40+ Recipes with Ground Beef

Discover the full potential of ground beef with a collection of 40+ delicious recipes, perfect for lunch, dinner, and appetizers!

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This collection of ground beef recipes has got it all— soups, casseroles, pasta dishes, burgers, tacos, and more. If you’ve got some ground hamburger handy, you’ll always have something delicious to whip up!

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Ground beef is a true protein champion! It’s incredibly versatile and budget-friendly. Plus, you can use ground beef in a wide variety of recipes, from classic American dishes to spicy Mexican, tasty Italian favorites, and authentic Lebanese recipes, too. These hamburger meat recipes showcase how delicious ground beef is, with its rich, beefy flavor shining through in every bite.

Tips for budget-friendly ground beef meals

  • Buy in bulk when it goes on sale. Ground beef is a store favorite to place on sale, so when you see a good deal, stock up. Then you can do a little planning and divide the ground beef into smaller meal-sized portions and freeze.
  • Make one-pot ground beef recipes on nights when you don’t feel like doing much. Prepare dishes that call for just a handful of ingredients and cook them all in one pot or pan. This saves on ingredients and reduces the time and effort spent on cleanup.
  • Utilize leftovers: Repurpose leftover ground beef into delicious dishes like tacos, stuffed peppers, or shepherd’s pie to avoid food waste and save money.
  • Serve with filling sides. Meals with ground beef pair well with options like rice, potatoes, and pasta are perfect accompaniments for ground beef recipes. Incorporate them into the dish or serve your beef over them for a satisfying meal.

tips for cooking ground beef

  1. Choose lean ground beef for most recipes. Leaner meat means less fat and a cleaner taste. It also means you can skip draining grease for one less step.
  2. Brown it well. Cook the ground beef until it turns a delicious brown color. This makes it taste better and gives it a nice texture. Make sure to stir occasionally for even browning.
  3. Drain if necessary. If you want a richer, beefier flavor, you may opt to use a high-fat ratio. That’s just fine! You’ll just want to take the extra step of draining the fat after browning your ground beef and before adding your other ingredients.
  4. Use a meat thermometer. For recipes like burgers and meatballs, where the meat is pressed into a loaf, it’s important to check the internal temperature and ensure it reaches 160°F to guarantee it’s fully cooked.

best meals to make with ground beef

Here is some recipe ideas featuring ground beef. With its versatility, you can whip up all kinds of tasty dishes. Start your meal with flavorful beefy appetizers, create quick and easy dinners, and try out recipes that are absolutely worth the effort! From hearty burgers to comforting lasagnas, ground beef always has something in store for a tasty meal.

Ground beef appetizer ideas

  • Ground Beef Hummus – Upgrade your hummus with my trusted recipe. Top it with cooked pine nuts and ground beef, and serve it with pita bread or chips.
  • Lebanese Kibbeh Balls – Try these tasty Lebanese kibbeh balls, a classic appetizer made with bulgur wheat and a flavorful filling of seasoned ground beef and onions. Serve with a cool cucumber yogurt sauce for dipping!
  • Air Fryer Meatballs – Mix ground beef with a few ingredients, shape it into tasty meatballs, and air fry for a quicker cooking time and irresistibly crispy texture. Skip the oven and enjoy tender meatballs in no time!
  • Stuffed Grape Leaves – Made with a spiced ground beef and rice mixture – a delicious Mediterranean dish commonly served as an appetizer!
  • Spiced Ground Beef Hand Pies – These little pies are made with an easy-to-make dough filled with aromatic ground beef, tomato, and onion filling, making for a delicious and savory starter or snack.
  • Stuffed Cabbage Rolls – Filled with the same stuffing as my stuffed grape leaves that uses cabbage instead and cooks in a lemony garlic sauce.
  • Beef Stuffed Pitas – Stuff pita bread with kafta meat and grill or bake it for a versatile dish that can be enjoyed as an appetizer or main meal, and a great way to use up leftover kafta or hashweh meat.
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Easy ground beef recipes for dinner

