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.

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 375 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
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
Keyword Korean rice bowls, ground beef, rice bowl, korean, ground beef with rice bowls


  • 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

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.

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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. Yo this is pretty damn good! Modified slightly though.

    Definitely need more than 2 cups of rice lol

    Added a tablespoon of chili garlic sauce

    Used regular soy because rice and beef both unseasoned (I do like my food on the saltier side though)

    Added a splash of rice wine to brighten up those savory notes.

    Will definitely be meal prepping the sh¡t out of this!

  2. 5 stars
    Didn’t have all the ingredients but even with my substitutions it was really tasty!! Thank you!! I really needed a new option for ground beef! 👍
    BTW, I used olive oil and saki instead of sesame oil, and added chopped white onions to meat instead of topping with green onion. Worked out!

  3. 5 stars
    I love this recipe. I used coconut rice (available in Florida) and this dish is not my go-to when I need something impressive. Perfect dish. I used ginger from the tube, as well, and Amino soy-replacement.

  4. 5 stars
    I have to say it’s so refreshing to try something that is quick and easy. Tried this for lunch today (minus the green onions) and it was a hit. Thank you!

  5. 5 stars
    OMG this dish is the BEST! I mixed frozen mixed veggies to make it a one dish meal. Normally when I tell my husband that I’m trying a new recipe he rolls his eyes at me! Even HE loved it! This is a keeper! It’s yummy!

  6. 5 stars
    Omg just tried this, so delicious!!!! Even my really picky husband loved this. So good. I added some more pepper flakes, but will definitely make this again.

  7. Rarley cook with hround beef BUT this recipe looked super good (and quick). Turned out great!!!

    I added: broccoli, shredded carrots, dash of garlic sriracha seasoning, half a like wedge, and cilantro SOOO GOOD!!

    Have crunchy noddles to go on top for the kids.

    I also did jasmine rice AND rice noodles. Just because we had a small amount of the noddles left over from something else and wanted to gove the family “options”

    Definitley doing again! Thanks!

  8. 5 stars
    Wow, so easy to make, fast, and DELICIOUS! Everyone loved it. I followed the recipe to a “T” and I wouldn’t change a thing. I served it over jasmine rice. Perfection! This will be an addition to our dinner repertoire. Thank you!

  9. 5 stars
    Used a mix of ground beef+pork, definitely a keeper recipe! Served with rice and a side of chopped cucumber mixed with gochujang paste, sesame oil, green onion, and sesame seeds.

  10. 5 stars
    So easy & delicious! I made it exactly as directed. Served over jasmine rice. I could see this being easy switched to ground Turkey if you’re looking for a lean meat version. But it was great with the beef!

  11. I found this recipe when a cattle rancher client gifted me some beef. I haven’t purchased ground beef in years And wasn’t sure what to do with it. I generally make this exactly as written. It’s perfect. Meal preps really well to as I am cooking for one.

  12. 5 stars
    I was skeptical because it seemed to simple, but decided to try it because of 5he reviews. It was wonderful! A keeper recipe!

  13. 5 stars
    I loved the recipe! My kids ate it without complaint – usually it’s my younger son that grouches about everything. My husband (who is Asian and Hawaiian) actually ate it without complaints too. I added two packages of ready to steam broccoli and carrots from the produce aisle because I didn’t have enough ingredients to double the sauce. I’ve made other Korean burger recipes, but this is the first to call for sesame oil and that pushed it over the top. This is definitely a keeper 🙂

  14. This was really good! Used less sugar and double ginger, and stir fried sugar snap peas and scallions with it, but the husband said “Restaurant quality!” So it’s going in the regular rotation. Great recipe!

  15. 5 stars
    This was absolutely a hit in my house!!! We loved it. My 8 year old gobbled it up. We will definitely make this again. Thank you for such an ready quick and delicious recipe!

  16. 5 stars
    If I could give this more stars I would. It’s super yummy. My son and I are picky. I didn’t think I’d like it at all. All 4 of us – 2 sons and my husband and I – love it!

    I’ve made it several times. Twice this week alone because I don’t have time to make what I had planned tonight and this takes 5 minutes.

