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Ground beef is very versatile and the basic ingredient of many inexpensive recipes. This page contains recipes using ground beef.


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By 3 found this helpful
March 2, 2011

This recipe is for a family of four. You could always make a smaller one by just having one can of sauce and one can of crescent rolls.



Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Brown hamburger meat. Drain. Add spaghetti sauce. Boil noodles and then drain. Mix sauce mixture with noodles.

Put a little bit of sauce in a 13x9 inch dish. Unroll one can of crescent rolls over sauce. Add sauce/noodle mixture. Top with dollops of sour cream. Add half of cheese. Unroll second can of crescent rolls over top and add rest of cheese.

Bake for 20-25 minutes.

One tip: Leave crescent rolls in fridge until ready to use to keep from sticking together.

By Melissa from Bessemer City, NC

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May 23, 20121 found this helpful

This page contains hamburger potato casserole recipes. Hamburger potato casseroles can be made with so many additions you will never need to serve the same one too often.

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By 1 found this helpful
May 7, 2012
This recipe looks good and taste great. This is a confort food we use to eat.


  • hamburger meat
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp. garlic
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  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1 cup elbow macaroni
  • salt
  • pepper


Brown hamburger. Add macaroni, cumin, garlic, tomato sauce, salt/pepper and two cups of hot water. Cook for 20 minutes.

Servings: 4-5 people
Prep Time: 15 mins Minutes
Cooking Time: 20 to 25 mins Minutes

Source: This is a meal my mother use to cook for us as children. We loved it then and still do.

By Carmen R. from Houston, TX

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By 1 found this helpful
August 19, 2010

Lightly brown the chuck; drain off fat. Mix ground chuck with the other ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 3-4 hours.

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January 20, 2010

Steam beef in double boiler, medium heat for 1 hour. Drain beef and add seasonings. Serve on large buns as a sandwich.

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April 29, 2009

This is economical to make. Evenly divide the meat and shape into 4 oblong (oval) patties. Flatten with hands and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

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August 7, 2008

Mix ingredients through onion together in skillet:Cook until hamburger and onion are done. Let cool while you prepare biscuit dough.

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May 24, 20170 found this helpful

Ground beef makes a great base for many dishes, add some Parmesan cheese to give your ground beef some extra flavoring. This page contains ground beef Parmesan recipes.

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January 8, 20170 found this helpful

This page contains poor man's steak recipes. Enjoy this is an inexpensive way to prepare beef that tastes great.

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December 11, 20160 found this helpful

This is a guide about mashed potato and hamburger casserole. Casseroles topped with mashed potatoes are almost infinitely variable, with a simple change of ingredients.


This is a good way to use leftovers.

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May 10, 20120 found this helpful

This page contains hamburger soup recipes. When looking for main course soups, consider the many variations of hamburger soup.

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By 0 found this helpful
April 18, 2012

Great sandwiches!

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December 2, 20110 found this helpful

This page contains hamburger jerky recipes. Hamburger jerky is a tender, easy to chew alternative to beef jerky. It is easy to make and home and allows you to customize the flavor.

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April 22, 20050 found this helpful

Cook meat and vegetables until meat is browned. Drain off fat. Add remaining ingredients, mix well. Cover. Simmer 20 minutes. Serve on hamburger buns.

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By 0 found this helpful
June 30, 2009

Does anyone have any recipes for ground meat, besides hamburgers, spaghetti, or meatloaf? I want to try something new.

By Dawn from McNeil, AR


July 1, 20090 found this helpful

Have you tried casseroles? This is something I throw together when I'm busy and don't want to stand over the stove in the evening. If I have a project I'm going to be working on, I prepare this in the morning, put it in the fridge and pop it in the oven for supper.


Brown hamburger with chopped onion.
Make a box off Mac and Cheese.
Add hamburger mixer to the prepared Mac and Cheese.
Add a can of cream of anything, chicken or mushroom soup, what ever you have on hand.
Add how ever many slices of cheese you want.
I add a little canned stewed tomatoes, only I make sure the tomatoes are good and smooshed.
Add some salt and pepper (I usually add that to the meat as it's browning)

Spray a casserole dish, pour in the mixture. Cube up any stale bread you have, spread the cubes over the mixture, melt some butter and pour it over the bread. Bake at 350 until it's bubbly and the bread and butter has browned.