  • Unstuffed Peppers – All the flavors you love from a traditional beef stuffed pepper but made easier in this deconstructed version!
  • Beef Stuffed Peppers – This version of stuffed peppers has a Mediterranean twist using aromatic spices and is topped with toasted pine nuts. So good!
  • Air Fryer Hamburgers – Have you tried air frying hamburger patties? It’s a great alternative for busy weeknights when you’re craving a beef burger but don’t want to fire up the grill or stand over a stove.
  • Beef Cheeseburgers – When it comes to summer, nothing beats the taste of homemade beef hamburgers! These burgers have a delicious blend of seasoning, are bursting with flavor, and are incredibly quick and easy to prepare.
  • Avocado Burger – Enjoy the classic taste of beef burgers combined with creamy avocado, grilled to perfection. The avocado is added to the ground beef and adds a delicious earthy flavor to your sandwich. Top with a tangy avocado crema for a mouthwatering combination!
  • Asian Lettuce Wraps – Try a mouthwatering loose meat sandwich with an Asian twist, served on crunchy lettuce. It’s a fantastic option for lunch, a light dinner, or even as an appetizer.
  • Stuffed Eggplant – Small eggplants are filled with a delicious rice and meat mixture, cooked in a tomato broth for a rich and unique flavor, and made with simple and accessible ingredients.
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Mexican Ground beef dinner ideas

  • Easy Ground Beef Tacos – Tacos are one of our favorite family meals, perfect for busy weeknights, especially on Taco Tuesdays! I use my homemade taco seasoning for a quick beef taco meat ready in just 10 minutes.
  • Beef Burritos – Filled with all my favorite taco toppings and seasoned ground beef rolled up in a soft tortilla shell. So delicious and always hits the spot!
  • Taco Salad – Perfect for meal prep and a healthy way to change your meals with a Tex-Mex-inspired salad bowl filled with taco beef, lettuce, salsa, and guacamole!
  • Taco Stuffed Peppers – Another version of a classic for more ground beef dinner ideas that’s perfect when you want something light. They’re easy to make, so filling and customizable!
  • Bell Pepper Nachos – If you’re looking for a healthier substitute to crunchy nachos, try these using sweet and crisp bell peppers! Pair with refried beans and cilantro cauliflower rice for a full meal.
  • Sheet Pan Nachos – Layers of delicious beef, beans, and cheese loaded with all your favorite nacho toppings! It’s one of my favorite meals to make with ground beef! It’s perfect for sharing at the dinner table or as an appetizer to feed a crowd.
4 image collage of beef Mexican recipes.

Best Lebanese ground beef recipes

  • Beef and Rice – This Mediterranean-inspired ground beef and rice recipe is my take on the classic rice and beans. It’s a staple dish from my childhood that I love preparing for my family’s dinner.
  • Spiced Beef Potato Souffle – Batata Souffle is the ultimate comfort food with whipped mashed potatoes, spiced beef filling, and crispy breadcrumbs on top!
  • Lebanese Hashweh – Beef hashweh is a Lebanese staple found in many Middle Eastern dishes. Seasoned with spices, herbs, and pine nuts, it’s so flavorful and quick to prepare.
  • Beef Kafta – This Beef Kafta recipe. It’s perfect for grilling outdoors or on a grill pan and is so full of flavor, but it only requires four basic ingredients: ground beef, onions, parsley, and spices.
  • Baked Kibbeh – My mom’s baked kibbeh is a cherished childhood favorite. I’ve simplified the steps while maintaining the classic beefy flavors, making it easier to make.
  • Kibbeh in Yogurt Sauce – Ground beef with 7 spice and other common Lebanese spices and simmered in a garlicky yogurt sauce. Yum!
  • Easy Eggplant Moussaka – Made with tender slices of roasted eggplant, a rich and flavorful meat sauce, and a creamy and nutty bechamel sauce.
  • Shish Barak – Homemade dumplings are stuffed with a savory blend of ground beef, spice, and pine nuts and then baked before simmering in a creamy mint yogurt sauce.
  • Kousa (Stuffed Squash) – If you’re looking for more delicious meals made with ground beef, you should definitely try this stuffed squash, filled with juicy meat and rice in a rich broth!
  • Kafta and Potato Stew – Seasoned beef meatballs are cooked in a rich tomato sauce with potatoes for a hearty, wholesome meal. My family loves it over vermicelli rice!
  • Lebanese Spinach Stew – Try an authentic Lebanese-style spinach and ground beef stew made with simple ingredients; it’s wholesome, well-balanced, and perfect for feeding a large family
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Ground beef pasta recipes

