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20 Easy Ground Beef Recipes

One of my favorite go-to protein sources, Ground Beef is versatile, delicious, and quick-cooking. Here are 20 of my favorite recipes made with Ground Beef.

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Beef is one of my favorite sources of protein which is why I often snag a bulk package at my big-box retailer. Versatile, affordable, and quick-cooking, it’s hard to beat.

Liz Browning Ground Beef in a pan

Growing up in a Middle Eastern household, Ground Beef has always been a staple in our house. Whether it’s a 20-minute dish like Lebanese Hushwee Rice or a slightly more elevated dish like Meat Stuffed Grape Leaves, I love cooking with Ground Beef. Additionally, Ground Beef can be used on any budget while providing necessary protein, vitamins, and minerals.

The Benefits of Beef

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Beef is full of nutrients. It is an excellent source of iron and zinc, which help keep our immune system strong and metabolism functioning. It is also slam-packed with protein, with only 3oz of beef having 25g, which is over half of the Daily Value. While diet culture has scared many into swapping out beef for chicken or turkey, it definitely has a place in a healthy diet.

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One of the many reasons I love partnering with Beef. It’s What For Dinner is because they support my mission for collaboration, networking, and learning with other food content creators.

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For a second year in a row, they sponsored and attended Fresh Air Retreat which took place recently in Breckenridge. While at the retreat, they spoiled us with a chef’s dinner prepared by Rasheed Philips who demonstrated how to cook Ribeye Steaks.

Hearty Beef Chili

While I love a good, juicy Ribeye Steak as much as the next gal, I find that Ground Beef is almost always on hand in my fridge or freezer. In case you’re anything like me, I thought it would be helpful to share a few of my go-to recipes for Ground Beef.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What type of Ground Beef is best?

I like a healthy balance of fat in my beef, as it adds flavor, so in most of my recipes I use a Ground Chuck (80% lean/20% fat), but certain recipes call for Ground Sirloin (90% lean/10% fat).

Can I replace Ground Beef with Shredded Beef?

Yes, in most recipes you can replace the Ground Beef with a different cut of beef if desired.

Where can I learn more about the retreat?

I am currently working on a post all about the retreat, so stay tuned! We will also be announcing dates and locations for two retreats in 2022.

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To help you get inspired in the kitchen when cooking with beef, here are 20 of my favorite ground beef recipes to mix into your weekly rotation.

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Did you try any of these Ground Beef recipes and love it? The next time you make one, snap a picture and share it to your socials! Tag @thelemonbowl and #thelemonbowl so we can admire and share your dish, I hope you enjoy!

20 Easy Ground Beef Recipes

Taco Salad Bowls with Ground Beef

5 stars
20 minutes
These taco salad bowls are piled high with seasoned ground beef, creamy avocado, fresh veggies and crunchy tortilla chips.
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Taco Salad Bowl Recipe

Lebanese Hushwee Rice

5 stars average
35 minutes
A Lebanese staple, ground beef is cooked with warm spices including cinnamon and nutmeg then tossed with Syrian rice made with clarified butter and toasted pine nuts. This is the ultimate comfort food dish!
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Hushwee with Rice Pilaf 1

Asian Szechuan Beef Lettuce Wraps

4.63 stars average
20 minutes
These high protein, low carb Asian Szechuan lettuce wraps are filled with fragrant beef cooked in ginger, garlic and sesame oil. 
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Szechuan Beef Lettuce Cups - a healthy, gluten free Asian recipe

Lebanese Hushwee Beef

4.82 stars average
1 hour
Hushwee rice is a beef and rice mixture made with cinnamon, toasted pine nuts and rice pilaf cooked in clarified butter. An easy one-pan meal.
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Lebanese Hushwee Rice with Toasted Pine Nuts

Keftedes: Baked Greek Meatballs

4.11 stars average
35 minutes
A Greek twist on the Italian classic, your family will love these flavor-packed meatballs seasoned with oregano, allspice and garlic.
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greek meatballs with rice and vermicell

