It's a must-have in the Southern kitchen and is the base for a number of hearty dishes. These delectable offerings showcase ground beef in updated ways.

Recipe:Hamburger Steak With Sweet Onion-Mushroom GravyThis ground beef recipe helps you make the most of your busy weeknights. You can make the patties ahead, then simply thaw them in the fridge overnight before using. You'll love how the gravy keeps these moist and tender, while the onion adds just the right hint of sweetness and the garlic adds that little bit of spice. Mushrooms make this burger even richer, and sop up that gravy to make your burger even better. We love ground round for this burger. So get your skillet ready to brown this burger and cover it in sweet onion-mushroom gravy. You'll love how good this burger tastes.
Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas

Fancy Ground Beef Recipes

Cook's Notes
These recipes were tested with ground round, which we think has the best lean-to-fat ratio and delivers the greatest value. Economical family-size packs of ground round are a smart way to trim your food budget. When these 3- to 4-lb. beauties are on sale, grab a pack or two, portion the meat into 1-lb. servings, and freeze for future use.

Freeze recipe-size portions of uncooked ground beef in zip-top plastic freezer bags or plastic freezer containers for up to four months. Be sure to label, including the amount and date.

"Fancy Ground Beef" is from the April 2008 issue of Southern Living.