We make a lot of ground beef recipes around here since it’s fast and versatile!  Ground Beef is great for weeknight dinners in everything from Chili to Ground Beef Stroganoff or even a good ol’ meaty Homemade Pasta Sauce.

Below you’ll find our favorite recipes plus the best tips to prep a lot of ground beef ahead of time making life (and meal planning) even easier!

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What to Make with Ground Beef

Your family is hungry and you’ve got a pound of ground beef ready to go and you’re wondering what to make for dinner with ground beef! You’ve come to the right place. Below are my favorite ground beef recipes from cheesy and creamy to lean and healthy! Beef is great for more than just burgers and spaghetti!

How to Cook Ground Beef

Depending on the recipe, you may need to pre-cook (or brown) the ground beef. Regardless of the preparation method, cook ground beef to a minimum temperature of 160 °F to destroy harmful bacteria.

When browning ground beef, I prefer a medium-high temperature and a tiny bit of oil to get a nice brown  on the meat. Always make sure there is no pink remaining and your beef is thoroughly cooked.

How to brown ground beef for use in recipes from tacos to casseroles!


  1. Place a touch of oil in a skillet and heat over medium-high heat.
  2. Add beef salt, pepper and do not stir for 2-3 minutes. This will create a nice brown crust.
  3. Cook over medium-high heat breaking up meat stirring only occasionally. Don’t stir too much.
  4. Continue cooking until no pink remains. Drain any fat.

Ground Beef Safety

Raw Ground Beef can stay in the fridge for 1 to 2 days (cooked ground beef will last 3 to 4 days). Your package from the store should have a date on it. If you’re going to keep it longer than that, freeze it! Remember to always cook ground beef to a minimum temperature of 160 °F.

To Freeze Ground Beef

  • Freeze ground beef in a donut shape, this allows it to defrost quickly and evenly.
  • How Long Does Ground Beef Last in the Freezer? If your ground beef is well sealed, it should last just fine for 3 to 4 months in the freezer (either raw or cooked).
  • How to Defrost Ground Beef: To prevent harmful bacteria from growing, the best way to thaw ground beef is by placing it in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours.
  • To thaw ground beef quickly, place the beef in a sealed freezer bag and place the bag in a sink or bowl of cold water (never warm or hot).  You can also defrost beef in the microwave (if you use this method, be sure to cook it immediately to keep it safe).

I’ve been asked How to Tell if Ground Beef is Bad. This is not a place to take chances. If you have to ask this, I’d say throw it out (or when in doubt…. throw it out). If you have ANY questions about the age or safety of your food products, please don’t keep it. It’s not worth the risk.

Reader Favorite Ground Beef RecipesReader Favorites

This first group of ground beef recipes has been tried and tested and voted the best of the best… thousands of times by all of you! A thick and hearty chili, a moist and flavorful meatloaf, and a classic hamburger soup! All of these are family favorites time and again.

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Cozy Ground Beef Casserole Recipes

Ground beef casseroles are usually easy to make, inexpensive, and totally satisfying! Most of the recipes below have a mixture of beef and pasta and can easily be made well ahead of time! Beef and pasta casseroles usually reheat and freeze well meaning cook less and eat more!

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Ground Beef Pasta Recipes

Ground beef is one of the best quick and easy ways to make an extraordinary pasta sauce in minutes. The best part is you can usually toss in whatever you want… onions, garlic, veggies. I tend to pair beef with a tomato base most often and either spoon it on top or mix it all in and bake with cheese of course!

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Tex Mex and Mexican Inspired Dishes

Ground beef is the perfect filling for all things inspired south of the border! From tacos and enchiladas to stuffed peppers and more. A little bit of Taco Seasoning transforms ground beef into a flavorful addition to almost anything!

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Easy Soup Recipes

Ground beef stands up well in soups adding tender morsels of beef to every bite! It pairs well with cuisines from Italian to Mexican and beyond. Soups are great meals for families. They can be made in batches, freeze and reheat well and warm the belly from the inside out.

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Instant Pot/Slow Cooker Ground Beef Recipes

Ground beef holds up well in the slow cooker and adds great flavor and protein to sauces, soups and more! Most recipes require the ground beef to be cooked and drained before adding the the slow cooker. This helps eliminate excess fats/oils in the recipe.

10 More Easy Ways to Use Ground Beef

Ground beef is such an easy protein to add to recipes so let your imagination guide you! You can use it in countless recipes to replace chicken or stir it into casseroles, soups, stews or rice!

  1. Use leftover burgers or ground beef to make a Homemade Patty Melt
  2. Add it in place of chicken to your favorite quick fried rice recipe
  3. Toss it with your favorite salads to make a Dorito Taco Salad
  4. Mix ground beef with pizza sauce and top your fave pizza dough for a beefy bite.
  5. Mix ground beef with tomato sauce and place in a bun with cheese for a quickie cheater “Meatball Sub“.
  6. Mix it with Taco Seasoning and top baked potatoes with sour cream, cheddar and salsa for an easy meal!
  7. Replace the sausage in your favorite sausage gravy recipe (add spices and seasonings) and serve over biscuits.
  8. Add it to mashed potato cakes and top with sharp cheddar cheese.
  9. Stir it into leftover soups or stews.
  10. Make a meal of mac and cheese by adding ground beef and peas.

Ground beef is one of the easiest proteins to cook and is great in so many recipes. It’s inexpensive in comparison to many types of protein making it perfect for family meals and to feed a crowd!


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  1. I just love being able to get recipes fast, simple and cost that kits my budget. It’s so to find what I’m looking for and the instructions are so detailed and easy to follow.
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  2. where is the link for the cookbook about salisbury steaks or the price i am interested in maybe getting a subscription for the magazine ,i like to try new recipes once in awhile

  3. Another trick I learned for uniform burgers, is to use a large plastic lid from a peanut butter jar, etc. Place a piece of Saran Wrap inside the lid, then place a handful of meat into the lid and shape to fit. Love having all same size and thickness!

  4. Use an ice cream scoop to make them all uniform in size. Makes cooking easier. My Dad always placd a round of hamburg between 2 pieces of waxed paper and used a large can (#2) to flatten into a burger patty. Once again, uniform size for easier cooking.

  5. When making burgers, use a sharp knife and cut the burger on both sides to make it keep he shape and not rise in the middle. Beats the “thumb-trick” every day!