007

Made this tonight and loved it. Good food for a cold night. I read all of the reviews and the only thing I changed was that I added an egg to help the meat stick together. I made meatballs rather than patties and it was very good. This is a keeper. Thanks for sharing.

Nov 20, 2002

This was a quick & delicious meal...the burgers were so moist & tasteful. The whole family loved them over egg noodles. I will definitly add this to my weekly menu .


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  • Calories
  • 378 kcal
  • 19%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 36.1 g
  • 12%
  • Cholesterol
  • 69 mg
  • 23%
  • Fat
  • 16.6 g
  • 26%
  • Fiber
  • 1.6 g
  • 6%
  • Protein
  • 22.8 g
  • 46%
  • Sodium
  • 1381 mg
  • 55%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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