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Quick! What’s the first meal that comes to mind when you think of ground beef? For me it’s burgers, or maybe tacos that I used to eat as a kid. But those two foods barely scratch the surface of all the different dinners you can cook up with some ground beef.
Arm yourself with a pack of ground beef and the sky’s the limit when it comes to dinner possibilities. This is precisely why you’ll find a pound or two stashed in my freezer at all times (and remember: to defrost ground beef faster, freeze it flat). It’s a budget-friendly choice, and worth stocking up on when it’s on sale.
Shape it into burgers, meatballs, or meatloaf to really make it the star of the meal. Or on nights when you need to stretch a pound or less into a meal to feed the whole table, bulk it up into a hearty casserole, skillet dinner, or slow cooker dish. No matter what you’re in the mood for, we’ve got 60 ground beef recipes to cook up tonight.
Meatballs and Meatloaf
It is impossible to think about turning ground beef into dinner without considering meatballs and meatloaf. There are so many variations, and it’s one of my favorite ways to make ground beef shine on the dinner table.
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Easy Herby Meatballs
Cut back on meatball prep by letting your blender do all the work. Purée herbs and aromatics into a flavorful base before combining with ground beef and breadcrumbs. Go to Recipe
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Air Fryer Meatballs
These quick and easy air fryer meatballs are as moist and flavorful as they come, thanks to a combination of ground meat and the addition of ricotta. Go to Recipe
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Easy Oven-Baked Meatballs Go to Recipe
When frying seems out of reach, these simple baked meatballs are here for you. And the bonus is you get an easy homemade tomato sauce at the same time.
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If you’re on the hunt for a trusty, foolproof meatball recipe, look no further — these are classic Italian meatballs at their finest.Go to Recipe
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These retro beef meatballs are made with uncooked rice, which cooks as the meatballs bake in the oven. The result is a saucy, satisfying weeknight dinner. Go to Recipe
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Stuffed Meatloaf Go to Recipe
Oozing with melty mozzarella, this stuffed meatloaf is a fun and cheesy twist on the old school version you know.
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Easy Skillet Meatloaf
This savory mixture of beef and pork flavored with slowly browned onion and pressed into a cast iron skillet and brushed with a sticky barbecue glaze.Go to Recipe
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French Onion Meatloaf
Inspired by a cozy crock of French onion soup, this meatloaf is loaded with velvety caramelized onions, then blanketed with a bubbling layer of Gruyère.Go to Recipe
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A slow-cooked meatloaf is tender and juicy without the pesky crispy edges that come from baking in close contact with a pan. The constant and closed low heat keeps the meat’s moisture where it should be — in the meatloaf.Go to Recipe
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This tender, juicy meatloaf is low-carb and keto-friendly, but most importantly it’s downright delicious.Go to Recipe
Ground Beef Casserole Recipes
Take your pick between partnering meat with rice, pasta, beans, veggies, or even tater tots to make it a casserole. This is such a great easy and budget-friendly way to stretch a pack of ground beef into a meal that easily feeds the whole table.
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Taco Lasagna Recipe
This dish is assembled casserole-style, just like a lasagna, and filled with the most irresistible mixture of seasoned ground beef and black beans, tortillas, sour cream, and plenty of melted cheese.Go to Recipe
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Ground Beef Taco Casserole
This recipe is everything you love about classic ground beef tacos baked into an easy casserole, then topped with lettuce, tomato, and shredded cheddar.Go to Recipe
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Tater Tot Casserole
Tater tot casserole is the best family meal you aren’t making yet. The Midwestern casserole provides the unbeatable satisfaction of crispy tater tots layered over a creamy, beefy filling studded with sweet and tender vegetables. Go to Recipe
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One-Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta
With smoky seasoned ground beef, spicy salsa, and gooey cheese, this one-pot pasta dinner is everything you love about the classic ground beef taco without the tortilla.Go to Recipe
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This lasagna is about as low-lift as you can get while still achieving cheesy, crowd-pleasing results.Go to Recipe
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Beef & Cheese Manicotti
Stuffed with fragrant garlicky ricotta, Parmesan, and savory beef, this baked manicotti is creamy, cheesy, meaty, and the perfect cozy weekend dinner.Go to Recipe
Trade your casserole dish for your Dutch oven or favorite skillet, and you’re on your way to bulking up ground meat into an easy weeknight meal for the whole family.
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Stuffed Pepper Soup
From the tender bell pepper to the ground beef, rice, tomatoes, and Italian seasoning, this is everything you love about stuffed peppers, in soup form.Go to Recipe
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Easy One-Pot Beef Goulash
From the sauce-slicked macaroni to the crumbles of ground beef and generous pockets of melted cheddar, one-pot beef goulash is as comforting as it is easy to get on the table. Go to Recipe
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Beef and Broccoli Fried Rice
If you've only got a little bit of ground beef to work with, this fried rice and beef & broccoli mash up is a smart and delicious way to stretch it into a meal for the whole table.Go to Recipe
Ground Beef Slow Cooker Recipes
When you’ve got some ground beef to use up but it feels like you don’t have any time to stand over the stove, go ahead and pull out your slow cooker. From chili to meat sauce to sloppy Joes, there are a lot of delicious choices.
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Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes
When you'd rather not stand at the stove, reach for your slow cooker for an even easier way to get this family favorite on the table tonight.Go to Recipe
Whether you go for basic burgers on the stovetop or one that’s totally decked out, you can never go wrong with adding a burger night to your meal plan.
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Beef-Bacon Burger Blend
A crispy bacon topping is nice, but this burger takes it a step further by mixing ground bacon into your burger patty so you get that smoky, rich flavor in every bite. Talk about tasty!Go to Recipe
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Easy Homemade Smash Burgers
These no-frills burgers are exactly what they sound like: ground beef that's cooked in a skillet and smashed with a spatula to create rough, craggly little patties. Here's how to master the technique at home. Go to Recipe
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Open-Faced Pizza Burgers
If you grew up eating English muffin pizzas, these cheesy burgers will be right up your alley. They taste like a beefed-up version of the childhood favorite.Go to Recipe
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Partnered with a simple slaw, sliced jalapeño, and a splash of teriyaki, these 5-ingredient burgers are anything but basic.Go to Recipe
Other Easy Ground Beef Recipes
But it doesn’t stop there. Ground beef is also the start of tacos, easy weeknight stir-fries, one-bowl meals, and stuffed peppers.
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Any time you need to stretch a pack of ground beef to feed a whole lot of mouths, stuffed peppers are a good idea.Go to Recipe