Korean Ground Beef [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Korean Ground Beef is the PERFECT weeknight dinner that is ready in 20 minutes from start to finish. It is one of the easiest dishes you can make, and one of the best homemade Korean recipes to prepare.

We love easy weeknight dinners, and this one is one of our favorites! It is made with ground beef and has the perfect blend of sweet and spicy Korean BBQ flavor in the meat. For some Asian inspired dishes, you can also try the Slow Cooker Asian Short Ribs, Honey Cashew Shrimp, or Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry.

Easy Korean Ground Beef

Korean Ground Beef and rice is the first dish we make when we crave easy and delicious Asian food. It is fast to prepare, and the cooking process itself takes just about 10 to 15 minutes. You can have your favorite Korean restaurant dish easily made at home, ready in no time. Also, if have some leftover cooked rice, you’ll have dinner on the table before you know it!

You will love this recipe because it is budget-friendly, and uses ingredients that are usually always on hand. You can use fresh ginger here, but since it is not always available, feel free to go with ginger powder. Similarly, you can buy fresh ginger when available and then freeze it for later use.

WHAT IS A KOREAN GROUND BEEF BOWL?

This easy dish has its roots and flavors from the popular Korean beef bulgogi. It is made with ground beef cooked in a sweet and savory sauce, steamed rice and a colorful assortment of vegetables. An easy dinner option that is ready in about 20 minutes. This recipe is a favorite around the world because it is simple to make, yet packed with tons of flavor and proteins.

Homemade Korean Ground Beef Recipe

How to make Korean Ground Beef?

  • To make this delicious meal, start by cooking the garlic and browning the beef in a pan. Drain any excess fat and then return to the stovetop.
  • Next add the sesame oil, garlic, and ginger.
  • Stir in brown sugar, soy sauce, and red pepper flakes.
  • Lastly, add some chopped green onions to it. 
  • Serve warm over a bowl of white rice, and garnish with sesame seeds and sliced green onion.
  • It’s that simple!

How Can I Make this Korean Ground Beef Recipe Low Carb?

This is one of the dishes that can easily be converted to a low carb meal. To do so, follow the steps below:

  • Substitute the brown sugar with a low carb brown sugar sweetener.
  • Instead of white rice, serve the dish over a bed of hot cauliflower rice, or mashed cauliflower.
  • Similarly, you can try serving it in a lettuce wrap for a fun taco-inspired dish. It is very delicious!

Can I use frozen ground beef?

If you want a quick meal and do not have fresh ground beef, you can quickly and easily defrost it. Best way to do it would be in the microwave or in cold water. If using the microwave, cook the meat right away because some areas may begin to cook during the defrosting.

To defrost in cold water, put the meat in a watertight plastic bag and submerge. To speed up the process, use warmer water.

One Pan Korean Ground Beef

Can you store this dish?

Leftovers can be sealed in a container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat them gently, covered, in the microwave on 50% power. Also, it’s best to put leftovers aside before you drizzle sesame oil to it so that you don’t end up microwaving sesame oil.

Expert TIPS:

  • After you brown the beef, make sure to drain excess grease that is rendered from the beef.
  • Similarly, you could use leaner ground meat if desired.
  • Remember that you should drizzle the sesame oil after cooking is done. Since sesame oil oxidizes easily and is not suitable for high heat cooking, try to use it after the cooking is done.
  • To make it spicier, use some extra red pepper flakes.
  • If you prefer not to use soy sauce, you can use some gluten-free and paleo alternatives. You might want to add extra salt though, depending on what you use.

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Homemade Korean Ground Beef
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 4 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes Total time: 20 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 pound  lean ground beef 
  • 3 cloves  garlic  (minced)
  • 2 teaspoon  avocado oil  (or regular oil)
  • 1 teaspoon  sesame oil 
  • 1/2 teaspoon  freshly grated ginger  (or ginger powder)
  • 1/4 cup  light brown sugar 
  • 1/4 cup  low-sodium soy sauce 
  • 1/2 teaspoon  crushed red pepper flakes  (or chili garlic sauce)
  • 1  bunch green onion  (chopped)
  • 2 cups  hot cooked white rice  (for serving)
  •  salt and pepper to taste 

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add avocado oil. Once hot add minced garlic, and fresh ginger (if using fresh), quickly stir and cook just until fragrant.

