Quick & Easy Ground Beef Recipes

Easy and quick dinner ideas are just a click away! Find casseroles, chilies, hamburgers, tacos, pasta and more dishes featuring ground beef.

Staff Picks

Easy Spaghetti and Meatballs

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

Classic Burger-Joint Cheeseburger

Forget waiting in the drive-thru lane! You can make a better burger at home with quality ingredients in no time.

30-Minute Chili

Rating: 3.42 stars
This easy chili recipe makes eight one-cup servings; if you reserve half, you'll also have enough for four servings of our Cheesy Hash-Brown Bake, a stick-to-your-ribs meal for later in the week.

Mini Meatballs

Rating: 3.14 stars
Shape these tiny meatballs, then freeze for up to 3 months. There's no need to thaw before using; they will cook quickly right out of the freezer.

Best Beef Burger

Rating: 3.41 stars
Customize this American classic with toppings such as cheese, tomatoes, raw or grilled onion, pickles, jalapenos, and more.

Beef-and-Potato Burritos

Rating: 4 stars
For less spicy burritos, remove the jalapeno ribs and seeds before chopping.

Old-Fashioned Cheeseburgers

Rating: 3.61 stars
Serve this all-American classic with all the toppings you love -- cheese, lettuce, pickles, and onion.

Gnocchi with Quick Meat Sauce

Rating: 3.04 stars
This hearty meal is ready in just 30 minutes. Store-bought gnocchi (Italian for "dumplings") cook in just a few minutes, so they're faster than pasta. You'll have extra meat sauce left over to make Summer Beef-and-Rice Casserole later in the week.

Beef Tacos

Rating: 3.39 stars
Beef tacos are fun to put together and delicious to eat. Fill the tortillas with lettuce and beef, then each person can add his or her favorite toppings.

Macaroni with Beef

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

Ground-Meat Mix

Rating: 4.18 stars
This yields enough for two of these recipes (or you can double it to make all four): Glazed Meatloaf, Skewered Greek Meatballs, Moroccan Hand Pies, and Vietnamese Kebabs. This versatile mixture can also be frozen on its own, so you can complete the recipes another time.

Sarah's Tacos

Rating: 4.14 stars
Sarah Carey, editor of Everyday Food, says, "Add a teaspoon of sugar to the filling if you like a hint of sweetness (I do about half the time). Making your own shells is easy, but you could also buy them."

Inspiration and Ideas

Emeril's Sloppy Joes
Rating: Unrated
This kid's classic and favorite leaves time for the family to enjoy summer evenings together. The recipe for the flavorful meat sauce can easily be doubled. Feel free to make a bigbatch of it over the weekend, then freeze it in smaller portions for busy weeknights.
Pasta and Easy Italian Meat Sauce
Rating: Unrated
Here is an easy dinner recipe. This Pasta and Italian Meat Sauce doesn't need to cook for a long time to be delicious. The spaghetti sauce is based on the famed Ragu alla Bolognese (sauce in the style of Bologna). The addition of milk might seem unusual, but it's traditional in northern Italy—where butter and cream, as well as milk, are essential to the cuisine.

Bistro Sliders with Pickled Onions

Rating: 3 stars

These grilled mini burgers are just right for big or small appetites.