Simple Ground Beef Recipes

      

If you are looking for simple ground beef recipes, I hope this list of some of my favorites provides you with what you’re looking for – or at least spurs some easy dinner ideas of your own.

I am a fan of quick easy dinner recipes that begin with ground beef.

I actually prefer hamburgers and meatloaf to steak.

When time is short and I’m looking for something quick and easy to make for dinner, my mind naturally gravitates towards simple ground beef recipes with just a few easy-to-find ingredients that might already be in the pantry.

Ground beef is so versatile. And if it’s a concern, organic and/or grass fed ground beef are getting easier to find. I was just able to pick up a package of organic grass fed ground beef on sale earlier today at Sprouts.

Ground turkey can be substituted for the beef in most all these recipes too. The key to easy healthy balanced eating is figuring out what works for you.

Simple Ground Beef Recipes

You can turn it into quick easy homemade hamburgers (that are so much cheaper and better for you than the kind found at the fast food chains). Or you can use it in a wide variety of easy recipes including soup, chili, spaghetti, goulash, skillet dishes, casseroles, meatloaf and even salads.

I’ve gathered some of my favorite simple ground beef recipes here together all in one place so when I need one, I know exactly where to turn.


Simple Ground Beef Recipes – Soups

Many of my most favorite easy dinner recipes are soups. I love easy soups for so many reasons. They are a great quick and easy dinner solution for feeding yourself and those you love in this fast-paced world where schedules are often hectic and erratic.

They’re healthy, economical and nutritious complete meals in a bowl, perfect for a simple weeknight supper. They can be made ahead. (I love to make a batch or two of soup during the weekend that can be warmed on busy weeknights.)

They are easy to make. I think it’s nearly impossible to make a bad soup, making them a great way for new and less experienced cooks to get comfortable in the kitchen.

I have a huge and growing collection of easy soup recipes. Here are a few that call for ground beef.

Taco Soup

Taco Soup Photo - Flicker: Big C Harvey

 

Easy Taco Soup

A great easy hearty satisfying soup that can be ready in about 30 minutes – perfect for a healthy lunch or supper. I love to make big batches of soup during the weekend to enjoy all week long.

 

Hamburger Macaroni Soup

Hamburger Macaroni Soup

Easy Hamburger Vegetable Noodle Soup

This easy vegetable soup is a personal favorite when I want something quick and easy at the end of a long day. Using a bag of frozen mixed vegetables really cuts down on the ingredient list and prep time required. I think this is one of those easy dinner recipes you’ll find yourself turning to again and again, especially during the fall and winter.

 

Slow Cooker Mexican Meatball Soup

Mexican Meatball Soup

Slow Cooker Mexican Meatball Soup,

A great easy ground beef soup for the slow cooker. It stirs together in minutes and then cooks away for hours unattended, so dinner is ready when you are!

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Simple Ground Beef Recipes – Meatloaf

Simple Meatloaf

Meatloaf is another great solution when you are in need of quick easy dinner ideas. And there are hundreds of ways to make it from simple to complicated.

It’s another easy recipe that can be made ahead and then baked just in time for dinner. It’s also great reheated and leftovers make great sandwiches. Here are a few of my favorite simple easy meatloaf recipes.

Mini Meat Loaves Italian Style

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 20 minutes
Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Making meatloaf in mini loaves instead of one big one can reduce the cooking time down by half. These deliciously simple and easy mini meat loaves can be done in 15 to 20 minutes.

Ingredients

2 large eggs
1/2 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup plain bread crumbs
1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 pound lean ground beef

Recipe Preparation

Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 375 F.

Crack the eggs into a large mixing bowl and beat with a fork until they are well combined. Add the chopped onion, garlic, bread crumbs tomato sauce and Italian seasoning and stir to combine. Add the ground beef to the mixture and combine with a fork, spoon or your clean hands.

