56 Ground Beef Recipes
Ground beef recipes are a weeknight favorite for so many reasons: ground beef is inexpensive, cooks up fast, and can be used in endless delicious ways. If you’re looking for a tasty new spin on classic ground beef recipes like meatloaf, hamburgers, chili, and lasagna, the Southern Living Test Kitchen has you covered. Or, if you’re in the mood for something different with ground beef, you’ll also find surprising new ways to use ground beef in stir frys, soups, calzones, kabobs, and more. Ground beef freezes well too, so stock up at the supermarket and bookmark this gallery as your go-to source for easy ground beef recipes.
Greek Baked Ziti
Recipe: Greek Baked Ziti
Inspired by the classic Greek comfort dish known as pastitsio, this pasta casserole uses fresh and flavorful ingredients. It mixes the classic flavors of ground beef, onion, and garlic, with oregano and two rich cheeses: Parmesan and mozzarella. So bake a dish of this comfort-food favorite, and in under 30 minutes you can settle in for a warm, delicious, family meal. For an easy weeknight dinner, you can even make this ahead and freeze it.
Easy Taco Casserole
Recipe: Easy Taco Casserole
Bake this fiesta-worthy casserole in under 30 minutes tonight, and your kids just might wonder where your superpowers come from. The secret is in the pantry-staple ingredient list, but they never have to know that. If you've got picky eaters on your hands, serve this simple taco casserole with the toppings on the side so everyone can pick their own combination.
Homestyle Ground Beef Casserole
Recipe: Homestyle Ground Beef Casserole
This hearty bake is a dinnertime hero. Whether you prepare it in advance, freeze it, and pop it in the oven right before dinner or you start from scratch while the kids are doing their homework, this supper staple takes only takes about an hour. Pair it with a garden salad, Baked Zucchini Fries, Fried Skillet Potatoes, or Grilled Garlic Bread for an easy meal that's sure to make everyone a member of the clean plate club.
Sloppy Joe Casserole
Recipe: Sloppy Joe Casserole
Your beloved cafeteria favorite gets an upgrade in this simple ground beef supper. Sure, you may lose the bun and need to grab a fork instead, but it's just as fun to dig into as the summer camp classic. Plus, even if you didn't think it was possible, this casserole is even easier to prepare than your traditional sloppy joe sandwich. As with anything with the word "sloppy" in the title, though, we can't guarantee the kids will leave the table completely clean. But isn't that half the fun?
Mini Meatloaves with Potatoes, Leeks, and Brussels Sprouts
Why make one loaf when you can make four mini meatloaves? Now everyone can help his or herself to a personal-size meatloaf in this sheet-pan take on the classic dinner dish. Roast them in the oven alongside red potatoes, Brussels sprouts, and leeks for a hearty dinner that's ready in just an hour. The best part? since it's all baked together on a single pan, clean up is a breeze.
Recipe: Beef Calzones
Satisfy your family's delivery cravings without ordering out with these beefy, cheesy calzones. Start with store-bought pizza dough and spoon in a homemade mixture of mushrooms, basil, onions, mozzarella cheese, ground chuck, tomato sauce, and sliced pepperoni. After 20 minutes in the oven, you'll serve a stuffed, Italian delight that will win over your entire dinner table.
West Texas Chili
Recipe: West Texas Chili
With this much ground beef and heat, who even needs the beans? All you need to make a batch of this Texas-style chili is ground chuck, tomato pasta, a rich stock, and ale beer. But even though the saying goes, "Don't Mess with Texas," we'll let you mess with this recipe to add beans if you prefer. Use this recipe to make our Frito Pie or serve as is for a filing dinner any night of the week.
Greek Stuffed Peppers
Recipe: Greek Stuffed Peppers
Hearty and healthy, these simple stuffed peppers give you room to play. Create your own combination by substituting or adding an ingredient here or there. Like zucchini? Add it in. Prefer an even healthier option? Use cauliflower rice instead of traditional rice. Regardless of what personal touches you add in, this quick and bright ground beef recipe will still be ready in under an hour.
Classic Patty Melt
Recipe: Classic Patty Melt
Blow your everyday burger out of the water with this hearty patty melt that comes together in your cast iron skillet. With toasted sourdough as your base, this recipe gives you a sturdy foundation to layer ground beef patties, caramelized onions, Cheddar, Swiss cheese, mayonnaise, and any other topping you'd like on these thick, dinner-ready sandwiches. It's all melted together over butter in your skillet for a restaurant quality sandwich straight from your own kitchen.
