Need some dinner inspiration? This list of 40+ Healthy Ground Beef Recipes is the perfect way to use the ground beef in your refrigerator or freezer. Be sure to save this list of healthy ground beef recipes over on Pinterest or bookmark this link to keep it on hand for whenever you’re needing a last-minute recipe!
40+ Easy, Healthy Ground Beef Recipes
These recipes are easy, quick, healthy, and delicious. Here’s what you’ll find in this post:
- Ground Beef Casserole Recipes
- Healthy Pasta With Ground Beef
- Healthy Ground Beef Burgers
- Healthy Tacos With Ground Beef
- Salads With Ground Beef
- Ground Beef Soup Recipes
- Ground Beef Crockpot Recipes
- Low Carb Ground Beef Recipes
Note: Some of these recipes are made with ground turkey, but can easily be swapped out for ground beef!
How to Quickly Thaw Ground Beef
The best way to thaw ground beef is in the refrigerator for 1-2 days. However, you can quickly thaw ground beef by placing it (packaged or in a sealed bag) in cold water for 2-3 hours, changing the water every 30 minutes. For an even quicker thaw, place the ground beef on a microwave safe plate or bowl, then microwave at 50% power for about 2-3 minutes!
Can You Cook Frozen Ground Beef?
While it’s best to thaw frozen ground beef before cooking into a recipe, it is definitely possible to cook ground beef from frozen! Simply cook it on the skillet, rotating it often and ensuring that it cooks evenly. This method may take a bit longer than cooking with thawed meat, but it’s perfectly safe!
How Long Does Ground Beef Last in The Fridge?
Raw ground beef lasts about 1-2 days in the refrigerator. Once cooked, ground beef can last in the fridge for about 3-4 days in an airtight container!
Where to Buy The BEST Ground Beef
I love to purchase ground beef from Butcher Box for the best, highest quality meat at a great price! It’s easy to use, 100% grass-fed beef, pasture-raised, and delivered right to your doorstep. If you are looking for the best ground beef, be sure to try out Butcher Box!
RELATED: My Honest Butcher Box Review
Ground Beef Casserole Recipes
This Spicy Southwest Butternut Squash Casserole is savory, spicy, wholesome, and perfect for a quick and easy dinner! Made with simple ingredients, this make-ahead meal can be made entirely in a casserole dish and is bursting with flavor. This is healthy comfort food that the entire family will love!
This keto ground beef casserole recipe is an easy and tasty one pan dinner the whole family will love. Savory ground beef, marinara and different cheeses make for a tasty low carb dinner with just 3.2g net carbs. Freeze leftovers of this hamburger casserole for a quick keto lunch!
A bold meaty zucchini lasagna made with thin slices of zucchini instead of pasta. This zucchini lasagna recipe is a lower carb version of a classic!
Enchilada casserole is a quick and easy dish that skips the rolling of the tortillas. Layers ground meat, cheese and mild green enchilada sauce make this a family favorite.
This Keto Ground Beef Casserole is the perfect hearty comfort dish. Easy to make and hearty, you’ll love every single bite.
Healthy Pasta With Ground Beef
The cheesiest, gooiest, creamiest, Easy Healthy Lasagna Recipe for dinner tonight. All of the goodness of classic lasagna, but lightened up and loaded with healthy ingredients for a wholesome version of the original. This is one of the BEST healthy ground beef recipes around!
This comforting Mac and Cheese Stuffed Acorn Squash recipe is perfect as a festive autumn inspired main or side dish that everyone will love. Rich, creamy, and delicious! Simply swap the ground turkey for ground beef and you’ve got yourself a next-level meal!
Creamy Mushroom Rigatoni that’s perfect for a quick and easy dinner! Comforting, hearty, lightened-up, and delicious. Change out the sausage for ground beef and this is a recipe the entire family will love!
Pasta, black beans, ground beef, tomatoes, homemade taco seasoning and cheddar cheese make the ultimate one pot dinner! This is one dish you will not get tired of!
This Spaghetti Bolognese recipe is a quick and easy weeknight version of the traditional, slow-simmered Italian meal. It’s a homemade pasta dish with herbs, spices, and seasonings that is both filling and comforting.
Healthy Ground Beef Burgers
Savory, smoky, and lightly spicy. These wholesome Red Pepper & Kale Beef Burgers w/ Grilled Onions & Goat Cheese are so full of delicious flavor!
This easy, one-pan Beef Curry Rice Burger Bowls recipe is loaded with flavor! Delicious curry rice, chickpeas, fresh red peppers, and chili burger patties over a little bit of peppery kale. Perfect for a delicious, healthy weeknight dinner that the entire family will love!
This perfectly grilled beef burger is juicy, flavorful and everything you’re looking for! It is topped with melty muenster cheese, heaps of caramelized onions and fresh, peppery arugula. Give it a try – I promise it’ll become your new favorite!
A flavorful meat patty that is a cross between a meatball and a burger. This family favorite is so good and super versatile! A mixture of seasoned ground meat with sautéed onions and a softened bun (for the authentic tender texture) is shaped into large flattened meatballs. Pan-fried until browned on the outside and soft and juicy on the inside.
15. Healthy Burgers
These Healthy Burgers are plenty juicy, super flavorful and so easy to make on the grill or stovetop. Plus, they’re lightened up, so you can enjoy them on repeat all summer long.
