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30 Best Ground Beef Recipes

January 20, 2024

We’ve rounded up 30 of the best ground beef recipes that we, and the internet, have to offer! So if you’re wondering “what should I make with ground beef?” you, friend, have come to the right place!


thai basil beef over white rice in a large white bowl

Got Beef? We’ve Got a Recipe for you!

Ground beef is quite possibly the ultimate all-American go-to ingredient. It keeps pretty well in the freezer, too, so you can even stock up when it’s on sale and know that you’ve got a freezer-full of easy ground beef dinners at your fingertips. Speaking of easy ground beef recipes—we’ve rounded up 30 of the very best that we, and the internet, have to offer! So if you’re staring at your fridge wondering “what should I make with ground beef?” you, friend, have come to the right place.

Gingery Ground Beef (Soboro Danbury) with peas on a plate
ground beef taco meat in a bowl made in the crock pot

Easy Ground Beef Recipes with Few Ingredients

  • Thai Basil Beef (cover photo). A speedy, savory Thai beef basil stir fry that’s just a bit spicy and really hits the spot.

  • Gingery Ground Beef (Soboro Donburi). Five ingredients, a few minutes and a hot skillet, and you’ll be digging into a delicious soboro donburi, a gingery ground beef that reminds us that the best Japanese recipes are often the simplest.

  • Crock-Pot Taco Meat. Just three-ingredients and the use of our trusty slow-cooker make this Crock-Pot beef taco meat recipe an easy win.

  • Baked Mostaccioli. Filled with meat, a rich red sauce, and covered in shredded mozz. Need we say more?
Classic Cheeseburger With Secret Sauce
a patty melt stacked made with sourdough bread, caramelized onions, swiss cheese and mayo

Ground Beef Burger and Sandwich Recipes

  • Classic Cheeseburger with Secret Sauce. A perfectly soft bun, quality, juicy ground beef that is seasoned well, plenty of cheese, caramelized onions and a really good secret sauce are the key to this truly classic cheeseburger recipe.
  • Patty Melt. As diner sandwiches go, the melty, meaty, oniony perfection that is the patty melt reigns supreme—if you know, you know. And if you don’t know, well, welcome to the club.
  • Meatball Sub Sandwich. Big juicy, tender meatballs simmered in marinara sauce (store-bought or homemade—either works!) stuffed into garlicky hoagie rolls, topped with mozzarella and broiled to melty, bubbly perfection.
  • Beef Sliders. These juicy ground beef sliders—slathered with a homemade bright and lemony sun-dried tomato mayo, spicy pickles, and fresh arugula—prove that bigger doesn’t always equal better.
  • Avocado Burger with Bacon. When the craving strikes for a juicy burger, you’ll want to make this avocado burger with bacon and jalapeño aioli. Get out the napkins, cuz you’re gonna need them!
Easy swedish meatballs on a plate of mashed potatoes covered in creamy gravy and sprinkled with fresh parsley.
mediterranean beef meatballs in a bowl with tzatziki sauce

Meatballs: Quite Possibly Ground Beef’s Highest Calling

  • Swedish Meatballs. These Swedish meatballs are the best you'll ever have. Gently warmed with spices and covered in a heavenly creamy gravy sauce, then served with fluffy mashed potatoes!
  • Mediterranean Meatballs with Tzatziki. These tender spiced beef meatballs are served with our favorite simple tzatziki sauce.
  • Sheet Pan Harissa Meatballs and Cabbage. Smoky, warm, fragrant Middle Eastern spices imbue this simple sheet-pan cabbage-and-meatball dinner with big, bold flavors.
  • Meatball Shakshuka. Ground beef is mixed with the same herbs and spices used in the classic North African shakshuka and then simmered in a smoky, tomato-y shakshuka sauce for a one-pan dinner that everyone will love.
a bowl of homemade taco soup made with ground beef and black beans topped with cheddar cheese, sour cream and fresh cilantro
black bowl filled with award winning chili and topped with grated cheese, cilantro and diced avocados

Easy, Hearty Ground Beef Chilis & Soups

  • Taco Soup. Like making ground beef tacos for dinner, but easier.
  • Award Winning Chili. Ground beef, pork, three kinds of beans and spices to spare conspire to make this hearty, stick-to-your-ribs chili your family’s new game day go-to.
  • Lasagna Soup. Loaded with sausage and beef, plenty of herbs and garlic, and topped with a lava flow of mozzarella cheese, lasagna soup is easier to make than its oven-baked counterpart, and just as delicious.
  • Crock-Pot Paleo Chili. Hearty, protein-packed, and not a bean in sight—this meaty Paleo chili is a fast fave.
  • Stuffed Pepper Soup. Loaded with ground beef, bell peppers, tomatoes and topped with cheese, this is a hearty, easy riff on one of our favorite dinners.
  • Taco Salad. Seasoned beef with toppings piled high—beans, corn, cheese, avocado and chips. Finish it off with taco salad dressing and DIG IN!

