Ground Beef

Whether you're making delicious burgers, meatballs, stir-fries, chilis or more, F&W's guide to ground chicken points you toward international recipe ideas, tips from expert chefs and genius ways to flavor your meat. From easy, weeknight dinner ideas to recipes to impress your friends and family, we've got you covered.

When searching for easy dinner ideas that are still packed full of flavor, ground beef is often one of our go to solutions. Ground beef is super affordable, making it a great option for family meals or anyone on a budget; but don’t let its price point fool you, this protein is incredibly versatile and is the staple ingredient in dishes around the world. If you’re new to cooking, ground beef is a good meat to start with. It cooks quickly, and doesn’t require too much technique to get right — although we certainly have some tips to help you take ground beef to the next level. For someone who’s a more experienced home chef, finding new recipes or ideas for how to use ground beef in exciting ways can make this classic protein a part of your regular cooking routine.

Even though ground beef is fairly easy to cook, there’s still a lot to know about how to store, freeze, thaw, and prepare your chuck. Dealing with frozen ground beef can be frustrating — but simple tricks like freezing the meat in individual sections will help it thaw much more quickly, and minimize mess. It’s also important that you know when to use ground beef instead of other cuts (pro tip: ground beef is ideal for a hamburger, but it isn’t the right choice for a braise). An easy way to make any dish with ground beef better is to ensure you’re buying the best quality meat you can find. Ground beef can be baked, simmered, browned, and seared — but no matter what your recipe calls for, we’ll walk you through it.

If you’ve ever found yourself asking “what can I make with this ground beef?”, don’t stress. There’s so much you can do with the pack of chuck that’s been sitting in your freezer for a few months. To start, you can make some classic spaghetti and meatballs, or you can try a Sicilian version. On a weeknight we recommend using ground beef to make a cozy casserole or a simple rice bowl. If you’re hosting people but don’t want to break the bank, then a pot of spicy beef chili or some decadent lasagna is a good idea. There are so many delicious ways to use ground beef, that this under-appreciated protein will quickly become a regular part of your grocery list.

Explore Ground Beef

Beef-and-Cheese Red Chile Enchiladas
Beef-and-Cheese Red Chile Enchiladas
55 mins
Hamburger Helpa
Hamburger Helpa
35 mins
Grilled Middle Eastern Meatballs
Grilled Meatballs with Mint and Za'atar
25 mins