  • Pasta Bolognese – Bolognese sauce is a classic Italian dish that combines ground beef, tomatoes, and onions with pasta. This is a staple delicious dinner recipe that is such a crowd-pleaser.
  • Ground Beef Casserole – Hamburger meat recipes like this pasta casserole dish have everything you want in a baked pasta dish – savory browned beef, pasta, marinara sauce, and a cheesy layer of mozzarella for an easy weeknight dinner.
  • Spaghetti – From scratch, chunky spaghetti sauce with vegetables, ground beef, and a secret ingredient – sun-dried tomatoes! Perfect for batch-making and freezing!
  • Macarona Bechamel – Macarona Bechamel is a popular Middle Eastern comfort food resembling lasagna. It features layers of pasta, seasoned meat sauce, creamy bechamel, and a cheesy topping.
  • Easy One-Pot Ravioli Soup – One of my favorite meals made with ground beef combines a tomato soup base with cheese-stuffed ravioli for a delicious and balanced dinner.
  • Spaghetti and Meatballs – The ground beef meatballs are tender, juicy, and flavorful and made with simple ingredients, then tossed in a marinara sauce and spaghetti.
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Ground beef lasagnas

  • Layerless Lasagna – This sheet pan lasagna recipe saves you from the hassle of layering pasta perfectly. Simply pile everything together, add creamy spinach ricotta, and melty cheese for a delicious and hassle-free meal!
  • Lasagna Soup – Made with ground beef, lasagna noodles, vegetable broth, fresh veggies, and diced tomatoes simmered in Italian seasoning. It’s like having a comforting bowl of lasagna in a soup form.
  • Greek Yogurt Lasagna – This healthy lasagna recipe without ricotta cheese is a wholesome dinner with layers of tangy, creamy Greek yogurt filling, beefy marinara, pasta, and melty cheese.
  • Homemade Lasagna – The layers of tender pasta, hearty marinara sauce, and melted cheese is the perfect combination of delicious and comforting. It’s always in my dinner rotation, and I think this recipe should be in your rotation too!
  • Spaghetti Squash Lasagna – Experience the amazing flavors of lasagna in a low-carb, gluten-free, diet-friendly bowl of cheesy goodness! If you haven’t tried spaghetti squash as a pasta alternative, now’s the time to give it a shot!
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frequently asked questions

How do I cook ground beef?

To cook ground beef, heat a skillet over medium heat, add the ground beef, and break it up with a spatula. Cook until browned and no longer pink, stirring occasionally.

What are some tips for flavoring ground beef?

You can flavor ground beef by adding spices, herbs, onions, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, or soy sauce. Experiment with different seasonings to create your desired flavor.

Can ground beef be frozen?

Yes, you can freeze ground beef. Divide it into portions and place in airtight containers or freezer bags. Thaw in the refrigerator before using. Here’s a quick tutorial on how to cook frozen ground beef in an Instant Pot!

How long can cooked ground beef be stored in the refrigerator?

After cooking ground beef, you usually store it in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Make sure to store it in a sealed container to maintain its freshness.

Instant pot ground beef served in large white bowl

Ground beef is a versatile and budget-friendly ingredient that opens up a world of delicious possibilities in the kitchen. From classic burgers to comforting casseroles, international favorites, and family recipes, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Whether you’re looking for quick and easy weeknight meals or impressive dishes to serve at gatherings, simple ground beef recipes are your perfect go-to options!

