Ground beef is a great staple to have on hand for your meal planning! Affordable, versatile, and delicious, it’s one of my favourite easy go-to meats. Here are 15+ Easy and Delicious Recipes with Ground Beef for you to choose from!
Ground beef is a staple in our home, especially on busy weeknights. I know we are all feeling the pinch at the grocery store too, so recipes with delicious and affordable meat like ground beef are good to have on hand right now! Life is busy. Kids are busy. Work is busy. Just trying to stay on top of laundry, schedules, appointments, and school is tough enough, but then we have to plan and prepare meals on top of all that!
Ground Beef Snapshot
When it comes to getting tasty meals on the table FAST, ground beef has a lot going for it:
- QUICK: If it’s frozen raw, you can thaw and cook it in under an hour. And fresh ground beef cooks in under 20 minutes.
- MEAL PREP: Cooked ground beef can be prepared in advance and frozen for even faster meals!
- EASE: Ground beef checks all the boxes to get you through those hectic weekdays and stay on budget.
When I said ground beef was versatile, I wasn’t kidding! I’ve collected several completely different meatball recipes for you that are all truly amazing. The best part? You can make a big batch of meatballs and then freeze the extras. Then you can easily make any of these recipes later in almost no time at all!
If there is one meatball recipe that I could recommend and shout from the rooftops, it would be this one! These Italian Meatballs are soft, tender and so flavourful. Once baked, these meatballs then simmer in a simple tomato sauce. Serve them over your favourite pasta with fresh basil and grated Parmesan, or use them to make Easy Meatball Subs!
Soups with Ground Beef
Soup is a wonderful way to use ground beef. Served with bread, buns, or biscuits, this kind of meal goes a long way for very little money.
I don’t think it would really be a roundup about ground beef if we didn’t include hamburgers! But if you’re looking for a regular old burger recipe, you are going to be sorely disappointed. Ground beef doesn’t have to be boring! Check out these ways to fire up your grill in a new and exciting way.
There’s just something so delicious about a burger stuffed with cheese! And these Smoked Gruyere and Bacon Stuffed Burgers with Balsamic Caramelized Onions are fantastic. The smokiness of the Gruyere cheese, the bacon with the balsamic vinegar and onions…it’s amazing.
Sometimes, we just want the taste of our childhood, don’t we? These next two recipes are tried, tested, and true and will be appreciated by your entire family as the perfect comfort food they are.
Recipes for Pre-Cooked Ground Beef
By doing meal prep ahead of time, you can save yourself a lot of stress. I like to set aside Sunday afternoon (when it’s possible!) to do some meal preparation for the week ahead. I’ll cook up a batch of ground beef, prepare some cooked shredded chicken, chop vegetables for lunches, make a batch of cookies, etc. This is all an attempt to make our week ahead easier on everyone. It is a lot of work all at once but the pay off is SO SO worth it. The kids have ingredients at their fingertips for lunches and I have meal prep taken care of, so when 4:00 pm rolls around, I’m ready to face supper! It’s such a relief. I love having batches of seasoned cooked ground beef in the freezer that I can take out and add to soups, stews, tacos and casseroles. So handy!
How to Prepare Cooked Ground Beef
I buy the big packages of lean ground beef (the ones with about 8 lbs of meat) and cook it with diced onion, minced garlic, salt, and pepper. That way when I need to use the cooked beef it’s already seasoned and ready to go. Once it’s cooked I store it in ziploc bags or plastic containers and freeze it, usually 1 1/2 to 2 lbs per container. Then it’s ready to go right into any recipe.
How to make a big batch of ground beef
Cooked ground beef is a great staple to have on hand for your meal planning! Cook it ahead of time for easy meal assembly later.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 50 minutes
- Category: Beef
- 8 lbs ground beef
- 1 large onion
- 1 – 2 cloves garlic (minced)
- salt & fresh ground pepper
- To a large skillet on medium-high heat, add the ground beef, onions, garlic and salt & pepper.
- As the beef cooks, use a spoon to break up the meat so it cooks evenly.
- Cook until the ground beef is no longer pink.
- Drain the fat.
- Now you can portion the meat into 1 – 2 lb portions and use accordingly.
Now that you’ve got all of this cooked ground beef, what are you to do with it? Here are some of our family’s favourite recipes:
There you go! So many recipes! Whether you were looking for ideas for fresh ground beef or pre-cooked and frozen ahead of time, I hope you found something here to make the week ahead easier for you. If you decide to try any of these recipes I’d love to know @aprettylife. Happy cooking!
Have a delicious day!