Our best ever, easy Ground Beef Recipes. Everything from Meatloaf with the Best Glaze to classic Beefy Lasagna. These are our most popular, best-reviewed recipes for ground beef.

We always keep a stash of ground beef in our freezer for cheap and easy dinners and these recipes are our go-to, family-approved meals. You will find plenty of delicious and healthy ground beef dinner ideas on this list.

Ground beef recipes with lasagna, beef chili, beef burgers and beef meatloaf

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Ground Beef Recipes

This collection of ground beef recipes is GOLD and you’ll make them over and over. We have everything from 30-minute meals to casseroles and even slow cooker meals. It’s not surprising that our most popular ground beef recipes are:

  • Made with pantry staple ingredients
  • Easy-to-follow
  • Quick to make
  • Family-friendly
  • Flavor packed

EASY Ground Beef Recipes

Ground Beef Stroganoff (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4.95 from 38 votes) – Using ground beef in stroganoff is brilliant and makes this a 30-minute meal. You’ll love the rich and creamy mushroom sauce.

Ground beef stroganoff in skillet

Cheeseburger Sliders (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4.96 from 88 votes) – these are a party favorite and what my kids request most for birthday parties. You can make them ahead for easy entertaining.

Cheeseburger sliders on a baking sheet topped with sesame seeds

Ground Beef Tacos (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5.0 from 16 votes) – easy peasy and you won’t believe the small list of ingredients. These are our family’s favorite juicy beef tacos and they always disappear fast.

Ground beef tacos

Spaghetti Meat Sauce (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4.93 from 23 votes) – beefy, juicy and so satisfying. It comes together fast so it is perfect for busy weeknights. P.S. It’s freezer-friendly, reheats beautifully, and is perfect for meal prep.

A close up of meat sauce for spaghetti with a wooden spoon in the pot.

Beef Chili (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4.85 from 65 votes) – Rich, hearty and loaded with vegetables and beans. This ground beef chili is comfort food at its best. Best of all, it takes under 30 minutes to make.

A bowl of Beef chili in a bowl with a spoon

Taco Soup (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5.0 from 23 votes) – Make taco night exciting (and even easier) with this Beef Taco Soup Recipe. It’s as easy as sauteing the meat with taco seasoning, adding diced veggies, and simmering for 15 minutes.

Taco Soup loaded with taco soup toppings

Taco Salad (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5.0 from 4 votes) – Make a taco salad for the easiest taco night. It is basically a deconstructed taco and a low-carb option since there is no taco shell. It’s make-ahead and perfect for meal planning.

Taco salad in meal prep container

Ground Beef CASSEROLES

Classic Lasagna (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4.95 from 150 votes) – This Beef Lasagna recipe is saucy, flavorful and feeds a crowd for way less than going out to eat. It also reheats perfectly so it’s great for a to-go lunch.

Classic lasagna in casserole dish with ground beef

Lasagna Roll-Ups (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4.97 from 79 votes) – Can you tell we love lasagna? Lasagna Roll-Ups taste like classic lasagna but are faster to make, bake and serve. They are make-ahead, freezer-friendly, and reheat well.

Lasagna roll being scooped out of casserole dish with cheese pull

Baked Ziti (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4.97 from 79 votes) – The ultimate beefy and cheesy pasta casserole. This casserole is loaded and super satisfying. It also reheats well so you’ll be excited about leftovers.

Baked ziti with ground beef in casserole dish

CROCKPOT Ground Beef Recipes

Slow Cooker Lasagna (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4.93 from 39 votes) – This make-ahead Lasagna is juicy, cheesy, beefy, and tastes just as good as the classic, but easier. There is no need to pre-cook noodles, and you can make it the night before so it is perfect for busy weeknights and Sunday lunch.

Slow cooker lasagna on a spatula

Slow Cooker Bolognese (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4.95 from 18 votes) – You’ll love the rich flavors that form with slow cooking this bolognese sauce in a crockpot. Best of all, there is no babysitting required.

A close up Spaghetti and Bolognese Sauce

More Ground Beef Dinner Ideas

Spaghetti and Meatballs (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4.93 from 152 votes) – Make this and you’ll be known for your spaghetti and meatballs. The meatballs are incredible with a mix of ground beef, Italian sausage, and a special ingredient to make them super tender.

spaghetti and meatballs in pot

Meatloaf with the Best Glaze (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4.9 from 473 votes) – Say goodbye to boring and underwhelming meatloaf. This tender ground beef meatloaf is a winner and everyone raves about the sweet and tangy glaze.

meatloaf with glaze

Perfect Burger Recipe (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4.94 from 33 votes) – Get all of our tips and tricks for the juiciest burgers on the block and learn which ground beef is best for burgers. We also shared the recipe for our “secret sauce!”

burgers and fries on serving dish

I hope you find some new favorite ground beef recipes here to make your busy weeknights even easier.

