What recipes do you use for ground beef??

I was trying to think of different ways to use hamburger today and thought I’d ask you guys. What ways do you use hamburger? We have a few ways we always use it. Tacos. We eat tacos quite a bit. Then I make goulash. I know that’s different depending on where you live. In Minnesota, goulash is made with tomato sauce, elbow macaroni, celery, onions and hamburger. I use some different things sometimes when I make it depending on what I have on hand abut it’s usually all those things I just mentioned. Then we have chili. We eat that but not a whole lot. I’m not fond of making hamburgers. I love to eat them but hate to make them so we don’t have them too often. Tonight I made meatballs in brown gravy and we had them over mashed potatoes.

What different things do you make using hamburger?

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42 Responses to What recipes do you use for ground beef??

  1. Karen Joy says:

    I have some favorite casserole recipes with noodles and cheeses etc.Those I make the most.I make chili too,my hubby likes it,I dont really.Taco salad.In summer I do make burgers to bbq.Shepards pie.Gosh,cant think of anything else right now.

    • Joy says:

      How do you make Shepards Pie Karen? I like it but have never made it.

      • Karen Joy says:

        I see Laura’s recipe..mines about the same,just put together different.Once beef is browned w/onion I add to the pan the frozen peas&carrots,sprinkle w/tablespoon flour,add beef broth to make moist,simmer till vegies are tender and dump all in 9×13,top with mashed pots(one egg added to them)cheese on and bake.Oh,along with garlic,I add a little thyme.

  2. Nikki says:

    All the things you already listed. Other than those…we have tater tot hotdish…that breakfast stuff I make with eggs and fried potatoes…enchiladas….hamburger slop…cheeseburger soup is a new favorite. I’ll think of some more! btw I have no comma key on my laptop so sorry about the dot dot dot….lol

  3. SKL says:

    I don’t actually buy beef, but I was raised on it. My mom taught me how to make pretty much all those you listed (well, other than tacos). Then there was Spanish rice – Midwest US style – which is basically the same as macaroni and beef (a variant of your goulash) but substituting rice for the noodles. It’s actually pretty good. Really easy. Oh, and then meat loaf, stuffed peppers, stuffed cabbages. And how could I forget Spaghetti? Still probably my favorite meal – just brown some ground beef and add some Ragu. Sloppy Joes . . . and probably some other stuff that I’m forgetting.

  4. javajunkee says:

    I found a delish taco bake..I’ll have to send you the recipe…also here is a tip for hamburgers if you hate the grease mess like I do. I line a cookie sheet with foil..spray it and cook my already made from the butcher hamburger patties on it. For about the first 20 min I put a piece of sprayed foil on top of the burgers and then take it off.

    • Joy says:

      Taco bake?? Sounds good.

      • Karen Joy says:

        Taco bake does sound good..can you send it to me Joy(if its different than that Enchilada hotdish)
        I just came across a Taco soup recipe.Havent made for awhile,its simple and good.Just another idea for ya!

      • javajunkee says:

        it is good. I will send you the recipe. It comes with a warning to watch the portion size. LOL and it needed it..cuz it would be too easy to just eat and eat and at 530 calories a serving. YIKES!

  5. Ellen says:

    I love to make meatballs too. My favorite meatballs: ground beef, 1 egg, Breadcrumbs, a little bit milk, very thin sliced small onion, diced garlic, thin cut roasted bell pepper, fresh parley, rosemary, barbecue sauce. After mixing all together and making the balls, I roll them trough breadcrumbs. There are so many, fun varations to make!
    You can use ground beef in Lasagna and Spaghetti. And Hamburger Helper, the Salisbury variant, that one we like a lot!

  6. pammywammy says:

    I love meatloafs.One of my favorite is a meatloaf mixtute,then you use fresh mushrooms and sourcream.You layer the hb mixture,then mushroom/sour cream.Then top with rest of hb mixture.Bake and its soooooooo yummy ๐Ÿ™‚
    And i love hb soup ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Laura says:

    Coincidentally, I have a pound of ground beef sitting on the stove, thawing for Shepherd’s Pie tonight!