Divide the meatloaf mixture into 6 even portions and shape them into little loaves. Place the meat loaves in a 9×13-inch glass or ceramic baking dish.

Bake until the tops are brown and the meat loaves are cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes.

More Easy Meatloaf Ideas

Simple Meatloaf Recipe What makes this meatloaf recipe deliciously simple, is the use of a package of dry onion soup mix. With just 5 ingredients you can have it mixed up and in the oven in minutes.

Paula Deen Meatloaf Recipe – My favorite quick and easy meatloaf of the moment that uses oats, canned diced tomatoes and includes a yummy ketchup based topping.


Easy Casserole Recipes

Simple Ground Beef Recipes – Casseroles

Some of my most favorite easy dinner recipes are easy casserole recipes. Easy casseroles have several things going for them. They can be made a head. They are comforting. Most people love them. And they bake away by themselves, giving you time to attend to other more important things.

A few of these recipes call for cream of mushroom soup. I personally like cream of mushroom soup, probably because I grew up eating it. (Green bean casserole is one of my most favorite things in the world.) For a while, I eschewed it, preferring to make all my casseroles from scratch. But now it’s back in my pantry. In addition to Campbell’s, there are now several brands of healthy organic cream of mushroom soup to chose from.

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Cornbread Topped Barbecue (BBQ) Beef Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 25 minutes
Yield: 8 to 10 servings

Ingredients

2 lbs. ground beef
1 onion, diced
1 green pepper, diced
1 can (11 ounces) corn, drained
1 can (14-1/2 ounces) can diced tomatoes, drained
3/4 cup barbecue sauce
3 packages (8-1/2 ounces) cornbread mix

Recipe Preparation

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a skillet over medium heat, cook ground beef and onion. Break up the ground beef and stir until the beef is brown all over and cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain excess fat and then add the green pepper, corn and tomatoes and cook, until stirring occasionally, until the pepper begins to soften, about 5 minutes.  Stir in the barbecue sauce.

Spread mixture in an ungreased 13×9-inch baking pan. Prepare cornbread according to package directions and spread the batter over the beef mixture.

Bake, uncovered, at 400 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes, until golden and a knife tip inserted in the center comes out clean.

Easy Spaghetti Casserole Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 20 minutes
Yield: 8 servings

This is one of my favorite quick and easy dinner recipes. You can make it in minutes and everyone loves it. I am a big fan of easy casserole recipes because they are simple to make, satisfying to eat and my family loves them.

Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound lean ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 clove garlic, peeled and cut into slices
1 can cream of mushroom soup
2 cups tomato based spaghetti sauce
1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
4 cups cooked spaghetti
2 tablespoons shredded or grated Parmesan cheese

Recipe Preparation

Preheat the oven to 400 F.

Place a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the olive oil. Crumble in the ground beef and add the onion and garlic. Break up the ground beef and stir until the beef is brown all over and cooked through, about 5 minutes.

Remove from the heat and place the cooked beef in a large mixing bowl. Add the mushroom soup, spaghetti sauce, 1/2 cup of the Cheddar cheese, the cooked spaghetti and 1/2 cup water. Stir until everything is well mixed.

Transfer the spaghetti mixture to a 9×13-inch glass or ceramic baking dish and spread it out evenly in the dish. Sprinkle with the remaining Cheddar cheese and Parmesan cheese.

Bake until the casserole is bubbling and the cheese has melted, about 20 minutes.

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Easy Mexican Tortilla Casserole Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 25 minutes
Yield: 6 to 8 servings

This is one of those easy fast dinner recipes that has become very popular the past few years and with good reason. It’s simple, easy and delicious and is made from ingredients many people keep stocked in their kitchen.

Ingredients

1 pound lean ground beef
1 jar (12 ounces) chunky salsa
6 corn tortillas (10 inches each)
1 can refried beans
1 cup reduced fat sour cream
2 cups grated Monterey Jack or Mexican style cheese blend
Chopped fresh tomato and chopped fresh green onions for garnish, if desired

Recipe Preparation

Preheat the oven to 400 F.

