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.
All prices correct as of November 2020.
200g, 71p (36p per 100g)
170g, £1.65 (97p per 100g)
250g, £2.89 (£1.16p per 100g)
170g, 79p (46p per 100g)
Want to buy without reading our results? Available from Co-op stores only.
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?
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 to unlock our test results.
170g, 75p (44p per 100g)
200g, 70p (35p per 100g)
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.
Asda vegetable gravy granules
Bisto vegetable gravy granules
Bisto Best vegetable gravy
Co-op vegetable gravy granules
Marigold instant gravy granules
Morrisons vegetable gravy granules
Sainsbury's vegetable gravy granules
Tesco vegetable gravy granules
Bisto, Bisto Best and Morrisons vegetable gravy granules are not suitable for vegans.
If you fancy sprucing up your instant gravy granules and impressing your guests with a delicious (sort of) homemade onion gravy, follow our recipe:
Only some councils will accept instant gravy tubs in household recycling waste, so it’s best to check beforehand. You may also be able to recycle them at your local recycling centre.
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:
These weightings are based on consumer rankings of the importance of different gravy attributes.