American Chop Suey (Goulash)

5 stars
30 minutes
American Chop Suey, also know as American goulash, is a simple macaroni pasta dish made with a hearty meat sauce. Family-friendly and crowd-pleasing!
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American Chili Mac

Stuffed Pepper Soup with Beef and Rice

Yay or Nay?
40 minutes
This hearty and comforting stuffed pepper soup is made with ground beef, sweet bell peppers, white rice and a savory beef broth. Leftovers make the perfect lunch or you can freeze a second batch for later!
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bowl of stuffed pepper soup

Albondigas Soup (Mexican Meatball)

4.28 stars average
1 hour
This warm and comforting albondigas soup recipe is packed with hearty vegetables and Mexican-style meatballs. Always a crowd-pleaser!
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albondigas soup in a bowl

Lebanese Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

4.31 stars average
1 hour
A Middle Eastern specialty, these Lebanese Stuffed Cabbage Rolls are made with beef, rice, lemon and garlic.
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stuffed cabbage rolls

Mexican Layered Hummus Dip

4.29 stars average
25 minutes
Filled with creamy hummus, ground sirloin, and plenty of cheese, this warm Mexican Layered Hummus dip is a total crowd-pleaser and the ultimate party dip!
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Cheese Mexican Layered Hummus Dip

Lebanese Stuffed Kousa Squash

4.55 stars average
50 minutes
In this Traditional Lebanese dish, kousa is stuffed with a savory meat and rice mixture and simmered in a flavorful tomato broth until tender.
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Lebanese Stuffed Kousa

Bunless Cheeseburgers with Sriracha Ketchup

Yay or Nay?
30 minutes
These low carb, gluten free cheeseburgers are served in a lettuce wrap with sweet and spicy ketchup.
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Low Carb Gluten Free Cheeseburgers

Best Italian Wedding Soup

5 stars average
1 hour
This crowd-pleasing traditional Italian Wedding Soup recipe is made with plenty of veggies, flavorful meatballs and pasta. Always a family favorite!
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Lebanese Meat Pies (Sfeeha’s)

4.66 stars average
1 hour 5 minutes
These savory Lebanese meat pies (known as sfeehas) get their irresistible flavor from clarified butter, toasted pine nuts and fragrant cinnamon.
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SFEEHAS meat pies

Stuffed Bell Peppers with Lebanese Spices

4.66 stars average
1 hour 5 minutes
These stuffed bell peppers with Lebanese spices are filled with beef and rice then cooked in a garlic and mint infused tomato broth. 
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Stuffed peppers with Lebanese spices

Lebanese Baked Eggplant With Beef and Pine Nuts

4.7 stars average
1 hour 25 minutes
A healthier version of the popular Lebanese dish that is full of flavor thanks to toasted pine nuts,  cinnamon and tender eggplant.
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Lebanese Meat Stuffed Grape Leaves

4.24 stars average
1 hour 10 minutes
Very popular in several Mediterranean countries and a family favorite, these Lebanese stuffed grape leaves are filled with meat, rice and lemon juice.
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Meat Grape Leaves on a plate

Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

3.8 stars average
1 hour 15 minutes
Shepherd’s pie gets a flavorful twist with whipped sweet potatoes scented with maple and orange zest. Comfort food you can feel good about eating.
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Shepherds Pie with Sweet Potatoes

Easy Slow Cooker Beef Chili

4.34 stars average
4 hours 15 minutes
Perfect for entertaining, this hearty and delicious beef chili has not only amazing flavor but is easy to make. The perfect set it and forget it recipe!
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Cheeseburger Meatloaf Muffins

4.7 stars average
25 minutes
This fast and healthy cheeseburger meatloaf recipe cooks in just 15 minutes and is naturally gluten free!
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cheeseburger meatloaf muffins in a muffin pan

Disclosure: This post is a collaboration with Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. on behalf of the Beef Checkoff. I was compensated to write this post. Thank you for supporting the brands that make The Lemon Bowl possible. All thoughts are my own.

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Liz DellaCroce

Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families.

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