Ground beef just might be the ingredient heard around the world. Although it’s essential for building
burgers, packing patty is hardly the only thing to do with hamburger meat.
You can fold fatty ground beef into little dumplings (pro-tip: consult our
guide to homemade dumplings), or crumble lean ground beef into an egg or potato hash to up your weekend breakfast game. When it comes to meals to make with ground beef, the recipe possibilities are endless. From Italian meat sauce to Chinese dumplings to homemade chili, here are some of our best ground beef recipes and ideas to try any time of year.
Minimally-spiced Romanian beef kebabs are grilled until lightly charred and served with intense, bright pickled persimmons in this take on Israeli street food.
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Spiced khinkali, or pork and beef dumplings, from
In the Syrian Jewish kitchen, this Middle Eastern basic gets a sweet-and-sour spin.
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Armenian Stuffed Cabbage (Dolmas)
On October 17, 1982, the Bolognese chapter of the Accademia Italiana della Cucina, “after having carried out long and laborious investigations and conducted studies and research”, decreed the following recipe to be the official one for classic ragu alla bolognese. We’re not necessarily convinced of that, but it’s a fantastic recipe nonetheless.
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This chili of beef and red kidney beans is flavored with dark chile powder and curry powder.
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This recipe for summer bolognese has the classic comfort of bolognese, but without the heaviness of a red sauce, instead embracing the summer’s bounty of gorgeous tomatoes and fresh basil.
Lou Di Palo shared his grandmother’s recipe for the meatballs that he sells at his family’s store, Di Palo’s Fine Foods, in New York City; they’re composed of pork, beef, and veal and flavored with four kinds of cheese.
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Spinach, Beef, and Egg Hash
The now-shuttered Crystal Palace of Montreal used to serve these beef dumplings as an homage to the Quebecois favorite, peanut butter dumplings.
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In these delightfully rich dumplings, homemade or store-bought chile oil is balanced by freshness from scallions and ginger and sweetness from oyster sauce. To maximize the crispy surface area, stretch and arc the shape of the raw dumpling slightly.
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The key to making these meatballs is to brown them first in a skillet and then braise them in a sauce of red wine and tomatoes. Serve them with crusty bread or spaghetti to sop up the sauce.
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At Ethel’s Grill on Oahu, Hawaii, juicy pork-and-beef patties are served over salty-sweet ponzu sauce and crisp cabbage, and topped with grated daikon and spicy sprouts.
This delicious dish known as “American chop” in diner-ese is similar to the all-American classic chili mac.
This spicy braise, garnished with mouth-numbing Sichuan peppercorns, is one of the region’s most well-known dishes.
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Beef and Lamb Koftas with Mustard
The recipe for these kebabs, which can also be made with lamb, is adapted from Charmaine O’Brien’s
Recipes from an Urban Village (The Hope Project, 2003).
The secret to making a light meat loaf is to handle it as little as possible.
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Lasagna gets a bad rap for being a labor-intensive dish, but with a few shortcuts, like starting with store-bought lasagna sheets, you can make a great cheesy version any night of the week.
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This stuffed, fried chile, a specialty of Julin Contreras of Restaurante Pueblo Mio in the town of Tehuantepec, in southeastern Oaxaca state, has a sumptuous ground beef filling dotted with olives and raisins.
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The recipe for these potted meatballs is adapted from Arthur Schwartz’s
Jewish Home Cooking: Yiddish Recipes Revisited (Ten Speed Press, 2008).