18 Ways to Use Ground Beef

Have an abundance of Ground Beef, or just need some new ideas? 

We've compiled a list of some of our staff-favorite recipes, from around the internet. Whether you want to throw something simple together quickly, or have an all day cooking project, there's a recipe for you that we've tested and loved! 



There's no shortage of amazing meatball recipes out there, and we're on a mission to try them all. Here are a few of our favorites:

Meatballs al Forno by The Defined Dish

Crispy Sheet-Pan Meatballs with Salsa Verde by Lauren Schaefer of Bon Appétit

Baked Mongolian Beef Meatballs by The Defined Dish

Brothy Meatballs Vacation by Alison Roman of Bon Appétit


Bulgogis and Stir-fries

We love that stir-fries and bulgogi bowls are whole meals unto themselves. These recipes can easily be adapted to use whatever vegetables you have on-hand. 

Easy Ground Beef Stir-fry by The Defined Dish

Korean-Inspired Ground Beef and Kimchi Bowls by The Defined Dish

Ground Beef Bulgogi by Porter Road



We think that meatloaf is often under appreciated, but that's because there are so many mediocre recipes out there. We went on a quest to find great recipes that stay moist, have tons of flavor, and hold up well for leftovers (because that's always the best part). 

Tomato-glazed Meatloaves with Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes by Smitten Kitchen

Meat Loaf by Mark Bittman hosted by Epicurious


Pasta Sauces

Meat sauces are not only delicious fresh, but are one of the best ways to cook in bulk and have the makings of a great meal ready to go in the freezer. Make sauce in a flash with our 9 O'clock Italian Pasta recipe, or settle into an all day project and make a pot of Bolognese. 

9 O'clock Italian Pasta by Porter Road

Ragù Bolognese by Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirsheimer hosted by Epicurious


Smash Burgers 

Make amazing burgers on the stove top! These smash burger recipes emulate the methods, and flavors, used at your favorite fast food joints, but give you the opportunity to give the ingredients some major upgrades. 

Fake Shack Burger by Smitten Kitchen

The BA Smash Burger by Adam Rapoport Bon Appétit


Better Than Boxed

We've probably all had our share of Hamburger Helper and Manwich (don't lie). But, now that our kitchens are equipped with more than one pot and one pan, it's time to dress these dishes up a little.  

One Pot Hamburger Helper Beef Stroganoff by The Defined Dish

All-American Cheeseburger Pasta  by Amiel Stanek of Bon Appétit

Sloppy Joes by The Pioneer Woman


All Day Projects

The weekend is here, and an all day cooking project is in order. While these recipes are definitely time consuming, the results are well worth it. 

Curried Jamaican Beef Patties by Jennifer Olvera of Serious Eats

Spicy Beef Pan-Fried Dumplings by Helen You of Saveur