Korean Ground Beef and Rice Bowls

Korean Ground Beef and Rice Bowls are so incredibly easy to make and will become a family favorite!  This makes the perfect weeknight meal.

Korean Ground Beef and Rice Bowls

This right here is my boys favorite weeknight meal.  They beg me to make it every week.  Since we have been so busy with Lacrosse we have been having it every week.  It requires minimal ingredients and requires little effort to make.

Easy, minimal ingredients, and my kids devour it.  This meal became my new BFF.

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The ground beef takes only minutes to brown but you still get that delicious Korean flavor in this meal.  The brown sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil, and ginger combination is the best.  It helps take the flavor to next level with the simple kitchen ingredients.  The best part is that because we love Asian flavors so much I always have these ingredients on hand.  All I have to do is buy a pound of ground beef each week.

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You guys are going to love this meal just as much as we do!  It is so delicious when served over rice and I even like to add some veggies to my bowl to make it a well rounded meal.  Sprinkle with some sesame seeds and freshly chopped green onions and you have about the easiest meal that you will ever make!  You will make this again and again!

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Korean Ground Beef and Rice Bowls are so incredibly easy to make and will become a family favorite! This makes the perfect weeknight meal.
Serves: 4
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups hot cooked white or brown rice
  • sliced green onions and sesame seeds for garnish
  1. In a large skillet cook the ground beef and garlic breaking it into crumbles over medium heat until no longer pink.
  2. In a small bowl whisk brown sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, red pepper flakes and pepper. Pour over the ground beef and let simmer for another minute or two.
  3. Serve over hot rice and garnish with green onions and sesame seeds.
Recipe inspired by Taste of Home



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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. Shawnna Griffin says:

    hey girl- this looks so yummy!

  2. What kind of veggies do you typically add? I’m always looking for ways to add more veggies into our meals.

    • Alyssa says:

      Any kind of veggies are great! You can use stir fry veggies either frozen or fresh. Snap peas, red/yellow/green peppers, cauliflower, broccoli, mushrooms or carrots would be a great addition to the Korean ground beef and rice bowls. Hope that helps!

      Your Recipe Critic,

  3. Tanya Lucas says:

    Delicious!! I made it for my family as a protein type bowl with shredded carrots and peas. My husband and I loved it. The kids not so much.. Lol oh well more for me 🙂 thanks!!

    • hah! Kids are sometimes hard to please! It all sounds yummy and I love your healthy way of making it! Thanks for sharing! Xo

      Your Recipe Critic,

  4. This was awesome. Don’t do like I did though and use regular soy sauce. The reduced sodium is a must!

  5. Gina Jones says:

    Love this recipe! I amped it up a bit with beef stew meat seared, cooked and finished in the pressure cooker. Turned out awesome!

  6. I came across this recipe when searching for something to make with ground beef for dinner. It sounded so good and also not the same old recipes over and over. It was a hit! I added carrots this time but maybe next time snap peas or mushrooms. I had some fresh chives out of my garden so I topped the dish with those. Thank you for sharing this recipe. Delicious!!

    • That is SO great to hear!! Thank you for sharing! I love your extra vegetables that you added in! Great idea and perfect for this meal! Xo

  7. Thank you for this delicious recipe. I don’t usually use ground beef in my asian dishes. The leftover ground beef from queso dish is now in good use.
    I reduced 1/4 cup of sugar to half, 1/8 cup instead. My grown sons like salty food, so I added half tsp salt. I also use powdered garlic, ginger, and onion. Steamed cabbage can go with this dish as well.

  8. Alison Watson says:

    This is so good! Even my super picky husband asked to add it to the rotation. Thanks for this easy winner!

  9. Dale Cook says:

    Fair at best. It’s a nice base from which to build but some effort would be needed to make this a keeper.

  10. Loved it! So easy!

  11. Sarah L says:

    Good recipe for easy ‘bulgogi’ style beef. I added enoki mushrooms and thinly sliced carrots to incorporate some veggies. I also replaced some of the powdered ginger with minced ginger. Turned out well, but I would reduce the amount of sugar. Tasted delicious otherwise!

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