Korean Ground Beef and Rice Bowls

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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.

Such a simple meal with all the flavor! Try these different variations of Korean beef in these recipes: Korean Ground Beef Stir Fry or Slow Cooker Korean Beef.

Korean Ground Beef and Rice Bowls

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.

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.

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!

How do you make Korean Ground Beef and Rice Bowls?

  • In a large skillet cook the ground beef and garlic breaking it into crumbles over medium heat until no longer pink.
  • 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.
  • Serve over hot rice and garnish with green onions and sesame seeds.

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What temperature should ground beef be cooked to?

The interior of a raw hamburger usually does contain bacteria, and is safest if cooked well done.The USDA sets the minimum safe temperature for ground beef at 160 degrees Fahrenheit.

Can you make this with chicken?

Yes! This is a great chicken flavor as well. Sauté your chicken with all the ingredients. Cook until it is no longer pink.

What is the best rice to use?

  • White rice
  • Brown rice
  • Jasmine rice

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Korean Ground Beef and Rice Bowls

4.89 from 446 votes
Korean Ground Beef and Rice Bowls are so incredibly easy to make and will become a family favorite! This makes the perfect weeknight meal.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 4


  • 1 pound lean ground beef 90% lean
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups hot cooked white or brown rice
  • sliced green onions and sesame seeds for garnish


  • In a large skillet cook the ground beef and garlic breaking it into crumbles over medium heat until no longer pink.
  • 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.
  • Serve over hot rice and garnish with green onions and sesame seeds.



Serves: 4

Calories238kcal (12%)Carbohydrates16g (5%)Protein25g (50%)Fat8g (12%)Saturated Fat3g (15%)Cholesterol70mg (23%)Sodium610mg (25%)Potassium448mg (13%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar14g (16%)Vitamin C0.7mg (1%)Calcium28mg (3%)Iron3.1mg (17%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword Korean rice bowls, ground beef, rice bowl, korean, ground beef with rice bowls
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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. 5 stars
    Oh. My. Goodness!!! What a great recipe! I did double the sauce because we like a bit of liquid with the meat mixture. I wouldn’t hesitate to triple it next time because the leftovers today were a bit dry. Then I might thicken it slightly.

    This recipe has unlimited potential to be as simple as you wish (no extra veggies) or it can be different every time you make it based on what veggies you might add.

    We added sautéed broccoli, cabbage, frozen peas, carrots, almonds, fresh mushrooms, red pepper, celery, onion and fresh spinach.

    I also cut the red pepper flakes and the ginger to 1/8 t each.

    This will definitely become a regular in our home! Thanks so much!

    1. I’m in the process of making this now. But no direction of to drain grease or is it part of the sauce.

      1. 5 stars
        I add 1/2 a cup each of diced and sautéed onions, carrots, mushrooms, peppers, and spinach and then serve it in lettuce cups. The sauce is so good and it’s one of our favorites!

  2. 5 stars
    A hit in my household. So easy to make. I halved the brown sugar, but left everything else the same. We make this regularly.

  3. 5 stars
    Sooo good! I thinly sliced an onion and sautéed it with the ground beef, added half a head of chopped cabbage, and then doubled the sauce. My husband told me it needs to be a weekly meal and the kids cleaned their bowls without protest. Easy and sooooo good!

  4. 5 stars
    We make this recipe at least twice a month. Everyone in the family enjoys, and I appreciate how quickly it comes together. Question about the nutritional details, does that include the rice? Thanks!

    1. 5 stars
      I make this often, it’s delicious. Sometimes I add a bag of coleslaw mix. I’ve also used the rice vermicelli noodles instead of rice. I cook thrm.separately, cut them short and mix thrm right into the meat mixture.

      This is also delicious topped with a fried egg!

  5. 5 stars
    Sooo good, I tried to keep it true to the recipe hower I did not have sesame oil so tossed some sesame seeds in the pan with the ground beef and subbed vegetable oil. Most excellent and simple dish!

  6. Looking for something different to make with ground beef, and this was perfect! I love Mongolian beef dishes when we eat out, and this sauce reminded me of it. I did cut the red pepper flakes in half because of picky eaters and still turned out great. Next time, if I think ahead haha, I will add broccoli and/or green onion. And, in think this would be good with flank steak, too! So good, thanks!

  7. 5 stars
    My family devoured this – and they are “foodies”. I make a lot of stir fry type dishes (it’s my speciality) and I did make a few adjustments to this:

    I added about 1 1/2 cups fresh green beans cut in half (it’s what I had on hand), a whole diced red pepper and half an onion in with the ground beef when it was cooking (I didn’t have any green onion, if I did I would have added that as well). The beautiful thing about a dish like this is you can just use what you have on hand as far as veggies go. I did not drain the fat.

    When I added the garlic I also added fresh minced ginger instead of what the recipe called for (because I had it on hand) – and I was heavy on both the garlic and ginger.

