Where’s The Beef? 4 Easy Ground Beef Recipes Tonight for Dinner

Yes, beef is one of the most popular meats people enjoy eating today.

Although, cooking beef does require some special techniques.

But, when achieving certain cooking ideas for beef, the end results are out of this world.

Experienced chefs have spent countless years of observation and experience to get their beef looking and tasting out of this world.

But, it doesn’t take years to achieve the small details that will get you excited about cooking.

So, give these  ground beef recipes and cooking ideas a try the next time you cook up some beef, and watch your meals go from tasteless to tasty.

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Experience A Sure Thing With These Cooking Ideas for Beef

A Simple Way to Cook a Burger

A grilled hamburger is so easy to make and taste so much better than the drive-thru burger. All you need is medium ground beef, an egg, breads crumbs or crushed crackers.

Season with your favorite seasonings or add barbecue sauce for a smoky flavor. For juicier burgers, add one-eighth cup of ice water to beef before forming patties.

Quick Solution for Sticking Meatloaf

Tired of meatloaf that sticks to the pan? Simply,toss in a slice of raw bacon before adding meat to the pan, and say toodle-oo to the sticking. Even though, this may not be the healthiest alternative but the taste is so flavorsome.

Stop! Don’t Salt Before Cooking

Did you know one of the biggest mistakes when it comes to cooking meat is salting it prior to cooking?

Salting actually draws the juices out and delays the browning of the meat.

Instead, wait until the meat is half cooked, then add salt. You can taste it when it’s done to see if more salt is needed. The result is juicy, tasty meat with little salt.

Cooking is a great adventure when you know how to make the process simple and fun. I get the feeling you will be extremely pleased with the results of your efforts when trying these delicious beef ideas.

Get Started Cooking Today With These 4 Tasty Beef Recipes

Recipe for One-Pot Swedish Meatball Pasta

Ingredients – 4 Servings

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • ½ cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • ½ onion, finely minced
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tablespoon salt, for meatballs
  • ½ tablespoon pepper, for meatballs
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 2 cups milk
  • ½ tablespoon salt, for sauce
  • ½ tablespoon pepper, for sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 cups egg noodle
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup fresh parsley, chopped


1. In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, breadcrumbs, onion, egg, salt, and pepper, mixing until evenly combined.

2.Heat the canola oil in a pot over medium-high heat. Take about a golf-ball size of the meatball mixture and roll it into balls. Place the meatballs into the pot, cooking for one minute. Flip the meatballs.

3.Add the beef broth, milk, salt, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce and give it a stir.

4.Bring the liquid to a boil, then add the egg noodles. Stir constantly until the pasta is cooked and the liquid has reduced to a sauce that coats the noodles, about seven to eight minutes.

5.Add the Parmesan and the parsley, stirring until the cheese is melted.

Recipe for Taco-Stuffed Peppers

Ingredients for 6 Peppers

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 6 large bell peppers, or 8 medium, ensure they have a flat base so they will stand up when cooking
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 can black beans, drained
  • 1 cup brown rice, cooked
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 jar medium chunky salsa, 1 jar, 16 oz
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning mix, 1 packet, or make your own
  • 1 ½ cups cheddar cheese, grated, or Mexican blend cheese
  • guacamole, to garnish, optional
  • sour cream, to garnish, optional


1. Cut off the top and remove the seeds from each pepper.

2. Place in a baking dish and bake for 20 minutes in a preheated oven at 350˚F (175˚C).

3. While the Peppers are roasting – heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add ground beef and season with entire taco seasoning packet. Allow beef to brown on all sides, about 5-6 minutes.

4. NOTE: If you made your own taco seasoning, you’ll want to add 2 tablespoons. The ingredients above will make more than this recipe requires.

5. Add diced onion – continuing to cook until softened, about 4-5 minutes.

6. Reduce heat to Medium. Mix in the black beans, brown rice, corn, and salsa. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

7. Add in 1 cup (100g) of cheese and stir until incorporated and the cheese has melted. Remove from heat.

8. Remove peppers from oven and fill each with the taco mixture. Top with additional cheese.

9. Return to the oven for 15 minutes until the cheese has melted.

10. Top each pepper with a generous scoop of guacamole and sour cream. Top with additional cheese.

One-Pot Cheeseburger Pasta

Ingredients for 6 servings

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 16 oz fusilli pasta
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup milk
  • green onion, sliced, to serve


  1. In a large pot over a medium-high heat, add ground beef, onions, garlic, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and ketchup. Break up the beef to incorporate the seasonings and cook until browned, about 6-7 minutes.
  2. Pour in the beef broth and one cup of water and bring to a simmer.
  3. Add the pasta and simmer for 20 minutes or until the pasta is cooked throughout and the broth has cooked down, stirring occasionally.
  4. Pour in the milk and cheese. Stir until the cheese has melted.
  5. Serve garnished with some sliced green onions.

Mashed Potato Stuffed Meatloaf Cups

Ingredients:for 10 meatloaf cups

Mashed Potatoes

  • 1 lb potato, cooked and peeled
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup milk

Meatloaf Glaze

  • ¾ cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika


  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 lb ground beef, 85%/15% fat
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ½ cup panko bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup milk


1, Preheat oven to 350˚F (180˚C).

2, Place cooked potatoes into a large bowl. Add butter, salt, pepper, Parmesan, and a splash of milk. Mash and add more milk gradually until the potatoes are the desired texture. Set aside and let cool.

3. Prepare the glaze by mixing ketchup, brown sugar, onion powder, mustard powder, and paprika in a bowl. Reserve half in a separate bowl to glaze once cooked.

4, Add oil in a skillet over medium heat, followed by onions and garlic. Cook until onions are translucent and fragrant. Set aside in a bowl to cool before adding to the meat mixture.

5. In a large bowl, combine ground beef, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, Parmesan, parsley, cooled onions & garlic, egg, breadcrumbs and milk. Mix until combined.

6. Using a spoon or ice cream scooper, scoop the meat mixture and place into a greased 12 cup cupcake baking tin.

7, Using your fingers, spread the meat from the center to make a cup. Fill the middle with a small spoonful of mashed potatoes, and cover back up with the meat mixture.

8. Generously brush half of the reserved glaze on top of the meatloaf cups generously.

9. Bake for 25 minutes, reapplying the glaze halfway through. Once they are done cooking, brush with the remaining glaze that has Not been used on the raw meatloaves.

You Don’t Have to Be an Expert Chef! Try These Delicious Slow Cooker Beef Recipes?

I’ve complied several recipe books I believe you’ll enjoy. One includes 35 slow cooker beef recipes to make cooking easier for you.

And, this book is available from the world’s largest retailer.

Above all, it’s no secret that beef can be cooked many different ways, but I’ve found that cooking it in a slow cooker is a perfect way to make the beef even more tender and flavorful.

Certainly, there are so many benefits of cooking soups or stews in your crock pot.

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