Does Gravy Have Dairy? (Answered)

This article takes a look at whether store-bought and homemade gravies have dairy. Below, you will find a list of various gravy products/recipes along with their ingredients and whether they contain dairy. Let’s get into what you need to know about dairy in gravy!

Does Canned Or Jarred Gravy Have Dairy?

Some store-bought canned/jarred gravy products have dairy while others do not. It’s one of those products where the addition of dairy ingredients depends on the product or brand.

Of the 11 gravies featured below, 6 have dairy and 5 have no dairy. Be sure to be careful about purchasing this type of gravy if you wish to avoid dairy.

Gravy Dairy Ingredients (Yes or No)?Ingredients
Heinz Homestyle Roasted Turkey Gravy YesTurkey Broth, Modified Corn Starch, Chicken Fat, Bleached Wheat Flour, Salt, Cooked White Turkey Meat, Yeast Extract, Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Disodium Guanylate, Disodium Inosinate, Natural Flavor, Spices, Nonfat Dry Milk, Corn Maltodextrin, Caramel Color, Onion Powder, Turkey Meat Powder, Torula Yeast, Black Pepper, Natural Extractives Of Paprika, Mono And Diglycerides, Soy Lecithin, Soybean Oil.
Heinz Homestyle Classic Chicken Gravy YesChicken Stock, Modified Corn Starch, Chicken Fat, Bleached Wheat Flour, Salt, Yeast Extract, Canola Oil, Whey (From Milk), Onion Powder, Black Pepper, Disodium Guanylate, Disodium Inosinate, Spice, Natural Flavor, Sodium Caseinate, Mono & Diglycerides, Dipotassium Phosphate, Turmeric (Color), Caramel Color, Extractives Of Paprika, Soy Lecithin.
Campbell’s Beef Gravy NoBeef Stock (Water, Dehydrated Concentrated Beef Stock), Wheat Flour, Modified Food Starch, Contains Less Than 2% Of: Beef Fat, Salt, Yeast Extract, Dextrose, Monosodium Glutamate, Caramel Color, Hydrolyzed Wheat Gluten, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Disodium Inosinate, Disodium Guanylate. 
Campbell’s Golden Pork Gravy NoWater, Pork Stock, Wheat Flour, Tomato Puree (Water, Tomato Paste), Modified Food Starch, Lard, Contains Less Than 2% Of: Salt, Dehydrated Potatoes, Yeast Extract, Flavoring, Caramel Color, Onion Extract, Garlic Powder, Pork Fat, Spice, Turmeric Extract, Citric Acid.
Chef-mate Country Sausage Gravy (Can)YesWater, Pork, Soybean Oil, Bleached Enriched Wheat Flour (Bleached Wheat Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Modified Cornstarch, 2% Or Less Of Salt, Sugar, Dipotassium Phosphate, Sodium Caseinate, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Maltodextrin, Spice, Caramel Color, Disodium Guanylate, Disodium Inosinate, Natural Flavors, Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Cellulose Gum, Calcium Lactate, Lactic Acid, Succinic Acid, Sodium Citrate, Corn Syrup Solids.
Resers Main St. Bistro Signature GravyYesChicken Broth (Water, Chicken Broth, Salt, Chicken Flavor [Chicken Fat, Natural Flavoring, Dextrin], Modified Potato Starch), Modified Corn Starch, Heavy Cream (Grade A Cream [Milk]), Butter (Sweet Cream [Milk], Salt), Vegetable Base (Cooked Vegetables [Carrot, Onion, and Celery], Salt, Sugar, Corn Oil, Potato Flour, Natural Flavor, Maltodextrin, Carrot Powder), Roasted Turkey Concentrate (Roasted Turkey Including Natural Turkey Juices, Yeast Extract, Salt, Potato Flour, Flavor), Salt, Flavoring (Yeast Extract, Salt), Sage, Thyme, Black Pepper, Brown Sugar, Nisin Preparation (Salt, Nisin [a Natural Antimicrobial]).
Libby’s Country Sausage GravyYesWater, Cooked Sausage (Pork, Salt, Caramel Color), Soybean Oil, Modified Corn Starch, Enriched Wheat Flour (Bleached Wheat Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Contains Less than 2% of: Salt, Sodium Caseinate, Sugar, Potassium Phosphate, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Maltodextrin, Spices, Titanium Dioxide (Color), Cellulose Gum, Natural and Artificial Flavor.
Imagine Savory Beef Organic GravyNo
Organic Beef Stock (Filtered Water, Organic Concentrated Beef Stock [Organic Beef Stock, Salt]), Organic Corn Starch, Contains Less Than 2% Of: Organic Beef Flavor (Includes Organic Beef Stock Concentrate [Organic Beef, Organic Beef Stock], Sea Salt, Organic Caramel Color, Organic Onion Powder, Organic Garlic Powder, Organic Evaporated Cane Sugar, Yeast Extract, Organic Spice, Organic Natural Flavor, Xanthan Gum), Organic Brown Rice Flour, Sea Salt, Organic Evaporated Cane Sugar, Organic Beef Fat (Organic Beef Fat, Tocopherol), Organic Onion Flavor (Organic Onions, Organic Sunflower Oil, Sea Salt), Organic Caramel Color, Organic Yeast Extract, Xanthan Gum, Organic Spice.
Primal Kitchen Classic GravyNoWater, Organic Coconut Cream, Organic Turkey Bone Broth, Organic Tapioca Starch, Organic Coconut Aminos (Organic Coconut Blossom Nectar, Water, Himalayan Salt), Organic Chicken Fat, Organic Nutritional Yeast, Sea Salt, Organic Onion Powder, Poultry Spice Blend (Thyme, Sage, Marjoram, Rosemary, Black Pepper, Nutmeg), Organic Garlic Powder, Organic Turmeric
Signature Select Beef GravyYesBeef Stock (Water, Salt, Cooked Ground Beef Including Natural Juices, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Creamer [Coconut Oil, Corn Syrup Solids, Sodium Caseinate, Dipotassium Phosphate, Sugar, Mono- and Diglycerides, Sodium Silicoaluminate, Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate, Soy Lecithin], Sugar, Dextrose, Caramel Color, Soy Sauce [Wheat, Soybeans, Salt], Natural Flavors, Beef Fat, Tomato Paste, Yeast Extract, Dried Onion, Disodium Inosinate and Disodium Guanylate, Natural Beef Flavor [Hydrolyzed Corn Gluten, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Hydrolyzed Wheat Gluten, High Oleic Sunflower Oil, Natural Flavor], Sunflower Lecithin, Cocoa, Citric Acid), Modified Corn Starch, Butter (Pasteurized Cream, Salt), Beef Fat, Seasoned Beef (Beef, Salt).
Great Value Brown Gravy With Onions NoWater, Onions, Food Starch-modified, Wheat Flour, Contains Less Than 2% Of: Salt, Soybean Oil, Beef Fat, Onion Juice Concentrate, Yeast Extract, Caramel Color, Beef Flavor (Beef Stock, Flavor, Water, Beef Extract, Onion Juice), Natural Flavor.

