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30 Ground Beef Recipes

Are you tired of making the same meals night after night and trying to decide what to make with ground beef in your freezer? Enjoy these easy ground beef recipes, from classics like burgers sliders and chili to international dinner ideas like kabobs and casseroles – the meals on this list will break you out of your cooking slump. 

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What Can I Make with Ground Beef?

On spaces like Facebook and Reddit, I always see the same question – what can I make with ground beef? While it’s an ingredient most have in their fridge, people are always looking for new ways to prepare it. Here are 30 of the BEST ground beef recipes to liven up your dinner rotation. 

The Best Ground Beef Recipes

1. Ground Beef Lettuce Wraps

Ground beef lettuce wraps on a plate.

Easy-to-make ground beef lettuce wraps boast a combination of ground beef, aromatics, and a sweet but tangy sauce. The wraps are beautifully held together with crispy lettuce for a light and refreshing meal you will love.

2. Taco Pasta

Taco pasta served in a small bowl.

Enjoy cheesy, mouth-watering taco pasta. The 30-minute meal with seasoned ground beef and al dente pasta is an excellent way to make the most of your ground beef stash.

Photo Credit: The Clean Eating Couple

3. Picadillo Con Papas

Picadillo con papas in a bowl.

Ground beef isn’t just an ingredient for homemade tacos. Mexican picadillo con papas is a staple in my kitchen. The tasty one-pot meal takes 30 minutes to make, and it is an excellent filling for tacos, tamales, and soup.

4. Peruvian Beef Noodles

Two bowls of Peruvian beef soup.

Hearty broth flavored with herbs and spices complements ground beef and angel hair pasta. Peruvian beef noodle soup, or sopa criolla, has a smoky and mildly spicy flavor, and it is an excellent addition to your ground beef recipe collection!

Photo Credit: Beyond Mere Sustenance

5. Cheeseburger Soup

Keto cheeseburger soup in a dutch oven.

Creamy keto cheeseburger soup is a low-carb take on a classic comfort meal in soup form. The easy dump-and-go meal is ready in 30 minutes for a family-friendly meal everyone will love.

Photo Credit: Sugar Free Londoner

6. Beef Seekh Kabobs

Beef seekh kabob in a serving dish.

Introduce flavor to your dinner rotation with this Pakistani beef seekh kabob recipe. The juicy, perfectly grilled beef skewers are loaded with flavor.

7. Ground Beef Stroganoff

Instant Pot ground beef stroganoff on a plate.

Instant Pot ground beef stroganoff is brimming with ground beef and tender noodles tossed in a velvety smooth sauce.

And since it cooks in the Instant Pot, the meal is ready in no time. For a more traditional recipe, try easy beef stroganoff with chuck roast.

Photo Credit: I Food Real

8. Sloppy Joes

A sloppy joe on a plate.

This healthy Sloppy Joe recipe features lean ground beef, making it possible to enjoy the classic comfort food while keeping the meal light.

And if you need help deciding what to serve with Sloppy Joes, check out a few of my suggestions. 

Photo Credit: Running to the Kitchen

9. Meatball Sub Dip

A skillet of italian meatball sub dip.

Use ground beef to elevate your appetizer game with this homemade Italian meatball sub dip. The savory dip is loaded with spiced ground beef meatballs and gooey melted cheese you can scoop with toasted sourdough bread or focaccia. 

Photo Credit: Lynn’s Way of Life

10. Vietnamese Beef Stir Fry

Vietnamese Noodle Stir Fry with Beef with a spoon and fork scooped into the dish.

Enjoy the delicious Vietnamese flavor of nui xao bo, a Vietnamese beef and noodle stir fry made with ground beef for an easy homestyle meal that is budget-friendly.

Photo Credit: Balance with Jess

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11. Italian Wedding Soup

Italian wedding soup in a Dutch oven.

Italian wedding soup is overflowing with tender homemade meatballs, crisp vegetables, and tiny pasta for a comforting soup you can enjoy year-round.

Photo Credit: Giangi’s Kitchen

12. Aloo Keema

Aloo keema in a serving bowl.

Treat yourself to authentic, one-pot Pakistani aloo keema. Seasoned ground beef and tender potatoes sauté in a rich tomato and onion-based curry with a homemade spice blend. Serve the easy meal with naan, roti, or basmati rice.

13. Cuban Beef Picadillo

Beef picadillo on a plate with beans.

Make easy Cuban beef picadillo in 30 minutes! The tasty meal is the perfect filling for casseroles, soups, and pastries like empanadas.

14. Dutch Oven Meatballs

A spoon with Dutch oven meatballs.

No roundup for ground beef recipes is complete without meatballs and marinara! Try these flavorful Dutch oven meatballs in Sunday gravy, or prepare easy sugo al pomodoro from scratch. 

15. Ground Beef Sliders

Ground beef sliders on a plate.

Quick and easy ground beef sliders consist of seasoned ground beef patties and melty cheese. Serve the sliders with flavorful sauces like BBQ aioli, Cajun aioli, or ancho aioli.

Photo Credit: Entirely Elizabeth

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16. American Goulash

American goulash in a bowl.

Unlike Hungarian or Austrian goulash, the American version of the dish features ground beef. When you’re short on time, reach for this family-friendly Instant Pot goulash. The old-fashioned one-pot wonder is easy to make and a crowd-pleaser. Plus, the filling dish takes me all the way back to childhood. 

