Check out this collection of tasty, easy and healthy ground beef recipes! Ground beef is affordable, nourishing, and – when properly cooked – very tasty.
The reason I have so many ground beef recipes on this blog? It’s one of the easiest dinner ingredients. Ground beef is affordable, nourishing, and – when properly prepared – very tasty.
It’s easy to stock up on ground beef and keep it in your fridge (the vacuum-sealed packs last for quite a while) or in your freezer.
Is ground beef healthy?
I believe it is. Some experts advise us to limit red meat, adding that grass-fed beef is possibly healthier. But fresh unprocessed meat is very nutritious and I believe it does have a place in a healthy diet, in moderation. Especially when accompanied by plenty of vegetables.
How to cook ground beef recipes safely
Ground beef carries a higher risk of contamination than roasts or steaks. You can easily kill bacteria on the surface of steaks, for example, during cooking.
But when we ground beef, bacteria from its surface are mixed throughout the meat. So in order to kill the bacteria, we should cook ground beef all the way through, to an internal temperature of 160°F.
Not everyone does this, of course. Many people eat steak tartare or rare burgers with no ill effects. But one should be very aware of the risks and make an informed decision.
Generally speaking, most of my recipes instruct you to cook the beef so that it’s cooked all the way through. When I cook it to a medium temperature (mostly for burgers), I say so in the recipe.
What ground beef to use in these recipes?
I almost always use lean ground beef – 85/15, which means 85% lean beef and 15% fat. I either buy the prepackaged vacuum-sealed packs, or I ask the butcher to grind some beef round.
In my opinion, 85/15 ground beef has the perfect ratio of lean beef to fat and a very good flavor. However, in many recipes – such as casserole recipes – I drain the fat. So I find that it’s fine to use extra lean ground beef (90/10, or freshly ground sirloin).
Some people swear by 80/20 ground beef (ground chuck) in terms of texture and flavor. But personally, I find it a bit too rich. And as I said, in many of these recipes I end up draining the fat anyway.
It’s not that I object to fatty cuts of beef – on the contrary. But I prefer them in steaks and roasts, such as this amazing ribeye roast.
How to store leftovers
If you refrigerate cooked ground beef within two hours of cooking it (1 hour if the temperature is above 90 °F), you can safely keep it in the fridge, in an airtight container, for 3 or 4 days. You can also freeze it for up to 4 months.
Reviews of these recipes
20 delicious and healthy recipes made with ground beef
I make these recipes regularly for my family. They are tasty, easy to make, and leftovers are fabulous in the next few days.