Diabetic Ground Beef Recipes

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

Staff Picks

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 Carolyn Casner

Beef & Bean Sloppy Joes

Rating: 4.5 stars 6
This healthy copycat recipe of the comfort food classic trades beans for some of the meat to bump up fiber by 7 grams. We also cut back on the sugar and ketchup in this Sloppy Joe recipe makeover to save you 12 grams of added sugar.
By Liz Mervosh

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

Garlic Green Beans with Crispy Ground Beef

This green bean and ground beef stir-fry is seasoned with fragrant white pepper, sesame oil, ginger and garlic. Serve over rice or rice noodles.
By Adam Dolge

Pasta Puttanesca with Beef

Rating: 5 stars 3
This easy slow cooker ground beef and pasta recipe makes a great meal any night of the week.
By Diabetic Living Magazine

Cheeseburger Stuffed Baked Potatoes

Rating: 4 stars 1
Skip the bun and serve all of your favorite cheeseburger ingredients--beef, cheese, tomatoes, red onions and lettuce--with baked potatoes for a hearty and easy dinner recipe that kids and adults will love. Feel free to swap out the ground beef for ground turkey or tofu crumbles.
By Devon O'Brien

Kickin' Hot Chili

Rating: 4.5 stars 2
If you like your chili seriously hot, this hot chili recipe is for you. For an even bigger kick, use the whole teaspoon of cayenne pepper.
By Diabetic Living Magazine

Hamburger Buddy

Rating: 3.5 stars 67
Very finely chopping onion, mushrooms and carrots in the food processor is not only fast--it makes the vegetables hard to detect for picky eaters. They also form the base for the sauce of this ground beef skillet supper. Make it a meal: Serve with a green salad.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Meatball-Barley Soup

Homemade meatballs flavored with garlic and rosemary take center stage in this simple 1-hour soup recipe. Great Northern beans and barley add a healthy dose of protein and fiber to this hearty and filling dish.
By Diabetic Living Magazine

Zucchini Parmesan

Nothing goes to waste in this twist on eggplant Parmesan, as the scooped-out zucchini flesh gets mixed into the meat sauce. Use long, straight zucchini for this dish, which are easier to hollow out for stuffing.
By Abbie Gellman, MS, RD, CDN

Basic Meatloaf

Rating: 4 stars 5
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.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Mediterranean Meatballs

Rating: 3 stars 2
Save on meal prep time by making a double batch of these delicious meatballs. Freeze them to have on hand for lunches and dinners.
By Diabetic Living Magazine
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Inspiration and Ideas

24 Diabetes-Friendly Ground Beef Dinners
Get a healthy and filling dinner on the table with these ground beef recipes.
Better-Than-Takeout Burgers with Sweet Potato Fries
Rating: Unrated 1
This healthy take on burgers and fries swaps in chopped mushrooms for some of the meat in the burger patties, to cut back on calories and saturated fat.
Quick Pasta Bolognese
Rating: 4.5 stars 7

Who doesn't love pasta with a quick meat sauce? This crowd-pleasing healthy spaghetti Bolognese recipe is a boon for busy cooks--it's ready and on the table in just 40 minutes.