Photo Credit: An Edible Mosaic

17. Meatballs with Chimichurri Sauce

Meatballs with Chimichurri Sauce in the back ground with one meatball on a toothpick in the foreground.

Treat yourself to succulent ground beef meatballs served with a fresh chimichurri sauce for an easy appetizer that’s perfect for entertaining.

If you don’t have a go-to recipe for the sauce, try chimichurri with cilantro or skhug and shatta sauce if you want something more spicy.

Photo Credit: The Oregon Dietitian

For all the meatball lovers in your life, make Instant Pot Frozen Meatballs or follow my tips for cooking meatballs at 350.

18. Bobotie

A baking dish of bobotie.

Casseroles are the perfect way to use ground beef. South African bobotie is a casserole dish bursting with curry-flavored ground beef, fruit, and a savory egg custard topping that bakes in the oven until golden brown.

Photo Credit: Effortless Foodie

19. Baked Beans with Hamburger

Baked beans with hamburger in a serving bowl.

Southern-style baked beans with hamburger isn’t just a tasty side dish for a BBQ or potluck. Combining baked beans with ground beef and bacon transforms the traditional side into a filling and complete meal – all you need is a buttery side of cornbread!

20. Ground Beef Taquitos

Taquitos on a plate with salsa.

Packed with ground beef, shredded cheese, and spices, crunchy ground beef taquitos are a perfect party snack or quick dinner idea. They’re so easy to make. All you have to do is roll the filling in a tortilla and fry them until they are golden brown.

Serve the meal with Mexican rice and toppings like pico de galloguacamole, or salsa verde.

Photo Credit: In Mama Maggies Kitchen

21. IKEA Swedish Meatballs

IKEA Swedish Meatballs Recipe on a plate

Experience IKEA Swedish meatballs in the comfort of your own home. Hand-mixed meatballs simmer in a savory béchamel sauce.

And if you’re curious about what to serve with Swedish meatballs, here are a few sides to complete the meal.

22. Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed peppers in a baking dish.

Ground beef is a popular ingredient primarily because it is so easy to prepare and affordable. Stuffed belles peppers are a great way to clean out your fridge and use what you have, including ground beef and vegetables. 

Photo Credit: The Wooden Skillet

23. Hamburger Vegetable Soup

Hamburger vegetable soup in a bowl.

Dig into a bowl of savory hamburger vegetable soup cooked in a robust tomato-based broth. The old-fashioned one-pot meal is easy to make and perfect for busy nights.

24. Polenta Beef Casserole

Beef polenta in a casserole dish.

Polenta beef casserole is a hearty, mouthwatering Slavonian dish with layers like lasagna to fill you up.

Photo Credit: All that Jas

25. Tachos

Tachos on a plate.

Ditch regular corn tortilla chips and use crispy tater tots to make sheet-pan tachos with seasoned ground beef, nacho cheese, and your favorite toppings, including avocado lime crema or serrano crema.

26. Moroccan Meatballs

Moroccan meatballs in a serving bowl.

Loaded with fragrant spices, juicy Moroccan meatballs simmer to perfection in a sweet and spicy sauce sweetened naturally with dried dates.

Enjoy the meatballs with warm pita, couscous, zaalouk, and Moroccan carrot salad.

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27. Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

A slice of sweet potato cottage pie.

Sweet potato shepherd’s pie is a cozy comfort meal with a creamy sweet potato mash layered over a hearty ground beef and vegetable filling. 

Photo Credit: The Nessy Kitchen

28. Jamaican Beef Patties

Jamaican beef patties sliced open.

Bite into golden-crusted Jamaican beef patties with a spiced ground beef and vegetable filling. Serve the handheld treats as a late-night snack or complete the meal with a fresh salad or Jamaican rice and peas

Photo Credit: Yummy Addiction

29. Koobideh Kabob

Koobideh kabob on a plate.

This flavorful Persian dish is a labor of love that combines ground beef, grated onion, salt, and black pepper to form kabobs finished with saffron butter on the grill

Serve them on a platter with saffron rice and tangy Shirazi salad.

30. Zucchini Lasagna

A casserole dish of zucchini lasagna.

Are you craving the comforting flavors of classic Italian lasagna but want to cut back on carbs? Try zucchini lasagna with layers of tender zucchini strips, rich tomato sauce, ground beef, and a creamy cheese sauce.

Frequently Asked Questions

What makes ground beef taste better?

Spices: Salt, garlic powder, taco Seasoning, paprika, cumin, garam masala, curry powder, Slap Ya Mama’s Seasoning recipe, cayenne, red pepper flakes, and Goya.

Herbs: Cilantro, thyme, oregano, and parsley.

Sauce: Oil, ghee, soy sauce, oyster sauce, Worcestershire Sauce, and peanut butter.

Aromatics: Garlic, onions, scallions, and shallots.

How long does ground beef last in the fridge?

Store leftover ground beef in an airtight container. Depending on the added ingredients, it will keep for 3-4 days.

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Elizabeth S

Wednesday 31st of May 2023

I cannot wait to give these a try! Thank you for such a great variety of recipes!


Sunday 23rd of October 2022

They all look so yummy. I really want to try your beef picadillo recipe. I'm a sucker for olives!

Tressa Jamil

Sunday 23rd of October 2022

Thank you, and beef picadillo is one of our favorites and honestly it's mostly because of the olives! They are so salty and perfect.