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Killer Brown Gravy for Hamburger Steak

This is a really good brown gravy recipe that is typical of Hawaiian plate lunches and hamburger steak gravy found on Hawaiian recipe plate lunches.  This is a homemade brown gravy that is rich and delicious.
Prep Time0 mins
Active Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Dressings, Marinades, Sauces
Cuisine: Hawaiian, Local
Keyword: Brown Gravy, Hamburger Steak, Gravy, Hawaii, Plate Lunch, Homemade
Author: Frank Abraham


  • 2 tbsp. Butter
  • 1/4 c. Flour (Wondra Flour Works Best)
  • 1 Beef Bouillon Cube
  • 1 can Beef Broth
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
  • Splash Aloha Shoyu (Soy Sauce)
  • Splash Cream or Milk (Optional)


  • In frying pan of drippings from hamburger patties, melt butter over med-high heat. 
    *If you don't have drippings, I would double the amount of butter so that you have enough fat.
  • Once butter has melted, add flour and cook for a few minutes until the flour turns a nice light brown color.
    *This adds more rich flavor to the gravy.
  • Add bouillon cube to mixture in frying pan and smash it down into the mixture.
  • Add Beef Broth and stir quickly as the gravy thickens and forms.
  • Keep stirring gravy using a whisk.
  • Add salt, pepper to taste, a splash of shoyu and a splash of milk or cream to give the gravy a nice rich flavor. 
    Some people have been known to add a splash of ketchup to give it that reddish brown color and extra layer of flavor....