Do Gravy Mixes Have Dairy?

Gravy Mixes consist of the dry ingredients to make gravy. They are commonly mixed with a liquid such as water in a sauce pan and heated according to the directions.

Of course, if you add milk to the gravy mix as its liquid, as some recipes call for, then the gravy will certainly contain dairy. However, the table below simply shows whether dry mixes of gravy have dairy.

Most gravy mixes have dairy as shown below but there are some dairy-free options available if you look for them.

Gravy MixDairy Ingredients (Yes or No)?Ingredients
McCormick Brown Gravy MixYesEnriched Wheat Flour (Flour, Niacin, Iron Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Wheat Starch, Salt, Onion, Palm Oil, Beef Fat, Caramel Color, Hydrolyzed Corn Gluten, Soy Protein, And Wheat Gluten Corn Syrup Solids, Sodium Caseinate (Milk), Spices (Including White Pepper) Dipotassium Phosphate, Garlic, Natural Flavor, Disodium Inosinate And Guanylate (Flavor Enhancers), Extractives Of Paprika, And Yeast Extract.
McCormick Original Country Gravy MixYesModified Corn Starch, Sunflower Oil, Enriched Wheat Flour (Flour, Niacin, Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Corn Syrup Solids, Buttermilk Solids, Salt, Corn Starch, Sodium Caseinate, Spices (Including Black Pepper), Mono And Diglycerides (For Smoothness), Nonfat Dry Milk, Dipotassium Phosphate, Whey, Soy Lecithin, Disodium Inosinate And Guanylate (Flavor Enhancers), And Caramel Color.
Knorr Roasted Turkey Gravy MixYes
Wheat Flour (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Maltodextrin (Corn), Salt, Whey Protein Concentrate (Milk), Sugar, Chicken Fat, Yeast Extract, Turkey Powder, Caramel Color (Contains Sulfites), Natural Flavors, Disodium Guanylate, Disodium Inosinate, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Guar Gum, Chicken Broth, Spice, Whey, Nonfat Dry Milk, Succinic Acid.
Bisto Instant Gravy MixNoPotato Starch, Maltodextrin, Vegetable Oil (Palm and Canola Oils), Salt, Caramel Color, Wheat Flour, Sugar, Flavorings, Monosodium Glutamate, Soy Lecithin (Emulsifier), Disodium Guanylate, Disodium Inosinate, Spice and Herb Extracts, Onion Extract.
Pioneer Brand Country Gravy MixYesEnriched Bleached Flour (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Maltodextrin, Food Starch-Modified, Palm Oil, Corn Syrup Solids, Salt, Contains Less than 2% of: Chicken Fat, Chicken, Bacon Fat, Garlic, Spices, Sugar, Nonfat Milk, Natural Flavors, Sodium Caseinate, Whey Protein Concentrate, Whey, Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein (Corn, Soy, and Wheat), Mono 8 Diglycerides, Soy Flour, Turmeric, Disodium Guanylate and Inosinate (Flavor Enhancers).
Southeastern Mills Country Gravy MixYesPalm Oil, Modified Corn Starch, Bleached Wheat Flour, Corn Syrup Solids, Buttermilk Solids (Buttermilk Powder, Whey Solids, Nonfat Dry Milk), Maltodextrin, Salt, Yeast Extract, Spices, Chicken Fat, Sodium Caseinate, Dipotassium Phosphate, Mono And Diglycerides, Sugar, Hydrolyzed Corn And Soy Protein, Natural Flavor, Citric Acid, Soy Flour, Turmeric, Garlic Powder, Dried Chicken Meat, Disodium Inosinate And Disodium Guanylate
Trio Brown Gravy MixYesModified Cornstarch, Maltodextrin, Wheat Flour, Salt, Caramel Color, Soybean Oil, Beef Fat (Beef Fat, Tocopherols, Citric Acid), Sugar, Yeast Extract, 2% Or Less Of Whey Protein Concentrate, Hydrolyzed Soy, Corn And Wheat Proteins, Onion Powder, Potassium Chloride, Spices, Natural Flavors, Disodium Guanylate, Disodium Inosinate, Lactic Acid, Modified Tapioca Starch, Calcium Lactate, Corn Syrup Solids, Beef Stock, Garlic Powder.
