So many of the best meals start with a humble package of ground beef. From burgers to bolognese, I’m celebrating that versatility with my favorite ground beef recipes on the blog.
Ground beef is a tried and true staple, which is why we’ve got so many ground beef recipes on the site ~ it’s inexpensive, it’s a crowd-pleaser, and it freezes well so you’re never very far from a delicious, satisfying meal if you’ve got a package of ground beef stashed away.
Tip: Get creative with your grind! Ask your butcher (aka the guy/gal behind the meat counter) to grind different cuts of meat, like short ribs or brisket, for you. It’s an instant upgrade to your favorite ground beef recipes. You can also ask for a coarse grind, which gives great texture to chilis and helps the meat stand up to long cooking.
These Scandi style burgers are simple and delicious. Basic ingredients put together in a way you’ve probably never had before is my favorite kind of recipe to post (and eat!). PS, the gravy is insanely delish 🙂
Traditional cottage pie is one of the world’s great comfort foods ~ ground beef in a rich gravy topped with creamy mashed potatoes, how could it be anything but fabulous? I got a little fancy and piped my mashed potatoes, but don’t let that throw you off. It’ll be just as good if you pile them on with a spoon.
Just 30 minutes to this bowl full of spicy, umami flavor. We make it on repeat all year long, changing out the veg to whatever’s in the refrigerator that day.
A great tasting bolognese sauce doesn’t have to take all day. This easy version takes advantage of the big flavor payoff you get from ingredients like wine and fresh herbs, without a lot of effort!
This vibrant, flavorful soup is brimming with juicy peppers, savory ground beef and hearty rice. It’s got all the great flavors of a stuffed pepper, but without all the fuss of actually, you know, stuffing peppers.
For me meatballs are the ultimate ground beef recipe. I love all kinds of meatballs, and have many variations on the site. Pro tip: you can almost always substitute ground beef for recipes that call for ground lamb, or a mixture of pork and beef, if you need to. You’ll end up with a slightly different flavor profile and fat content, but no less of a tasty meal.
Dinner doesn’t get any better, in my book, than a juicy grilled patty melt. A glorified burger? Maybe, but slathered with caramelized onions and lots of melty cheese, this is heaven on a weeknight!
Meatloaf might be kind of old-school these days, but a sweet, sticky bourbon glaze takes this family-friendly dish into the realm of modern classics. It’s one of the most popular ground beef recipes at tvfgi. Serve it with mashed potatoes, Hasselback Potatoes with Lemon Garlic Butter, or Roasted Potatoes with Rosemary.
One of my favorite meals ever, this Eastern Europe inspired casserole has all the incredible flavors of the original dish, made into a family friendly dinner.
The dinner bell can’t come soon enough when this family favorite is on the menu. I use half ground beef and half tender chunks of beef for lots of flavorful texture in this dish.