Ground Meat Recipes

Burgers, meatballs, meatloaf, shepherd’s pie—we have to thank ground meat for some of the world’s best comfort foods. It’s also a staple ingredient for busy home cooks: an inexpensive, quick-cooking source of protein that can be used in an almost infinite list of recipes from around the globe. Ground beef is definitely the most popular ground meat in the US; it’s the base of favorites like sloppy joes, chili, and Tex-Mex-style tacos. Ground turkey and ground chicken are gaining ground as lean sources of protein, and ground pork is a flavor booster for dishes ranging from meatballs to ma-po tofu. Ground lamb and veal, while less common in the US, are essential for a flavorful ragù Bolognese or Greek keftedes. Whether you’re cooking with beef, pork, poultry, veal or lamb, F&W’s guide to ground meat will steer you toward seasoning tips, flavorful and affordable recipes and more.

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Lemongrass Meatballs

Top Chef judge Gail Simmons first met Andrew Carmellini in 2002, when he was chef de cuisine at Café Boulud. She was working for chef-owner Daniel Boulud at the time and spent hours hanging out at the café, usually because its kitchen always had the best staff meal. One of the things she loved about Carmellini’s menu was the changing section highlighting a specific world cuisine. Carmellini left Café Boulud in 2005 and went on to open many of New York’s most successful restaurants, including Locanda Verde, where his lamb meatball sliders caused a national frenzy. Simmons’s own recipe owes a debt to his meatballs, as well as to her honeymoon trip to Vietnam. The combination of lemongrass, a few dashes of fish sauce and tons of fresh herbs creates a salty brightness to crave year-round. Slideshow: More Meatball Recipes

Ground Chicken Recipes

Keep things simple in the kitchen with quick-cooking ground chicken. Browse through our recipes for corn-chicken chili, chicken burgers with spicy peanut sauce, chicken and sun-dried-tomato meatballs and more.

Pork-and-Ricotta-Stuffed Jumbo Shells

Food & Wine’s Justin Chapple amps up the filling in stuffed shells by including ground pork. Make sure to use your favorite prepared tomato sauce here. Slideshow: More Pork Recipes

Spicy Glazed Meatloaf

Baking meatloaf in a Bundt pan creates lots of crispy surface and keeps the inside tender and moist. Slideshow: More Meatloaf Recipes

Ground Lamb Recipes

Here is a collection of our favorite appetizing and flavorful ground lamb recipes that are sure to please. These dishes include Mediterranean style dishes and spices like cumin really bring out the savory flavor.


Kofta represents a number of different (but similar) dishes that span across many cultures—from Asia to the Middle East. Usually, the recipe consists of ground meat mixed with spices and formed into balls. These kofta ideas showcase the range of variations, from cod kofta to ground lamb kebabs.

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Healthy Ground Beef Recipes

Ground beef is an affordable and versatile ingredient, that can be incorporated in several healthy recipes. Try some of these easy and nutritious dishes, from stuffed zucchinis to Hungarian beef-and-potato soup.

Our 24 Best Ground Beef Recipes

From baked pastas to fragrant curries, F&W has terrific ideas for easy ground beef recipes. Laab, a fast and easy dish, is a traditional Thai meat salad that can be eaten warm or at room temperature. Adding thin noodles is a simple way to turn it into a pasta salad, but the meat mixture is also great on its own. Click through to find more amazing recipes for ground beef, including the best meat loaf and Sicilian-style meatballs made with pine nuts.