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50+ Easy Ground Beef Recipes

From classics like meatloaf and burgers to family favorites like lasagna and tacos, these easy ground beef recipes will make dinner any night of the week a breeze.

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Ground Beef: It’s What for Dinner

One of the main ingredients you will always find in my freezer, if not in the refrigerator, is ground beef. It is so versatile and can make a multitude of dishes from around the world.

You can make pasta, soup, casserole, chili, or tacos. It can be shaped into a meatloaf, patty, or ball. I can whip up a full meals with ground beef, a bit of seasoning, and a bit of finesse.

Some of my favorite meals come from the easy ground beef recipes below, many of which are are kid-friendly and come together super quickly. We have even turned taco meat into a weekly taco night, where everyone gets to make their own tacos. Super fun.

I also always keep a batch of homemade meatballs in the freezer for a fast meal in a pinch. The opportunities are endless when it comes to ways to make ground beef recipes your very own.

Type of Ground Beef to Buy

You may have noticed that ground beef is sold in different types, typically classified by the amount of beef to fat ratio. I prefer a leaner grind like 85/15 or 90/10 when making a casserole or meatloaf, while a hamburger benefits from a bit more fat like an 80/20 grind.

Here is a breakdown of the types of ground beef you may see and what each of them means.

  • 80/20: (80% lean meat and 20% fat) usually comes from ground chuck
  • 85/15: (80% lean meat and 15% fat) usually comes from often ground round
  • 90/10: (90% lean meat and 10% fat) usually comes from usually ground sirloin

Expert Tips for Cooking with Ground Beef

  • If using a fattier grind but need a leaner beef for a recipe, you can opt to rinse the cooked beef to help remove some of the fat.
  • Keep ground beef cold until ready to cook. Freshly-ground beef will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
  • Buy the freshest ground beef by checking the expiration date but also the color. You want the meat to be pretty pink with no signs of greying.
  • Ground beef can also be frozen for up to 4 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before using in a ground beef recipe. I always keep a couple pounds on hand to make a quick dinner, if needed.

FAQs

What is the secret to cooking ground beef?

There are few tips from what pan to use to sprinkling the ground beef with baking soda! To achieve a good sear on your beef, use a hot cast iron or stainless steel pan. Let the meat brown up to 5 minutes before touching it to stir.

If you don’t have those types of pans, don’t fret! Use the Tik Tok hack of sprinkling 1/4 tsp of baking soda over one pound of ground beef. Baking soda prevents the proteins in the beef from bonding, resulting in less moisture releasing and beautiful browned meat!

What is the difference between ground beef and hamburger meat?

While the terms are often used interchangeably, there is a slight difference. Ground beef can only be made using the fat from meat trimmings. For example, if a processor makes ground beef with 30% fat, the meat trimmings must also contain 30% and so forth. Hamburger meat on the other hand can use any beef fat.

Is it more budget friendly to buy or make ground beef?

While grinding your own meat is more budget friendly and ensures you have the freshest meat possible, it is a bit more time consuming than just buying a package at the store.

What are three grades of ground beef?

According to the USDA beef grades are USDA Prime, choice, select, standard, commercial, utility and cutter. Prime, choice and select are the top grades that we as consumers both recognize and purchase.

Easy Hamburger Recipes with Ground Beef

I can’t tell you how much I love a good hamburger, and there is nothing like using a homemade patty because you get to choose the seasoning. The toppings are just a bonus and can be anything from bacon to pineapple. Have fun with your food.

Baked hamburger on a white plate with fries.
  • Hamburger Recipe. This classic burger is made with my secret ingredient (BBQ sauce), which makes it so flavorful and just the best.
  • EASY Baked Hamburgers. Skip the grill during the colder months and make your burgers in the oven.
  • Teriyaki Burger. You may think pineapple on a burger sounds strange, but it all comes down to how good it tastes, trust me.
  • Cheeseburger Sliders. These cute little burgers are always a hit at parties or game days.
  • Lettuce Wrap Burger. The patty on this ground beef recipe is so flavorful, you will forget there isn’t a bun.
  • Easy Salisbury Steak. Classic comfort food with ground beef ‘steaks’ smothered in a mushroom gravy.

Easy Ground Beef Soup Recipes

Ground beef is made for soups of all kinds, but is so often overlooked. Not anymore. These ground beef recipes are so comforting and are guaranteed to make you forget all about chicken.

