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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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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 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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  • 1 lb. ground chuck
  • 1 lb. can stewed tomatoes
  • 1 can tomato sauce (1 cup)
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 1 pkg. frozen mixed veggies (10oz.)
  • 1/2 envelope dry onion soup mix
  • 1 tsp. sugar


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. A crock pot is also a great way to make this.


By Robin from Washington, IA

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  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 2 tsp. mustard


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

By Robin from Washington, IA

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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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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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Great sandwiches!

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April 22, 2005

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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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.,1626,156163-249204,00.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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July 2, 20090 found this helpful

Taco Hash Browns:

1 lb hamburger browned and drained
1 packet taco seasoning added to browned hamburger along with water
16-20 hash brown patties
2 cups cheddar
Optional add ins; sour cream, salsa, jalapenos

I don't let the water completely evaporate from the meat mixture. I start the hash browns cooking in the oven right before I start the hamburger to browning. When hamburger is done and has seasoning added, the hash browns are done. Kinda smash up hash browns in big bowl, dump in the cheese, and then the meat mixture. I don't let the water evaporate so that it can soak into the potatoes. Mix well. Put in bowls then you can add in whatever you want. I like sour cream, but my husband and son go all out and put in sour cream, salsa, jalapenos and whatever else you can find.

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July 2, 20090 found this helpful


1-2 lbs ground beef
2 onions quartered & sliced
2 small cans tomato soup
1 box Creamettes Redi Cut Pasta (see note)
Any favorite seasonings

Cook pasta & drain. Brown ground beef & onion with fave seasonings & drain. Mix ground beef, pasta & soup all together.

This is the only spaghetti I knew when growing up. It's very NUMMY.

NOTE: If can't find this pasta I use the macaroni from 2 boxes of any mac n cheese. Save the cheese packet for another dish.

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July 2, 20090 found this helpful

I posted this one a while back:

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July 3, 20090 found this helpful

One of my favorites & so easy.
Cornbread Casserole

Brown 1 lb. chopped meat with 1/2 chopped onion, drain fat. Add 1/2 envelope taco seasoning mix & 1/2 cup salsa. Spread in 8x8 baking dish. Cover with 1 can drained pinto beans. Sprinkle 1-1/2 cup shredded Mexican cheese over all.
Mix up 1 box corn bread mix according to directions. Spread over cheese. Bake 25 min. 350 degrees. Serve with sour cream & additional salsa. Makes 4 to 6 servings.

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July 4, 20090 found this helpful

Stuffed anything - peppers, squash, eggplant, macaroni shells or manicotti. Works great in casseroles. Stroganoff, beef and noodles, SOS (hamburger gravy over toast with eggs, etc), salisbury steak, (I even tried "chicken fried steak, but that is another story). Meatballs, tacos, burritos. Oh my! Just some thoughts for a start. Oh, yeah, don't forget veggie beef soup!

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July 5, 20090 found this helpful

I have a large family so this recipe feeds 6-8 & tastes like Salisbury Steak. Recipe can easily be made in half &/or leftovers can be frozen - my favorite trick for sometimes getting out of cooking.

You will need a blender or food processor, a large bowl for mixing, foil for covering top of baking dish, a saucepan for mixing the gravy, & a deep-sided baking dish large enough to hold 6 to 8-8 oz. patties and gravy. I usually use my roasting pan.

4 lbs. hamburger meat
1 pkg. saltines

2, 2 c. packages brown gravy mix or 4, 1 c. pkgs.
2 sm. cans mushroom stems & pieces, drained well, optional

3 stalks celery, wash & trim ends but leave the leaves on
1 medium-sized onion, peeled & cut into pieces
2 eggs
1 T. beef bouillon flavoring
2 t. black pepper
short 1/2 t. garlic powder

Put the raw meat into the large bowl, breaking into pieces. In the blender or processor cup, add about 1/4 of the crackers at a time & whirl into a powder; add the powdered crackers to the meat. Next, cut the celery into about 3-inch pieces; add to blender cup. Cut the onion into chunks & also add to blender cup. Add all remaining ingredients except for the brown gravy mix & optional mushrooms: whirl until smooth. Pour the vegetable mixture over the hamburger & crackers & thoroughly mix together - using your hands works best. Divide mixture as evenly as possible into 6 to 8 patties. Place on pre-heated, broiler pan & broil each side at the lowest position for 10 minutes on each side. While the meat is broiling, prepare your gravy mix using only 3 c. of water instead of the usual 4 c. you would normally make it with. Bring to a boil, then lower temperature & allow to simmer for a few minutes. At this point, you can add the optional mushrooms. Just before the hamburger patties are finished, pour about 1/4 of the brown gravy into the baking dish. When patties are done, use a spatula to remove them from the broiler pan & place ontop of the gravy in the baking dish. Pour remaining gravy over the top of the hamburger patties, cover with foil & bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes.

I know this sounds complicated but it really isn't. The beauty of it all is that you can put the cooled down patties & gravy in ziplock freezer bags to lay flat in the freezer. Our family has grown up & moved away but I still make the same amount, leave out 2 for dinner that night & freeze the rest so I won't have to cook later... Enjoy!

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November 16, 2009

I am looking for easy meals made with hamburger.

By mary from KY

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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, 2009

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

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January 19, 2010

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


  • 15 lb. lean hamburger
  • 1 gallon Hunts catsup
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 large onion
  • 1/4 cup prepared mustard


Spray iron skillet with Pam. Fry hamburger until it turns color. Salt as you fry it. Put in a large roaster. Add catsup and mustard; stir well. Place whole onion on top of meat in roaster, roast 2 hours at 325 degrees F, stirring occasionally. Discard onion before serving if desired. Serves about 75 Maid Rites in large buns. Can be made ahead and frozen.

By Robin


Maid Rites

Is this sort of like a Sloppy Joe? (01/30/2005)

Editor's Note: Maid-Rite is a restaurant that originated in Iowa. This is a copycat recipe of their "unique loose meat sandwiches".

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