    I didn’t have any sesame oil, so instead I used something new that the NYT featured in an article at the beginning of the pandemic – it sold out but was worth the wait. I added 1/2 tsp of 50 Hertz Foods Green Sichuan Pepper Oil. When I get some sesame oil again, I’ll add a dash of that back in and try that too.

    I garnished with sesame seeds and shredded carrots for added color and interest. Served with garlic chili sauce so that those that wanted a little heat could add some.

    It was awesome to have a stir fry type recipe with ground beef. That was new for me. I will make this again and would like to try it with ground pork too. I think it would be really good with some shredded cabbage as a garnish too. I will probably increase the sauce by half because my kids started adding teriyaki.

    This is an excellent, versatile base recipe that I believe would be fantastic to make as-is and is also really flexible to add in what you already have and make adjustments according to your tastes.

  8. 5 stars
    I found this recipe through a random search for “ground beef” and “lunch”. It was a huge hit with the kids so we’ll probably have to scale up the recipe next time. Shockingly simple and fast. I was worried that the ground beef texture and look might be less appealing but I think one’s eyes are drawn to the onions and sesame seeds. There’s plenty of chew and the girls tried to wrap it all up in seaweed!

  9. 4 stars
    Great easy 15-minute recipe. I added some vegetables to it snap peas, carrot,s and broccoli.

    Thank you for sharing


  10. 5 stars
    My family loved this recipe and so did I!!! So easy to make and the perfect blend of spices. Added some raw sugar snap peas on the side, perfect weeknight dinner! This one is definitely going in my weekly rotation, thank you!

  11. Ive made this a few times, SO good! I do increase the sauce to 1.5 times as I love the extra flavour.

  12. 5 stars
    Just made this recipe because we didn’t have much in the house to make anything with, and OMG!! This is such an amazing recipe! I was definitely not expecting it to be as good as it was! Bookmarking this page asap 🙂

  13. 5 stars
    I give it 5 stars due to it’s simplicity and fab taste. I will disclose that I’m not a sweet protein lover so I cut the sugar by half and that was great for my palate. I served it with some leftover steamed broccoli, brown rice, and cauliflower rice and had a tasty lunch whipped up in a matter of minutes. I’ll definitely keep this in the meal rotation.

  14. 5 stars
    This recipe is delicious and really easy to make! I am 14 years old and I was able to serve this amazing dish to my family! This is my second time making it my family keeps begging me to make some more

  15. this looks amazing but i don’t have sesame oil is their anything i could use as a replacement?

  16. 5 stars
    Great sauce recipe, thank you, I doubled it then added can of water chestnuts, bamboo shoots, straw mushrooms, and baby corn….then added rough chop bok choy, served over white rice. Super easy and delicious. Leftovers heat up very well also.

  17. 5 stars
    Instant family favorite! It is so flavorful! We love this! I’ve made it a few times already, following the exact recipe and (thanks to you) I’ll nail every time! Thank you very much for sharing this recipe!!! It’s so delicious!!! Great Job!!

  18. My God this was awesome. I never reply on recipes, but, this might be one of the tastiest (and easiest) recipes I have ever made. Will certainly be a go to from now on.

  19. I was looking for something fast to use with some ground beef and rice I had left over. I never thought I would like this so much! Was done in about 10 minutes (already had the rice prepared) and we devoured it! Thank you so much!

  20. 5 stars
    We love this recipe and is a go-to dish for us. I do add a little water to the meat to make it a little saucier. This is an easy recipe to keep ingredients on hand. I always sauté some veggie separately to eat with it like peppers or green beans.

  21. Hello,

    I am excited to try this recipe! However, I have a question. Do you drain the ground beef fat before you add the soy sauce marinade, or is that not necessary?


  22. This is a seriously good and simple recipe. My kids, who are very picky, loved it and I make it regularly now. And for a non-chef like me, so easy!

  23. 5 stars
    I made this tonight with roasted vegetables (zucchini, cauliflower, carrots & mushrooms) and it was delicious! We all enjoyed an alternative to meatballs, meatloaf or hamburgers. What a great way to use ground beef in a weeknight meal!

  24. 5 stars
    Loved the recipe. Be careful if you’re on any sort of diet. The macronutrients are misleading/very far off. Still great!

  25. 5 stars
    Excellent! As others have said, add some veggies as you desire (I sauteed some carrots and onions and green beans before browning the ground beef). Also, as others have pointed out, the sauce can easily be doubled or even tripled if you like it a little more saucy and especially if you are adding veggies. Once you put it on rice, all that wonderful sauce will coat the rice. This will definitely become a go-to quick and easy recipe that my whole family loves!

  26. 5 stars
    I had my doubts … and I admit that I was wrong! Such an easy recipe BUT sooooooooo flavourful and so much potential. My kids are in their early teens and, despite one of them being a fussy eater, she went back for seconds. They actually both went back for seconds and fought to see who was going to be there first.

    I can already see this recipe becoming their university/college go-to meal. Even if they only learn to cook one meal, this is THE one.

  27. Great, tasty recipe. Was a hit with the family. This would also make a great filler for lettuce wraps.

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