Mist a large skillet with nonstick cooking spray and place it over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef and then break it up and stir around until the beef in brown all over and is cooked through, about 5 minutes. Stir in 1/2 cup of the salsa and then set the mixture aside.

Spread the remaining salsa in the bottom of a 10-inch glass pie dish. Top it with 3 of the tortillas. Spread half of the refried beans over the tortillas. Top with half of the ground beef mixture and then 1/2 cup of the sour cream and then 1 cup of the cheese. Top with the remaining 3 tortillas, then the remaining beans, remaining beef mixture, remaining 1/2 cup of sour cream and all except 1/4 cup of the remaining cheese. Cover the dish loosely with aluminum foil.

Bake until the tortilla casserole is hot throughout and the cheese has melted, about 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and let the casserole rest for 5 minutes.

Cut into wedges or spoon into serving plates. Garnish with the remaining 1/4 cup of cheese and the chopped tomatoes and scallions, if desired.

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Easy Hamburger Pot Pie Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 4 to 6 servings

I’ve loved pot pie since I was a kid and am always on the lookout for easy variations of this easy dinner classic.

Ingredients

1 pound lean ground beef
1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3/4 teaspoon pepper
1 bag (12 ounces frozen mixed vegetables, thawed, drained
1 can (10 3/4 oz) condensed tomato soup
1 cup beef broth
1 cup Bisquick baking mix
1/2 cup milk
1 egg
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Recipe Preparation

Heat oven to 375°F.

Place a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the beef, onion powder, salt and pepper. Break up the beef and stir it around in the pan until it is browned and cooked through, heat 5 to 7 minutes.

Stir vegetables, tomato soup and beef broth into beef and heat until it is bubbling. Spoon the mixture into an ungreased 2-quart casserole dish.

In small bowl, stir Bisquick mix, milk, and egg together with a wire whisk or fork until it is blended. Pour over hot beef mixture.

Bake uncovered 25 to 30 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Top with cheese. Bake 3 to 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.

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Simple Taco Pie Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 25 minutes
Yield: 8 servings

With just 5 ingredients this is another one of those winning quick easy dinner recipes that is sure to be a hit with your family. I love recipes that bake in the oven While your taco bakes, you can whip up a simple salad or vegetable to complete your easy dinner menu.

Ingredients

1 package (8.5 ounces) cornbread muffin mix
1/2 pound lean ground beef
1 package (1.25 ounces) taco seasoning mix
1 jar (8 ounces) salsa
3/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Recipe Preparation

Preheat oven to 400 F. Grease a 10-inch pie dish with cooking spray.

In a medium mixing bowl, prepare the cornbread muffin mix according to the package directions.

Pour the cornbread batter into the prepared pie dish and set it aside.

In a skillet set over medium-high heat, brown the ground beef, stirring and breaking it up, until browned all over and cooked through. Drain and stir in the taco seasoning.

Spoon the ground beef mixture over the cornbread batter. Top with salsa and then the cheese.

Bake, uncovered until the cornbread is set and the cheese melts, about about 25 minutes.

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Impossible Easy Cheeseburger Pie Recipe

Here’s another of those classic quick easy dinner recipes that never goes out of style and for good reason. Serve with ketchup  and a simple green salad on the side.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 25 minutes
Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

1 pound lean ground beef
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 Cup Bisquick baking mix
1 cup milk
2 eggs

Recipe Preparation

Heat oven to 400 F. Spray a 9-inch glass pie dish with cooking spray.

Place a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef and onion and cook, stirring to break up the beef, until is is brown, about 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in the salt.

Spread the beef mixture into the prepared pie dish. Sprinkle with the cheese.

n a small bowl, stir the Bisquick baking mix, milk and eggs with a fork or wire whisk until well blended. Pour mixture into the pie dish.