    I make an awesome Nacho Dip/dinner, as well.

    And then, the old stand-by’s…
    ~ burgers (I make different toppings for ours – sauteed garlic mushrooms/mozz cheese; bacon cheeseburgers; grilled onions/swiss cheese)

    ~ spaghetti/meatballs

    ~ meat loaf which, like the burgers, always comes in a different flavor: pizza, garlic/mushroom, veggie

    And tonight’s dinner, Shepherd’s Pie. Since you asked for a recipe, I’ll give you mine. It’s not the “real” recipe – I just made this one up. But it’s simple and yummy, and I think it’s kind of close to real, although I suspect the real recipe calls for some sort of organ meat and animal innards, like kidneys and livers. And I just don’t do “innards”.

    (you’ll have to do the amounts yourself, I make it up as I go)

    Sauce/gravy – mix some beef stock and flour/corn starch for thickening, add spices of your choice (s/p, garlic, onion are my faves) for flavor
    Ground Beef, chopped onions, chopped/minced garlic
    Corn (traditional), or peas, or a mix – frozen are fine
    Mashed Potatoes (I use the Idahoan packets, Roasted Garlic flavor)

    Make your gravy, set aside.

    Make your mashed potatoes and set aside (if you use instant, they’re quick enough that you could also wait until later to make them. But if you do from scratch, you want them made first)

    Using a little bacon fat (yummy!), butter, or oil of your choice, saute the onions till they’re almost translucent, but have a little substance left. Toss in the garlic and saute for no more than 10-15 seconds. Remove from pan, and set aside. In the same pan (don’t rinse it), add the beef and brown it. Drain the fat, add back the onions/garlic.

    Dump the ground beef mixture into a casserole dish (make sure it has a lid). Dump the gravy over. You want it to mix in, not create a soup. The gravy is just to add a little moisture. Spread so the top is smooth. If you have gravy left over, all the better, you can serve it later with the casserole.

    Dump the bag of frozen corn/veggies on top. Spread smooth.

    Add on the mashed potatoes. Spread smooth. Cover.

    Now, you can either stick it in the fridge for later, or stick it in the preheated oven (oh yeah… preheat oven to 350-400), and cook it for a while… 30 min? Until it’s all cooked through. The only thing you really have to worry about is that corn getting unfroze and hot.

    Take off lid, and add cheese to the top. Oven again, uncovered, until cheese is melted and bubbly, maybe 10 minutes.

    Serve with extra gravy, if desired. Rolls go nice with it, too.

  8. Laura says:

    And, because I have NO SHAME, here’s my nacho recipe…

    (amounts are approximate. they change each time I make it, depending upon what I have in the pantry)

    Small bit of oil, butter, cooking fat of some sort
    1/2 c. chopped onions
    2 cloves chopped/minced garlic
    1 lb ground beef (I generally get 85% or better)
    1 pkg. MEDIUM heat taco mix (if you use the mild, the flavor gets lost. The medium is stronger, but doesn’t make it “hot”)
    1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes, UNDRAINED
    1 small can (8-ish oz.) tomato sauce – DO NOT OPEN, you may not need it
    1 small can (4 oz) chopped chilis, drained (you can use hotter peppers, but that’s on you)
    1 can (14 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
    1 c. frozen corn
    1/2 – 1 c. cheese(s) of your choice. I use a mix of cheddar and mozzarella.
    Tortilla chips
    Guacamole, Sour Cream, etc., for garnish

    In a large frying pan with high sides, heat oil, saute onion for a while to take off the sting, but not until they’re limp. Add in garlic for a coupla seconds. Add in ground beef, stir well, keep it moving until the beef is brown. Drain fat but do not rinse. Return to hot pan and the heat. Add taco flavor, tomatoes, and chilis. Stir to mix, cover, and simmer a bit to let the flavors mix – just a few minutes.