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July 1, 20090 found this helpful

When I was growing up, we didn't have large freezer bags so we froze our hamburger in a lump wrapped in foil. When we would forget to thaw it out for dinner that night, we would have a boiled dinner. Bring a large pot of seasoned water to a boil. Drop in the frozen hamburger and then some potatoes, onions, and carrots. Bring back to a boil and turn down to a slow boil. When the lump of hamburger looks like the outside is cooked, poke it with a large meat fork occasionally being careful not to break up the lump.


When the veggies are tender and the juices run clear when the hamburger is pierced, the hamburger is done.
Gently remove the hamburger and veggies. Add more water if needed, bring back to a boil and drop a box of spaghetti into the pot. Cook until tender. The hamburger will slice like a meatloaf. I like to add a little Worcestershire sauce or steak sauce to my slice of meat.

We also made chili veggie soup with hamburger. Brown the hamburger and make the soup like normal. Add a chili roll and very small head of chopped cabbage. Very comforting on a cold, winter evening. Good luck.

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July 2, 20090 found this helpful

How about Salisbury Steak? It's one of my family's favorites.
I serve it with mashed potatoes because a nice sauce remains from the golden mushroom soup in the pan. I use very lean beef, so the sauce isn't greasy. Add a side of corn or coleslaw - delish!


This is a link to the one I make, however, there are many, many versions from baked to broiled.

http://www.cook  3-249204,00.html

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July 2, 20090 found this helpful

Brown around a pound of ground beef, drain, add a small pack of frozen peas (preferable to defrost them first), a can of mushrooms, and a small can of tomato sauce, mix well, cover, reduce heat, and cook for 15 mins. Serve over rice or in pita bread.

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July 2, 20090 found this helpful

This is very simple and very good. Brown one lb. of ground beef with a chopped onion and then drain the fat. Add some chopped garlic and soy sauce and stir. Add a tablespoon or so of cornstarch to a cup or two of cold water, stir until there are no lumps and add it to the meat. When the sauce thickens, it is done. Serve with mashed potatoes.

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November 16, 2009

I am looking for easy meals made with hamburger.

By mary from KY

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March 12, 2008

Looking for a recipe someone told me about but can't remember all of it. It has hamburger, cheese and egg in it and is layered on toast and baked in the oven, if I remember right. Does this ring a bell to anyone?



March 14, 20080 found this helpful

Have you tried You can search for recipes by ingredients. I found quite a few similar to what you're after. The first time I searched, I didn't find anything except burgers, but then instead of using the word hamburger, I used the word pork sausage. In fact, I made the easy sausage strata for Christmas morning breakfast, and it was easy AND good.
Good luck!

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March 16, 20080 found this helpful

Years ago, I was taught a recipe by a single male friend he called "dogfood":

12 slices toast
1 lb hamburger
cream of mushroom soup
2 eggs
6 slices cheese

fry hamburger (w/ diced onions & peppers, if desired); stir in 1 or 2 tbs mustard. Layer 6 slices toast in a 9 x 13 pan; distribute burger mixture evenly over. Top w/ cheese, then other 6 toast. Mix soup, eggs, and about 1/2 can milk together. Pour over layers, trying to coat each one evenly. Cover w/ foil & bake 350 about 45 min. Uncover (add more cheese on top if wanted) & bake 15 min (or so) till brown on top.

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November 16, 20090 found this helpful

My dad loves hamburger, anything hamburger. We're getting a bit tired of hamburgers, chili, stuffed peppers, etc. Anymore suggestions?

By MaryKay from Ocala, FL


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Louisiana meat pies. Just season your meat really good with Tony's and brown, drain really well, then saute' onion, bell pepper, celery, and garlic in a little water. Then mix and let simmer with a few bullion cubes and a little water. (make meat well ahead of time and let cool)

Pie pastry:

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 6 tablespoon vegetable shortening
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • Mix well, but not too long.
  • Roll out 12 circles on floured surface.
  • Put meat on one side and fold in half and crimp edges with a fork to seal good.
  • Deep fry at 360 degrees til golden brown.
  • While still hot sprinkle with Tony's.
  • Serve with Tabasco and ketchup.

My family loves these. (04/18/2009)

By Sis

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This is quite easy and quite good, I don't go by a recipe I just wing it, you can change the amounts to your liking.

