Looking for a well-balanced dinner in a pinch? These healthy ground beef recipes are great for busy nights! Enjoy the classics like meatloaf and spaghetti but with a healthy twist or find some new inspiration. Either way, you’ll have dinner on the table in record time with these ideas!
Are you sick of the same old recipes to use up the ground beef in the freezer? Get some new inspiration with these healthy ground beef ideas.
These recipes were made for busy weeknights in mind. However, they also take in to account feeding your family a healthy, nourishing meal.
So, expect to see some of your regular comfort food staples like Sheppherds pie and easy skillets but with healthy, nutritious twists!
A comforting and flavorful soup with only 4 Weight Watchers points. This ground beef soup recipe is easy to whip up, it’s healthy and filling, and you can add extra vegetables to stretch it even further. The perfect weeknight meal to cozy up with on cool fall nights.
A delicious casserole recipe that will have the whole family asking for seconds! This taco fiesta casserole has only 254 calories per serving but 25 grams of protein making it a light but super filling dinner recipe. Loaded with colorful vegetables and seasoned with taco seasoning it’s a tasty, comforting meal.
Skip the store-bought version and instead whip up this homemade hamburger helper for busy nights. This homemade version has only 280 calories in each serving but is loaded with creamy comfort and lots of protein. This hamburger helper is lightly seasoned to taste like the classic but with less sodium and more fuel.
All the deliciousness of your favorite fast-food purchase in a hearty, healthy dinner. This bacon cheeseburger casserole weighs in at only 249 calories per serving and has a handful of ingredients. It uses biscuits as the base to give it an authentic comfort feeling while layering ground beef, bacon, and cheese for the cheeseburger flavor.
With a salty, spicy flavor these Korean beef bowls are hard to say no to loaded with celery, fresh ginger, and garlic the ground beef is then tossed in a lime and red pepper flake sauce for a spicy kick. Add on your favorite garlic chili sauce and enjoy the heat!
Baked in the oven these beef taquitos can be anything you want them to be! With only a handful of ingredients, they whip up quickly and kids love them. Add in some extra veggies like bell peppers or tomatoes for color and you can not only boost the flavor but stretch the taquitos further too.
7. Korean Beef
As simple as a weeknight dinner can get. This Korean beef has a mouth-watering Asian flavor that’s perfect for meal prep! Serve this Korean beef on top of rice, cauliflower rice, or even just roasted vegetables to make a complete meal. It’s simple but flavorful and pairs well with everything.
A 30-minute easy and delicious recipe the whole family will love. This ground beef skillet is a one-pan dinner that’s loaded with color and fire-roasted tomatoes. With 40 grams of protein, it’s a meal that won’t leave you hungry anytime soon. It’s well worth making a big batch and enjoying the leftovers for lunch.
A cost-effective one-pan meal perfect for busy nights. This ground beef and broccoli recipe is whole30 approved meaning it uses only the highest quality ingredients and nothing processed. It comes out flavorful and comforting though and can easily be made into a meal prep recipe for the next day.
An easy healthy dinner when you’re not sure what to make. This recipe tosses ground beef and diced vegetables into an easy Mexican seasoning before sauteing it so that the flavors meld together. With only 210 calories and 7 ingredients, it’s a great choice for busy nights.
Skip the carbs and opt for these taco lettuce wraps instead! These lettuce wraps are a crunchy, savory choice for busy nights. They can be topped with your favorite add-ins to make them unique to everyone at the table but their very base is hearty and filling.
Super filling and delicious as leftovers these stuffed peppers are a family favorite. Made with ground beef, garlic, tomatoes, and spinach they add a pop of color to your table. Top them with cheese before baking or make them even lighter and skip that step. Either way, they’re tasty.
13. Ground Beef Stew
The perfect family meal. This ground beef stew is thick and hearty but extremely easy to make. It has only 281 calories but is loaded with colorful vegetables and flavor. Plus, it uses many ingredients you already have on hand or are cost-effective to source to come together making it a tasty, budget-friendly meal.
This beef soup recipe can be made with ground beef or cubed beef. If you want to make it budget-friendly opt for ground beef. It’s loaded with comforting, smoked paprika flavor and lots of vegetables. Enjoy it as-is or top it with your favorite fixings for a richer meal, either way, it’s a staple on cold nights.