Healthy Tacos With Ground Beef
Super easy, quick and flavorful! You only need a handful of simple ingredients, your favorite taco toppings, and the options are endless with this delicious taco meat. Use it to create taco salads, enchiladas, burritos, or your favorite taco variations. These tacos make for an easy dinner that the whole family will enjoy, even your pickiest eaters!
Taco seasoned meat, black beans and a healthy dose of veggies. These taco stuffed peppers are a lighter approach to taco night and best of all take just over 30 minutes from start to finish!
These classic tacos are the perfect weeknight meal for the entire family! Make your own beef taco meat with homemade taco seasoning and refried black beans. Delicious, nutritious and easy to make!
A lightened up version of everyone’s favorite classic taco! Packed with hidden veggies. You’ll love this healthier version of American style tacos!
This Ground Beef Taco recipe with Tomato and Avocado Salsa will be a new favorite! Perfect for any weeknight meal!
Salads With Ground Beef
Spicy, sour, creamy, savory. This Easy Healthy Taco Salad can easily be made with ground beef instead of ground turkey and is perfect for a quick, wholesome dinner recipe!
The ultimate Burger Salad with Special Sauce Dressing! Made with mustard flavored ground beef, all your favorite burger toppings, and then topped with a delicious homemade special sauce.
23. Burger in a Bowl
This burger in a bowl recipe includes a homemade special burger sauce. It’s got all the toppings and flavors of your favorite fast food burger with a healthier spin and served with romaine lettuce!
This Spicy Beef Soba Noodle Salad is not only easy to make but also healthy and filling. It features beef, soba noodle, lots of fresh and crisp vegetables and a spicy dressing inspired by Korean flavors.
This crisp, crunchy Thai chopped salad with ginger ground beef and Thai peanut dressing is a delicious, healthy ground beef dinner that’s heavy on vegetables and flavor! (dairy-free, gluten-free option)
Made with ready-made slaw mix, sweet red peppers, pea pods, onion, and ground beef, you’ll love this healthy, lean salad.
Ground Beef Soup Recipes
Keto Cabbage Soup Recipe – very quick and easy to make, nutritious and delicious soup made with cabbage, ground beef and tomatoes! This meal is one of our favorite healthy ground beef recipes.
This stuffed peppers soup recipe is made with a variety of fresh ingredients including ground beef, fresh vegetables, and rice. Make this tonight for a comfort food version of the classic dish!
This delicious sopa de albondigas (meatball soup) is a traditional Guatemalan dish that’s easy to make and low in carbs. Serve it with rice, avocado and homemade corn tortillas for a meal the whole family will love.
This Stuffed Cabbage Soup recipe tastes just like stuffed cabbage rolls, but without the hassle. It is a heartwarming and comforting soup that simmers on the stovetop and is ready in less than 45 minutes! This one-pot soup recipe is freezer-friendly, customizable, and easily feeds a crowd!
Healthy, hearty, economical – it’s a complete dinner made in one pot. 100% perfect for freezing, use any veg you want and switch up the spicing to your taste!
Ground Beef Crockpot Recipes
Savory, easy-to-make Veggie-Loaded Slow Cooker Chili that’s perfect for a healthy and gluten free weeknight dinner. Make a big batch of this recipe and have it throughout the week!
The most tender and flavorful slow cooker beef tacos. Simmering all day gives this taco meat an incredible texture. This is a super simple and utterly delicious meal, a real crowd pleaser!
Crock Pot Picadillo is a flavorful Cuban dish made with ground beef and a sauce made from simmering tomatoes, green olives, bell peppers, cumin, and spices. So easy and so delicious!
Homemade Crock Pot Sloppy Joes with Ground Turkey, Chickpeas, and Feta. An easy, healthy, and kid-friendly recipe your whole family will love!
Low Carb Ground Beef Recipes
Spicy Southwest Whole30 Stuffed Peppers loaded with savory ground beef, wholesome spinach, and sweet pine nuts. This recipe is easy to make and perfect to take on-the-go!
Delicious, savory, and perfect for lunch or dinner on-the-go. These Paleo Meatballs Meal Prep Bowls can be made with either ground turkey or ground beef for a healthy recipe you’ll love!
This low carb inside out egg roll recipe is keto and low carb friendly. Make this quick dinner in only 20 minutes and serve with a simple Asian-inspired stir-fry sauce.
This delicious Greek keto moussaka has sliced eggplants and yellow squash, a hearty ground beef ragù sauce, and a rich cheese sauce. Tweaked to be very low carb, it has all the flavor of the traditional, famous Greek casserole and will leave you satisfied wanting more!
These Keto Stuffed Peppers are made the classic way with ground beef, tomato, garlic, onion and spices topped with melty cheese. They’re perfect for any low-carb diet!
Need a comforting, lightened-up recipe for dinner tonight? These Healthy Swedish Meatballs are savory, delicious, and easy to make. Served in a creamy sauce that’s heavenly, the entire family will love this meal!
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40+ Healthy Ground Beef Recipes
- 1 tsp avocado oil
- 1 lb ground beef (90/10 or 93/7)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- Heat up the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
- Add in the ground beef and break into small pieces with a spatula.
- Let the ground beef cook for 4-5 minutes.
- Add the salt and pepper.
- Mix and sauté the ground beef occasionally for another 5-7 minutes (or until evenly browned and fully cooked).
- Set aside for a recipe or refrigerate for later!