Quick Beef Chili
Recipe: Quick Beef Chili
Hearty chili like this has chunks of meat cooked to perfection in a Dutch oven before being combined with its other ingredients. For our Quick Beef Chili we suggest using petite tender. This quick-cooking foundation for this dish is supermarket steak that is cut from the shoulder. It looks and tastes like tenderloin but costs a third of the price. If you can't find it, try chuck-eye steak, which also has great flavor but may need more trimming. Whatever your choice, this quick, spicy, delicious chili will have you filling your bowl for seconds. Smother it in great toppings: think green onions, sour cream, or many others.
Cheeseburger Egg Rolls with Special Sauce
Mix things up tonight with this reimagined take on a takeout favorite that proves creativity in the kitchen doesn't have to take all day. This fancy feeling dish doesn't take more than an hour to pull together, and it's substantial enough to feed a hungry crowd as large as eight people. Don’t skip the special sauce—you’ll soon be keeping jars of it in the fridge.
Recipe: Extra-Easy Lasagna
This recipe may be speedy, but it does anything but skimp on flavor. This is one of those recipes that's great to have on hand when you can already hear stomachs rumbling as you walk in the door. Whether you've made it ahead and kept it in the freezer or you're starting from scratch right before dinner time, it'll be ready in under an hour regardless. Avoid a dinnertime disaster with this ground beef superhero.
Beef-and-Vegetable Soup with Gnocchi
If your go-to soup recipes are feeling worn out after a few weeks of winter, this 30-minute recipe is sure to revive you. The combination of ground beef and store-bought gnocchi make this vegetable soup innately filing. While the recipe calls for onion, tomatoes, and spinach, you can make the soup your own by adding in any extra vegetables you'd like.
Beef Stew with Cheddar Biscuits
Recipe: Beef Stew with Cheddar Biscuits
What's better than a bowl of beef stew? A bowl of beef stew with homemade cheddar biscuits on top, of course. We can't think of a better way to use up leftover biscuits from Sunday brunch (or an excuse to make even more) than this warm bowl of beef and vegetables. Pro tip: be sure to pay attention to the sharpness of your cheddar for the cheese biscuits. Mild cheddar melts the best, since it contains the most moisture.
Emily Nabors Hall's Cheeseburger Pizza
Childhood classics combine forces for a main dish the kids will rave about for days. Simple store-bought ingredients, like jarred pasta sauce and deli pizza dough, are the base to this homemade pizza that's ready just over an hour. While we highly recommend topping with ground beef for the full cheeseburger effect, you can personalize further with whatever pizza toppings are your family's favorite.
Cheesy Beef-and-Spinach Ravioli
Recipe: Cheesy Beef-and-Spinach Ravioli
A cheesy, one-pan creation that comes together in just 30 minutes? Sign us up any night of the week. This simple recipe transforms any package of ravioli into a decadent pasta bake, complete with fresh spinach and beef. Plus, with just one skillet required, your cast-iron clean up is as easy as eat, rinse, wipe, and oil.
Recipe: Cheeseburger Pie
Your everyday cheeseburger takes new form in this lovely latticed version that's as creative as it is delicious. Stuffed with a ground beef filling and American cheese (or whatever cheese your prefer), this weeknight dinner or party recipe takes your burger off the grill and into your oven. Make it gluten-free by bypassing the crust and serving this beefy filling over mashed potatoes instead. Add green salad and fries on the side (and maybe finish it off with a milkshake) and you've easily got a dinner that will serve 6.
Recipe: Meatloaf Casserole
Bypass the typical loaf. This Meatloaf Casserole takes your mom's go-to recipe up a notch. It's flavored with Worcestershire and tomato, so you'll still get your classic meatloaf flavors. The true game changer here? The mashed potato topping. This creamy addition builds your side dish right into the bake.
Savory Meat Base
Having a great ground beef go-to as a base means that you can have a lot of recipes ready to go. This means your quick-fix dinners are always just minutes away from being on the table, and delicious dinners are fresh out of the oven. This seven-ingredient beefy mixture completes the first step of many recipes, including Spaghetti With Meat Sauce, Sloppy Joes, and Easy Beef and Macaroni. The other great thing about the Savory Meat Base is that it freezes well, so you can make several batches and always have some on-hand and in the pan in an instant. Simple to make, it mixes ground beef, marinara sauce, garlic, and more, and tastes fantastic any way you serve it.
