25 Super Easy Ground Beef Ideas (Dinner Recipes)

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Our super easy ground beef recipes are quick and easy to make with a pound of hamburger. Find new ideas for delicious ground beef meals! These easy recipes are perfect for picky eaters and are great for busy weeknights. They’re a great way to feed the whole family a delicious dinner tonight! 

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When you have a pound or two of ground beef in your fridge, it can feel overwhelming to come up with a creative, new way to use it.

For example — when your family has a favorite burger recipe, it’s easy to make it your go-to meal. 

But after a while, they start to not love it as much. They start asking you to make something new.

When this happens, it can take some creative thinking to realize that ground beef meals go way beyond burgers and chili. 

Not to worry, we’ve done the thinking for you! All you have to do is browse through these super easy ground beef recipes and find some new favorites to make! 

We also have easy 3 to 5 ingredient ground beef recipes that make dinner a breeze.

Super Easy Ground Beef Recipes

Before you scroll through the recipes, here are some things you’ll want to think about:

  • Will younger kids be at the table? If so, you may want to consider some kid friendly ground beef recipes with 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 ground beef skillet recipes or ones that you can make in an Instant Pot. 

    Or, if you can’t be near the kitchen, it’s the perfect time to make a crockpot ground beef recipe.

Are you ready? Click on the bold link below each image to get the recipe.

Family Favorite Hamburger Casseroles

taco lasagna on plate

Taco Lasagna has layers of tortillas, ground beef, and south-of-the-border flavors. It’s fun to add a new spin to classic Italian ground beef recipes. 

Prep this fabulous, easy casserole recipe in 15 minutes!

meat lover's pizza casserole

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, twisty pasta, seasoned beef, pepperoni, sausage, and bacon… Need I say more?

Stovetop Ground Beef Skillet Recipes

close up of taco rice

Skillet Taco Rice is a super easy ground beef recipe for a weeknight dinner that comes together in a single pan, and in just 30 minutes. 

A family favorite featuring your favorite Mexican flavors – you can’t beat that!

close up: spaghetti with taco meat and veggies

Taco Spaghetti features your favorite taco flavors in pasta form. One of our favorite ground beef pasta recipes, make this cheesy, fiesta-licious dish in under 30 minutes!

super easy ground beef stroganoff

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

American goulash in a skillet

One Pot American Goulash is one of many easy ground beef skillet recipes that is ready to eat in just 30 minutes. 

Bursting with great flavors this very cheesy pasta dinner is absolutely delectable.


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’s like the Hamburger Helper that my mom used to make, making this homemade version one of our top kid friendly ground beef recipes!

unstuffed cabbage rolls on serving spoon

Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls have the comforting flavor of traditional cabbage rolls, but without all the work! 

One of many super easy ground beef recipes, this a perfect one-pot weeknight dinner idea.

super easy ground beef lasagna skillet meal

3 Cheese Skillet Lasagna is loaded with fresh hamburger and so much cheese, you will be making this again and again. 

Just 30 minutes from prep to plate. It is sure to become one of your favorite ground beef pasta recipes!

Super Easy 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!

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!

italian herb oven baked meatballs on platter

Italian Herb Oven Baked Meatballs are perfect for pasta dinners, sandwiches, or appetizers! 

One of the easiest Italian ground beef recipes, skip the mess of pan frying and oven bake them instead!


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! Kid friendly ground beef recipes like these make dinner time oh-so-easy.

Easy Crockpot Ground Beef Recipes

spoonful of super easy ground beef taco soup

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


This simple and super 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.

Can I use ground turkey for these ground beef dinner ideas?

You can. Many of these classic ground beef recipes would taste just the same by swapping out and using a different versatile protein.

Beef is a versatile ingredient, so using other ground meats typically isn’t an issue. 

I like to use varied meats when there is a sale at the grocery store. It’s a great way to still make hearty meals for the family while cutting down on my costs. 

What can I make with a pound of ground beef?

There are so many meals that can be made for the entire family!

You can make delicious meatballs, Tacos for Taco Tuesday, taco meat with white rice, Shepherd’s Pie, a beef and rice skillet recipe, homemade sloppy joes, beef casserole, and so many other favorite ground beef recipes.

This list of recipes proves that you really just need simple ingredients to make easy meals. 

Why make it complicated cooking with lean ground beef when you don’t have to? The best part? You can change up your weeknight dinners easily with this list! 

We hope these super easy ground beef recipes are going to become favorites of yours!

With love, from our simple kitchen to yours. 

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Originally published March 2013, updated and republished March 2024

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