Healthy Ground Beef Recipes

Find healthy recipes with ground beef such as salads, meatballs, chilies, pasta with ground beef and more!

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Taco Salad

Rating: 3.5 stars 46
It would be easy to believe that taco salads were invented by kids. They're just as yummy as traditional tacos, but everything is tossed in a crunchy "bowl" that you can eat.

Beef-Zucchini Meatballs

Made with half beef and half shredded zucchini and cooked millet or quinoa, these flexitarian meatballs come together in just 30 minutes. Serve them with marinara sauce over roasted spaghetti squash or sauteed zucchini noodles.

Healthier Meat Lasagna

Rating: 3.5 stars 110
Transform lasagna with meat sauce from a guilty pleasure into a wholesome meal. Small swap-ins can make a mighty difference: Whole-wheat noodles, low-fat cottage cheese, and lean ground sirloin create a light and delicious baked pasta. A topping of melted mozzarella and Parmesan keeps this dish feeling indulgent.

Macaroni with Beef

Rating: 3.5 stars 141
This quick meal will give the whole family a satisfying meal.

Beef-and-Mixed-Grain Meatballs

Our healthy spin on "porcupine meatballs"—which started as a way to stretch meat during the Great Depression—mixes pre-cooked grains with ground beef to give them a boost of nutritious fiber for a quick weeknight dinner. 

Mini Cheeseburgers

Rating: 3.5 stars 19
Use your broiler instead of the outdoor grill to make these cheeseburger sliders and get your summer fix any time of year.

Healthy Beef Chili

Rating: 3.5 stars 65
We've trimmed down a speeded-up Tex-Mex classic, ready in just 40 minutes. For beefy flavor without excess fat, pick ground sirloin instead of chuck. We've added extra portions of traditional (and nutritious) ingredients, such as beans and tomatoes.

Meatballs with Garlic Bread

Rating: 3.5 stars 131
Cooking the meatballs in the tomato sauce saves time and infuses the sauce with flavor. Bonus: There's only one pot to wash!

Meatball Soup

You can use spinach or escarole in this soup as well.

Beef-and-Barley Burgers

Whole grains and veggies are the focus in this mostly-meatless patty, but not to worry—ground beef still plays a familiar and satisfying role. To ensure they had a flavor that would be as beefy as ever, we turned the volume up by adding a little soy sauce to the mixture and topped it all off with a shmear of creamy Dijonnaise.

Mediterranean Chickpea Burgers

Rating: 3 stars 30
Chickpeas and bulgur add a nutty flavor and extra protein to ground beef (and makes the meal more cost-effective) in these Mediterranean-inspired burgers.

Light Beef and Eggplant Lasagna

Rating: 3.5 stars 12
Substitute Basic Bechamel Sauce for the pasta sauce to make a richer version of this recipe.

Inspiration and Ideas

Easy Meatball Hero Sandwich
Rating: Unrated 20
This meaty sandwich should please the very hungry at lunchtime. It's an easy meal that requires just 10 minutes of prep work. Roast onion, bell pepper, and zucchini with oil, then add the meatballs until cooked through and layer all of the ingredients in a soft hero roll.
Lighter Blue-Plate Special
Our comforting menu of lean sirloin meatloaf and low-fat buttermilk mashed potatoes is as hearty as the diner original - but better for you.