Bake until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, about 25 minutes.

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Ground Beef and Vegetables

Simple Ground Beef Recipes – Easy Skillet Dinners

Another great category of quick easy dinner recipes are skillet dishes. You simply brown ground beef and then add a variety of different spices and common pantry ingredients, stir it all together and let it simmer a bit and before you know it dinner is done.


Simple Inside-Out Stuffed Pepper Skillet Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 4 servings

This is a great easy fast dinner recipe, perfect when you have some leftover rice in the fridge. It’s perfect for those nights when everybody’s hungry and you need to get dinner on the table fast.

Ingredients

1 pound lean ground beef
1 cup chopped onion
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 1/2 cups cooked rice
1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
Salt and pepper to taste

Recipe Preparation

Place a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef, onion and pepper. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Stir and break up the beef, cooking until the beef is browned and onion and pepper are soft.

Drain off any excess fat. Stir in the cooked rice and tomato sauce. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is heated through.


Simple Veggie Rice Skillet Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 4 servings

This is another great easy simple ground beef healthy dinner recipe that’s perfect when you need dinner in a hurry. It’s a great way to get your kids to eat their veggies. Use any combination of chopped vegetables you prefer.

Ingredients

1 pound ground beef
2 cups water
1 cube beef bouillon
1 1/2 cups favorite vegetables, chopped
1 cup instant brown rice, uncooked
Salt and pepper to taste

Recipe Preparation

Place a large skillet over medium heat. Add the beef and break it up and stir until it is browned and cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes. Drain.

Add the water and bouillon and sit until the bouillon is dissolved. Add the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to low. Cover and simmer until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is fluffy and tender, about 20 minutes.


Simple Sloppy Joes Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Sloppy Joes are one of those easy fast dinner recipes that have stood the test of time. The are easy, delicious and your family will love them.

Ingredients

1 pound lean ground beef
1 cup chopped onion
1/3 cup chopped celery
1/3 cup chopped green bell pepper
1 cup ketchup
1/4 cup water
2 tablespooons worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
6 to 8 whole wheat hamburger buns
dill pickle slices, if desired

Recipe Preparation

Place a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef and onion and break up and stir the beef until it is in crumbles and browned all over, about 5 to 7 minutes. Drain.

Stir in the ketchup, water, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper and simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring frequently.

Spoon into buns and top with dill pickles, if desired.


Simple Hamburger Stroganoff Recipe

When you are out of quick easy dinner ideas, why not give this simple skillet hamburger stroganoff a try? This is great served over rice, buttered noodles or baked potatoes.

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Yield: Serves 4

Ingredients

1 pound lean ground beef
1 cup chopped onion
1 can (10.75 ounces) cream of mushroom soup
1 cup sour cream
1 can (6.5 ounces) sliced mushrooms
2 tablespoons tomato paste
Salt and pepper to taste

Recipe Preparation

Place a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef and onion and break up and stir the beef until it is in crumbles and browned all over, about 5 to 7 minutes. Drain.

Add the soup, sour cream, mushrooms and tomato paste and simmer over low heat until heated through, about 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.


Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
1 medium red pepper, chopped
3 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 tsp salt
1 can (28 ounces) fire-roasted crushed tomatoes
1 can (15 ounces) red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup water

Optional Toppings

Shredded Cheddar cheese
Chopped red onion
Chopped cilantro

Recipe Preparation

Heat a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add the beef, onion and red pepper. Cook, stirring to break up meat, until it is no longer pink, about 5 minutes.

Stir in chili powder, garlic, cumin, oregano and salt. Cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in tomatoes, beans and water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 15 minutes to develop flavors, stirring occasionally.

Serve with some or all of the suggested toppings.

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More Quick Easy Dinner Recipes with Ground Beef…

Hamburger Goulash with Macaroni
Cheeseburger Salad
Basic Meatloaf with Variations
Easy Homemade Hamburgers

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