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

4.9 from 524 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
    This recipe is on regular rotation at our house because my kids love it. Since I usually have regular soy sauce on hand I add some extra water to lighten it up a bit and a bit of corn starch to thicken the sauce. My kids like the extra sauce anyway. I always make a double or triple batch and serve with a steamed veggie

  2. 5 stars
    Just made this and my boyfriend loved it! So did I. I put it over jade pearl rice, and paired it with blanched spinach + matchstick carrots.

    For the spinach I boiled it for 30 seconds before straining and sautéing with the carrots in sesame oil, salt, and sesame seeds. This is a common bi bimbap topping and went great with this.

    Thus recipe would rock with a over easy egg on top!! Also I highly reccomend crispy garlic in chili oil to go with this

  3. 5 stars
    I have used your recipe multiple times now & just wanted to thank you for a simple, delicious meal! My kids are picky eaters, & they both adore this. My husband does as well. I make a bag of steamable broccoli & throw it in a bowl so we can use that as a topping. Sometimes I use ground turkey or ground chicken. Everyone leaves the table full, satisfied, & happy. Thanks so much for this recipe…I’m putting it on a card to throw in my tried & true box! 🙂

      1. TY so much for the recipe!!! Made it tonight & it was the best thing I’ve ever eaten 🤤

  4. Recipe is delish! If anyone is looking to add veggies, I put in some bagged coleslaw mix (shredded carrots, red + green cabbage) at the very end and which added a slightly crunchy texture without interfering with the authenticity of the recipe. Will definitely make again and again. Thank you!

  5. 5 stars
    I’ve made other Korean ground beef recipes but tried this one because the others were too salty. This was just right. I think the only thing I added was about 2 tsp of rice vinegar in the sauce bowl to give it a little zing. My new favorite way to use ground beef. I’m printing this for my own recipe book. Its a keeper.

  6. IT was a simple recipe, I don’t like sweet overpowering the taste I will use 1 tablespoon. Of brown sugar next time.

  7. I am making this with my cooking group. I am going to add matchstick carrots and onion to the hamburg while browning the meat. Wonder if anyone else has done this?

    1. I literally just made this the same with onions and matchstick carrots! I also added broccoli for some extra veggies.

    2. 5 stars
      I made this recipe tonight, with a few twists (mainly because I had left over veggies that needed to be used)..but I did add some diced carrots and it was so tasty! I also added half an onion to the beef and carrot mixture, turned out pretty darn good! I’ll be making this again in the future.

  8. 5 stars
    Ooooooooh SOOOOOOO good – I used Jasmine rice and it tasted amazing. I’d like to rate it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️‼️

  9. 5 stars
    This recipe was perfect for the whole family. We tripled it because we are a family 7 and the kids like that it was not super spicy cause the adults enjoy spice and it had enough heat for us but not to much to overpower. This disappeared in 40 mins when everyone went for a second bowl. We had shrimp skewers as well as a nice fresh garlic bread to add to the meal and we rounded it out with a lovely pecan pie and vanilla ice cream with coffee. Was a decadent meal i have to admit it’s printed and in my personal recipe binder now ❤️

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