Ground Beef Stroganoff (Stovetop Recipe) +Video

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Ground Beef Stroganoff is a quick and easy dinner recipe for any night of the week. Make this delicious comfort food in just 30 minutes! Add some fresh mushrooms and top with fresh parsley for the perfect meal on busy weeknights! Even picky eaters will love this classic beef stroganoff recipe! 

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It’s possible to make a filling meal for the whole family without spending all day in the kitchen.

This is why this classic comfort food is the perfect choice for a quick weeknight meal. 

Not only does my entire family love this great recipe, but it’s actually a family favorite that we make quite a bit.

I love the beef flavor and we all agree that it tastes even better the next day! 

When it comes to making an easy beef stroganoff recipe, you can’t beat this one. There is just so much flavor in every single bite! 

ingredients in bowls and on plates

Ground Beef Stroganoff

Hamburger beef stroganoff is always a favorite, and it’s budget-friendly too! Plus, it’s a great way to get in an extra serving of vegetables without complaint. 

For the full ingredients needed, be sure to scroll to the recipe card listed below. I tell you exactly what you need to make the best beef stroganoff recipe! 

You will also love this creamy chicken stroganoff — it is so easy and delicious!

Cracker Barrel Meatloaf is another great comfort food dinner that tastes just like the restaurant version.

Maid Rite Copycat Loose Meat Sandwiches combines tender, slow-cooked ground beef with your favorite toppings on a warm bun.

Or, try my Bacon Burger Bombs for a modern twist on a family tradition. 

Seasoned beef and crispy bacon are wrapped up in tasty dough pockets for an explosion of flavor!

ground beef cooking in pan

Making Hamburger Stroganoff Skillet

  • Prep the ingredients

Have everything measured and cut before starting this old fashioned beef stroganoff recipe. 

It comes together quickly, so it helps to have everything ready to add when needed.

  • Use a large pan

It’s important for everything to be able to touch the bottom of the pan and cook evenly. A 12-inch skillet or larger is ideal.

  • Start the water first

Put the water on to boil for the egg noodles before starting anything else.

This way, you’ll be able to toss the pasta in while the hamburger beef stroganoff is thickening, so both are done at the same time.

Nobody wants to eat cold noodles that are stuck together!

onions and mushrooms cooking in pan

Simple Beef Stroganoff Ingredient Notes

  • Ground beef – Feel free to use ground turkey instead.
  • Beef stock – Use equal amounts of beef broth or replace half the stock with red wine.
  • Mushrooms – I like to use a mix of button and baby bella, but you can use all of one variety if you prefer.
  • Sour cream – Plain Greek yogurt is a great low-fat alternative and pairs well with the other flavors in this hamburger stroganoff skillet.
beef stock ground beef and mushrooms cooking in pan

Hamburger Beef Stroganoff Kitchen Supplies

  • Large Skillet – To help everything cook evenly, a wide skillet works best. Use one with deep sides so nothing spills over the side.
  • Wooden Spoon – Use this to break up the ground beef and stir everything together. It’s much better at scraping the tasty bits off the bottom of the pan than plastic utensils.
  • Large Pot – The egg noodles will need to be cooked separately on the stove.
stroganoff cooking in pan

Ground Beef Stroganoff FAQ

Can I freeze hamburger stroganoff skillet?

Transfer leftovers to an airtight container and keep them in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days. You can store it with or without the cooked egg noodles.

Reheat on the stove or in the microwave until warmed through.

Because dairy products tend to separate when they freeze, I don’t recommend freezing stroganoff.

However, if you want to try it, be sure to leave out the sour cream. You can add it after thawing and reheating the meal.

Can I double the old fashioned beef stroganoff recipe? 

Sure, you can do that! Just be sure to use a pan that is large enough for that amount.

Additionally, you may need to increase the simmering time by a few minutes. Just keep an eye on it until it starts to thicken.

Can you make simple beef stroganoff in an Instant Pot? 

The process of making this old fashioned beef stroganoff recipe in an Instant Pot is very similar and just as easy to do. Either use the Saute function to make the recipe the same as directed, or pressure cook at the end instead of simmering.

In that case, seal and select Manual for 2 minutes on High with a quick pressure release. Then stir in the sour cream and parsley before serving.

While I haven’t tried it myself, many other recipes have you add the egg noodles to the pot to cook all at once.

Make sure the pasta is submerged under the liquid, and increase the time to 6-8 minutes depending on how soft you like your noodles.

Can I use other meat for this easy ground beef stroganoff recipe?

You can! The next time that you make this dish, swap out the beef flavor for something new. While I’m a personal fan of the ground beef version, I think that you can just as easily turn this into a chicken stroganoff recipe as well. 

Swap the beefy flavor with cooked chicken, and you’re set! This will cut down on excess grease and also possibly create whole new recipes that your family loves.
I know for my own personal consumption, I’m a fan of the juicy ground beef, but you can have options to enjoy! 

How do I store leftovers?

Storing leftover ground beef stroganoff is simple. Just let the beef mixture cool to room temperature, and store any leftovers in an airtight container. Keep them stored in the fridge. You can reheat the leftovers for dinner last night in the microwave. 

ground beef stroganoff in blue bowl

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Ground Beef Stroganoff (Stovetop) + Video

Donna Elick
Ground beef stroganoff is a quick and easy dinner recipe for any night of the week. Make this delicious comfort food in just 30 minutes!
5 stars from 2 reviews
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine American
Method Stovetop
Servings 8


  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup baby bella mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup white button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, fine chop, plus more for garnish, optional
  • Cooked Egg noodles for serving


  • In a large skillet with deep sides over medium heat, add 3 tablespoons of the butter and melt.
  • Add the onion, baby bella mushrooms, white button mushrooms, salt, and pepper. Stir to coat in the butter and cook until the onions are translucent and the mushrooms are softened, 5 minutes.
  • Place the mushrooms/onions onto a plate and set aside.
  • Return the pan to the stovetop over medium-high heat, add the ground beef and brown the meat, breaking it up with a wooden spoon. 
  • Drain any excess water or fat off the meat and add the butter to the pan, let melt. 
  • Add the flour and stir to combine. Slowly add in the beef stock, one cup at a time, and stir it in until combined with the flour and the meat. 
  • Let it come to a simmer and slightly thicken. Add the Worcestershire sauce and mushroom mixture back to the pan. 
  • Stir in the sour cream and stir until just warmed through. Add the 1 tablespoon of the parsley, stir to combine.
  • Serve the sauce over the cooked egg noddles and garnish with more fresh parsley if desired.



Serving: 1 | Calories: 229cal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 341mg | Sugar: 3g | Fiber: 1g | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 2mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Originally published October 2020, updated and republished February 2024

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  1. 5 stars
    This Ground Beef Stroganoff was really delicious. In fact the best I ever tasted. So I’m strictly rating this on taste alone though some improvements needed to be made to the instructions. I only had Wyler’s beef granules to make the beef stock but it was really good. I don’t like baby bella mushrooms so I replaced them with button mushrooms. The next time I make this I will add an extra TBSP flour so it will be a bit thicker. Otherwise every thing was made according to the recipe as a half recipe.

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