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 343 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.

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Nutrition Facts
Korean Ground Beef and Rice Bowls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 238 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 70mg23%
Sodium 610mg25%
Potassium 448mg13%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin C 0.7mg1%
Calcium 28mg3%
Iron 3.1mg17%
* 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. 5 stars
    Fantastic! “Rotation worth” my husband states!!! Kids asked me if they could have leftovers for lunch 🙂 I thinks is a WIN!
    Doubled the recipe and added oven roasted broccoli on top.

  2. 5 stars
    My family liked it as is. Very easy to make and quick. Next time, if I have it, I will add some diagonally sliced celery and pea pods.

    I did use part soy sauce and part Braggs Amino Acid in the sauce. I added cayenne powder along with the red pepper flakes because we like spicy. Also had syrachi sauce for the table.

        1. This is good to hear! I just looked at sesame oil and I was shocked at the price (at least at our local store). Teriyaki sauce sounds like a great substitute. Thank you. Can’t wait to try this!

    1. 5 stars
      So easy and I had almost everything on hand! My family loved it. I didn’t have low sodium soy sauce so did half soy half coconut aminos. I peeled and sliced 3 carrots into coins and sautéd in the beef fat after browning the beef but before adding the sauce. It was delicious!

  3. Holy Moly!!!! THANK YOU <3 absolutely love this recipe and I've been sending it to friends all afternoon. So simple and so easy. I will be cooking this for the rest of my life.

  4. 5 stars
    This was delicious! Quick and easy with all the flavs! I added a bell pepper And a bag of cabbage for veggies. Everyone loved it and that’s not easy to do in my house. Thank you!

  5. 5 stars
    Great weeknight dinner, very easy and quick to make, ideal for busy hockey schedules. Definitely will be added to the rotation.

  6. Yes yes yes yes this was amazing!! So simple!! I had 1.5lb hamburger, so I doubled the sauce recipe and added a bag of steamed broccoli florets. So simple, cheap, easy, and most of all DELICIOUS! And the leftovers are great too! Thank you!!

  7. 5 stars
    My husband rarely praises a meal, but this one got rave reviews from him!!:) he requests this & calls it the best ground beef ever. I definitely recommend this recipe!

  8. surprisingly i had every single ingredient! i’ve never had ground beef over rice but this was delicious. tastes like edo sauce just not as thick. i did julienne some carrots and add them to the ground beef, and it added a nice crunch to the overall texture. rotation worthy for me too, thank you!

  9. This turnes out SO good!! I love it. Put it over kimichi fried rice and added some more kimichi to go along with it! Substituted the pepper flakes for gochujang and also sauteed onions with the beef ! So delicious

  10. 5 stars
    Had all the ingredients on hand, and it was a hit. I did add some veggies to the finished product, and I doubled the sauce, because I used more ground beef. Will be making this again! Thanks!

  11. 5 stars
    This was so good! I did have to adjust some things for ingredients that I was missing. I doubled it. I used garlic powder since I was out of fresh and jarred. I also only used about 1/3 cup, maybe a little more of brown sugar and then I used about that amount of soy sauce but added water to make up the difference since I only had regular soy sauce and didn’t want it to be too salty. I didn’t have sesame oil, but added about 2 tsp of olive oil. I also took the suggestion of some reviewers and added in some julienned carrots and diagonally sliced snow peas with the meat.The red pepper flakes was the perfect amount – gave just a little kick but not too spicy for kids. I also didn’t have sesame seeds or green onions.I tried a different Korean beef recipe in the past and it was much too sweet and salty. This recipe was a hit! Served over rice with a side of broccoli. Thank you!

  12. 5 stars
    Really good dish. I’m by no means a cook but with the Coronavirus going on it gave me something to do. Followed the recipe and came out extremely delicious! Thank you

  13. 5 stars
    I had the option to choose a dish to make and this one was always popping up for me to try so I did and for someone who can’t tolerate spicey that well this was a really good dish.

  14. Loved by the whole family! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    We left out the red pepper because of the kiddos. Added some finely chopped onion to the meat and garlic at the beginning. Doubled the sauce and steamed fresh broccoli and carrot shavings in the sauce and then mixed back with the beef and sauce. Then my husband and I added sriracha to add the heat. We also did rice and quinoa combo. We didn’t have green onion or sesame seeds otherwise I think both would have been a great addition.

