Ground Beef Recipes

Our ground beef recipes are the most versatile. Meatloaf, yes; a slow-cooked meat sauce or ragu for pasta, of course; and then there's lasagna, meatballs, chili, and shepherd's pie. But ground beef makes for fast dinners too -- just think of all the burger possibilities, tacos too.

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Lasagna with Meat Sauce

Ground beef and sweet Italian sausage enrich the sauce for this beloved baked pasta, while no-boil lasagna noodles speed up the process. Check out our step-by-step guide.

Easy Beef Chili

No beans in this hearty ground beef-based chili! The meat is cooked with aromatics, then amped up with fire-roasted tomatoes, chili powder, and cocoa.

Classic Meatloaf

Rating: 3.5 stars 510
The combination of ground beef, ground pork, and ground veal produces a moist and tender traditional meatloaf. A sweet-and-sour glaze made with ketchup and brown sugar is brushed on the meatloaf before it bakes for about one hour 20 minutes. The result is a real comfort food favorite. 

Cheddar-Topped Shepherd's Pie

Rating: 3.5 stars 699
Old-style pubs have it right: Sitting down to a generous helping of shepherd's pie is a true pleasure; making it is happily simple. We've added sharp cheddar to our mashed potatoes for a snappy topping.

Shepherd's Pie

Rating: 3.5 stars 780
You'll like the convenience of this comforting dish. Unlike other shepherd's pie recipes, this one calls for frozen vegetables instead of fresh and can be made the day before. Shepherd's pie has never been so easy—or so tasty!

Basic Empanadas

Rating: 3.5 stars 378
These tasty and convenient Latin-American-style turnovers can be frozen for up to three months, individually wrapped in plastic and placed in resealable plastic bags. There's no need to thaw before baking, they can go right from the freezer to the oven.

Cheddar, Beef, and Potato Casserole

This cozy casserole is a super easy solution to the question of what's for dinner. The savory mixture of sautéed onions, ground beef, and mushrooms get some added bulk with a bag of frozen mixed vegetables and cheddar cheese. The hash brown topping is crisped up with help from the broiler. 

Bolognese Sauce

Rating: 3.5 stars 228
Martha's traditional Bolognese sauce recipe is not as heavily based on tomatoes as typical Italian-American meat sauces. In fact, the meat is cooked with white wine, milk, and chicken stock in addition to tomatoes.

Easy Spaghetti and Meatballs

Rating: 3.5 stars 537
No pasta is more iconic than spaghetti and meatballs, and now, it's a breeze to make. After browning, the meatballs simmer right in the sauce.

Stuffed Cabbage

Rating: 3.5 stars 564
Stuffed cabbage is not only filling, but it's also simple to prepare. Our hearty stuffed cabbage recipe calls for meat, veggies, and more. Serve stuffed cabbage with hot tomato sauce and sour cream for the ultimate comforting winter meal.

Classic Meatloaf

Rating: 3.5 stars 705
Meatloaf is the ultimate comfort food. Our classic recipe is a simple blend of ground beef and pork, seasonings, and milk-soaked bread—which is the secret to a tender meatloaf. It bakes freeform on a sheet pan—not in a loaf pan—and is basted with ketchup, creating a tangy, carmelized glaze. 

Basic Meat Sauce

This meat sauce has slow-cooked flavor (without requiring hours at the stove). Use it in our Famous Lasagna or atop some spaghetti for dinner tonight.

Inspiration and Ideas

20 Ground Beef Recipes to Mix Up Your Dinner Routine
From savory meatballs to burgers to stir-fry, ground beef is one of the most versatile—and delicious—meat products out there. Plus, it's inexpensive and family-friendly, which gives us even more reason to love it.
Our 15 Best Beef Dinner Recipes to Make for Sunday Evenings
Our selection of beef dinner ideas includes favorites like beef stew, pot roast, lasagna, and meatballs—recipes that simmer or bake slowly over the course of a lazy afternoon, making them well-suited to the weekends.
Swedish Meatballs
Rating: 3 stars 554

Made from a combination of beef and pork, these meatballs are a Scandinavian favorite that goes from appetizer to main in a flash (just add noodles). It's a tradition to serve them with sweet-tart lingonberry jam; if you can't find it, grape or red-currant jelly is a good substitute.