70+ Easy Ground Beef Recipes for True Meat Lovers

These beef dinner recipes go way beyond your regular Taco Tuesday.

soy glazed meatloaf
Mike Garten

Let's be honest, most of us pick up a package of ground beef at the grocery store during our weekly shop, but only have one or two ground beef recipes in our repertoire. It's time for that to change. Ground beef is so easy to cook with — you just brown it up, add in your favorite seasonings, and it’s good to go. It's the ultimate weeknight dinner starter or best way to, uh, beef up an average meal. Sure, you could make burgers, meatballs and tacos, but that can get boring after a while. So we rounded up tons of super easy and tasty ground beef recipes for truly endless dinner inspo — from cozy fall dinners to crazy-good comfort food ideas to healthy summer recipes that you can throw on the grill.

Feeling Italian? Try stuffed shells or our best meatball recipes to top off a giant plate of spaghetti. Want Mediterranean? We have recipes for beef gyros, loaded hummus and even Greek ziti. Plus, there’s dumplings and Gochujang-glazed meatloaf. And that’s not even mentioning the Mongolian meatballs, Irish stout pie or homemade empanadas.

Whether you're in the mood for a simple ground beef recipe, or looking to jazz up your average weeknight dinner with a little bit of spice, we've gathered our favorite meals for inspiration on what to do with this delicious, versatile protein.

meatball sub
Mike Garten
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Air Fryer Meatball Sub

Featuring tender meatballs on a toasted hero roll with creamy ricotta and fresh tomato sauce, this makes a tasty family dinner that’ll have everyone asking for seconds.

Get the recipe for Air Fryer Meatball Sub »

pumpkin beef chili
Ryan Liebe
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Pumpkin, Beef and Black Bean Chili

Top this hearty dish with chipotle sour cream for a creamy kick.

Get the recipe for Pumpkin, Beef and Black Bean Chili »

soy glazed meatloaf
Mike Garten
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Soy-Glazed Meatloaf

Ground beef mixed with balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, onion and parsley creates a kicked-up meatloaf recipe that will be your family’s new go-to.

Get the recipe for Soy-Glazed Meatloaf »

RELATED: 40 Easy, Delicious Family Dinner Ideas For Any Day of the Week

moroccan meatballs
Mike Garten
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Moroccan Meatballs

Warm spices and a sprinkling of fresh herbs give these meatballs, served with chickpeas and tomatoes, the flavor boost your dinner plate needs.

Get the recipe for Moroccan Meatballs »

RELATED: 51 Delicious Ways to Have Meatballs for Dinner

green chile cheeseburger
Mike Garten
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Green Chile Cheeseburger

Canned green chiles and a toasted brioche bun bring major flavor to a simple cheeseburger.

Get the recipe for Green Chile Cheeseburger »

easy beef scotch eggs
Mike Garten
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Scotch Eggs

Soft-boiled eggs wrapped in a tasty combo of ground beef and seasonings make for a delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Get the recipe for Scotch Eggs »

lentil "bolognese spaghetti"
Mike Garten
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Lentil "Bolognese Spaghetti"

A mix of lentils and ground beef makes a hearty family-favorite a whole light lighter.

Get the recipe for Lentil "Bolognese Spaghetti" »

ground beef recipes   beef nachos
Mike Garten
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BBQ Beef Nachos

Your favorite game day dish, loaded with flavor-packed ground beef, can easily become dinner, too! Serve with a side salad for a meal the whole family will love.

Get the recipe for BBQ Beef Nachos »

RELATED: 37 Delicious Game Day Food Recipes Your Party Guests Will Love

ground beef recipes   beef chili
Mike Garten
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Hearty Beef and Bean Chili

Chilly? Try homemade chili. This hearty, one-pot recipe will warm you up on the coldest of nights.

Get the recipe for Hearty Beef and Bean Chili »

ground beef recipes   patty melts
Mike Garten
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Classic Patty Melts

Step aside, cheeseburgers and grilled cheese. Meet the epic 20-minute mashup of these two nostalgic diner meals: the patty melt.

Get the recipe for Classic Patty Melts »

ground beef recipes   mini meatballs with roasted tomatoes
Mike Garten
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Mini Meatballs With Garlicky Tomatoes

You'll never go back to boxed breadcrumbs after using leftover baguette in your meatballs.

Get the recipe for Mini Meatballs With Garlicky Tomatoes »

ground beef recipes   classic beef lasagna
Mike Garten
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Lasagna With Meat Sauce

If you don't have any ground pork on hand, you can swap it out for ground beef for the ultimate classic comfort food.

Get the recipe for Lasagna With Meat Sauce »

deviled burger   summer dinner recipes
Mike Garten
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Deviled Burger

Horseradish, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce give this patty a kick, but it's the pretzel bun that takes this recipe over-the-top.

