Healthy Ground Beef Recipes

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

Staff Picks

American Goulash

Rating: 4.73 stars
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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.

Cheesy Ground Beef & Cauliflower Casserole

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

Mini Meatloaves with Green Beans & Potatoes

Rating: 4.55 stars
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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.

Basic Meatloaf

Rating: 4 stars
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While meatloaf purists focus on the meat, we like to look at meatloaf as a way to pack extra veggies and whole grains into a meal, as we do in this healthy, classic meatloaf recipe.

Meat Loaf with Sour Cream-Mushroom Sauce

Rating: 4.33 stars
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This made-over classic boasts whole-grains and plenty of veggies for a really satisfying comfort-food dinner.

Classic Diner Meat Loaf

Rating: 3.5 stars
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Here's a traditional recipe for a family favorite. Buy the leanest ground beef you can find for this home-style meat loaf.

Mom's Chili

Rating: 5 stars
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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.

Spaghetti with Quick Meat Sauce

Rating: 4.2 stars
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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.

Blue Ribbon Meatloaf

Rating: 4.24 stars
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In revisiting this classic, we put the meat back in the “loaf” by using ultra-lean ground beef and turkey. With fresh whole-wheat breadcrumbs and beer-simmered sweet onions, you'll never notice the missing fat.

Pressure-Cooker Meatloaf & Potatoes

Rating: 5 stars
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Meatloaf and potatoes cook together in your multicooker, such as the Instant Pot, in this weeknight-ready recipe. Cooking meatloaf in your pressure cooker keeps it nice and moist and, once assembled, the whole meal is cooked in just 20 minutes!

Meatloaf

Rating: 4.56 stars
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The addition of richly flavored dried mushrooms and the whole-grain goodness of bulgur increases the vitamins and minerals and decreases the saturated fat of this meatloaf. The loaf is free-form, rather than baked in a loaf pan, which means more delicious, browned crust. This recipe is large enough to feed a big group or, even better, have leftovers for a cold sandwich the next day.

Smoky Meatloaf

Rating: 5 stars
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In this lightened-up meatloaf, healthy low-calorie shredded zucchini keeps very lean beef moist but doesn't take away from the meat itself. The flavor gets a boost from a touch of smoked paprika, Worcestershire and a sweet ketchup glaze. We've also included a variation with Italian flavors.
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Inspiration and Ideas

22 Healthy Recipes to Make with a Pound of Ground Beef
Lean ground beef is a great ingredient to have on hand for healthy dinners. It's quick-cooking, inexpensive and packed with protein for a satisfying meal that the whole family will love. But if you're getting bored with the same old ground beef go-tos, recipes like Skillet Beef Potpie with Buttermilk Biscuits and Cauliflower Rice-Stuffed Peppers are creative, delicious and use the entire pound of ground beef.

Baked Beans with Ground Beef

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.