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18 November 2020

Best gravy granules

Should you opt for Bisto’s vegetable gravy granules or one of the supermarket’s own label alternatives? Our test reveals the best
Pouring gravy over a roast dinner
Jade Harding

Bisto gravy in its traditional beef flavour is a long-standing Sunday lunch staple for many households across the country, but with meat-free meals becoming more popular, which vegetable gravy granules will really float your 'gravy' boat? We tested Bisto vegetable gravy granules alongside six own-brand supermarket alternatives in October 2020. 

Too thin, too thick or worst of all, lumpy - gravy can make or break your dinner. But get it just right and it will be the star of the show. 

Our panel of consumers compared vegetable gravy granules from the leading brand to own label options from Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Morrisons and more. Just one was tasty enough to be named a Best Buy. 

Best vegetable gravy granules 

Only logged in Which? members can view the rest of our results and tasting notes below. If you're not yet a member, you'll see an alphabetically ordered list of the gravy on test. 

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All prices correct as of November 2020. 

Asda Vegetable Gravy Granules 

200g, 71p (36p per 100g)

Asda's vegetable gravy is one of the cheaper options on test, just behind Tesco and Morrisons. But does it deserve a place on your dining table? Log in now or join Which? to unlock our test results.

Want to buy without reading our results? Available from Asda

Bisto Vegetable Gravy Granules

170g, £1.65 (97p per 100g) 

Bisto has been making gravy since 1908 and calls itself the ‘nation's favourite’. But will it be a hit with our panel of tasters? Log in now or join Which? to see our results.

Want to buy without reading our results? Available from Asda, Morrisons, Ocado, Sainsbury’s and Tesco

Bisto Best Vegetable Gravy

250g, £2.89 (£1.16p per 100g) 

It’s the only premium gravy in our taste test and one of the priciest. Log in now or join Which? to see if it lives up to its high-quality claims.

Want to buy without reading our results? Available from Ocado, Tesco and Waitrose.

Co-op Vegetable Gravy Granules

170g, 79p (46p per 100g)

Costing more than all of the own-brand gravy granules we tested, can Co-op deliver with a rich and flavoursome condiment? Log in now or join Which? to find out.

Want to buy without reading our results? Available from Co-op stores only. 

Marigold Instant Gravy Granules

170g, £2 (£1.18 per 100g) 

The most expensive on test – Marigold is gluten free and suitable for vegans, but does paying more than triple compared with own-brand alternatives really get a better boat of gravy?

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Want to buy without reading our results? Available from Ocado, Tesco and Waitrose.

Morrisons Vegetable Gravy Granules

200g, 70p (35p per 100g)

Budget-friendly supermarket Morrisons lives up to its reputation by offering one of the two cheapest pots of gravy granules we tested. But are you sacrificing taste for a lower price? Log in now or join Which? to unlock our test results.

Want to buy without reading our results? Available from Morrisons

Sainsbury’s Vegetable Gravy Granules

170g, 75p (44p per 100g)

It’s one of the priciest own-brand gravies we tasted. Log in now or join Which? to find out whether our panel thought this well-known supermarket’s gravy should be in your shopping basket. 

Want to buy without reading our results? Available from Sainsbury’s

Tesco Vegetable Gravy Granules

200g, 70p (35p per 100g)

Rich, golden and thick, or odorless, lumpy and lacking flavour? No one wants the latter when it comes to a gravy. Log in now or join Which? to find how Tesco's gravy granules fare.

Want to buy without reading our results? Available from Tesco

Are these vegan gravy granules?

It would be easy to assume that a vegetable gravy would be suitable for vegans but that isn’t always the case. In fact, while all of the vegetable gravies we tested are vegetarian, only five of them are vegan friendly: Asda, Co-op, Marigold, Sainsbury’s and Tesco. 

Brand Vegan friendly? 
Asda vegetable gravy granules

Yes

Bisto vegetable gravy granules No
Bisto Best vegetable gravy No
Co-op vegetable gravy granules Yes
Marigold instant gravy granules  Yes
Morrisons vegetable gravy granules No
Sainsbury's vegetable gravy granules Yes
Tesco vegetable gravy granules  Yes

Bisto, Bisto Best and Morrisons vegetable gravy granules are not suitable for vegans. 

Now you’ve got the best gravy, make sure the potatoes don’t let you down - see the best roast potatoes from our test

How to make onion gravy with these granules

If you fancy sprucing up your instant gravy granules and impressing your guests with a delicious (sort of) homemade onion gravy, follow our recipe: 

  • Peel and slice a large onion into half moons.
  • Heat up a knob of butter or a splash of oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat.
  • Add the onions and a teaspoon of sugar and cook gently, stirring occasionally for around 10-15 minutes. 
  • While it’s cooking, boil the kettle and make up your instant gravy granules according to the instructions on the pack. 
  • Once the onion is soft and slightly caramelised, add it to the gravy, stir and serve.  

Don’t let a substandard kettle slow down the process - here’s our round-up of the top five kettles.  

How we tested

The products were assessed by a large panel of consumers who regularly buy and consume instant gravy. 

The make-up of the panel broadly represents the demographic profile of adults in the UK. 

Each gravy was assessed by 62 people.

The panellists rated the taste, texture, aroma and appearance of each product and told us what they liked and disliked about each one. 

The gravy was served with the same Yorkshire pudding. 

The taste test was blind, so the panellists didn’t know which brand they were trying. The order they sampled the gravy was fully rotated to avoid any bias. 

Each panellist had a private booth so they couldn’t discuss what they were tasting or be influenced by others.

The overall score is based on:

  • 50% taste
  • 25% aroma
  • 15% texture
  • 10% appearance

These weightings are based on consumer rankings of the importance of different gravy attributes. 

Is there a better pairing than gravy and Yorkshire puddings? Here’s our round-up of the best frozen yorkshire puddings.

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