Ground beef is a great go-to for weeknight meals. The versatile victual can be turned into tacos, spaghetti, chili, or combined into a casserole. As you’ll see below, ground beef is best friends with garlic and onion. This trifecta is featured in many of our most popular recipes. In any of these recipes, you can always substitute ground turkey to make it a little healthier, or experiment with other ground meats like pork or chicken. Where’s the beef? Right here. Hamburger help-yourself to 11 of our most popular ground beef recipes.
Award-Winning Spicy Bourbon Chili
We’re thinking of changing the name of our Award-Winning Spicy Bourbon Chili to “drunken chili” because in addition to bourbon, the recipe calls for amber beer and dry red wine. Our boozy stew is also super spicy, with Scoville scale-spanning jalapeño, serrano, habanero, and bell peppers.
The Best Keto Cheeseburger Casserole
You don’t have to be keto to enjoy this cheesy carb-free casserole, but you do have to be a turophile. Our cheeseburger casserole combines ground beef with onion, garlic, and full-fat cream cheese. Then we add a layer of crispy bacon before dousing it in cheesy sauce and topping it with slices of dill pickle, then sprinkling with even more cheese.
Delicious Tater Tot Casserole Recipe
Our Delicious Tater Tot Casserole Recipe also begins with the terrific trio of ground beef, onion, and garlic, plus a little Worcestershire sauce. Layer that combo with green beans, cream of mushroom, and shredded cheddar before topping with tots. We also offer some variations, including a breakfast version that switches out sour cream for the soup, gets rid of the green beans, and subs sausage for the ground beef.
Southwestern Stuffed Bell Peppers
To make our Southwestern stuffed peppers, you’ll need a quarter pound of ground beef and chorizo. This recipe uses instant long grain rice to hasten the process. Instead of sloughing off the tops of the bell peppers, we cut them in half length-wise before scooping out the seeds and white ribs. For a more traditional take, see our recipe for The Most Delicious Stuffed Pepper Recipe You’ll Ever Try.
Easy And Delicious One-Pot Goulash Recipe
Omigosh, its goulash! Another dish that’s more appetizing than it is visually appealing, goulash serves as a good go-to for busy weeknights. This dish also starts with a menage a trois of ground beef, onion, and garlic. Then the goulash gets the tomato treatment, with both diced tomatoes and tomato sauce. Beef broth and Worcestershire sauce add umami and depth of flavor, while garlic powder, parsley, oregano, thyme, rosemary, and S&P spice it up. (You can always make it actually spicy with chili flakes, paprika, or Tabasco sauce.) Throw in your noodles and call it macaroni! Goulash is great because you can clean out the fridge and add any veggies that have seen better days. A summer squash or zucchini works particularly well.
Easy Taco Casserole
Switch up Taco Tuesday with our Easy Taco Casserole Recipe. This family-friendly favorite is both hearty and satisfying. Taco’bout a win-win.
Super Sloppy Joes
Skip the sexist Manwich sauce and make your own sloppy Joe sauce out of Dijon, ketchup, barbecue sauce, and Worcestershire. Simply let it simmer for 20 minutes with the ground beef, garlic, and onion triple threat and you’ve got yourself a womanwich—a Sloppy Joan, if you will. The key to making sure you don’t get too sloppy while eating this super sloppy sammy is toasting the buns under the broiler for a couple minutes so they can stand up better to the sauce. Nobody likes a soggy bun.
Our Super Sloppy Joes Recipe includes a few ways to make it your own. Customize your womanwich by using a different protein, such as ground turkey, pork, or chicken. Sweeten it up with a little brown sugar or molasses. Make it healthier and heartier by adding some green bell peppers. Speaking of peppers, spice it up with some poblanos, green chilis, or a dash of cayenne. We also offer topping suggestions, such as sliced dill pickles, red onion, and coleslaw. We even have ways to make this meaty meal it vegan or gluten free! For a side, try making a batch of our Outstanding Homemade Potato Chips.
Simple Smothered Salisbury Steak
I go into the origins of the Salisbury steak (like why we call it steak instead of hamburger and who Salisbury is) in my 30-minute meal roundup, so I will spare you the history lesson here. That being said, this recipe does take under half an hour if you’re looking to feed your family in a flash. What this dish lacks in presentation, in makes up for in savory flavor. Salisbury steak craves a carbolicious partner to soak up some of that gravy. Serve it with some mashed potatoes, our Classic Noodle Kugel, or potato latkes.
Mouth-Watering Cheeseburger Sliders
Guess what? Our BFFs onion and garlic are in our recipe for Mouth-Watering Cheeseburger Sliders, too! We’re starting to sense a theme. Worcestershire sauce and mustard do double duty by adding flavor and making sure our baby burgers stay nice and juicy. This recipe makes 12 cute little patties, which should feed a family of four. First, the burgers are browned in a skillet, then they’re finished off in the oven. What makes our cheeseburger sliders so mouthwatering? They’re topped with melted butter, garlic powder, and sesame seeds before being baked.
Hey ma, can we get some meatloaf? Once you try our Delicious Classic Meatloaf Recipe you won’t be tempted to go back to a packet of seasoning mix again. It’s the real deal, starting with our favorite threesome (ground beef, onion, and garlic—in case you haven’t caught on yet). This recipe calls for both bread crumbs and Ritz crackers, which will help soak up the egg, milk, and Worcestershire sauce. Do we douse it with ketchup and call it a day? No ma’am. Our meatloaf gets the royal treatment with a combo of ketchup, light brown sugar, and red wine vinegar. Not only does this topping add a sweet and tangy taste, it also keeps the meatloaf nice and juicy. Keeping our loaf covered with aluminum foil during most of the cooking process also helps ensure it doesn’t dry out. Our recipe includes more topping ideas, like barbecue sauce, cheese, or bacon, as well as creative stuffing suggestions, like mashed potatoes.
Our Tastiest Mexican Meatloaf
Chorizo, chilies, and cilantro take your meatloaf south of the border in Our Tastiest Mexican Meatloaf recipe. For this version, salsa substitutes for ketchup, while almond flour makes it paleo-friendly. Instead of mashed potatoes, serve up a more Mexican side like white or brown rice. If you need help achieving perfectly tender and fluffy grains, check out our article on How To Cook Rice Perfectly Every Time.