Onion Burgers in Gravy

  • 1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
  • 1 envelope onion soup mix
  • 2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup ketchup or barbecue sauce
  • Heinz Fat Free Beef Gravy in a jar

Mix all ingredients except the gravy. Form into large patties. Fry. When done, remove burgers from pan and pour off grease. Add the gravy to the pan, stir to get the residue from the pan mixed into the gravy. Return burgers to pan, cover and let simmer about a half hour, turning patties half way through. (you can broil your burgers if you don't like fried)

By Deb

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What about tacos, spaghetti, Sloppy Joes, shepherd's pie, or meatloaf? I don't really go by recipes for those.

Here is one my husband likes. This one is made from basic pantry staples.

Country Style Skillet Dinner

  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 2 cups medium noodles
  • 1 15 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 4 oz. shredded Swiss cheese (I normally use cheddar, because I always have that on hand.)
Cook meat in hot butter until browned. Stir in uncooked noodles, tomato sauce, salt, sugar and pepper. Cook, covered on low heat 20 minutes or until noodles are tender. Sprinkle with cheese; heat covered until cheese melts.

I haven't made this one in a while so I don't remember, but you might need to watch and add some water during the noodle cooking time.

Trace in Jacksonville, FL (04/19/2009)

By Tracey Ihle

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I mix hamburger with crumbled crackers and 1 egg. Shape into patties and wrap a piece of bacon around the edge. Bake until done and bacon is crispy. (04/19/2009)

By vickie guy

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I make hamburger pie. I fry the hamburger then drain and make mashed potatoes, then I put the hamburger in casserole dish. I then add a can of corn or any vegetables you like on top then spread the mashed potatoes on it and sprinkle with shredded cheese and seasoning. Bake at 350 until nice and hot all the way through and cheese is melted. My family loves it. (04/19/2009)

By penny

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Mushroom meatballs have been a family favorite at my house for years.

Mushroom Meatballs

  • 1 to 1 1/2 lbs. hamburger
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 box saltine crackers, crushed
  • 1 finely chopped onion
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 can cream mushroom soup
  • 1 soup can water

Mix all, but soup and water. Shape into meatballs, put in single layer in 9 X 13 inch pan. Stir soup and water together. Pour over meatballs, cover and bake 350 degrees for 1 hour. The sauce can be used as gravy over mashed potatoes or over rice.

My mother-in-law makes this Mexican cornbread, the whole clan loves it.

Mexican Cornbread

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 slices Longhorn sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 C. yellow cornmeal
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 C. cooking oil
  • 1 C. milk
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 can cream style corn
  • 3 to 5 jalapeno peppers, chopped fine

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix cornmeal, baking soda, and salt. Add milk, eggs, corn, peppers, and oil.
Pour half in pan, then add in layers; beef, onion, cheese. Add remaining cornmeal mixture and bake 45 minutes. (This recipe does not specify what size pan to use.)

Top any meatloaf with this and you have something special, very good.

Meatloaf Topping

  • 1/4 C. ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard

Stir together and spread on any meatloaf 10 minutes before meatloaf is finished baking. Bake uncovered 10 minutes.

I don't know whether or not she knew what she was talking about, but many moons ago a friend gave me this recipe and said it was a Girl Scout campfire recipe. Sounds strange, but tastes good.

Girl Scout Recipe

  • 1 lb. hamburger
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 chopped green pepper
  • 1 can pork and beans
  • bread

Cook the hamburger, onion, and green pepper until browned. Drain. Stir in the beans and serve over slices of bread. (04/21/2009)

By Joy

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A very simple recipe is to lightly brown a pound of ground beef with an onion that is sliced thinly. Peel and slice 4 potatoes. Place a layer of beef, a layer of potatoes then 1/2 can of cream soup (mushroom, celery, cheddar). Repeat the layers. Cover with foil and bake at 350 for 1 hour. A quick version is to cook noodles and substitute them for the potatoes, then you only need to bake for 30 minutes.

A second favorite is to brown a pound of ground beef. Into a large pot add the beef, one onion diced, a can of corn, carrots, green beans (all drained first), 8 oz. of cooked pasta, and a jar of spaghetti sauce. Bake at 350 until heated through, about 30 minutes. Sprinkle on cheese and return to the oven until the cheese melts. What I do is save all my leftover veggies and freeze them and when I get the equivalent of about 5-6 cans of veggies I thaw and drain them and make the casserole. The only veggies that really don't work are like beets and sauerkraut. (04/22/2009)

By Osa Redding

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Baked Taco Sandwich: Who says tacos have to be served in a taco shell? These tacos are like open-face sandwiches you eat with a fork. And you probably have all the ingredients you need on hand.

