Ground Beef Ideas for Easy Family Dinners

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Republishing with several new recipes. Enjoy. I will continuously add new ground beef recipes as I make them.

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.

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.

Ground Beef Ideas: Ground Beef & Peas by Angela Roberts

Eventually, I jumped off into other ground beef stir fries, using kale or spinach and even adding in pancetta in this Italian Stir Fry.

Ground Beef Italian Style with Pancetta, Kale, Peas, by Angela Roberts

Southern Meatloaf made with Oats

Southern Meatloaf with Oats


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.

Tiny Meatballs with Fresh Tomatoes

Garden Spaghetti with Meatballs

Italian Meat Balls with spaghetti or with anything you want to put them with.

Spaghetti and Meatballs with Ground Beef
Prosciutto Meatballs
– Adding prosciutto for a surprising new flavor and serving with wide noodles for Rustic Italian comfort.

Paparadelle, Prosciutto Meatballs, Chunky Tomato Sauce by Angela Roberts

This Gluten Free Paleo Version of meatballs is just as good if you’re looking for grain or gluten free.

Paleo Meatballs with Ground Beef from Spinach TIger

Keto Meatballs Sliders

Keto Meatballs Sliders with Ground Beef from Spinach Tiger

Italian Meatball Wedding Soup

Italian Wedding Soup with Ground Beef Meatballs

Ground Beef Ideas for Dinner

Three Cheese Spaghetti Squash Lasagna with Meatballs and Sausage

Spaghetti Squash Lasagna with Ground Beef

No Beans Chili

No Beans Chili with Ground Beef and Sausage

Ground Beef Stroganoff is quick, easy, tasty and makes you feel special.

Ground Beef Stroganoff Recipe by Angela Roberts

My husband’s Five Hour, Five Bean Chili 

Five Bean Chile by Angela Roberts

Paleo Chile without beans.

No Bean Chili by Angela Roberts

 Easy Shepherd’s Pie either as a bite or an entree. Meat and potatoes, still my favorite comfort food.

Ground Beef Ideas by Angela Roberts

Bolognese Sauce is the comfort food from Northern Italy that is more meat than tomato. I have found a way to mesh it with American Cuisine.

Joe’s Special (the classic eggs, spinach and ground beef)

Meatball Lasagna is the ultimate in comfort food.

Meatball Lasagna

Cuban Picadillo, a ground beef mixture made with saźon seasoning, olives, tomatoes, onions, cumin and more.

Cuban Picadillo

Cuban Picadillo Tacos

Ground Beef Taco Meat

Crack Slaw with Comeback Sauce

Easy Crack Slaw with Easy Comeback Sauce

Easy Hamburger Steaks

Burger Steak Mushroom Sauce with Red Wine

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.

Meatballs with Blueberry Compote by Angela Roberts

Stuff it Ground Beef Ideas

Stuffed Peppers, one of the dishes we make a lot!

Ground Beef Stuffed Bell Peppers by Angela Roberts

Feta Stuffed Lamb Meatballs with Pistachio Pesto

Greek Feta Lamb Meatballs

I used my basic meatball recipe and stuffed these ricotta cheese, served over peas with tarragon. Or just serve as party meatballs. (Recipe below)

Ground Beef Recipes


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

French Onion Stuffed Meatballs from  Or Whatever You Do

Print Recipe
4 from 3 votes

Ricotta Stuffed Meatballs

Ricotto stuffed meatballs, great for an entree or party dish.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Entree
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 12
Author: Angela Roberts


  • 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
  • 1/2 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.

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  1. 5 stars
    I made this last night, but don’t have many herbs to use (I could have used oregano oil and cumin perhaps as I have that), and i forgot he chili flakes. It’s hearty and simple. And, I am single, so it’s leftovers for me. Yay!

  2. I’ve never thought of doing a ground beef stirfry, great idea! I love ground beef but don’t buy it too often. I need to master meatballs…they’re one of the few things I still cheat on and buy premade 🙂

  3. I love ground beef, too, as long as it’s good-quality and not crazy expensive, like you said. Your round-up of recipes is FANTASTIC! I’m especially intrigued by the mini shepherd’s pies – what a great idea for a party!

  4. thanks for featuring my french onion stuffed meatballs! My website name is actually “Or Whatever You Do”. 🙂 have a great weekend! Great roundup!

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