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Blue plate with hummus, ground beef, pine nuts, parsley and tomatoes, with side of fried pita chips

Hummus with Ground Beef

This Hummus with Ground Beef recipe is a simple, authentic and popular Middle Eastern meal – easy to make with your favorite hummus, beef and pine nuts!
20 minutes
5 from 163 votes
Kibbeh balls after fried on a white plate

Kibbeh Balls

These traditional fried Lebanese kibbeh balls are a delicious appetizer made with bulgur wheat and seasoned ground beef and onions filling!
50 minutes
5 from 166 votes
Appetizer, Entree

Air Fryer Meatballs

These easy Air Fryer Meatballs are ready in a jiffy with easy instructions and basic ingredients to serve for dinner or as an appetizer.
20 minutes
5 from 37 votes
Final stuffed grape leaves lined up on a long plate
Main Course

Lebanese Stuffed Grape Leaves (Warak Enab)

These Lebanese Stuffed Grape Leaves (Warak Enab) are made with a spiced ground beef and rice mixture – a delicious Mediterranean dish commonly served as an appetizer!
2 hours 30 minutes
5 from 1450 votes
Sfeehas or Lebanese meat pies on a serving dish

Spiced Ground Beef Hand Pies

These Lebanese meat pies (sfeehas) are a delicious Middle Eastern appetizer. Made with a crispy dough and filled with a spiced meat filling.
2 hours 30 minutes
5 from 199 votes
Plate of stuffed cabbage rolls - lebanese style served with tomato slices
Entree, Main Course

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Try this authentic Lebanese styled Stuffed Cabbage Rolls – also known as Malfouf – with step-by-step easy instructions to cook the recipe!
2 hours 15 minutes
5 from 194 votes
Lebanese meat stuffed pita triangles served on a white platter with a small bowl of yogurt and parsley for garnish
Appetizer, Main Course

Meat Stuffed Pitas (Arayes)

Quick and easy to make, these Lebanese meat stuffed pitas are one delicious recipe! These beef arayes are ready to enjoy in minutes and every bite is truly tasty!
15 minutes
5 from 264 votes
Ground beef tacos thumbnail.
Main Course

Ground Beef Tacos

These Ground Beef Tacos are filled with juicy flavorful taco meat made with my homemade taco seasoning – it's an easy weeknight recipe for the whole family!
25 minutes
5 from 2166 votes
Three burritos stacked on top of each other with salsa in the background

Beef Taco Burritos

Ground Beef Taco Burritos are a family favorite and a easy weeknight meal to throw together that is full of flavor and texture!
30 minutes
5 from 48 votes
Taco salads prepped in glass meal prep containers

Taco Salad Meal Prep

This Taco Salad Meal Prep is a healthy way to change up your meals with a Tex Mex inspired salad bowl filled with taco beef, lettuce, salsa and guacamole!
20 minutes
5 from 12 votes
Loaded bell pepper nachos when they come out of the oven

Bell Pepper Nachos

These easy bell pepper nachos are a great low carb alternative to your favorite Mexican appetizer. Easy to make and ready to serve in 30 minutes.
30 minutes
5 from 227 votes
2 Taco Stuffed Peppers on a white dish
Main Course

Taco Stuffed Peppers

These healthy taco stuffed peppers are a great low-carb dinner recipe for weeknight meals. They're easy to make, so filling and customizable!
40 minutes
5 from 25 votes

Sheet Pan Nachos

This easy Sheet Pan Nacho recipe layers crispy tortilla chips with beef, beans, and cheese and is loaded with all your favorite nacho toppings.
25 minutes
5 from 22 votes
Two bowls of the unstuffed peppers recipes topped with cheese
Main Course

Unstuffed Peppers

This unstuffed peppers bowl is loaded with flavor and is a great well balanced meal. With all the flavors of stuffed peppers, but so much quicker to make!
1 hour 10 minutes
5 from 620 votes
Baking dish with stuffed peppers, topped with pine nuts adn parsley

Beef Stuffed Peppers

This Beef Stuffed Peppers recipe is a complete meal made w/ ground beef, rice, onions, tomato sauce & Mediterranean spices – an easy weeknight family dinner
1 hour 15 minutes
5 from 229 votes
Side view of coleslaw on a burger.
Entree, Lunch, Sandwiches

Air Fryer Hamburgers

Quick, 5 minute, juicy Air Fryer Ground Beef Burgers – This air fryer burger recipe is perfect for busy weeknights and tastes amazing!
10 minutes
5 from 28 votes
A serving of potato souffle on a small plate to show a top and bottom layer and spiced beef layer in the middle. Baking dish nearby.

