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 479 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

Ingredients
  

  • 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

Instructions
 

  • 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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Nutrition

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
    Wonderful, quick and easy dinner. My family loved it. I added fresh spinach and sliced mushrooms because I had them on hand.
    Thank you!

  2. 4 stars
    made this recipe but it kinda seemed very salty is that because i used regular soy sauce and not reduced sodium soy sauce?

    1. Yes! It called for reduced sodium soy sauce and Regular soy sauce would make it too salty. Try it again but use reduced sodium soy sauce. I think you will like it!!!

      1. Is there another oil that we can substitute in for the sesame oil… like olive, avocado, or grape seed oil?

  3. 5 stars
    I have been using this recipe for some time now. The whole family loves it! Tonight I am going to make them into egg rolls, Yum!

  4. 5 stars
    Recipe is delish! I fried sweet bell peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, and mushrooms in a different pan and added it to the bowl, my husband loved it, he put his ingredients in a romaine leaf and made a lettuce wrap. He said it tasted like a p.f. chang’s appetizer lol

  5. 5 stars
    It’s pretty darn good. We turn to it often! Thank you so much I’m gonna add cubes of zucchini with it and brown rice tonight. I’m honestly kind of excited.

  6. 5 stars
    I turned mine into a bibimbap with some frozen mixed vegetables and a scrambled egg, and topped it with some crunchy chow mein noodles – so good -I kept the green onions and the sesame seeds too- I will be making this again- so easy!

  7. 5 stars
    I agree with most of the other reviews- this is great but make some changes based on your taste. Don’t add salt, make more sauce then in the recipe (I doubled it). Add some veggies – I like carrot sticks and is great with lettuce cups.

  8. 5 stars
    This is an outstanding recipe! I added thin sliced fresh carrots and green & red peppers to the meat and garlic and drained off the fat, so colorful! I always have cooked brown rice in my freezer and everything was pulled together and ready-to-eat in 35 minutes! Thank you so much!

  9. 5 stars
    My husband and I love this! We like to mix the cooked beef and cooked rice together and put a scoop in a romaine lettuce leaf for a little crunch. Some shredded carrot and chopped water chestnut is a really good addition too 😊

  10. 5 stars
    This is so great. I am not the best cook, but really enjoy trying and when I tried your recipe it turned out great. Thank you so much for sharing. I passed your link on to my sisters:)

  11. 5 stars
    I have never commented on a recipe. I have never had anything like this. I was starving and didn’t feel like having a burger or spending much time cooking. I made this and my life is changed. I may have to make this once a week to make rice bowls for lunch. It was so easy and so good. Like, so effin good. If you are on the fence because it sounds weird, I get it but just make it.

  12. 5 stars
    Wow! Absolutely amazing. I added 2 extra cloves of garlic and instead of green onion, added a little onion, and wow, its amazing. I would just add a little bit more red pepper flakes next time, but this is great

  13. 5 stars
    Absolutely one of our favorites! I double the recipe but cut back the brown sugar as we prefer ours not so sweet. I usually add with broccoli or asparagus to get some veggies in. Wonderful recipe!

  14. 5 stars
    I made this for the first time tonight. This was such a quick and easy meal! It was AMAZING! My husband and I loved it. I have no choice but to add this to our weekly meal rotation! 😀

  15. 5 stars
    My family and I love this recipe. Sometimes I switch out the beef for ground turkey and it still tastes awesome. I also add steamed broccoli to the dish to get some veggies in.

  16. 5 stars
    This is a regular meal in our rotation. It’s especially delicious served with Kimchi, roasted broccoli and sauteed bokchoy or cabbage. Thanks for the great recipe!

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