    *if, at any point from here on, you need more moisture, go ahead and open that can of tomato sauce, and add it in as needed. Like I said, I make it up as I go along, so I add what I need. Don’t be afraid to do the same.*

    Add in corn, stir, and cover again to let the corn get hot.

    Turn off burner (or turn burner to low), add in black beans, give a stir, and let them get hot, but don’t mess too much, or let it cook too long, or the beans will get all mushy and start to break apart.

    Add in the cheese, stir to combine and melt. (if desired, you can also hold off on the cheese and set it out as a garnish. The cheese makes the whole thing a little “tackier” and sticky as it cools. Without the cheese, it’s a little more crumbly.)

    Serve either in individual bowls or a big bowl in the middle of the table. You can serve over the chips or serve them on the side. Serve with sour cream, guacamole, other favorite taco garnishes.

    Makes a relatively healthy, fun, and kid-friendly dinner, or a great dip for Game Day. And it’s REALLY really filling. Fortunately, it’s also very re-heatable!

  9. Just a Mom says:

    I use burger for burgers, spaghetti meat sauce, meatballs for spaghetti, or meatloaf.

  10. Joy says:

    The reason I ask this is two-fold. Like I said the other day, I’ve been doing a lot of cooking for a family member who’s sick. Secondly, we always have so much hamburger to get rid of at the end of summer with the new beef coming. Hamburger is always the last to go.

    We do eat Sloppy Joes but not to often. I love them but we just don’t eat them a whole lot. I also make “pizza burgers.” Instead of sloppy joe mix, put in a can of pizza sauce. Right before serving, put mozzarella cheese on top and broil until melted. We eat them without top of bun. Open sandwich.

  11. SKL says:

    Another idea – spaghetti casserrole. Also rice (& beef) balls in sauerkraut.

  12. birdpress says:

    I don’t eat much meat but I sometimes make meatballs or meat sauce because Josh loves it so much. One thing I really love though is stuffed peppers. I use green bell peppers and stuff them with lean ground beef and brown rice to make them healthier, but they are still really yummy. I can find the recipe if you want. It’s easy.

  13. Vicki says:

    Joy, I just love goulash i think its best on day 2.

  14. Tessa says:

    One of my family’s favorites is chow mein casserole.
    like 1/2 a bag of chow mein noodles, 2 cans of cream of chicken, 1 can of chicken and rice soup, water chestnuts, cooked celery and onion, cooked group turkey or hamburger (ground turkey tastes the SAME in casseroles or taco dishes and it is much healthier) If you like crunch, put the rest of the chow mein noodles on top of casserole or when it is done.

    You put it in the oven at 350 for like an hour and walla-yummy!!

    We also love my fam’s famous taco pie:
    2 cresent rolls bottom of a 13×9 pan
    Refried beans spread over that (optional)
    Mix together 2 eggs and like 4 cups of cheese (marble or mexican) and a small container of sour cream
    spread taco seasoned hamburger (cooked) over the beans
    Then spread the cheese mix over the meat

    Put in oven at 350 for 1/2 hour and yummy!!

    These are my favorite dishes-not so healthy but yummy! We try to eat only organic meat now so I am missing these meals. Enjoy!

    • Tessa says:

      With the Chowmein Hotdish you also add 1/3c of soy sauce, (it is about 4 ribs of celery), may need 2 cans of chicken and rice vs just one (it is w/campbell soups) May take only 45 min to cook too.

  15. jay.me says:

    those sound good.
    i make lasagna but with rotini pasta…no layering.
    or mexican lasagna with HB ,corn tortillas,refried beans,mex rice…layered, bake and top with tomato, sour cream, and black olives.

  16. You named everything I make with ground beef. Any luck finding new recipes?

  17. javajunkee says:

    my shepherds pie consists of me dumping 2 cans of del monte beef stew into my lightly greased temp-tations casserole and using those steam and mash potatoes from ore-ida (freezer section)…I steam them and mash them like pkg says…spoon those on top ..put in the oven for like 20 minutes at 350 take it out and sprinkle with cheese ..put back in the oven until cheese is melted. Bada bing. DONE!

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