Get the recipe for Deviled Burger »

RELATED: 48 Unique, Homemade Burger Recipes That Will Satisfy Your Cravings

easy Chili recipes
Mike Garten
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Chili Pie With Cornbread Crust

Why cook chili and cornbread separately? With this ingenious recipe, you can make them both in one skillet.

Get the recipe for Chili Pie with Cornbread Crust »

classic spaghetti bolognese
Emily Kate Roemer
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Classic Spaghetti Bolognese

When you taste how hearty and flavorful this classic meal is, you'd think someone carefully prepared it in the kitchen all day. In truth, it only takes a little more than 20 minutes!

Get the recipe for Classic Spaghetti Bolognese »

ground beef recipes   tex mex taco pizza
Mike Garten
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Tex-Mex Taco Pizza

Jalapeños, spiced ground beef, and homemade dough add flair to your average pizza night pie.

Get the recipe for Tex-Mex Taco Pizza »

Gochujang Glazed Meatloaf
Mike Garten
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Gochujang Glazed Meatloaf

Gochujang (a Korean fermented chile paste) adds a mix of sweet, savory and sour so perfect that no one can accuse this dinner of being bland.

Get the recipe for Gochujang Glazed Meatloaf »

beef and mushroom burgers recipe
Mike Garten
18 of 71
Beef and Mushroom Burgers

Adding mushrooms to these patties sneak in a healthy ingredient, but the meaty mushroom flavor means they won't notice or complain.

Get the recipe for Beef and Mushroom Burgers »

meatball bake
Mike Garten
19 of 71
Doubly Cheesy Meatball Bake

Take your parm to the next level with this meatball recipe, where cheese is stuffed on the inside and generously layered on top. It's an ultimate comfort dinner.

Get the recipe for Doubly Cheesy Meatball Bake »

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Quick Sautéed Cuban Beef

The secret to getting big flavor into another 20-minute dish? A good helping of nice, briny olives.

Get the recipe for Quick Sautéed Cuban Beef »

cheeseburger flatbread pizza
Steve Giralt; Food Styling by Anne Disrude; Prop Styling by Marina Malchin
21 of 71
Cheeseburger Flatbread Pizza

These pizzas are made on pita bread, so you can make them quickly on a weeknight without futzing with pizza dough.

Get the recipe for Cheeseburger Flatbread Pizza »

slow cooker meatballs
Brian Woodcock
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Slow-Cooker Meatballs

Your slow cooker does all of the work for you with these easy-to-prepare crowd pleasers. You can serve them as sliders topped with gooey mozzarella or toss with pasta for a seriously hearty dinner.

Get the recipe for Slow-Cooker Meatballs »

beef and sausage meatballs in tomato sauce
Romulo Yanes; Food styling by Stephana Bottom; Prop styling by Megan Hedgpeth
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Beef and Sausage Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

For spice lovers, two kinds of meat combine to give you a meatball that has some heat to it.

Get the recipe for Beef and Sausage Meatballs in Tomato Sauce »

greek ziti bake
Kate Sears
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Greek Ziti Bake

This classic dish has you alternating layers of noodles with Greek-inspired ground beef.

Get the recipe for Greek Ziti Bake »

beef and rice stuffed peppers
Photo credit: Chris Court; Food styling by Justine Poole; Prop styling by Lucy Tweed
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Beef and Rice Stuffed Peppers

Since these stuffed peppers are made in the slow cooker, everything comes out nice and tender.

Get the recipe for Beef and Rice Stuffed Peppers »

caribbean burgers with mango slaw
Ryan Dausch
26 of 71
Caribbean Burgers With Mango Slaw

Not your average burgers — these are made with tangy teriyaki sauce and topped with mango slaw.

Get the recipe from The Pioneer Woman »

bacon wrapped meatloaf
Ryan Dausch
27 of 71
Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf

The best way to switch up a classic recipe? Bacon, of course!

Get the recipe from The Pioneer Woman »

spicy whiskey bbq sliders
Con Poulos
28 of 71
Spicy Whiskey BBQ Sliders

These mini burgers are simmered in a whiskey BBQ sauce, then spiced with jalapeños. So. Yum.

Get the recipe from The Pioneer Woman »

best ever beef chili
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Best-Ever Beef Chili

The best beef chili that you can make on a weeknight — in under an hour.

Get the recipe from Delish »

RELATED: 40 Super Easy Chili Recipes That Are Perfect for Cold Winter Days

smoky beef tacos
Mike Garten
30 of 71
Smoky Beef Tacos

Turn a simple dinner into a fun taco night: Se up a toppings bar with sliced radishes, diced pineapples, pickled jalapeños, and shredded cabbage!

Get the recipe from Woman's Day »

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