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

5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Korean Ground Beef and Rice Bowls are so incredibly easy to make and will become a family favorite! This makes the perfect weeknight meal.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese


  • 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


  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.
Nutrition Facts
Korean Ground Beef and Rice Bowls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 238 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 70mg 23%
Sodium 610mg 25%
Potassium 448mg 13%
Total Carbohydrates 16g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 14g
Protein 25g 50%
Vitamin C 0.8%
Calcium 2.8%
Iron 17.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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. Love this recipe. It’s perfect. Always tastes amazing. I usually serve with steamed broccoli or snow peas. Thanks Alyssa!

  2. Wow this actually came out so tasty! I didn’t think I was going to like it as much I did! I’ll be making it for the second time now lol DELICIOUS!

    1. This is an easy and delicious meal! I added zucchini & cabbage during the simmer time after adding the sauce. Adding a teaspoon of sriracha to the sauce is also good if you like a little heat.

  3. I am by no means a cook. However, this recipe was so easy, I had to try it. Needless to say my kids and husband absolutely loved it. I have definitely found a winner with this one!!!

  4. I needed something different for dinner. I’m so glad I stumbled upon this gem. I normally wouldn’t comment, but wow this recipe was so delicious. I personally have to use less or no crushed red pepper next time because we can’t handle spicy at all, but, other than that, my family loved it.

  5. This was good and so easy to make. Fast, too, which is nice. My husband is not an adventurous eater and initially said he didn’t want to try it so I just made it for myself for lunch and planned to refrigerate leftovers. He became intrigued by the smell, though, so he asked to try some and he ended up really liking it too and eating the rest!

  6. This is an easy and delicious meal! I added zucchini & cabbage during the simmer time after adding the sauce. Adding a teaspoon of sriracha to the sauce is also good if you like a little heat.

    1. To make a successful substitute, just replace the brown sugar called for in the recipe with an equal amount of granulated sugar. Since brown sugar is nothing more than granulated sugar with a bit of molasses added to it, your recipe should still come out great.

  7. Thank you for sharing this recipe. This is a great alternative for cooking ground beef. Perfect balance of spicies, even for my kids. Everyone ask for more. I served it with white rice and cucumber chunks in line juice.

  8. This is a fabulous jumping off point. I top off each bowl with cilantro, green onion and sesame seeds. While cooking the ground beef I add chopped red pepper and a couple of chopped jalapenos for more heat. There are so many different ways to use this recipe. Love it! Thank you.

  9. This was amazing–my new favorite go-to. Do you have the nutrition info? I’m particularly interested in carb counts [health reasons, not diet 😉 ]


    1. I am getting nutritional information for each recipe right now while I am updating my old recipes. In the meantime, you are welcome to use myfitnesspal.com to help find the information you are needing.

  10. Thank you for this recipe. I was searching for something different with ground beef and had just about given up when I found this. It is so good. Even the picky 8 year old likes it though I left out the red pepper for him and added it to mine after cooking. This is definitely a keeper!

  11. Great base recipe. I added chunks of bell pepper and onions during the summer. Once plated I added chopped Kimchi and Sriracha. Everyone in my family was able to adjust the heat level to their liking. Thanks for a real winner!

  12. This recipe is amazing! I tried something like this at a Korean restaurant once and this came really close! Still amazing! I added bell peppers for a little kick.

  13. I am obsessed with this sauce. I’ve made it with ground beef, steak and chicken. The steak is the best so far. Do you think it would go well with bratwurst sausage?

  14. Love this recipe! I add a little bit of corn starch right before serving to thicken up the sauce a bit. But the taste is amazing!

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