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33 Quick Ground Beef Recipes

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By: Kaylee Pope, Editor, RecipeLion.com
Updated October 31, 2018
Quick Ground Beef Recipes

Short on time? Make one of these easy and simple recipes. Our quick ground beef recipes are ideal for busy nights and last-minute meals. All of the recipes below take 60 minutes or less to make.

In a perfect world, we would all have a few hours every evening to dedicate to making ourselves a scrumptious, healthy, and balanced dinner every single night. The reality is, however, that most of us have a lot more going on. That is why I am obsessed with the dinner ideas in this list of quick ground beef recipes. These yummy beef recipes for dinner all take under an hour to concoct and are all absolutely tasty. With can't-miss ground beef casseroles, Mexican-inspired dishes, healthy options, and more, these simple and easy ground beef recipes make dinnertime a breeze. 

Skinny Cheeseburger Casserole

When it comes to classic ground beef dinner recipes, cheeseburger casserole or cheeseburger pasta is an all-time classic. Try this quick and tasty variation on this favorite dish. The whole family will love this dish. It's a kid-friendly option, too!

Prep: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 30 Minutes

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Skinny Cheeseburger Casserole

BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger Nachos

If you are on the hunt for an extra speedy dinner or lunch idea, these nachos are the way to go. Quick to cook and quick to disappear, these yummy nachos make an excellent last-minute meal for the family. Serve with instant rice and some refried beans to round out the meal. Be sure to check out the full blog post for tips on making fail-free nachos.

Prep: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 8 Minutes

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BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger Nachos

Easy Ground Beef Stroganoff Recipe

While some recipes for stroganoff can be exceedingly complicated and time-consuming, this recipe can be completed from start to finish in under 45 minutes. Hearty and perfect for chilly days, you will love this quick ground beef and noodle recipe. Plus, this variation skips using "cream of" soups, making it healthier than other options.

Prep: 5 Minutes
Cook Time: 30 Minutes

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Easy Ground Beef Stroganoff Recipe

Stupidly Easy Wicked Beef

You are just 3-ingredients away from making an absolutely tasty and surprisingly cheap ground beef pasta recipe. Inspired by one of our reader-favorite recipes, this fast ground beef recipe is ideal for families and makes some great leftovers.

Prep: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 30 Minutes

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Stupidly Easy Wicked Beef

Amish Style Ground Beef Casserole

If you're in search of a tasty and classic casserole recipe, this Amish-style recipe is sure to do the trick. Made from Bisquick biscuits, ground beef, and veggies, this hearty meal is ideal for a family dinner. Serve with some frozen green beans or another veggie to round out the meal.

Prep: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 25 Minutes

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Amish Style Ground Beef Casserole

Quick and Easy Tin Foil Dinner

while cooking is to cook everything at once. Tin foil dinners make combining ingredients easy and tasty. Combine ground beef, veggies, and more to make one of our quickest ground beef recipe options.

Prep: 5 Minutes
Cook Time: 25 Minutes

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Quick and Easy Tin Foil Dinner

20-Minute Ground Beef Tacos

Is there an easier way to cook a last-minute meal than making tacos? If you're looking for a quick ground beef recipe for tacos, this is the recipe for you. This simple Mexican dish takes 20 minutes to cook and is sure to be a big hit.

Prep: 5 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes

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20-Minute Ground Beef Tacos

The Fastest Shepherd's Pie

Learn how to make shepherd's pie in a flash with this sped-up dinner classic from our friends at Campbell's soup. Combine ground beef, cream of mushroom soup, veggies, and instant mashed potatoes to make a pie in mere minutes. You will love the result.

Prep: 25 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes

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The Fastest Shepherd's Pie

Fast and Flavorful Chili

Making chili is an excellent way to provide your family with a warm and hearty meal on an extremely cold day. The problem is, chili often takes hours to simmer on the stove or in the slow cooker. Luckily, we have this speedy cheater's option for making chili in a flash. It tastes just as good, too!

Prep: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes

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Fast and Flavorful Chili

Scrumptious Sloppy Joe Casserole

Skip the sloppy mess of traditional sloppy joes and make this casserole instead. You can create this casserole that the kids are sure to love in under an hour. It tastes just like the real thing but takes about half the time.

Prep: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 25 Minutes

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Scrumptious Sloppy Joe Casserole

Ramen Noodle and Beef Skillet

Just because you're eating ramen noodles for dinner does not mean you need to skip the protein or extra flavor. This crazy simple upgrade shows you how to combine a few choice ingredients with everyone's favorite dorm room staple to make a tasty alternative.

Prep: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 10 Minutes

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Ramen Noodle and Beef Skillet

Ground Beef Crescent Casserole

For a quick ground beef recipe that will keep the family happy, try out this Italian-inspired crescent roll recipe. This yummy recipe tastes just like a deep dish pizza with about half the work

Prep: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 30 Minutes

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Ground Beef Crescent Casserole

Fast and Guiltless Beefy Enchiladas

While this recipe takes a bit more prep than the other recipes on this list, these easy enchiladas are worth the extra effort. Healthy and tasty this ground beef Mexican recipe is ideal for using up ground beef while still making a healthy meal.

Prep: 25 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes

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Fast and Guiltless Beefy Enchildadas

Crazy Good Tater Tot Casserole

Tater tot casseroles are a fun way to make a meat and potatoes dish while still having some fun. This veggie-rich recipe is ideal for family dinners and is easy to make-ahead the night before if you're starved for time. Since this recipe uses frozen veggies, it saves you a ton of chopping time.

Prep: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 40 Minutes

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Crazy Good Tater Tot Casserole

Texas Hash

Texas hash is a recipe made with ground beef, rice, veggies, and more in one skillet. This tasty combo has a hint of spice due to the inclusion of chili peppers and onions. If you're looking for something hearty with a kick, this is a tasty option! Garnish with cheese.

Prep: 5 Minutes
Cook Time: 25 Minutes

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Texas Hash

Happy Hubby Ground Beef Casserole

This quick ground beef recipe is a combo of beef stroganoff and lasagna. Made with lots of cheese and egg noodles, this tasty dish is called "happy hubby" for a reason. Consider mixing in some spinach to make it just a hint healthier.

Prep: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 30 Minutes

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Happy Hubby Ground Beef Casserole

Italian Style Beef Skillet

Not only is this recipe quick to make, it is even quicker to clean up. This skillet recipe cooks every single ingredient in one place, meaning you have just one skillet to scrub clean at the end of the night. Our recipe uses penne pasta, but you could easily replace the noodles with whatever you have in your pantry.

Prep: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 20 Minutes

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Italian Style Beef Skillet

3-Ingredient Hamburger Pockets

These crazy simple little meat pies make a fantastic last-minute meal for friends and family Created with pre-made biscuits, all you have to do is brown your beef, combine ingredients, and sit back while your hamburger pockets bake. Make some tater tots or home fries alongside this quick ground beef recipe for a well-rounded, tasty meal for the family.

Prep: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes

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3-Ingredient Hamburger Pockets

Grilled Hawaiian Burgers with Pineapple

Say Aloha! to your new favorite burger recipe. This tasty and brand new take on traditional burgers allows you to combine a unique flavor palate that is sure to impress any dinner guests. You don't have to tell them it took your mere minutes to make this tasty burger.

Prep: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes

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Grilled Hawaiian Burgers with Pineapple

How to Brown Ground Beef

If you're exploring one of these yummy recipes, chances are you will have to learn how to brown ground beef. Watch the helpful video below.

Plus, check out our full-length How to Brown Ground Beef tutorial for even more tips and tricks.

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