Lebanese Potato Souffle

Lebanese Potato Souffle is the ultimate comfort food with whipped mashed potatoes, spiced beef filling, and crispy breadcrumbs on top!
1 hour 35 minutes
5 from 31 votes
Homemade hamburger on a bun with toppings.
Main Course

Homemade Hamburgers

These really are the best homemade beef hamburgers! Wonderfully juicy and perfectly seasoned, they take minutes to make and are quick to grill.
35 minutes
5 from 81 votes
Two avocado burgers with avocado crema on the side

Avocado Burger

Quick and easy to make, this grilled avocado burger is juicy and full of flavor. Top it with avocado crema and add it to your summer barbecue!
18 minutes
5 from 84 votes
Round plate with four butter lettuce pieces topped with the ground beef mixture

Beef Lettuce Wraps

These tasty beef lettuce wraps are simple to make and ready to serve in less than 10 minutes. Loaded with flavor, they are a great appetizer!
20 minutes
5 from 50 votes
Final cooked stuffed eggplant cut in half to show the rice and beef stuffing
Entree, Main Course

Stuffed Eggplant

This authentic Stuffed Eggplant recipe is a my family's popular Lebanese dish made with a spiced beef & rice stuffing and cooked in a garlicky tomato broth!
2 hours
5 from 70 votes
Mediterranean ground beef and rice with chickpeas in a bowl

Mediterranean Ground Beef & Rice

This Mediterranean Ground Beef and Rice dish is made with chickpeas and full of flavor. It's a quick, easy-to-make one pot meal the whole family will love!
30 minutes
5 from 324 votes
Lebanese hashweh with spoon scooping out serving
Appetizer, Main Course


Quick and easy to make this traditional Lebanese Hashweh is made with simple ingredients and is wonderfully spiced and flavorful. Perfect on it's own with pita or a great stuffing for lots of mains.
25 minutes
5 from 103 votes
Lebanese style beef kafta served over rice
Main Course

Beef Kafta

This is a Lebanese style Beef Kafta recipe that's made with ground beef, parsley, onions and a blend of Middle Eastern spices- perfect on the grill or stove
30 minutes
5 from 1606 votes
Baked kibbeh (also called kibbeh bil sanieh) topped with pine nuts
Main Course, Main Dish

Baked Kibbeh

Baked Kibbeh is a quintessential Lebanese recipe that is popular throughout the Middle East – made with beef, cracked wheat, onion and spices
1 hour 30 minutes
5 from 342 votes
Kibbeh bi labanieh - traditional Middle Eastern dish in a large bowl of yogurt sauce

Kibbeh in Yogurt Sauce

Kibbeh in yogurt sauce is a comforting & popular Middle Eastern recipe. This is an authentic Lebanese recipe from my mom that's easy to follow
2 hours
5 from 93 votes
Baked eggplant moussaka with a serving removed on a plate nearby and a spatula lifting up another serving.

Easy Eggplant Moussaka

This Easy Eggplant Moussaka recipe is a quick version of the Greek dish made with layers of eggplant and spiced ground beef and topped with a bechamel sauce
2 hours 10 minutes
5 from 128 votes
Spoon lifting up a dumpling from a bowl of Shish Barak that is cut open to show beef and nut mixture inside.

