I think I might be a little blessed because while the Spinach Tiger loves steak, I have a crush on ground beef and never seem to run out of ground beef ideas.
Good ground beef has fat and flavor which is quite satisfying, and as long as I can get my hands on grass fed, high quality ground beef without sticker shock, I’d rather eat ground beef than just about anything.
My crush has led to many ground beef ideas over the years, from fast and easy to slow and fussy and even recipes for a party. You could use ground turkey in these recipes, keeping in mind, you will need to add in more flavor, more fat (olive oil), and you could substitute ground lamb. Play around and always be sure to tell me if you have a great ground beef recipe.
The Fast and Easy Ground Beef Ideas
Our all time favorite dish is Ground Beef with Peas and Sauteed Onion. You can choose to add in a starch such as rice, potatoes or pasta, but we like it just like this.
Eventually, I jumped off into other ground beef stir fries, using kale or spinach and even adding in pancetta in this Italian Stir Fry.
Meatballs are just as classic as the cheeseburger, and did you know they don’t have to swim in tomato sauce? You can skewer them as is, serve in pastry shell, or naked on pasta. They can be stuffed inside crusty rolls or taken to a party.
Italian Meat Balls with spaghetti or with anything you want to put them with.
Prosciutto Meatballs – Adding prosciutto for a surprising new flavor and serving with wide noodles for Rustic Italian comfort.
This Gluten Free Paleo Version of meatballs is just as good if you’re looking for grain or gluten free.
Ground Beef Ideas for Dinner
Ground Beef Stroganoff is quick, easy, tasty and makes you feel special.
My husband’s Five Hour, Five Bean Chili
Paleo Chile without beans.
Easy Shepherd’s Pie either as a bite or an entree. Meat and potatoes, still my favorite comfort food.
Meatball Lasagna is the ultimate in comfort food.
Cuban Picadillo, a ground beef mixture made with saźon seasoning, olives, tomatoes, onions, cumin and more.
Ground Beef Ideas for Your Next Party
Shepherd’s Pie Bites
Meatballs with Blueberry Pear Compote a recipe from La Cucina Italia, an Italian Magazine and it’s so delicious and a great demonstration that meatballs can travel down many roads in Italy.
Stuff it Ground Beef Ideas
Stuffed Peppers, one of the dishes we make a lot!
I used my basic meatball recipe and stuffed these ricotta cheese, served over peas with tarragon. Or just serve as party meatballs. (Recipe below)
- 1 pound ground beef
- 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped finely
- 3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese or pecorino romano
- 1 egg
- 1 cup ricotta cheese
- 1 teaspoon salt (or more)
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- Mix beef with 1 tablespoons parsley, 2 tablespoons cheese, and egg.
- Mix Ricotta cheese with remaining parsley, cheese
- Season both meat mixture and cheese mixture with salt and pepper.
- Use about a tablespoon of meat mixture, Flatten and place ricotta cheese in middle. Form into meatball.
- Continue making small meatballs.
- Bake at 375 for 20-25 minutes.
These are just some of my ground beef recipes. I make meatloaf, burgers, stuffed cabbage, lettuce wraps and other ground beef dishes, but for some reason I’ve never posted their recipes. Once I do, I’ll add them in. If you have a good ground beef link (not a tater tot type recipe), leave it in the comments.
More Ground beef ideas that I would welcome at my table:
Joe’s Special, ground beef, spinach with eggs, a California Classic.
Steakhouse Burger from Sippity Sup
Easy Homemade Gorditas from Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice
Stuffed French Bread from In the Loft House
Ground Beef Wellington from Vikalinka
Tangy Meatballs from Food Loves Writing
French Onion Stuffed Meatballs from Or Whatever You Do