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Homemade Sausage Gravy

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Sausage Gravy is a classic American breakfast dish! It comes together quickly, is easy to make, and is OUT of the world yummy. If you’re from the south, you already know and love it. If you haven’t had it before, you’re going to love it!


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This sausage gravy recipe is made using the simple ingredients of creamy milk, white flour, flavorful sausage, rich butter, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper.

With just those few pantry ingredients you’ll have delicious homemade sausage gravy that is AMAZING.

I love how quickly this recipe can be on the table. If you’ve got 30 minutes, you’ve got enough time to make this easy sausage gravy.

Sausage gravy and biscuits are the ultimate comfort food. Hearty and filling enough to get even a pack of hungry teens through until lunch.

Also the flavors actually get better with time

Which means sausage and gravy is great for meal prepping because it’ll taste even better the next day!

And I’ll be honest, we make this for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It’s that good!


raw breakfast sausage in pan


What’s in Sausage Gravy?

The best sausage gravy is really easy to make and only requires a few simple ingredients.

  • Breakfast Sausage: This comes in many flavors! Regular, maple, hot, etc. Any and all of them taste good in this recipe.
  • Butter: Adds a yummy buttery flavor to the sausage gravy.
  • All purpose Flour: Used to thicken the gravy, use all purpose, white flour.
  • Milk: Use whole milk for best results though you can substitute with other milks if needed.
  • Salt and Black Pepper: Sprinkle, sprinkle, done!

Pro Tips:

  • The fresher your ingredients, the better the end result. Don’t substitute with margarine or use old or expired ingredients.
  • I like Jimmy Dean sausage but most sausage you find at the grocery stores will taste good.


butter added to cooked sausage


How to Make Sausage Gravy

Luckily, creamy gravy is one of the simplest meals you can make with a few basic ingredients.

  1. Cook: The sausage gravy needs to be cooked until no longer pink inside over medium-high heat.
  2. Mix: When you add the flour and milk remember to sprinkle flour slowly! Otherwise you’ll get clumps in the gravy.
  3. Thicken: As you stir flour and gravy mixture, the gravy should thicken on its own.
  4. Serve: You can use canned biscuits or these yummy Homemade Biscuits!

Pro Tip: Prepare the biscuits first! Then you can pop them in the oven and have them be done at the same time as the sausage gravy.


flour added to cooked sausage


How to Thicken Sausage Gravy

So what makes a thick gravy? It’s the mixture of flour and milk that does it.

I recommend making this sausage gravy recipe exactly as written as it’s actually pretty thick. 

The gravy is thick and actually gets thicker as it stands. Remember: it always looks thinner than it is.

If you find it’s still not as thick as you like after standing for 15 minutes, then you can mess with it.

Thicken by combining two teaspoons of water with one teaspoon of flour or cornstarch.

Add the water and flour mixture to the gravy while the gravy is hot. If you add it while it’s cold, you won’t get the result you were hoping for.

Continue this process as many times as necessary, adding just a little at a time until the sausage gravy reaches the desired thickness.


milk added to sausage gravy


How to Thin Out Sausage Gravy

If you add too much flour, you’ll find your gravy is much too thick.

Remember, you want to ladle it and have it drip all over your hot biscuits.

If it’s staying in one clump, there’s a simple fix to thin it out.

Add milk! That’s it! Just be careful. 

Just as you can easily add too much flour and make it too thick, you can also add too much milk and make it too thin.

A little goes a long way in this great recipe.

Also make sure to let flour cook so you don’t get stuck with raw flour taste either.


cooked and thickened sausage gravy


Can You Freeze Sausage Gravy?

Yes you can easily freeze this homemade sausage gravy recipe!

If you plan on freezing your leftovers of this sausage gravy recipe, allow the gravy to get to room temperature before freezing.

Then you can freeze in an airtight container, freezer bag, or my personal favorite, ice cube trays!

When using ice cube trays, the sausage gravy gets frozen in perfectly portioned amounts you can use at any time.

Once frozen, break them out of the trays and move them to your freezer bag or airtight container.

When ready to eat, allow the sausage gravy to thaw in the fridge overnight and reheat on the stove.


sausage gravy over biscuits


How Long Does Sausage Gravy Last?

