Korean Ground Beef

Meat and poultry recipes

What are we going to eat for dinner? Serve up some family favorites from our Meat & Poultry section, which includes our tasty Chicken Inasal, Spicy Pork Estofado and the ultimate comfort food, Beef in Mushroom Sauce. To name a few.

Here you will find quick and easy recipes for a quick weeknight dinner or a tasty lunch. They’re easy to make, delicious, and some can even be frozen. Cook a large batch and spread it over several meals. Just another way to make your life easier.

Korean ground beef

Korean Ground Beef has all the flavors of your favorite Korean BBQ but is made cheaply with ground beef. Enjoy it served with rice or wrapped in lettuce leaves.

Korean Ground Beef

Korean BBQ beef is one of our favorite dishes to prepare at home, but if we want an easier, faster and cheaper alternative, Korean ground beef is the way to go. Made with ground beef and a simple four-ingredient sauce, it delivers the sweet and savory flavors we love at half the cost and half the time.

It’s so yummy, G and I are literally licking our rice bowls!

Not only is this Korean beef dish an economical one-pan dinner, but it’s also versatile! You can enjoy it piled high over steamed white rice for a convenient one-bowl meal, and it’s just as delicious wrapped in crunchy lettuce leaves as the low-carb option.

Seasoned meat can also be used to fill egg rolls and wontons or tacos and quesadillas for a unique fusion of East and West flavors. You can quickly turn it into a complete dinner by adding grated carrots, fresh spinach, diced zucchini or chopped cabbage.

Cooking tips

  • Finely chop the ginger or better yet, grate it, squeeze out the juice and mix the juice into the marinade. This way you get all the flavor without having little bits to bite into. Fresh ginger is best, but ground ginger will work in a pinch. About 1/4 tsp ground and toss with soy sauce marinade to distribute evenly.
  • Half a teaspoon of red pepper flakes was just the right amount of spice for us, but you can always adjust to personal taste or leave it out entirely to make the dish more kid-friendly.
  • If adding vegetables, cut them into bite-sized pieces to cook with the ground beef. Brown the meat lightly, add the sauce and let the beef cook for a few minutes to absorb the liquid. When the ground beef is done and most of the sauce has reduced, throw in the vegetables and let them cook for another minute or two until they are soft.

Food preparation

The recipe generously serves about four and can easily be doubled or tripled as needed. It makes great leftovers and is perfect for packed lunches to work (or school).

I usually cook a big batch and portion it with a portion of steamed rice in Tupperware containers, so on days when I’m too lazy or don’t have time to cook, I thaw my pre-made meals for a few hours in the fridge and heat them up in the microwave for a few minutes until they’re hot. It’s a hack that has saved me the stress of figuring out what’s for dinner and the high cost of eating out.

For more Asian recipes, you might want to try my Salt and Pepper Pork Chops. This knockoff tastes just as good, if not better, than your favorite Chinese restaurant!

Korean ground Beef Preparation

Korean BBQ Ground Beef is easy to prepare with a short list of ingredients and takes less than 30 minutes. It’s a delicious blend of sweet and savory flavors that you’ll love served over steamed rice or wrapped in lettuce for a low-carb option.
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 15 min
Total time: 20 minutes
By Lalaine Manalo
Course: Main appetizer


  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 1 inch ginger, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup green onions, chopped
  • sesame seeds, roasted


1. Heat the vegetable oil in a wide pan over medium heat. Add garlic and ginger and cook until aromatic.
2. Add the ground beef and cook, breaking it up with the back of a spoon, about 3 to 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Drain off excess fat.
3. Mix soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil and red pepper flakes in a bowl. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Add to pan.
4. Continue cooking until the beef is cooked through.
5. Add the green onion and cook, stirring constantly, for about 1 minute.
6. Serve with steamed rice and garnish with green onions and toasted sesame seeds. Serve hot.

Nutritional information

Calories: 304 kcal, Carbohydrates: 11 g, Protein: 23 g, Fat: 17 g, Saturated fatty acids: 5 g, Cholesterol: 73 mg, Sodium: 647 mg, Potassium: 421 mg, Sugar: 9 g, Vitamin A: C: 1.7 Calcium, Vitamin A: 250 IU. 30 mg, iron: 3.1 mg

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