easy homemade bolognese in a large bowl with a spoon and fork
homemade spaghetti sauce tossed with pasta and sausage on a white platter with serving spoon

Cozy, Comforting, Classic Ground Beef Pasta Recipes

  • Easy Bolognese. Hearty and comforting, this meaty, easy ground beef bolognese recipe takes less time to make than it does to disappear into hungry tummies.
  • Spaghetti Sauce. Just wait until you try this deeply flavored, slow-cooked, meat-loaded homemade spaghetti sauce recipe—you'll be head-over-heels.
  • Porcupine Meatballs. These beef meatballs look like little porcupines because of the way the grains of rice stick out of them.
  • Classic Lasagna Recipe. Easy, meaty, cheesy, this classic lasagna recipe is what everyone’s dinnertime dreams are made of.
  • Salisbury steak. Think perfectly browned ground beef patties, seasoned with abandon and served with onion-and-mushroom gravy.
  • Crispy Ground Beef Taco. Ground beef tacos are easy for each person at the table to customize to their own tastes and so they’re always, always a crowd-favorite.
eight beef empanadas piled onto a black plate
Homemade gyro meat sliced on a platter with cucumbers, feta, tomatoes, onions

Ground Beef Recipes From Around the Globe

  • Beef Empanadas. Tender, flaky crust surrounding a hearty mixture of warmly-spiced ground beef and vegetables—here's how to make the best beef empanadas you’ve ever tasted.
  • Gyro Meat. Hey guess what! Making juicy, super-seasoned gyro meat at home is easier than you think! Then, you can use that yummy beefy gyro meat to make DIY Gyro Bowls.
  • Beef Kofta Kebabs with Tzatziki. Big, bold herbs and spices make these beef kofta kebabs with tzatziki perfect for a super satisfying centerpiece for a Mediterranean-inspired feast.
  • Shepherd’s Pie. This traditional English dish is a must-make comfort food.
  • Picadillo. Our picadillo recipe makes for a homey weeknight dinner that everyone will gobble up!Chimichurri Meatballs
  • Chimichurri Meatballs. Want a delicious, quick dinner? Pair these meatballs with a big salad, or serve them as a fun, dippable party appetizer—either way, they’re sure to be a hit!
enchilada casserole in a baking dish made with ground beef, black beans, corn, peppers, onions, chiles and cheese
Homemade beef and sausage cabbage rolls with bacon on a plate

Even More Ground Beef Recipe To Fall In Love With

  • Enchilada Casserole. Layers of corn tortilla, cheese, and a tasty bean and beef filling.

  • Cabbage Rolls. Stuffed with pork sausage and ground beef, then wrapped in cabbage leaves and baked to perfection.

  • Mini Meatloaf. Mini meatloaf, you offer so many solutions in one little loaf.

  • Italian Wedding Soup. Tender, juicy meatballs, rich flavorful broth, al-dente pasta, and greens make for a meal the entire family will enjoy.

  • Sloppy Joes. These saucy, beefy homemade sloppy Joes are the best kind of messy comfort food!

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30 Best Ground Beef Recipes

Questions & Reviews

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  • Lin

    best ground beef recipes

    Thanks Lin!

  • joe

    so where are the recipes

    Click on the title of the recipe you'll like to make and it will take you to that recipe. Hope you enjoy, Joe!

  • Jeri

    Most always use your recipes. I will type in what food I have, usually a protein, and get many different ideas and recipes. Even pictures.

    Thank you

    Thanks Jeri, we are so happy you enjoy our recipes!

  • Jayne

    I cannot figure out how to get the 30 recipes. Its very confusing

    Each title (in green) is a link. If you click on it it will take you to each individual recipe. Hope you enjoy Jayne!

  • RUTH

    I love all your recipes

    Thank you so much!

  • Chris

    Fabulous assortment of recipes, many of which I already make but with some variations. I appreciate the vast amount of easy to use recipes.

    Thanks Chris, glad you are enjoying them!

  • Kicker

    awesome, I had a bunch of leftover ground beef and veggies, and this gave me the inspiraiton (beyond cheeseburgers and nachos, thank you! )

    Thanks, we are so happy we could help!

  • tracys

    Thanks For Sharing this amazing all recipe. My family loved it.

    Thanks Tracy!

  • Amazed

    People can use the internet but can't figure out how links work. Great list as I have made many of these dishes and they are always good!

    So glad you are enjoying them!

  • Tom

    Grrrrrrrooooounnnnd beeeeeeeefffff!!!!!!