Richard’s Sloppy Joes
Recipe: Richard’s Sloppy Joes
Few things are as delicious—or as decadent—as perfectly flavored, saucy ground beef slathered on a bun: otherwise known as a sloppy joe. This is our recipe for Richard’s Sloppy Joes, and he certainly makes them good enough to make us want to share them with you. Lean ground beef, diced tomatoes, and Worcestershire sauce get blended together with ketchup, barbecue sauce, and jalapeños—plus jalapeño juice. The result is a mouthwatering blend of spicy ground beef that is precisely how it is described: delectable? Sloppy. Make Richard’s recipe and enjoy these tasty treats packed with punch. Our adult taste-testers described this dish as mildly hot. If your family prefers less kick, adjust the amount of pickled jalapeños (and liquid from the jar) to suit their tastes.
Recipe: Mexican Lasagna
Making Mexican lasagna means you are getting the best of both flavor worlds on your table at one time, and this delicious ground beef recipe shows you how to put it all together. To let your lasagna go Mexican you’ll be layering ground beef and sausage with corn tortillas, tomatoes, green chiles, enchilada sauce, and cheese. It tastes even more delicious than it sounds! And since this is a one of our favorite quick-fix suppers, this ground beef sensation is a convenient weeknight dinner that the kids will love as much as the grownups. So take your pasta south of the border and start layering your Mexican lasagna now.
You may call these sliders, but whatever you call them these bite-size ground beef delights will have you piling your plate high. These use lean ground beef, which works well since you’ll be baking these little burgers in your oven. In less than 20 minutes you’ll have 20 patties, making this the perfect quick, go-to party food. Ours are served on party rolls, making them the perfect mouthful. Whether you're planning for pint-size palates or simply desire to serve appetizer-sized portions of the American classic, these mini burgers are a guaranteed crowd pleaser. So start planning now, and get ready for the weekend: these freeze well too, so you can always have some on hand.
Beef-and-Black-eyed Pea Chili
Recipe: Beef-and-Black-eyed Pea Chili
Pull some cornbread fresh out of the skillet and savor the aroma of our Beef-and-Black-Eyed Pea Chili. You can fill a Dutch oven with chili meat, sweet onion, black-eyed peas, beer, and more, and in under an hour sit down to a delicious bowl of chili. Serve it with jalapeño pepper slices, Cheddar cheese, or pico de gallo, or just enjoy it as it comes. However you prefer it, you won't go wrong. Pick up your spoon and enjoy this chili now.
Spiced Beef Kabobs with Herbed Cucumber and Tomato Salad
This recipe is all about how to take premium ground beef, flavor it with subtle herbs and spices, and create a delicious dish. These Spiced Beef Kabobs are delicately seasoned with cumin, coriander, allspice, parsley, and cilantro, then hand-formed on skewers. Grilled to golden-brown perfection, the ground beef remains moist and juicy, to be complemented by creamy toppings like our Yogurt-Tahini Sauce. Serve this zesty beef with warm pita bread and a tangy herb salad.
Recipe: Taco Pie
Taco Tuesday will never look the same with this sliceable Mexican dish that's ready in under an hour. The base of this pie-pan dinner is made of partially fried tortillas. After garlic, onions, and ground beef are browned, seasoned, and added in, you can rely on pantry staples to finish the job. Top it with queso fresco, cilantro, and sour cream and serve with a side of rice or oven-roasted corn, and you've created a weekday dinner that will make any Tex-Mex lover smile.
Shepherd’s Pie with Potato Crust
Recipe: Shepherd’s Pie with Potato Crust
You might call yourself a shepherd too if it meant you would get a dinner this good. Our version of a Shepherd’s Pie is certainly a Southern dinner classic. Instead of mashed potatoes we use scalloped potatoes for the crust, cut with a mandolin slicer—but a knife will work just as well. For the filling, lean ground chuck is perfect, while red wine will add flavors that are rich and bold. Our Shepherd’s Pie has a dash of Worcestershire Sauce, as well as a hearty measure of English peas. This dish will keep you warm on a cool night, but it is fresh and delicious at any time. Round up your appetite and enjoy our Shepherd’s Pie.
