Easy Ground Beef Recipes

Easy ground beef recipes all in single serving portions! From hearty meatloaf to classic lasagna, here are our most popular simple ground beef recipes for one.

4 meals made with ground beef: salisbury steak, taco casserole, lasagna, meatball

Ground beef is such a versatile ingredient and is so easy to cook with. Ground beef is inexpensive, it cooks quickly, and it can be used in endless delicious ways. This protein elevates simple soups and sauces and can transform a casserole into something truly special.

Ground beef freezes well and it’s a great idea to keep a package or two in your freezer for easy meal planning and prep.

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If you need inspiration for what to make with ground beef, look no further. We’ve got over 10 creative dinner ideas listed below. Craving Italian? Try our giant meatball recipe, baked ziti or a perfect mini lasagna. If you love Tex-Mex, you’ll definitely love our taco salad and taco casserole. In addition, we’ve got Salisbury steak, a mini meatloaf, goulash, and many other single serving comfort food recipes!

Most ground beef is sold by the pound and a pound of ground beef will make roughly 3-4 servings. If you’ve got a pound of ground beef and are looking for recipe ideas, you’ve come to the right place. Consider dividing up your package of meat and meal plan with a few of these wonderful recipes made with ground beef.

These easy ground beef recipes are all made with pantry staples. Within each of the recipes, you will notice that we list creative ways and additional recipes that call for using up leftover ingredients so there’s no waste.

The Best Ground Beef Recipes

Salisbury Steak Recipe For One

This Salisbury Steak Recipe For One is single serving comfort food at it's finest. Low in carbs and topped with a mushroom, onion gravy. Made with with pantry staples, this comforting meal can be ready in minutes.
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Salisbury Steak For One | One Dish Kitchen

Easy Lasagna For One

A classic recipe for the best homemade lasagna! This mini lasagna is made with just 2 lasagna noodles and layered with meat, cheese, and sauce. This lasagna is the perfect amount to serve one or two people.
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Lasagna For One | One Dish Kitchen

Beef and Cheese Pita Pizza

Beef and Cheese Pita Pizza For One – whole wheat pita bread topped with smoked gouda and flavorful ground beef, chopped peppers, onions and garlic.
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Beef and Cheese Pita Pizza | One Dish Kitchen | Game Day Recipes

Goulash For One

This American Goulash is an easy, one-pot meal made with ground beef, onions, bell peppers, tomatoes, and macaroni. It's a simple skillet dish that cooks in 30 minutes.
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goulash | one dish kitchen

Taco Salad For One

Easy Single Serving Taco Salad Recipe – all the ingredients you love in tacos can be found in this healthy and hearty taco salad. Filled with seasoned ground beef and all your favorite taco toppings.
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taco salad | one dish kitchen

Taco Casserole For One

You won't believe how easy it is to make this Taco Casserole! Add seasoned ground beef and cheese between crisp layers of crunchy tostadas and bake in the oven. A quick, easy, and tasty single serving meal.
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Taco Casserole For One | onedishkitchen.com

Juicy Lucy For One

This is the best Juicy Lucy Burger recipe! A burger stuffed with cheese and "baked" in the oven. While the burger bakes, the cheese melts making the patty very juicy. This easy to make recipe is inspired by the famous Juicy Lucy burger, originating in Minneapolis.
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juicy lucy with melting cheese

Baked Ziti For One

A single serving version of classic Italian American comfort food. Pasta baked with ground beef, tomato sauce, and plenty of cheese. Easy to make and incredibly delicious!
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baked ziti for one | one dish kitchen

Italian Meatball Recipe For One

Easy recipe for one giant Italian meatball topped with tomato sauce and Parmesan cheese. This homemade, oven baked meatball is perfectly juicy and filled with flavor!
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italian meatball | one dish kitchen

Mini Slow Cooker Meatloaf | Single Serving

Mini Crockpot Meatloaf – easy recipe for making a moist and juicy meatloaf in a slow cooker. Made with onions, garlic, spices and topped with a sweet and tangy sauce. Recipe includes instructions for converting a large slow cooker into a single serving slow cooker.
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Slow Cooker Meatloaf For One | One Dish Kitchen

Cheesy Zucchini Lasagna | Single Serving

Healthy, low carb, cheesy zucchini lasagna made with all of the wonderful ingredients found in a traditional lasagna but without the noodles.
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Zucchini Lasagna For One | One Dish Kitchen

Bacon Cheeseburger Mini Meatloaf

This easy Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf recipe this is the best meatloaf recipe! It tastes just like a bacon cheeseburger without the bun. This mini meatloaf is the perfect size to serve one or two people.
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This Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf For One tastes just like a bacon cheeseburger without the bun. The ultimate single serving comfort food. | One Dish Kitchen

Ground Beef Tacos For One

Easy beef taco recipe made with ground beef and ready in minutes. This quick taco recipe makes a couple of tacos, perfect for those cooking for one.
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beef tacos on a plate.

How To Store Ground Beef In The Refrigerator

Refrigerate ground beef as soon as possible after purchase. Store ground beef either in its original packaging, in a zip-topped bag or in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Use within 1 to 2 days.

How To Freeze Ground Beef

If you have a kitchen scale, weigh out portions of ground beef and move them to freezer zip-top bags or wrap the ground beef in heavy duty plastic wrap, aluminum foil or freezer paper.

Ground beef is best if used within 4 months. Be sure to mark your package of ground beef with the date it was placed in the freezer.

How To Thaw Frozen Ground Beef

The best way to safely thaw ground beef is in the refrigerator. Place the sealed package of ground beef on a plate and place in the refrigerator. The meat will thaw within 1 day. Cook the ground beef within 2 days.

Can Ground Turkey Be Used Instead Of Ground Beef?

Using ground turkey instead of ground beef is a simple way to lower fat and calories and with each of the recipes listed, ground turkey can be a good substitute.

Ground turkey is drier and less flavorful than ground beef. You might need to boost its flavor by adding a little bit more seasoning than called for in the recipe.

Because of its low fat content, ground turkey can easily get overcooked. When ground turkey is overcooked it gets dry and crumbly and loses its flavor.

What To Serve With Recipes Made With Ground Beef

You might like to consider making any of these single serving or small batch side dishes to go with any of the ground beef recipes:

Garlic Smashed Potatoes

Cornbread

Smashed Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Butternut Squash

Macaroni and Cheese

Twice Baked Potato

Baked French Fries

Instant Pot Sweet Potato

Scalloped Potatoes

Rice Pilaf

Mashed Potatoes

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  1. You have elevated my standard of living and impressed my friends. My table settings look so cute with smaller individual servings.. Thank you!

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