    I use prefried, rinsed and frozen ground beef. I run hot water over it to thaw, then put it in the skillet with a tiny bit of water and the garlic and boil them together for a few minutes. The first time I fried the garlic with the ground beef, but I like to have tons of ground beef already browned and frozen so I did it this way for the last few times and it works fine. Add the sauce and warm it up. The minute rice takes longer than the beef lol.

    I love that I don’t have to remember to buy any ingredients – all of them can be stored in the pantry or freezer since I don’t bother with the green onions on top.

    I made this during lockdown because I had stocked up on a ton of ground beef and searched for recipes to use it up. I needed ideas because my 2 adult sons were both home with us.

    Just wanted to let you know it’s one of our new favorites! I want to try it with splenda since I usually make savory dishes that have brown sugar in them with splenda instead, but we enjoy this too much to mess with it. If I made it and it didn’t turn out great after promising it to my family, they might turn on me!

  17. 3 stars
    I guess I am really not a big ground beef person. I couldn’t taste much of the sauce, just the beef. Maybe is there was more sauce and thickened with cornstarch it might have more taste.

    1. I just had the same experience! I actually doubled the sauce but still only cooked 1 lb of ground beef, so that didn’t seem to make any difference. Maybe you’re onto something with the cornstarch idea…

  18. 5 stars
    Wow! So easy and delicious! I was looking for a simple recipe for ground beef and saw this one. I checked the ingredients and had all of them in the pantry. It smelled fabulous when cooking and tasted even better! I want to try it with thinly sliced beef and maybe jasmine rice instead of plain white rice. Will definitely be making this again and again!

  19. This was really good. It exceeded my expectations and was quick and easy.
    Next time I plan to add a bunch of veggies (red peppers/sugar snap peas/mushrooms) and double the sauce to account for all the add-ins.

    But for this first attempt I reduced sugar by 25%, skipped the red pepper flakes and green onion, and added diced onion. Served over cauliflower rice and it was perfect!

  20. 5 stars
    Quick, easy, and delicious! The rice didnt work out, so we ate in tortillas like tacos..
    Teenaged son and adult son said to make it again!

  21. 5 stars
    So easy and good! I used a TB spoon of fresh ginger, added some sriracha, and paired w spicy kimchi and steamed broccoli…yum! Leftovers would be good w a fried egg for breakfast.

  22. Terrific. I cooked some sliced bell pepper and onion in the skillet first then added it to the bowl at the end along with shredded carrot. Also served with kimchi for Korean flair. This was a big hit with both my husband and me.

  23. 4 stars
    It was good by the recipe. However I added chopped bell pepper and blanched cabbage to it for crunch on the second time. I also used some terriaki glaze to add moisture.

  24. 5 stars
    This was so good, and so easy! I added what was left from a bag of frozen mixed soup veggies just about the time the beef was through cooking. Thanks so much!

  25. Needed a different recipe for ground beef and found this. Succeeded all expectations. Made it exactly as the recipe. Fantastic! Will go into our regular rotation. So easy and everything I had on hand. Will try adding some onions and broccoli next time.

  26. 5 stars
    This recipe was so delicious, thank you so much! I didn’t have any red pepper flakes, so I used some sweet chili sauce instead, and topped it all with a bit of shredded lettuce in addition to the scallions. The cool crispy lettuce and scallions went so well with the warm soft meat and rice!

  27. 5 stars
    Really nice dish! Flavor is very well-balanced. If you want it a bit less sweet, you could go with 2/3 to 3/4 of the sugar. I used regular soy sauce (instead of low-sodium) and it came out great. Also be sure to use asian sesame oil which is made from toasted sesame seeds and has a darker color. If you use raw sesame oil from a health food store, it won’t taste right (made that mistake once many years ago).

  28. Make this all the time with a shitload of Steamed broccoli and hemp Seeds instead of sesame just for extra
    Protein. Awesome recipe

  29. 5 stars
    I love this recipe! It is total comfort food, thank you for sharing. I have added vegetables to the meat mixture and it is delicious that way too!

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