Best Turkey Gravy

November 14, 2021
The Best Turkey Gravy

Hey, y’all! Planning on making a turkey or turkey breast this holiday season? It’s criminal to then not make the best turkey gravy from the drippings! It’s rich, creamy, and will become a staple of your holiday spread — that I promise you! I’ve had many variations of this recipe; this is the home run!

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The Best Turkey Gravy

The Best Turkey Gravy

Frequently Asked Questions

What all does the gravy have in it?

My self-proclaimed best turkey gravy is a combination of flour, butter, fresh herbs, seasoning, and of course – turkey drippings!

I’m cooking a turkey breast, not a full turkey. Can I still make this recipe?

Absolutely. You might not have the correct amount of drippings (as listed in the recipe) from a smaller amount of turkey, such as a breast. That said, scale down the ingredients and make a smaller batch. It all works the same!

How do I collect the drippings?

You will want to discard the majority of the solids in the turkey drippings, while retaining the liquid. I recommend using a strainer or sieve.

Should I add more black pepper or kosher salt?

Be careful with over-salting the gravy, especially; taste the gravy without it — if it is well-seasoned enough, do not add more salt/pepper. If the drippings need more seasoning, season to taste.

The Best Turkey Gravy

Ingredients, Shopping List: Best Turkey Gravy

  • Turkey drippings: this will come from roasting either a whole turkey or turkey breast. You will reserve the drippings for the gravy (a total of 1.5 cups if you have it).
  • Unsalted butter: 1/2 stick will be used.
  • Flour: 1/4 cup, which you likely already have in your pantry.
  • Fresh Thyme, Parsley, Rosemary: 1 tbsp. each.
  • Kosher salt, course black pepper: to taste.
The Best Turkey Gravy

The Recipe

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The Best Turkey Gravy

The Best Turkey Gravy

JC Phelps
After cooking a turkey/turkey breast, don't let those delicious drippings go to waste; it's not Thanksgiving without the Best Turkey Gravy!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course sauce, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 32 kcal


  • 1.5 c. turkey drippings
  • 1/2 stick butter unsalted
  • 1/4 c. flour
  • 1 tbsp. fresh thyme chopped
  • 1 tbsp. fresh rosemary chopped
  • 1 tbsp. fresh parsley chopped
  • kosher salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste


  • Using a sieve or a strainer of some sort, strain the turkey drippings. You will want to remove the majority of the solids while retaining the liquid.
  • Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add in flour and whisk until slightly browned. Add in thyme, rosemary, and parsley. Whisk until incorporated.
  • Whisk turkey drippings into the gravy in batches. Whisk for 2-3 minutes.
  • Once gravy comes to a boil, reduce heat and continue to whisk until gravy has thickened to your desired consistency. Season with kosher salt and course black pepper to taste.


Sodium: 2mgCalcium: 17mgVitamin C: 6mgVitamin A: 298IUSugar: 1gFiber: 1gPotassium: 42mgCholesterol: 1mgCalories: 32kcalMonounsaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gFat: 1gProtein: 1gCarbohydrates: 7gIron: 1mg
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The Best Turkey Gravy

This is the absolute best turkey gravy, y’all!

My best,


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