Healthy Ground Beef Recipes

Find healthy, delicious ground beef recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

American Goulash

Rating: 4.5 stars 20
American goulash, also known as old-fashioned goulash, is the perfect economical family meal. The pasta cooks right in the sauce, so this satisfying dish can cook in just one pot.
By Carolyn Casner

Cheesy Ground Beef & Cauliflower Casserole

Rating: 4 stars 12
Ground beef and cauliflower combine to create a hearty weeknight casserole that both kids and adults will love. Serve with tortilla chips and sour cream.
By Carolyn Casner

Baked Beans with Ground Beef

Rating: 4.5 stars 4
Upgrade baked beans from classic side dish to a meaty main meal by adding lean ground beef. The final result, a superfast hearty casserole, is an easy and fast dinner option. Ground turkey or even sausage would work nicely in this dish. Just watch the sodium.
By Hilary Meyer

Italian-Style Beef & Pork Meatballs

Rating: 5 stars 1
This foolproof meatball recipe makes enough to stash away for another day. They're great to have on hand for easy dinners (see 3 ways to use them, below), but also make good impromptu appetizers.
Hilary Meyer
By Hilary Meyer

Old-Fashioned Meatloaf

Rating: 3 stars 1
Mushrooms, garlic and oats sneak some extra nutrients into this hearty and easy meatloaf. Serve with sweet potatoes and your favorite green vegetables for a super-satisfying comfort food dinner.
By Andrea Kirkland M.S., RD

Spaghetti with Quick Meat Sauce

Rating: 4.5 stars 11
Instead of opening a jar of sauce, try this easy spaghetti with meat sauce on a weeknight. Serve with steamed broccoli and garlic bread. The recipe makes enough for 8 servings. If you're serving only four for dinner, cook 8 ounces of spaghetti and freeze the leftover sauce.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Mini Meatloaves with Green Beans & Potatoes

Rating: 4.5 stars 13
This healthy meatloaf recipe and side dishes are all made in the oven on two sheet pans so that everything's ready for the dinner table at the same time. The potatoes go into the oven first to start roasting while the mini meatloaves and green beans are prepped and added to the oven partway through.
A portrait of Breana Killeen, M.P.H., RD
By Breana Lai Killeen, M.P.H., RD

Taco Lettuce Wraps

Rating: 5 stars 2
Don't limit yourself to lettuce for this low-carb, gluten-free taco lettuce wrap recipe--any fresh green sturdy enough to wrap around 1/2 cup of filling works.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Salisbury Steak with Sweet Paprika Sauce

Rating: 3 stars 1
In this easy steak recipe made with ground beef, Salisbury steaks are matched with a creamy paprika and roasted red pepper sauce. We like to serve the Salisbury steaks with whole-wheat egg noodles and a mixed green salad.
By Bruce Aidells

Sausage-Spiked Meatloaves

This meatloaf riff uses sausage to boost its flavor. When you're already cooking meatloaf, it's not much more effort to prep a second meatloaf. The extra one makes a delicious day-after meal (see Tip for ideas for the leftovers) or freeze it for another time.

Classic Hamburger

Rating: 4.5 stars 7
Slow-cooked onions add moisture and flavor to these lean beef burgers. A quick blend of mayonnaise, ketchup, relish and vinegar makes a perfect tangy, sweet and creamy “special sauce” for this burger. We love the dill relish here, but use sweet relish if you prefer it. Serve with sweet potato fries.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Biftekia (Spiced Beef Patties)

This style of preparing hamburgers is popular in Greece. The seasoned beef patties stay moist and delicious thanks to the liquid exuded when grating the tomato and onion—be sure not to drain any of it away. Serve with roasted potatoes and a green salad.
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Inspiration and Ideas

25 Family-Friendly Dinners That Start with Ground Beef
Soups, casseroles, pastas and potpie are all on the menu, so you're bound to find a recipe that your crew will enjoy.
15 High-Fiber Dinners That Start with Ground Beef
Use that pack of lean ground beef in the fridge to make a filling dinner with one of these delicious recipes.
Mom's Chili
Rating: 4.5 stars 3

This healthy basic beef chili recipe is well worth doubling so you can throw a batch in the freezer. Serve topped with diced red onion, sliced scallions, shredded cheese and your favorite hot sauce.