How to Freeze Ground Beef

Most recipes call for 1 pound of ground beef so it’s smart to freeze in 1 lb portions or even 1/2 lb portions which will thaw quicker. Use a kitchen scale to weigh out portions of ground beef and transfer to a freezer-safe zip baggie. Squeeze out any excess air and seal.

Pro Tip: Use a rolling pin to flatten the beef, making it easier to stack and store in the freezer and faster to thaw.

How to Thaw Ground Beef

  • Quick Thaw – place the sealed frozen bag of beef into a large bowl and cover with cold water. Place a weight over the bag to keep it submerged. It should thaw in about 20 minutes for 1 lb portions or 10 minutes for 1/2 lb portions. Use immediately and do not refreeze quick-thawed beef.
  • Thaw in the Refrigerator – place the sealed package on a plate and thaw in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours. Cook or refreeze within 2 days.
  • Can I thaw in the Microwave? We do not recommend thawing in the microwave due to uneven thawing and risk of partial cooking.

What Can I Substitute for Ground Beef?

If you don’t have ground beef on hand, some recipes can be substituted with ground turkey or ground chicken and sometimes ground pork. If you are looking for a creative vegetarian substitute, try finely chopping mushrooms or eggplant in a food processor. P.S. The recipe pictured below is for our Juicy Meatballs.

Ground beef meatballs

Here is a simple tutorial on how to cook ground beef which you can use for quick meals like nachos, burritos, tacos, salad, and more.

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How to Cook Ground Beef for Ground Beef Recipes

4.97 from 29 votes
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Ground Beef for Ground Beef Recipes
A quick method for cooking and browning ground beef. You can use cooked ground beef to make easy Ground Beef Recipes.
Cook Time: 8 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 4 people
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil, (optional – use for lean beef)

Instructions

  • Place a large skillet or pan over medium-high heat and add 1 Tbsp oil if using lean beef. Once the oil is hot, add ground beef in an even layer, breaking it up with a stiff spatula or wooden spoon into smaller pieces. Let the meat brown for 3-5 minutes without stirring.
  • Break up the beef with your spatula and season with salt and pepper to taste and continue to saute, breaking up the meat with your spatula until the beef is lightly browned and fully cooked through with no signs of pink. Break open the larger crumbles to ensure there is no pink inside.

Nutrition Per Serving

275kcal Calories21g Protein21g Fat7g Saturated Fat77mg Cholesterol75mg Sodium335mg Potassium17mg Calcium2mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
How to Cook Ground Beef for Ground Beef Recipes
Amount per Serving
Calories
275
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
21
g
32
%
Saturated Fat
 
7
g
44
%
Cholesterol
 
77
mg
26
%
Sodium
 
75
mg
3
%
Potassium
 
335
mg
10
%
Protein
 
21
g
42
%
Calcium
 
17
mg
2
%
Iron
 
2
mg
11
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: ground beef recipes
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $
Calories: 275

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Welcome to my kitchen! I am Natasha, the blogger behind Natasha's Kitchen (since 2009). My husband and I run this blog together and share only our best, family approved and tested recipes with YOU. Thanks for stopping by! We are so happy you're here.

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  • Beverly Christman
    January 22, 2024

    I made your Salisbury Steak with mushroom gravey.
    Everyone loved it ! So easy to make and so delicious.

    Thank you fir the recipe

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 22, 2024

      Hi Beverly, thank you for sharing. I’m so glad that it was a huge hit!

      Reply

  • Melinda
    October 9, 2023

    Hey Beautiful! In the crockpot lasagna, can I substitute the noodles with Hearts of Palm ? Thank you.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      October 9, 2023

      Hi Melinda! I have not tested that, but I think it could work.

      Reply

  • Joy
    November 19, 2022

    I am a huge fan of your channel! used your recipe of how to make a breakfast quesadilla and it turned out amazing! It was so easy and delicious!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      November 19, 2022

      Thank you for your love and support! I’m so glad you love my recipes.

      Reply

  • Do you have a recipe for Coney dogs I looked on your blog and I could not find one thank you
    October 23, 2022

    Do you have a recipe for Coney dogs I looked on your blog and I could not find one thank you

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 23, 2022

      I only have a recipe for Corn Dogs. Here’s the link for it.

      Reply

  • Susan
    August 27, 2022

    Hi Natasha,
    I just want to tell you that anytime I’m looking for dinner ideas I go straight to you! You have never let me down. P.S. your salmon patties are still my fav.
    Susan
    Vancouver, WA

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      August 27, 2022

      Aww, thank you Susan! That’s so great to hear. I’m glad you enjoy my recipes.

      Reply

    • Carol
      October 10, 2022

      Susan I have to agree with you the fish cakes are amazing. I have made them several times when I have left over Salmon. If I don’t have quite enough I add a can of Sockeye Salmon perfect every time.

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