Best gravy granules
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
All prices correct as of November 2020.
Asda Vegetable Gravy Granules
200g, 71p (36p per 100g)
Bisto Vegetable Gravy Granules
170g, £1.65 (97p per 100g)
Bisto Best Vegetable Gravy
250g, £2.89 (£1.16p per 100g)
Co-op Vegetable Gravy Granules
170g, 79p (46p per 100g)
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?
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 to unlock our test results.
Sainsbury’s Vegetable Gravy Granules
170g, 75p (44p per 100g)
Tesco Vegetable Gravy Granules
200g, 70p (35p per 100g)
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.
|Asda vegetable gravy granules
|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.
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.
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.