21+ Best Ground Beef Recipes for Lunch and Dinner

Do you need some new ideas for lunch or dinner? These recipes will shake things up!

Updated December 12, 2017


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Ground Beef Recipes One-Skillet Beefy Enchilada Noodle Casserole
One-Skillet Beefy Enchilada Noodle Casserole
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Ground beef has been a staple in American meals for decades, and it's not hard to see why — it's easy to cook and tastes delicious every time! These 21+ Best Ground Beef Recipes for Lunch and Dinner are sure to make your mouth water and inspire you if you're looking for easy meal ideas for dinner or lunch.

From the classic hamburger on the grill to hearty, savory ground beef casseroles, and from easy beef appetizers to super-portable lunch ideas, these recipes with ground beef are perfect for any occasion! They make for an easy weeknight dinner, but can just as easily be dressed up to dazzle at a party or potluck. The kids will love these recipes, too, so you don't have to worry about picky eaters! Not to mention, they all keep well in the refrigerator or freezer so you can enjoy the leftovers all week long. There's something for everyone in this collection of great ground beef recipes! Meal planning for the week will be a cinch when you use these recipes. If you thought dinner ideas with hamburger and ground beef would be dull, think again when you see these recipes.

18+ Best Ground Beef Recipes: Lunch and Dinner Ideas with Ground Beef

Ground Beef Lunch Recipes to Satisfy Your Hunger

Ground beef is so easy to cook up for lunch, whether it's on-the-spot or made in advance. These easy lunch recipes are sure to get your stomach grumbling in no time and are perfect for taking to lunch to work or school! Do you feel that you're short on time when trying to pack your lunch? Here's a time-saving tip. Cook a batch of ground beef in one session, then divide the cooked ground beef into smaller containers for different meals for the next few days. Simply add the sauces or seasonings you need for each recipe to each container, and you're set!

  1. Sliced Meatball Panini: Hearty and full of flavor, this recipe for the classic meatball panini will be a hit at your next game day watch party. You'll save some serious prep time when you use pre-cooked meatballs for this recipe.

  2. Beef Patties: Here's a twist on the traditional hamburger! This recipe comes from Jamaica and features a wide assortment of spices and herbs for a taste that's truly unique. You can even keep a few of the beef patties in the freezer for a quick dinner!

  3. Tacos: Game day will get a boost of flavor when you include this recipe for beef tacos. You can easily serve these tacos at a party or for a quick weeknight meal, too.

  4. Greek Pita Pocket: Delicious and hearty, this take on the traditional pita pocket sandwich is perfect for lunch and will be a nice change of pace from the usual sandwich. You can even make this sandwich for a quick dinner, too.

Ground Beef Appetizer Recipes That are Perfect for a Party

Need an appetizer for the big game or a cocktail party? These easy ground beef recipes can be made in a snap, leaving you with more time to prepare the rest of your festivities! If you thought you could only serve chips and dip for an appetizer, then you'll be pleasantly surprised when you see this assortment of recipes for ground beef appetizer recipes. The crowd will be asking for more when you include these hearty appetizers that are full of flavor in your party menu. These recipes can also be used for impromptu get-togethers, too. 

  1. Oh-So-Retro Swedish Meatballs: If you have a slow cooker, then this recipe for Swedish meatballs should be at the top of your list of go-to appetizer recipes. These meatballs can be cooked for up to six hours, giving the busy host or hostess plenty of time to work on other tasks for the big party.

  2. Nachos Grande: You'll love how easy it is to make this recipe for nachos grande! In addition, this recipe has fewer than 10 ingredients and can be ready to eat in under 30 minutes. How's that for a quick appetizer?

  3. Pot Sticker Dumplings with Ginger-Soy Dipping Sauce: Step up your cooking game in a big way when you make a platter of these pot sticker dumplings! Your family and friends will be impressed with this recipe, which also includes homemade dipping sauce.

  4. Beef and Chorizo Empanaditas: Take your next party to the next level with this recipe for empanaditas! This make-ahead recipe is so hearty and full of flavor, too. 

Ground Beef Dinner Recipes Your Family Will Love

When it comes to planning a weeknight dinner, you want something simple - that's why ground beef recipes are so perfect! Cook up one of these easy ground beef dinners and you'll feed the whole family without any stress. As these recipes prove, dinner ideas for ground beef are anything but dull. From a tasty cobbler that's perfect for cold winter nights to bell peppers and meatloaf, these recipes will be just what you need when you want to serve classic comfort food. If you're looking for dinner ideas to make with ground beef, then keep reading!