  2.  Add and brown the meat until no longer pink crumbling it with a wooden spoon.

  3. Drain excess grease, then add brown sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil, red pepper flakes, and ground ginger (if not using fresh).

  4. Cook for few more minutes until the beef has a shiny color. Mix in chopped green onions.

  5. Remove from heat, drizzle with more sesame oil, sesame seeds, and sprinkle with extra fresh green onions and serve over hot rice.

Calories: 252 Carbohydrates: 14 Protein: 25 Fat: 9 Saturated Fat: 3 Cholesterol: 70 Sodium: 614 Potassium: 439 Fiber: 0 Sugar: 13 Vitamin A: 75 Calcium: 24 Iron: 3.1
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Alli Smith

This sounds like my kind of weeknight meal - easy and delicious. Plus, it looks amazing! I love that it includes avocado oil.

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Glenda Cates

I had taken Hamburger Meat out for dinner this evening and wasn't sure what to make out out of it. But now I think I will make this because it is fast and my family doesn't get home till after 7 so it would be warm when they walk in the door.

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Amber Myers

I don't think I've ever had this before. It sounds tasty! I need to make it for dinner one evening and see how my family feels about it. I'm sure it'll be a hit!

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Jeanette

I keep saying that I want to make Korean ground beef. I have yet to do it but this recipe makes it so simple I know for a fact I'm going to be making this. It looks so good.

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Chubskulit Rose

I love Korean dishes, my favorite is kalbi and bibimbap. I made a similar dish like this last night but it's a Filipino version.

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GiGi Eats

TOTALLY have ground beef in my fridge right now - and ALL THE INGREDIENTS for this recipe... SO um, THIS IS HAPPENING!!!

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Emerald Lavender

I love, love, love Korean ground beef! I’ve made it many times and it’s always a hit at my house. Simple ingredients that deliver huge flavor!

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candy

We always drain the grease after making hamburger or any type of beef.  This looks easy and delicious.

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cait

oh my gosh i have EVERYTHING for this dish in my refrigerator so I think I know what ill be making for dinner tonight- my kids are still not a HUGE fan of ground beef but i think adding other items like this they would be! YAY!

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Tasheena

This sounds so yummy. I love that it doesn't require too many ingredients. I know my family is going to love this recipe. 

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Melissa Chapman

That Korean beef looks so good and great for any family dinner. I will try and make this or a variation for my family this week.

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Brandy

This Korean ground beef recipe looks like a delicious option to whip up for my family. I'm going to give it a try soon, thank you for a delicious new recipe idea.

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Terri Steffes

I'm sending this to my husband. I want to have it this weekend. The ingredients are delicious!

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Heather

I don't eat meat, but my family would probably really love this. Next time I cook for them, I will try it.

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Pam

Oh, this sounds really good. I actually have all of the ingredients on hand right now too!

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Lynndee

Our son has Korean friends and he's been wanting to try Korean dishes. So this is perfect. Love how simple and easy it is to make. Pinning your recipe!

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Heather

YES! I make the majority of our family meals at home. This looks delicious. I've never made korean ground beef before but can tell by the recipe my family would love it. I'll have to try to make this for them soon. Thank you for the recipe. 

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Nancy at Whispered Inspirations

OH my word, this looks amazing. We have something similar in latin culture but, different flavours. I could so see me loving this. Making it, thanks!

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Swathi

This Korean ground beef looks really delicious and flavor rich with fresh ginger and garlic. Perfect meal.

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Diana

I stored this recipe to try with seitan since I don’t eat meat . I love the spices you put in and I’m excite for our Korean dish night

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Hi Diana, thanks for stopping by, this is a great dish and you should def. give it a try. You can also use tofu instead. Thanks

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Karen L

Just made this for the first time, Delicious and so easy!

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