In the fridge creamy sausage gravy will last up to 4 days. After that the meat will start to go bad and will no longer be safe to eat.

You can actually make gravy ahead of time and serve it the next morning for an easy delicious breakfast recipe.

That makes it the best comfort food for special occasions like Christmas morning since you can cook it in advance.

In the freezer sausage gravy will stay good for up to 3 months. After three months it’ll lose its flavor and risk becoming freezer burned. 

I recommend freezing whatever you don’t think you’ll eat within 4 days so you can enjoy the flavorful country gravy later.


side view of sausage gravy over biscuits


Who Invented Sausage Gravy?

While there isn’t one person that we can credit for giving us sausage and gravy, there is some history there!

White sausage gravy is a traditional southern meal. 

It was originally made by those who were poor and had hard labor jobs as a cheap and hearty meal. 

Using the scraps of whatever meat and fat was left in the pan from the previous meal, sausage gravy was then made using milk, flour, or water.

For those who worked all day in the fields or at the lumber yard, this kind of meal was necessary to keep them going!


top view of sausage gravy over biscuits


Can Dogs Eat Biscuits and Gravy?

This answer can be summed up in one little word: no.

Dogs cannot eat country sausage gravy and any kind of biscuits.

Fat, salt, flour, and milk. These things have big impacts on small dogs’ bodies.

Leave the sausage gravy for the humans and the dog treats for the dogs!


zoomed out image of two biscuits with gravy


What to Serve with Biscuits and Gravy?

I love that sausage gravy doesn’t really need to be served with anything, it is so hardy!

When served with your favorite biscuits it really is such a simple recipe that tastes great!

If you need extra ideas though try:

  • Eggs
  • Bacon
  • Hash Browns
  • Pancakes
  • Fried Potatoes
  • Fruit Salad

Sausage Gravy is a simple yet hearty and flavorful gravy that we love eating and I know you will too!


fork cutting into biscuits and gravy


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Yield: 6 Servings

Homemade Sausage Gravy

fork cutting into biscuits and gravy

Sausage Gravy is a classic American breakfast dish! It comes together quickly, is easy to make, and is OUT of the world yummy. If you’re from the south, you already know and love it. If you haven’t had it before, you’re going to love it!

Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1 (12 ounce) package of regular breakfast sausage
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 3 cups whole milk 
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper (or more for taste)


  1. Cook sausage in a large skillet, breaking up into small pieces as it cooks.
  2. Once fully cooked, add butter and mix well until melted and mixed together.
  3. Add flour and mix together.
  4. Add milk 1/2 cup at a time, stirring well after each addition. Mixture will become very thick and then slowly thin out. If you add all of milk at once it will clump. Add it slowly so that it will be a smooth gravy. This is called making a roux.
  5. Once all milk is added add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Serve over biscuits.


1. Gravy will thicken as it cools. It will be runny at first, but don't panic!

2. If by some change your gravy is too thick, add a little more milk 1 Tablespoon at a time.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 152Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 498mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 0gSugar: 6gProtein: 6g
Originally Posted: August 13, 2018

Photos & Text Updated: October 16, 2019

Text Updated: September 20, 2022


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Mike Lambert

Wednesday 17th of January 2024

This gravy works great for S.O.S.(Sh#t on a shingle). Simply replace the sausage with hamburger and spoon it over toast. This is a daily staple in the Navy, the Army and Air Force use chip beef. (That has another name in the Navy).

Kate Meyers

Sunday 30th of July 2023

This is by far the best sausage gravy and I’ve been make gravy for many years. It’s fast and uncomplicated and absolutely delicious.


Sunday 1st of October 2023

Thank you so much Kate! I'm so glad you love it!


Sunday 29th of January 2023

My favorite breakfast gravy recipe! I make this every Sunday morning. It’s a family favorite!


Wednesday 6th of July 2022

I made the gravy and it is good. I'm very southern (don't judge my choice of taste lol) so I added a little bit of sugar and onion powder and of course you have to have a little garlic but to each your own.


Wednesday 13th of July 2022

Nicole, your modifications sound amazing! Thanks for sharing!

Sandy Ellis

Monday 27th of June 2022

Also great over mashed potatoes!

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