    Winner winner!

  15. 5 stars
    Just made this for the family tonight for dinner and it was delicious!! I added napa cabbage and shredded carrots that I sauteed after browning the meat and made a little more sauce because of that. Everyone loved it! Thanks so much!

    1. Really want to make this dish but I don’t have ginger! SOS! Will this be okay without it? Can I substitute something else for it? Tia!!❤️

  16. EXCELLENT flavor and easy to make. I was out of sesame oil and used olive oil instead. Next time I will double the amount of sauce and add celery, carrots and broccoli. GREAT recipe. Thank you!

  17. 5 stars
    somehow in a pandemic, I had everything I needed for this quick and easy dinner – keeping this recipe!

  18. 5 stars
    Huge hit in my house! I did everything the way that it said too. The only the thing that I added was fresh basil! Added fresh chopped basil on top and can’t imagine it without! Will definitely be making this a lot more! Even if it is just the sauce to use for something else.

  19. It is literally named Korean and yet you have it marked as Chinese?

    Other than that this is a good recipe and it makes a delicious quick and easy meal. I’d just suggest possibly changing Chinese to like Asian or Korean.

  20. 5 stars
    Just made this with ground turkey . Very easy and tasty . Wanted something Korean to eat my pickled radish with. Will make it again when I pick up more sesame oil.

  21. Had this for dinner tonight and my husband loved it. Easy and and I prepped ahead the sauce and made it so easy. I also made my first kimchee and it was a hit with him and he’s a kimchee conisour, having served and worked in Korea several times. win win.

  22. Hello! Should I drain the beef before adding the other ingredients? All I have on hand is the 72% lean and there is always a ton of liquid after its cooked.

  23. 4 stars
    We love this, super quick, flavorful and easy. I added about 1 tablespoon of gochujang (Korean spice blend, like sirracha) topped with steamed broccoli.

  24. 5 stars
    Changed it up slightly by adding in steamed broccoli and using fresh ginger (+ extra ginger)!

    I also made extra sauce and added some to the rice to slightly change the flavor and have it soak into it. Everyone loved it!!! One person requested more sauce for the side, but everyone else found it to be perfect as is! Felt like a really filling, subtly sweet dish that was a crowd pleaser for the whole family, from toddlers to my old parents.

  25. 5 stars
    I rarely leave reviews, but I had to on this one. It’s so quick and easy to throw together that I’ve wound up making it three times now. I usually do 1.5x for the sauce because I like the rice to absorb some liquid… and the last time I made it, I had leftover rice and just threw it in the pan at the end so it really took on the liquid well. I add some sliced carrots and snap peas for texture/flavor/color. Definitely recommend this one!

  26. This was so simple and delicious. I would make this again but will add veggies next time to make it more balance. My kids loved it 🙂

  27. 5 stars
    I love this dish! It’s so easy to make. I’ve used regular ground beef and sliced beef. The only thing I do different is double all the ginger, sesame oil, soy sauce, red pepper flakes, garlic. I keep the brown sugar the same. Thank you for this very quick “rotation dish”.

  28. 5 stars
    I just made this for dinner tonight. I had some ground beef leftover and plenty of rice. This recipe came right up from google. Tasted delicious.

    Definitely seeing it being a weekend/Friday evening dinner. Just feels like a treat. Think I’ll add some more pepper flakes next time! 😀

  29. 5 stars
    This is one of my regulars. I use a wok, cook the beef until most of the stream is gone and it has a nice fond, add the garlic, give it a stir for a minute, then add the sauce. I serve it over brown rice and texture is lovely. This is quick, delicious and attractive with sesame seeds and green onion garnish. Beautiful!

  30. 5 stars
    Love this, the wife and I are retired, I double this recipe where we can have several meals out of it cause when we have this we usually go back for seconds. Our granddaughter is a very picky eater but loves this as well. Such a great taste.

  31. I’m not any cook,but this sounds delicious….could I add frozen mixed veggies? Also wondering if you think I could use Chinese noodles instead of rice? Thanks!

  32. This was soooooo yummy! So juicy and with lots of flavor! Plus super quick and easy to make. Goes well with rice!! Definitely going on my list of faves!

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