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 envelope (1.25 ounces) Old El Paso taco seasoning mix
  • 1 cup original Bisquick mix
  • 1/3 cup cold water
  • 3/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (3 ounces)
  • sour cream, if desired
  • shredded lettuce, if desired
  • chopped tomato, if desired
  1. Heat oven to 450 degrees F. Grease square pan, 8x8x2 inches. Cook beef and taco seasoning mix as directed on envelope of seasoning mix.
  2. Mix Bisquick mix and cold water until soft dough forms; spread in pan. Spread beef mixture over dough.
  3. Bake uncovered 25 to 30 minutes or until edges are golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Immediately sprinkle with cheese. Let stand 1 to 2 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve with remaining ingredients. (04/22/2009)

By christi

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Beef and Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups
Prep Time: 35 minutes, Start to Finish: 1 hr 15 min
Makes: 2 servings Nutrition Information

Dinner for two? There's no need to make a whole pan of lasagna.

  • 1/4 lb extra lean ground beef
  • 3 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 1 jar (14-oz.) tomato pasta sauce
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (3 oz)
  • 4 (8x2 1/2-inch) frozen precooked lasagna noodles, thawed
  • 1 cup fresh baby spinach leaves, washed, stems removed

  1. Heat oven to 350 F. In 8-inch skillet, cook beef and onion over medium-high heat until beef is thoroughly cooked, stirring frequently; drain. Stir in 1/2 cup of the pasta sauce. Remove from heat.
  2. In bottom of ungreased 8-inch square (2-quart) glass baking dish, spread 3 tablespoons of the remaining pasta sauce. In medium bowl, beat egg white. Stir in ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, oregano and 1/2 cup of the mozzarella cheese.
  3. Spread 1/4 each of ricotta mixture, spinach leaves and beef mixture over each lasagna noodle. Starting with short side, gently and loosely roll each noodle; place seam side down over sauce in baking dish. Top roll-ups with remaining sauce. Cover with foil.
  4. Bake 30 to 40 minutes or until bubbly and thoroughly heated. Remove foil; sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese. Bake an additional 2 to 4 minutes or until cheese is melted. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

By christi

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I know you said no hamburgers, but this recipe is awesome just serve with mashed potatoes for a meal.
Beef Patties in Onion Gravy

  • 1lb. ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/2 envelope dry onion soup mix
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper


  • 1/2 envelope dry onion soup mix
  • 2 cup water, divided
  • 2 tbs. flour

Combine all patty ingredients;mix thoroughly with your hands and shape into 4 patties.
Brown patties on both sides. Brown only. Remove any grease.
Mix dry onion soup mix and 1 1/2 cup water, pour over patties.
Cover pan and simmer for 20 minutes, very low boil.
Remove patties to a plate.
Combine 1/2 cup water with 2 tbs. flour, add to pan.
Stir constantly with a whisk until it comes to a boil.
Boil 1 minute.
Return patties to pan, serve or turn pan down to simmer. (04/22/2009)


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This is Chili Nacho Bake.

  • 1 pound extra lean ground beef
  • 1 tsp. Olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, red or green, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cans (15oz) each of pinto beans, drained
  • 2 cans (14.5oz) each of zesty, chili style tomatoes
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 4-6 oz tortilla chips
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

Heat oven to 350. Grease a 2-1/3 - 3 quart casserole. In a large skillet over medium heat, brown the ground beef in olive oil with the onions until the onions are lightly browned and the ground beef is no longer pink. Add the bell pepper and garlic and continue cooking, stirring for about 2-3 minutes until bell bell pepper is tender. Add pinto beans, tomatoes, chili powder and cumin. Cook, stirring, until hot and bubbly. Break tortilla chips into smaller pieces and put half of them in the bottom of the casserole. Spoon about half of the bean and beef mixture over the chips and sprinkle half of the cheese. Spoon the remaining bean and beef mixture over the cheese layer. Top with remaining chips and cheese. Bake for about 25 minutes or until bubbly and cheese has melted. Serves 6-8. (04/23/2009)

By Laurie

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Easy Enchilada Casserole in this same newsletter. You could leave out the beans and double the meat. Still it is good. Today we had a second meal from it, topped with Mozzarella. Another thing to try is a box of Rice a Roni in layers with the beef, and I like it with a can of green beans mixed in. Good luck.

Great Granny Vi (04/24/2009)

By Vi Johnson

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January 19, 20100 found this helpful

As you will be able to tell by this recipe, it is for a crowd of people! Very well liked!

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