23 Easy & Delicious Ground Beef Recipes
By: Amanda Suazo
Ground beef recipes are the foundation for any balanced diet on a budget. With these easy dishes, you can enjoy this rich source of vitamins and protein for every meal.
When you make ground beef recipes, opt for grass-fed varieties. Research suggests that grass-fed beef contains more nutrients than factory-farmed beef, all while creating better living conditions for cows. Best of all, ground beef costs less per pound than most cuts — and it tastes downright delicious as a starring protein.
Use it for breakfast, burgers, and even low-carb casseroles: These ground beef recipes prove how diverse this budget cut can be.
Breakfast ground beef recipes
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Use this ground beef recipe to remix last night’s leftovers. With one pot, cook up a nourishing bowlful of cauliflower rice, seasoned beef, and cooked eggs for a tortilla-free breakfast burrito. To stay more Bulletproof, use high-quality spices (and skip the peppers if you’re sensitive to nightshades), plus cook your egg so the yolk stays runny.
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This hearty, savory ground beef recipe is worth enjoying any time of day. Clean burning starches from fresh carrots blend with crisp bacon, spices, and cooked eggs to create a totally nutritious breakfast. Keep this one more Bulletproof and roast with grass-fed ghee instead of olive oil, skip the pepper, and avoid eating onions too often.
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Get all the savory flavor of your favorite breakfast meat with none of the inflammatory fats. This recipe swaps pork with a simple mix of ground beef and spices like dry mustard, paprika, and rosemary. Stay more Bulletproof with the freshest high-quality spices possible — and avoid eating garlic and onions too often.
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This ground beef recipe turns your favorite burger into a savory breakfast dish. Roast crispy sweet potatoes, then add to a skillet with ground beef, bacon, greens, and seasonings for a simple, satisfying meal. For a more Bulletproof take on this recipe, roast with ghee or avocado oil instead of olive oil, swap mushrooms with zucchini, steam spinach instead of sauteing, and avoid eating onions too often.
Ground beef recipes: Burgers
No bun needed: These flavor-packed burgers infuse your meat with flavor from fresh thyme and sage, then wrap each patty in thick-cut bacon. Keep this ground beef recipe on-hand for salads and meal prep.
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This keto and paleo take on a popular Julia Child recipe creates tender and flavorful burgers topped with an herbaceous gravy. Keep it all more Bulletproof with fresh ground black pepper and pastured beef stock, plus avoid eating onions too often.
This ground beef recipe tastes just like a juicy, loaded burger — just without the bun. With added fiber from sliced avocado and arugula, you won’t miss the dairy or gluten that comes with a normal burger order. Top with your favorite avocado oil mayo or homemade aioli for a delicious 30-minute meal.
Ground beef recipes: Meatballs and pasta
This ground beef recipe will save the day when you need a fresh take on starchy vegetables. Cook meatballs with fresh herbs like ginger and cilantro, then toss with spiralized sweet potato and coconut aminos for an umami-rich meal using real foods.
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For a basic ground beef recipe with no hands-on cooking, try these savory meatballs. Blending meat with XCT Oil and anti-inflammatory spices and baking at a low temperature helps preserve the fats and nutrients in your ground beef. Change up this recipe with your favorite fresh herbs and side dishes.
When you need a nutritious weeknight meal in a flash, make this ground beef recipe your go-to dish. Tender herbed meatballs rest on a bed of spiralized mixed veggies, while olives and artichoke hearts add a briny pop of flavor.
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These meatballs don’t skimp on flavor. With seasonings like parsley, coriander, and lemon zest, this recipe makes a flavorful starring dish with ultra-low carbs. To keep this ground beef recipe more Bulletproof, skip the pepper and avoid eating garlic too often.
See spaghetti night in a whole new light with this easy ground beef recipe. Spaghetti squash roasts in buttery grass-fed ghee to make the perfect base for a rich, meaty tomato sauce. Serve with steamed greens for a nutrient-dense and filling dish.
Ground beef recipes: Comfort foods
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No need to deprive yourself of pizza — this ground beef recipe makes a totally comforting pie with a meat crust and paleo friendly toppings. Make it your own (and more Bulletproof) with toppings like olives, arugula, and fresh herbs — plus, avoid eating garlic too often.
This addictive ground beef recipe tosses your meat with rich add-ins like fresh ginger, fennel, and coconut aminos, all cooked in the same pan in just 15 minutes. Ground beef tastes wonderful in this recipe, but you can swap in any ground and pastured meat you have on-hand.
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Ground beef gets spiced with cumin and oregano, then cooks away in a rich tomato sauce in this easy dinner recipe. Pair with plantain rice for the perfect grain-free swap. Stay more Bulletproof with this dish and swap olive oil with avocado oil or ghee, plus skip the raisins and peppers. Avoid eating garlic and onions too often, and skip this recipe if you’re sensitive to nightshades like peppers and tomatoes.
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Though this ground beef recipe takes on a holiday flair, you can make it any time you can find fresh acorn squash. Slice your squash into rings, then sprinkle with a fragrant blend of ground beef, seasonings, rosemary, and cranberries. Bake and serve for a rich, warming dish. To keep this recipe Bulletproof, swap olive oil with ghee and skip the black pepper — plus, avoid eating garlic too often.
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No breadcrumbs, no problem: This ground beef recipe gets plenty of flavor and texture from a base of Italian seasonings and tomato paste, all baked away in your oven. Keep this one more Bulletproof with almond flour and coconut aminos where suggested, plus skip the ketchup. Avoid eating garlic and onion too often, and skip this recipe if you’re sensitive to nightshades like tomatoes.
Powerful fats and fresh flavors combine in this ground beef recipe. Stuff a filling made from beef, herbs, riced broccoli, and avocado into a sweet potato skin for an all-in-one dish loaded with micronutrients.
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Blanched cabbage leaves make the perfect low-carb wrap for meaty, spiced ground beef. Best of all, this recipe is ready in just 30 minutes. Stay more Bulletproof and avoid eating garlic and onions too often, plus swap the red bell pepper with zucchini if you are sensitive to nightshades.
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This ground beef recipe captures a perfect blend of protein and clean-burning starches. Roast plantains to soften them, cook beef with spices and greens, and top it all with a tangy green sauce for a whole foods-powered bowl meal. Keep this one more Bulletproof and skip the sunflower seeds, steam kale separately, and avoid eating garlic and onions too much. Skip the chili powder if you are sensitive to nightshades.
Ground beef recipes: Casseroles
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No dairy here: This ground beef recipe cooks up your meat crumbles with steamed cauliflower, spices, and coconut milk for a warm and satisfying meal. Keep it all more Bulletproof with pastured bone broth, full-fat canned coconut milk, and raw nuts. Use high-quality spices, and skip paprika if you have a nightshade sensitivity.
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You won’t miss the potatoes in this paleo-fied ground beef recipe. This dish swaps the starchy topping with creamy mashed cauliflower while still including savory flavor from celery, carrots, and bacon. Keep it all more Bulletproof with pastured meats and broth, avoid eating garlic and onions too often, and grind pepper fresh from high-quality peppercorns.
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You don’t need rice to make a filling, totally comforting casserole. This recipe blends wholesome ingredients like ground beef, garam masala, riced cauliflower, and herbs into a super-savory, one-dish meal. To stay more Bulletproof, steam spinach separately instead of sauteing, use Ceylon cinnamon, and get raw pecans (or skip them altogether).
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