  1. Beef Cobbler: Cold nights call for hearty ground beef dinners, and this recipe for beef cobbler is no exception. Featuring ground beef and an assortment of vegetables, this cobbler will be just what you need to stay warm. You can also save time by using a premade biscuit mix 

  2. Bell Peppers Stuffed with Meat and Rice: Are you growing bell peppers this summer? Then you'll want to incorporate the bounty of your harvest with this recipe for stuffed bell peppers. This recipe is one of many dinner ideas for ground beef that will be a tasty and elegant addition to your summertime menu.

  3. Pot-Roast Meat Loaf: The classic meat loaf gets a gourmet twist with this recipe! Spices and herbs, balsamic vinegar, and even bacon are included in this sophisticated take on meat loaf. Ground beef dinners that are unlike anything mom made are an interesting twist to add to any meal. 

  4. Peppery Meat Loaf with Couscous: If you want a new twist on a classic favorite, then this meat loaf recipe is for you! You'll use ground beef, as well as Italian sausage and sweet paprika, to create a meat loaf that doesn't hold back when it comes to flavors. You'll want to eat the leftovers for lunch, too!

Ground Beef Casserole Recipes to Make Ahead of Time

Need something quick and easy to whip up for dinner? These ground beef casseroles will do the trick! The best part is, you can freeze them for later — make a big batch and you'll have dinner for next week, too! Just remember to use freezer-safe packaging, and to label the container with an expiration date and cooking instructions. You don't want that hard work to go to waste due to freezer burn! These ground beef dinners will quickly become your family's favorite dinner options. 

  1. One-Skillet Beefy Enchilada Noodle Casserole: Full of flavor, this ground beef recipe is every cook's dream. You just need a skillet to get cooking with this tasty beef casserole recipe. After all, who wants to clean up a ton of pots and pans?

  2. Lasagna al Forno: This recipe is the answer to anyone who is looking for an easy way to make lasagna. You'll especially love that this recipe uses oven-ready lasagna noodles for quick cooking. 

  3. Smiley Face Casserole: Here's a casserole recipe that's almost too cute to eat! Ground beef, veggies, cheese, and even smiley-face potato fries are used in this tasty ground beef recipe.

Burger Recipes for Year-Round Grilling

Who doesn't love a delicious hamburger? These burger recipes are great on the grill or cooked inside. Share a little of that summertime feeling with the family, any time of year! These dinner ideas with hamburger include the classic hamburger, as well as new twists on the beloved dish. Whether you fire up the grill or get cooking indoors with a skillet, these tasty burger recipes will take ground beef to the next level. The next time you feel like cooking burgers for a crowd, take a look at these recipes!

  1. Burgers with House-Made Buns, Pickles and Fries: When it comes to dinner ideas with hamburger, you can't beat the classic burger. This recipe is a flavorful twist on the beloved classic. Don't be surprised if your friends request seconds (or even thirds) of this burger at your next cookout!

  2. BLT Ranch Burgers: The classic hamburger is ideal for purists, but what if you want to push the envelope? That's where this recipe for BLT burgers with ranch dressing comes in. If you want to offer guests at your next cookout something that's truly unique, then you'll want this recipe up your sleeve.

  3. Elvis Burger with Chopped Salad and Pickled Gherkin: When it comes to burger recipes, you likely "Can't Help Falling in Love" with this one. Although this recipe includes a lengthy list of ingredients, it's actually pretty easy to make.

Ground Beef Stew and Soup Recipes to Warm You Up

On a cold day, there's nothing better than a hearty soup or stew to warm you from the inside out. These ground beef stew and soup recipes are perfect for the chillier months, and are so filling you don't even need a main course! Featuring an array of seasonings and herbs, these ground beef recipes will be just the kick of flavor you're looking for this winter. These recipes are also a great way to shake up your meal planning — especially if you are stuck in a rut and could use some fresh and new ideas.

  1. Mexican Meatball Soup: You'll use plenty of ground beef, rice, onions, and an assortment of seasonings to make this tasty meatball soup! This hearty dish is one you'll want to make over and over this winter.

  2. Ultimate Game-Day Chili: No tailgate or game watch party is complete without a hot bowl of chili! This recipe is easy to make and can even be made the day before the game.

  3. Beef and Barley Soup: After a long day of work and running errands, you might feel that making homemade soup is almost impossible. This easy beef and barley soup recipe proves otherwise!

What is your favorite ground beef recipe?


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I love this Game Day Chili recipe! It's super easy to make and a real crowd-pleaser.

Thank you for responding, K1987! Got any suggestions for favorite chili toppings?


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