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.
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.
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
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
- 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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