Williams Country Gravy Mix Sausage FlavorYes
Food Starch-Modified, Palm Oil, Wheat Flour, Salt, Textured Vegetable Protein (Soy Flour, Caramel Color), Dextrose, Corn Syrup Solids, Maltodextrin, Contains Less Than 2%: Garlic, Natural Flavors, Pork, Chicken Meat, Chicken Fat, Sodium Caseinate, Spices, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein (Corn, Soy, And/Or Wheat), Sugar, Mono & Diglycerides, Vinegar, Soy Flour, Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Corn Starch, Disodium Inosinate, Disodium Guanylate, Turmeric.
Orrington Farms Turkey Gravy MixYesCorn Starch, Dextrose (Made from Corn), Rice Flour, Maltodextrin (Made from Corn), Salt (Includes Sea Salt), Chicken Fat, Yeast Extract, Dehydrated Cooked Turkey (Contains Natural Flavor), Yeast Extract, Nonfat Dry Milk, Onion Powder, Turmeric (Color), White Pepper, Spice Extract.
HEB Brown GravyNoWheat Flour, Corn Starch, Salt, Maltodextrin, Palm Oil, Natural Flavors, Dextrose, Contains Less Than 2%: Spices, Onion, Garlic, Beef Stock, Beef Fat, Soy Sauce (Soybeans, Wheat, Salt), Organic Caramel Color, Yeast Extract, Sugar, Xanthan Gum, Lactic Acid, Calcium Lactate. 
Great Value Brown Gravy MixYesEnriched Wheat Flour (Flour, Niacin, Iron Thiamine, Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Wheat Starch, Salt, Beef Fat, Hydrolyzed Soy Wheat And Corn Protein, Onion, Caramel Color, Corn Syrup Solids, Spices, Sodium Caseinate (Milk), Garlic, Natural Flavor, Disodium Inosinate And Guanylate (Flavor Enhancers), Extractives Of Paprika, Yeast Extract.
Signature Select Brown GravyYesEnriched Wheat Flour (Flour, Niacin, Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Wheat Starch, Salt, Rendered Beef Fat, Hydrolyzed Soy, Wheat and Corn Protein, Onion, Caramel Color, Corn Syrup Solids, Spices, Sodium Caseinate (Milk), Garlic, Natural Flavor, Disodium Inosinate and Guanylate (Flavor Enhancers), Extractives of Paprika & Yeast Extract.
Publix Chicken Gravy MixYes
Enriched Wheat Flour (Flour, Niacin, Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Wheat Starch, Dextrose, Salt, Whey (Milk), Chicken Fat, Chicken, Silicon Dioxide (To Make Free Flowing), Onion, Hydrolyzed Corn Gluten, Chicken Broth, Yeast Extract, Spices (Including Paprika And Turmeric), Xanthan Gum (Thickener), Disodium Inosinate And Guanylate (Flavor Enhancers), Natural Flavor, Sunflower Oil, Soy Sauce Solids (Soybeans, Wheat, Salt), Sugar, Citric Acid.
Kroger Chicken Flavored Gravy MixYesModified Corn Starch, Wheat Flour, Whey, Maltodextrin, Hydrolyzed Corn Gluten, Natural Flavor, Salt, Chicken Fat, Nonfat Milk, Dipotassium Phosphate. Contains 2% Or Less Of Onion*, Cream (Cream, Soy Lecithin, BHA [to Protect Color]), Disodium Inosinate And Disodium Guanylate, Lactic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Silicon Dioxide (Added To Make Free Flowing), Spices, Caramel Color, Dextrose, Turmeric, Extractive Of Sage.
Simple Truth Organic Brown Gravy MixYesOrganic Cornstarch, Organic Maltodextrin, Organic Yeast Extract, Organic Whey Powder, Salt, Organic Caramel Color, Organic Onion Powder, Organic Tamari Sauce (Organic Soybeans, Salt), Lactic Acid, Organic Canola Oil, Organic Spices, Natural Flavorings.

