Healthy Ground Beef Recipes

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

Staff Picks

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.

Easy Meatball Hero Sandwich

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.

Macaroni with Beef

Rating: 3.44 stars
This quick meal will give the whole family a satisfying meal.

Healthier Meat Lasagna

Rating: 3.59 stars
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.

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.

Taco Salad

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.

Mini Cheeseburgers

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

Light Beef and Eggplant Lasagna

Rating: 3.33 stars
Substitute Basic Bechamel Sauce for the pasta sauce to make a richer version of this recipe.

Meatball Soup

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

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.

Inspiration and Ideas

Mediterranean Chickpea Burgers

Rating: Unrated
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.

Meatball Pizzas

These personal pita-pizzas cook up nice and crisp.