Wednesday, February 17, 2021

25 Recipes with Ground Beef + Video

Our 25 recipes with ground beef will give you inspiration for casseroles, skillet meals and other easy dinners to make for your family!

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When you have a pound of ground beef in your fridge, it may feel overwhelming to come up with creative ways to use it.

For instance, if your family has a favorite burger recipe, it becomes an easy go-to. After a while, your family may be tired of that meal and ask for something new.<

When this happens, it can take a little thinking outside of the box to realize that ground beef recipes go way beyond burgers and chili!

Things to consider before making recipes with ground beef

  • Will younger kids be at the table? If so, you may want to consider making something that’s easy for little hands to hold. Finger foods are a toddler’s favorite!
  • How many people will you be serving? If you’re feeding a crowd and aren’t in the mood for chili, consider making a double batch of your favorite meatloaf or sloppy joes.
  • How much time do you have to cook? If you need to make a meal in a hurry, look for recipes with ground beef that you can make in an Instant Pot or slow cooker.

25 Fabulous Budget-Friendly Recipes with Ground Beef scroll to the top of this page for the video of our top 4 ground beef recipes!

Click on the bold link below each image to get the recipe.


Taco Lasagna on a plate

Taco Lasagna has layers of tortillas, ground beef, and south-of-the-border flavors. Prep this fabulous, easy casserole recipe in 15 minutes!

Photo of Bite-Size Bacon Double Cheeseburger Puffs

< Bite-Size Bacon Double Cheeseburger Puffs have the flavor of burgers in a bite-size puff. They are soft, tender and a little buttery just like a hamburger bun. This recipe is a complete hit on game day, and with toddlers, too! 

Jalapeno Popper Cheesy Taquitos on a plate

Jalapeno Popper Cheesy Taquitos are the consummate Game Day food. An easy recipe that will knock your socks off, with instructions to make-ahead too. Loaded with your favorite popper flavors: jalapenos, bacon and ooey gooey cheese. Adding perfectly seasoned beef makes this an awesome dinner recipe and it is on our menu regularly!

Bacon Burger Bombs on a tray

Bacon Burger Bombs are a modern twist on a family tradition! Stuffed burger pockets, perfectly seasoned and loaded with bacon. This simple recipe is sure to become a regular in your kitchen too!

Meat Lover’s Pizza Pasta in a casserole dish

Meat Lover’s Pizza Pasta is exactly what I like to make when we’re craving pizza on a busy weeknight. It’s loaded with ooey gooey cheese, fun twisty pasta, seasoned beef, pepperoni, sausage and bacon… Need I say more?

Cheesy Beef Enchilada Dip in a skillet

Cheesy Beef Enchilada Dip is bursting with mouthwatering Mexican flavors! It is rich, delicious and loaded with ooey gooey cheese. This simple recipe comes together in just 20 minutes and will be the star of your table!

Cheesy Fiesta Taco Dip in a casserole dish

Cheesy Fiesta Taco Dip is loaded with layer upon layer of your favorite Mexican flavors. It is the perfect easy taco dinner, any night of the week.

Skillet Recipes with Ground Beef

Mexican Rice Casserole in a skillet

Mexican Rice Casserole is a simple one skillet dinner that comes together in just 30 minutes. A one pot meal featuring your favorite Mexican flavors that cooks all in one pan. You can't beat that! It is a quick and easy weeknight dinner option with little clean up!

Taco Spaghetti in a Dutch oven

Taco Spaghetti features your favorite taco flavors in pasta form. Make this cheesy, fiesta-licious one pot pasta recipe in under 30 minutes!

Salisbury steak with gravy

Salisbury steak with creamy mushroom gravy is hearty, classic comfort food. Make this recipe for a one-pan meal in under 30 minutes!

One Pot American Goulash in a pot

One Pot American Goulash is an easy meal that is ready in just 30 minutes. Bursting with great flavors this very cheesy pasta dinner is absolutely delectable.

scoop of Cheeseburger Macaroni

Cheeseburger Macaroni is loaded with flavorful seasoned ground beef, tender pasta and ooey gooey cheese! This dish not only packs a ton of flavor but can be made in one pan from start to finish. It is like the Hamburger Helper that my mom used to make. But this homemade version is so much better!

skillet of Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls

Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls have the comforting flavor of traditional cabbage rolls, but without all the work! This a perfect one-pot weeknight dinner idea.

Cheese Skillet Lasagna

3 Cheese Skillet Lasagna is loaded with flavor and so much cheese, you will be making this again and again. Just 30 minutes from prep to plate to put this on your dinner table tonight

Ground Beef Meatballs and Meatloaves

Cracker Barrel Meatloaf on mashed potatoes and veggies

Cracker Barrel Meatloaf creates a flavorful, juicy loaf, just like the restaurant version. Make this comfort food meal tonight!

Best Ever Balsamic Meatloaf on a cutting board

Best Ever Balsamic Meatloaf is amazing comfort food! Moist and delicious, this recipe comes together quickly and freezes perfectly.

Bacon Cheeseburger Stuffed Meatloaf on a cutting board

Bacon Cheeseburger Stuffed Meatloaf is bursting with bold steak flavors and is comfort food at its best! This ground beef recipe is over the top! Stuffing meatloaf with cheese and covering it in delicious brown sugar ketchup glaze with thick cut bacon on the top!

stack of Italian Herb Baked Meatballs

Italian Herb Baked Meatballs are perfect for pasta dinners, sandwiches, or appetizers! Skip the mess of pan frying and oven bake them instead!

Bowl of Creamy Swedish Meatballs

Creamy Swedish Meatballs are a traditional Swedish dish with perfectly browned, flavorful homemade ground beef meatballs coated in a rich cream sauce. Move over IKEA<

Bacon Jalapeno Popper Meatballs

Bacon Jalapeno Popper Meatballs are incredibly moist, flavorful and even better than the famous appetizer. If your kids love southwestern flavors, they will devour these. This recipe is the perfect make ahead meal. Freeze, defrost and reheat.

Beef Soup, Stew and Chili Recipes

Bacon Double Cheeseburger Beer Cheese Soup

Bacon Double Cheeseburger Beer Cheese Soup is a family favorite, and this one is loaded with thick cut bacon and seasoned ground beef for a delicious meal. Make this one-pot recipe in just 30 minutes!

ladle of Slow Cooker Taco Soup

Slow Cooker Taco Soup combines seasoned beef with beans and veggies for an easy, filling meal. Make it in the crockpot, then add your favorite toppings!

Italian Meatball Soup

Italian Meatball Soup is hearty feel-good soup loaded with pasta, veggies and scrumptious meatballs cooked in a tomato broth. This is a simple recipe prepared in one pot that is ready in just 30 minutes. It doesn't get much easier than that!

slow cooker chili recipe

This simple and easy slow cooker chili recipe with ground beef is perfect to feed a crowd! This meal is fully loaded with meat, beans, and just the right amount of heat to make your tongue tingle.

Wendy’s copycat chili

Wendy’s copycat chili tastes just as good as the restaurant version! Make this easy chili recipe for dinner tonight in only 30 minutes.


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collage: recipes with ground beef

Originally published March 2013, updated and republished February 2021

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    3. How do we find the nutrition facts on these recipes, I'm looking for the skillet lasagna one

    4. Feel free to put your ingredients or the entire recipe into a nutritional facts calculator like this one.

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  2. I also appreciate that the ingredients in your recipes are usually things that I already have! Thanks for sharing!


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