Lean Green Lettuce Tacos
Recipe: Lean Green Lettuce Tacos
Go green with Lean Green Lettuce Tacos. You’ll be ditching the shell for a leaf of cool, crisp, fresh lettuce instead. Fill it with a fantastic mix of flavors, starting with our spicily seasoned lean ground beef. You’ll love the flavors of right-from-the farm zucchini, squash, and cilantro, making this a great farm-to-table meal. Dress up your tacos with salsa and with queso fresco. Queso fresco is Spanish for "fresh cheese" It has a soft and crumbly texture (similar to feta) with a mild flavor. You can find it in the dairy section of larger supermarkets. So leave the shell behind and enjoy these delicious lean green tacos.
Red Bean Chili
Recipe: Red Bean Chili
Chili is always a great, simple, go-to meal, and this Red Bean Chili may only have a few ingredients but it is packed full of flavor. It starts with ground beef—we suggest you use lean ground beef in this recipe—seasoned with the flavors of tomatoes and chili powder. Kidney beans round out this beefy chili. Just brown ground beef with onion, stir in five additional ingredients, and let it simmer. To really let the flavors come together we suggest you prepare it in a slow cooker during the day. It will be ready in the evening for super-fast mealtime prep.
Slow-Cooker Bolognese Sauce over Pappardelle Pasta
Traditionally, Bolognese sauce requires hours of babysitting as it simmers on the stove, but our recipe is virtually hands-off. The lean ground beef is flavored with red wine, and onions, garlic, and Italian seasonings really add fullness and depth. A little cream goes a long way to make the sauce rich, and it comes into its own in the slow cooker. Once everything is together, the best approach is to simply leave it alone, to check it occasionally, to make sure its consistency is just right,—and to be ready to spoon it onto your pappardelle and cover it in Parmesan cheese. Serve it hot, and enjoy!
Cheesy BBQ Sloppy Joes
Recipe: Cheesy BBQ Sloppy Joes
Cheesy BBQ Sloppy Joes take the traditional sloppy joe and kick them up a notch. At its most basic, the recipe for these adds barbecue sauce to the ground beef, and tells you to grab your grater and get ready for later. But for a true Texas kick, we suggest you add in all the options, and for this recipe that means stepping out of the box and into the heat with chopped picked jalapeños and some pickled jalapeño juice. If that seems a bit too spicy, simply brown your ground beef, slop a heaping helping on some Texas toast, and pile on some Cheddar cheese. That’ll give you a Cheesy BBQ Sloppy Joe you will love. Grab some napkins and dig in.
Cooking Video: Cheesy BBQ Sloppy Joes
Sloppy Joe Carolina-Style Burgers
Recipe: Sloppy Joe Carolina-Style Burgers
These fantastic burgers—made with ground sirloin—get that little something extra, Carolina-style, from a delicious scoop of chili on top. We don’t call them sloppy for nothing, so you’ll want to eat these over-the-top burgers with a knife and fork, or set out a pile of napkins. Add fresh crisp texture and flavor by mounding slaw atop the burgers. Serve extra slaw on the side to sop up that chili, or save it for another day.
Recipe: Cocktail Meatballs
Cocktail meatballs hold a special place in the canon of Southern party appetizers, in part because they are a study in ground-beef perfection and simplicity. While we love the ones our mamas made with chili sauce and grape jelly, this recipe is the one we still pull out for company. This recipe mixes ground beef with the sweet, the tart, and the unexpected: brown sugar, lemon juice, and horseradish, to make a cocktail-fork temptation that should grace every Southern party table or tray. So grab a bottle of wine—for the recipe—get ready to party, and enjoy making these delicious cocktail meatballs.
Gyro Burgers With Tahini Sauce
Recipe: Gyro Burgers With Tahini Sauce
You may have your own special name for this delightful dish, but all you really need to know is that you are going to be eating a delicious ground beef patty smothered in an amazingly creamy, spicy sauce. Wrapped inside a warm pita, and surrounded by crunchy lettuce, thick, juicy slices of fresh tomatoes, and rings of red onion, your mouth will literally be watering before you take the first bite. If you’ve never made this before, don’t worry. All the ingredients are easy to find. You can find tahini paste on the imported food aisle of large supermarkets or in Mediterranean markets.
Hamburger Steak With Sweet Onion-Mushroom Gravy
This 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.
Recipe: 30-Minute Chili
Do you want delicious chili but you don't want to wait all day? Our 30-Minute Chili recipe will have you enjoying one of our quick-fix suppers in no time. This simple-to-make chili recipe only has six ingredients, but you'll marvel at its slow-cooked flavor. Simmering the ground beef is probably the hardest part; once you've finished that, you just pour everything else in, and stir. If you prefer an Italian-style take on 30-Minute Chili, spice this up and use 1 pound of ground sausage and 1 pound of ground beef. Whether you prefer a traditional chili or you would like to enjoy some Italian-infused flavors, this easy-to-make chili will always be ready when you are.