Does Homemade Gravy Have Dairy?

The benefit of making gravy from scratch is that you are able to control the ingredients. There are numerous dairy-free gravy recipes available with a quick Google search.

However, below we pulled some of the top results in Google for gravy just to see if dairy was commonly used in popular recipes. Many recipes call for dairy, particularly butter, to make homemade gravy as the data shows below.

Homemade Gravy RecipeDairy Ingredients (Yes or No)?Ingredients
How To Make Homemade Gravy – 100 Days of Real FoodYes (If butter is used)Cooking Fat (Separated from Pan Juices or Butter), Whole-Wheat Flour, Juices from Pan, Salt, Pepper
Food Network – Homemade GravyYesUnsalted Butter, Yellow Onion, All-Purpose Flour, Kosher Salt, Black Pepper, Chicken Stock, Cognac or Brandy, Heavy Cream (Optional).
Simply Recipes – How To Make GravyYes (If you opt to use dairy)Fat Drippings; All-Purpose Flour or Cornstarch; Stock, Water, Milk, Cream, or a Combination.
Recipe Tin Eats – Gravy RecipeYesChicken Stock Cube, Beef Stock Cube, Water, Butter, Flour, Onion Powder, Black Pepper, Salt.
Inspired Taste – Quick & Easy Gravy From ScratchYesUnsalted Butter, All-Purpose Flour, Stock, Mushroom Powder, Herbs, Half and Half or Cream (Optional), Sea Salt.
Our Best Bites – How To: Make Homemade GravyYesReal Butter, Flour, Pan Drippings and Broth, Salt, Pepper, Herbs, Worcestershire.
I heart Naptime – Easy Homemade GravyYesButter, Flour, Pan Drippings
Homemade In The Kitchen – Homemade Gravy Without DrippingsYesButter, Onion, All-Purpose Flour, Salt, Broth/Stock, Milk.
Creme De La Crumb – Beef Broth Brown GravyNoBeef Broth, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Worcestershire Sauce (Optional), Water + Cornstarch, Salt & Pepper.
Delish – Perfect GravyYesButter, All-Purpose Flour, Pan Drippings, Chicken Broth, Black Pepper, Thyme, Sage.

Final Thoughts

Be sure to thoroughly read the product label or recipe if you wish to avoid dairy. The label will provide the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding ingredients, allergens, and nutrition.

Furthermore, we did not verify if any of the above store-bought gravy products were made in a facility where the potential for dairy cross-contamination exists as it relates to non-dairy gravies. Check the label or contact the manufacturer to determine if dairy cross-contamination is a concern for you.

The above is for general informational purposes only.