Shish Barak

This authentic Lebanese Shish Barak is a delicious Middle Eastern comfort food of homemade spiced meat dumplings in creamy yogurt sauce.
1 hour 40 minutes
4.9 from 26 votes
overhead shot of kousa on a dish

Kousa (Stuffed Squash)

This authentic Kousa recipe is a popular Middle Eastern dish made with a spiced beef & rice mixture stuffed in squash and cooked in a garlicky tomato broth!
1 hour 30 minutes
5 from 502 votes
kafta and potato stew served in a bowl with rice
Main Course

Kafta and Potato Stew

This traditional Lebanese kafta and potato stew is a hearty meal that the whole family will love! Seasoned patties/meatballs are cooked in a rich tomato sauce for a healthy and delicious meal.
55 minutes
5 from 167 votes
Lebanese Spinach Stew (Sabanekh wu riz) served with pine nuts and lemon slices

Lebanese Spinach Stew

Try this authentic Lebanese style Spinach stew made with simple ingredients; it's wholesome, well-balanced and perfect to feed a large family
27 minutes
5 from 274 votes
Pasta Bolognese in a large pan with a wooden spoon

Pasta Bolognese

Pasta Bolognese is a classic Italian dish where al dente pasta meets a hearty ground beef sauce, slow-cooked with onions, garlic, and tomatoes for a flavorful experience.
55 minutes
5 from 1385 votes
Serving spoon lifting up a serving to show stringy cheese pull.
Dinner, Entree

Ground Beef Casserole

Ground beef pasta is a favorite family meal and is easy to make in just a few steps. You can't go wrong with meat, sauce, pasta, and cheese!
40 minutes
5 from 152 votes
Pastas, Sauces

Spaghetti Sauce

From scratch, chunky spaghetti sauce with vegetables, ground beef, and a secret ingredient – sun-dried tomatoes! Perfect for batch making and freezing!
1 hour 8 minutes
5 from 23 votes
Baked macarona bechamel with browned cheese with fresh herb garnish.
Entree, Pastas

Macarona Bechamel

Macarona Bechamel is a baked comfort food favorite with layers of pasta, creamy bechamel & a Middle Eastern spiced ground beef tomato sauce.
1 hour
5 from 26 votes
Large bowl of ravioli soup made with ground beef and garnished with basil

Easy Ravioli Soup

Very similar to Lasagna Soup, this kid friendly Easy Ravioli Soup is a meat lover's hearty comforting meal-in-a-bowl recipe that's ready in about 30 minutes
30 minutes
5 from 37 votes
Spaghetti and meatballs after tossing together in skillet.

Homemade Spaghetti and Meatballs

This Homemade Spaghetti and Meatballs recipe is full of juicy, tender and delicious meatballs- it's a wholesome, hearty and easy dinner for the whole family.
40 minutes
5 from 122 votes
Baked layerless lasagna on sheet pan garnished with fresh parsley and extra grated parmesan.
Dinner, Entree, Main Dish

Sheet Pan Lasagna

This Sheet Pan lasagna is a quick, delicious twist on the classic. Made on a sheet pan with a meaty marinara sauce and topped with creamy spinach ricotta.
1 hour
5 from 49 votes
Bowl of lasagna soup garnished with torn basil and parmesan cheese with another bowl nearby.

Lasagna Soup

This one-pot lasagna soup recipe is comfort in a bowl. Made with lasagna noodles, ground beef and a delicious spice blend it's lasagna in soup form!
1 hour
5 from 54 votes
Greek Yogurt Lasagna in a baking dish garnished with fresh basil
Dinner, Entree, Main Dish

Greek Yogurt Lasagna

This healthy lasagna recipe without ricotta cheese is a wholesome dinner with layers of tangy, creamy Greek yogurt filling, beefy marinara, pasta, and melty cheese.
1 hour 40 minutes
5 from 106 votes
Homemade lasagna recipe, slice cut out of baking dish
Dinner, Entree

Homemade Lasagna

This homemade lasagna recipe is an easy meal made with a meat tomato sauce and layered with ricotta and mozzarella cheese then baked until golden and bubbly
1 hour 20 minutes
5 from 35 votes
Collage of two images showing spaghetti squash halved before and after removing seeds
Main Course

Spaghetti Squash Lasagna

This Spaghetti Squash Lasagna feeds your craving for lasagna without the pasta – it's a low carb, gluten-free and keto friendly recipe!
1 hour 10 minutes
5 from 27 votes

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