Cooking Video: Quick-Fix Chili
Swiss Burgers in Tomato Gravy
Recipe: Swiss Burgers in Tomato Gravy
You’ll love how the flavors of fire-roasted tomatoes and the richness of Swiss cheese pair in this incredible burger. We’re using ground sirloin here, so when you sit down you’ll be devouring ground steak on a plate. Once you’ve simmered your onions in the pan, you’ll be slathering your ground sirloin patties with a rich tomato gravy to create luscious fork-tender burgers. Pile your plate high with golden-brown potatoes, and enjoy. Serve with steamed green beans.
Sloppy Cola Joe Dogs
Recipe: Sloppy Cola Joe Dogs
Think of having Sloppy Cola Joe Dogs as a delicious and convenient way to enjoy making a mess. Our Test Kitchen couldn't get enough of these new sloppy Joes enlivened with a splash of cola, which gives the ground beef a sweet boost that plays well off the filling's spices. Try these with traditional or split-top hot dog buns, or hoagie rolls. You’ll love these even more when you add your favorite coleslaw for crunch and color.
Recipe: Old-fashioned Meatloaf
Meatloaf may be one of the ultimate comfort foods, so a classic meatloaf recipe is always a reader favorite. Beginning with lean ground beef, this Southern meatloaf recipe features Creole and Greek seasonings and a hint of garlic. Celery, breadcrumbs, onion, and tomato paste all add flavor, richness, and depth to this delicious delight. A few tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce—that's the fantastic taste you're trying to figure out—spice up the traditional ketchup topping which keeps this meatloaf moist, tender, and juicy. This may be called the Old-Fashioned Meatloaf, but it is one of the best-tasting meatloaves you will eat today.
Watch: How To Make Old-fashioned Meatloaf
Recipe: Shepherd’s Pie
Shepherd’s Pie is a classic Southern staple, and when you see how simple it is to make this meal you’ll understand why. It is one of our favorite ground beef quick-fix dinners, and this recipe makes it even easier to get that Shepherd’s Pie on the table. Begin with ground round—we think its flavor is perfect for this dish. Next, put the pie together. This potato-topped delight gets extra flavor from the cheese and carrots that are added to the mashed potato crust. And you can take a shortcut with the crust because the recipe calls for frozen mashed potatoes. Fresh out of the oven you will enjoy this fantastic dish. Shepherd’s Pie is a mainstay on Southern tables because it is easy to make, but even easier to eat. Enjoy!
Italian-Style Beef-and-Pepperoni Soup
This fantastic soup blends delicious tastes including extra-lean ground beef and turkey pepperoni for a healthy but full-bodied broth. It is filled with hearty vegetables including tomatoes, bell peppers, and mushrooms, and spiced with basil, oregano, pepper, and garlic. It is a true Italian classic, full of flavor without being loaded with fat, so you can enjoy the hearty essence of Italy that you love without the guilt! This low-calorie soup is best when topped with Parmesan cheese and fresh basil. So put a pot on the stove, let this incredible, healthy soup simmer, and get ready to slurp up every drop from your bowl.
Recipe: All-In-One Spaghetti
Only 15 minutes of prep and just one pan to clean makes this homemade pasta sauce labor-light, but it tastes like it was made with a secret recipe handed down in your family for generations. It has the basics: ground beef, onions, and garlic, but also has a hint of sugar for sweetness and a touch of chili powder for spice. That makes everything nice, and you'll think so to as you devour this delicious sauce on plate after plate of pasta. Top it with grated Parmesan cheese, and garnish it with fresh parsley for even more subtle, delicate flavors. Now eat!
Easy Skillet Tacos
Recipe: Easy Skillet Tacos
Tacos are a great go-to weeknight meal, and these fantastic tacos make family dinners easy. We'll have you mixing up your own simple taco seasoning—these tacos get their flavor from cumin and chili powder without the additional sodium often found in packaged seasoning mixes—and you'll love the full, rich flavor of it with your ground beef. For these skillet tacos, we suggest you cover them with Cheddar cheese and cilantro, making every bite a cheesy, gooey, delicious sensation. Then, top off your crunchy tacos with any of our delicious toppings: try shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, salsa, or sour cream—or even better, just pile them all on.