Albondigas soup in a white bowl.

Chili Ground Beef Recipes

Chili and ground beef are simply meant to be, and there are so many different ways to make this one-pot meal. Here are a few of my favorite easy ground beef recipes for chili. I typically find chili tastes even better the next day, so feel free to make the night before you plan on eating.

Wendy's chili in a white bowl with spoon.

Easy Ground Beef Casserole Recipes

Not only are casseroles a great way to serve a group, but they are also a favorite for freezing and baking later. Try one (or all) of these easy ground beef recipes for casseroles and you won’t be disappointed.

Lasagna sliced in white baking dish.

Ground Beef Meatball Recipes

There is so much to love about a meatball, especially one that is homemade and jam-packed with flavor. I make extra batches of these homemade meatballs and freeze them if I am ever craving a meatball sub, meatball sliders, or one of the soups mentioned above.

A spoonful of porcupine meatballs.

Mexican Ground Beef Recipes for Dinner

It’s no secret how much I love Mexican food, so it makes sense I would have an entire section devoted to all the ways you can use ground beef to make amazing Mexican dishes.

burrito bowl

Stovetop Meals with Ground Beef

The ease of making a meal on the stovetop can’t be underestimated. It is typically quick and comes with less clean up than a lot of other cooking. Here are a few of my top ground beef recipes to make on the stove.

Goulash in a white bowl.

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Ground Beef

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Author: Jamielyn Nye
From classics like meatloaf and burgers to family favorites like lasagna and tacos, these easy ground beef recipes will make dinner any night of the week a breeze.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

  • 1 pound ground beef (*see notes for types)
  • Kosher salt , to taste
  • Ground black pepper , to taste

Instructions

  • Choose what type of ground beef to use depending on what recipe you are making (*see notes).
  • Season ground beef with salt and pepper.
  • Use as instructed in one of the 50+ recipes listed above. Enjoy!

Notes

Type of Ground Beef: You may have noticed that ground beef is sold in different types, typically classified by the amount of beef to fat ratio. I prefer a leaner grind like 85/15 or 90/10 when making a casserole or meatloaf, while a hamburger benefits from a bit more fat like an 80/20 grind.
Here is a breakdown of the types of ground beef you may see and what each of them means.
  • 80/20: (80% lean meat and 20% fat) usually comes from ground chuck
  • 85/15: (80% lean meat and 15% fat) usually comes from often ground round
  • 90/10: (90% lean meat and 10% fat) usually comes from usually ground sirloin
Expert Tips for Cooking with Ground Beef
  • If using a fattier grind but need a leaner beef for a recipe, you can opt to rinse the cooked beef to help remove some of the fat.
  • Keep ground beef cold until ready to cook. 
  • Buy the freshest ground beef by checking the expiration date but also the color. You want the meat to be pretty pink with no signs of greying.
Storage: Freshly-ground beef will keep in the refrigerator up to 2 days.
Freeze: Ground beef can be frozen up to 4 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before using in a ground beef recipe. I always keep a couple pounds on hand to make a quick dinner, if needed.

Nutrition

Calories: 200kcal | Protein: 23g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 75mg | Potassium: 364mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free

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The Full List of Easy Ground Beef Recipes

Click on the links below to find the recipes for all of the easy ground beef recipes mentioned above.

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This Korean ground beef bowl is going to become your new favorite 15-minute weeknight meal. It's a simple ground beef recipe that makes it accessible and budget-friendly with a sweet and savory sauce that has so much flavor you'd never know it was this easy!
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This teriyaki burger recipe is a must-try! Juicy burger flavored with a sweet teriyaki sauce and served with grilled pineapple and onions on a crispy brioche bun!
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Cheeseburger Sliders
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Lettuce Wrap Burger
These lettuce wrap burgers are the healthy, low-carb, and gluten-free answer to all your indulgent burger cravings. Load it up or keep it simple, either way, they're a fun fresh twist on an old-fashioned hamburger!
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Hamburger Soup
Easy hamburger soup made in just one pot in 30 quick minutes! It's loaded with lean ground beef, mixed vegetables, tomatoes and seasonings and is budget-friendly, hearty and satisfying.
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This stuffed pepper soup is easy to make with ground beef, bell peppers, rice and a flavorful tomato broth, it's the perfect one pot meal!
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