All the comfort of your favorite dish but without the heavy feeling afterward! This low-carb meatloaf is super moist, delicious, and totally sugar-free. With only 239 calories you even have the option to make it keto-approved. Your family will never know that this ground beef recipe is actually healthy for them!
16. Best Beef Chili
Made with ground beef, diced tomatoes, and the secret ingredient that takes this chili recipe from average to amazing. This ground beef recipe is loaded with flavor and will soon become the ultimate meal for winter nights. Top it with sour cream, avocados, or any of your other favorites, and curl up with a bowl full.
Loaded with color and protein this ground beef burrito bowl comes together in under 30 minutes! Crisp crunchy lettuce, juicy corn, and ground beef that’s seasoned with taco flavor. You can enjoy this burrito bowl on top of rice or lighten it up and use cauliflower rice for an added veggie. Then, top it with some sliced avocado, and enjoy!
Skip the shells and enjoy your favorite food in bowl form instead. These taco bowls have perfectly seasoned ground beef paired with sauteed veggies, beans, and your favorite toppings. Make this ground beef recipe as indulgent or light as you wish and even enjoy one the next day, it makes a great meal prep recipe!
What better way to use up ground beef than with this easy stir-fry recipe? With lots of vegetables, this ground beef stir fry comes together in under 30 minutes making it great for busy weeknights. Topped with a brown sugar soy sauce concoction that everyone will hound you for this stir fry will become a go-to in no time.
The soup recipe to have on hand when you forget to meal plan. This hamburger soup uses basic fridge and pantry staples to make it whip together quickly. Plus, it’s kid-approved! Totally paleo, this weeknight dinner soup can be made with lots of different variations but comes out delicious each time.
Skip the deep-fried shells and instead enjoy a de-constructed egg roll in a bowl! This weeknight dinner whips up in 20 minutes and brings your favorite takeout flavors to life in a healthy way. Drizzle it with bang bang sauce if you have it and make sure to double batch as you’re going to want more!
22. Burger Salad
Amp up your vegetable intake with this burger salad recipe! Made with mustard ground beef, lots of fresh vegetables, and topped with pickles and a special sauce, this salad will have you swapping out your favorite burger in no time! Not only that, it’s easy to customize based on your preferences making this one great for families.
Beef Bulgogi is a Korean BBQ recipe however, these bowls skip the grilling and instead opt for ground beef and infuse it with all the classic flavors. Perfectly seasoned beef then tops crunchy lettuce, pickled cucumbers, and shredded carrots. Drizzle on some garlic chili sauce and you’ll want another big bowl tomorrow!
A tasty way to eat more vegetables. With this Thai salad, you have crisp, crunchy vegetables, topped with ginger ground beef and drizzled with peanut Thai sauce. It makes for the perfect weeknight meal or make-ahead lunch recipe. Heavy on vegetables and on flavor!
Tastes like takeout but without the heavy feeling or the cost! This stir fry is loaded with bok choy, broccoli, and carrots, seasoned with a tasty coconut aminos dressing, and mixed up with your favorite ramen. It can be made gluten-free as needed and is the perfect recipe to cozy up with.
25 Must-Try Healthy Ground Beef Recipes
- 1 Can Crushed tomatoes
- 1 lb Ground beef
- 1 can Black Beans
- 2 Whole tomatoes
- 1 Medium onion
- 1 Ear of corn
- 1 teaspoon Paprika
- 1 teaspoon Taco seasoning
- 2 cubes Beef/ chicken stock
- 2 cups water
- 2 Garlic cloves
- 1 minced spring onion
- Dice the tomato and onion and heat a large frypan over a medium-high heat
- Add a drizzle of your preferred cooking oil and add the onion. Cook, occasionally stirring, until starting to brown. Add the beef and cook for 2 minutes, stirring just enough to brown evenly.
- Add beans and spices, and stir to combine.
- Add corn and tinned tomatoes and return to low heat.
- Add the stock cubes, mix in 2 cups water, bring everything to a simmer, and cook for 15-20 minutes until the soup thickens. Stir through the fresh tomatoes and cook for a minute more.
- Serve in bowls with sour cream, cheese, fresh tomatoes, and spring onion on top.