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.

Staff Picks

Classic Meatloaf

Rating: 3.29 stars
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Good meatloaf is about as comforting as comfort food gets. Thankfully, meatloaf doesn't have to be complex to be good. It just needs to be tender (from breadcrumbs soaked in milk and gentle handling) and flavorful (from onion, garlic, and ketchup).

Basic Empanadas

Rating: 3.39 stars
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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.

Grandma's Bolognese

Rating: 3 stars
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Two types of ground meat (beef and pork) are enriched with pancetta and cream in this old-school Italian sauce, while porcini mushrooms and Marsala add wonderful depth of flavor. Make pasta night extra special by serving atop fresh pappardelle.

Shepherd's Pie

Rating: 3.32 stars
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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!

Classic Meatloaf

Rating: 3.44 stars
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Not your average blue-plate special, this meatloaf recipe brings three ground meats together with a sweet-and-sour glaze to form a tender and moist mealtime favorite.

Easy Spaghetti and Meatballs

Rating: 3.58 stars
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No pasta's more iconic than spaghetti and meatballs, and now, it's a breeze to make -- the meatballs simmer right in the sauce.

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.

Meatball Casserole

Rating: 4.67 stars
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The ultimate; meatballs, made with ground pork and ground beef, are simmered in a quick tomato sauce, then topped with mozzarella and broiled.

Thin Burger

Rating: 3.79 stars
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Straight out of central casting: a savory, slender patty on a deliciously squishy bun.

Taco Casserole

Ground beef, pinto beans, and tomatoes spiced with chili powder bubble under a crunchy, gooey topping of tortilla chips and two cheeses in this quick and easy, kid-friendly casserole.

Cheddar-Topped Shepherd's Pie

Rating: 3.5 stars
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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.

Meatloaf 101 with Mrs. Kostyra

Rating: 3.55 stars
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Nothing says home cooking like meatloaf, all the better when it's an old family recipe, like this one.
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Inspiration and Ideas


Classic Sloppy Joes

Rating: 3.54 stars
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Soft sandwich buns work best with this classic kid-friendly Sloppy Joe recipe—as do chips and pickles. The beef mixture can also be served over pasta.