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

4.90 from 542 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
    Amazing flavor quick & simple ! I’m making it again tonight & gona attempt to use it as a marinade for my skirt steak !

  2. Made this tonight and it was so good. I’ll probably end up doubling it next time just because we prefer it to be more saucy. I didn’t have the garnishes but I Added some fire roasted veggies from Costco into the beef mixture and it was heaven! My boyfriend raves about it. Thank you!

  3. 5 stars
    loved this recipe! I doubled the sauce mixture and added some cornstarch to have some over rice. delicious!!!! My daughter loved it too.

  4. 5 stars
    Great flavors. I try to do keto for lunches, so I omitted the brown sugar, used 80/20 beef, and ate with cauliflower rice. I also used 2 TBSP of coconut aminos instead of soy sauce, and used 2 TBSP toasted sesame oil. I added a splash of rice vinegar and fish sauce, and some fresh chopped ginger in addition to the ground ginger. For all my tweaking of the recipe it still turned out really flavorful. I bet it’s amazing as is if you don’t have limitations like I do. Thanks for a great base recipe that I was able to easily alter. The best thing is how easy and QUICK this was to make.

  5. 5 stars
    Love, love this!! Did I mention I ❤️ ❤️❤️ This! I do prep for all week for my son’s lunch, what’s for dinner goes for lunch and this is a lunch once a week for him! Amongst your other recipes.

  6. 5 stars
    Love, love this!! Did I mention I ❤️ ❤️❤️ This! I do prep for all week for my son’s lunch, what’s for dinner goes for lunch and this is a lunch once a week for him!

  7. 5 stars
    I’ve made this several times now. It’s easy, inexpensive, and quick. I do think the sugar is right on in my opinion, particularly since it’s brown sugar, but it’s easy enough to modify the recipe to your liking. I do a little extra ginger because I love the flavor. I absolutely recommend the sesame seeds and green onions. It makes the meal.

  8. 4 stars
    I made this and found it good but was super shocked by the amount of sugar! It was sweet so next time I will cut the sugar in half. Also subbed soy for coconut aminos since I have a celiac daughter.

  9. 5 stars
    Wow! I just made this tonight and it was so good!! I needed to use up some ground beef and I wasn’t really feeling like making another hamburger helper type dish. So glad I stumbled upon this recipe! Super easy to make, but packed with so much flavour. I just added some bok choy to get some greens in.

  10. 5 stars
    Omgosh!! My husband does not like some of the crazy things I make and ever evening is, what’s for dinner? I sometimes dread making dinner. Tonight looked in my frig and googled hamburger meat. Looked easy and he likes spice foods. Red peppers are not mine 🥹. I made it as directed and it was easy and very very good. Make it! You’ll love it. He did lol

    1. 5 stars
      This is so good, easy and cheap! It is a favorite at my house, everyone asks for it and we rarely have leftovers. I usually double the sauce and have chopped cilantro along with the green onions and sesame seeds. Great with other proteins too. Very yummy! Thank you so much for your great recipe! I’m making it again now by request.

  11. 5 stars
    I announced that I was planning making crispy tacos for dinner. My family didn’t have a thrilled response since we just had tacos last week. I jumped on my phone and googled ground beef recipes. I stumbled upon your recipe, and I am so thankful. It was a hit for our family of 5. My particular kids loved it and asked for 2nds. My husband raved about it. I had mine with brown rice and it was very tasty. Thank you

  12. 5 stars
    i found this recipe almost a year ago now and made it for my family one night. it was a homerun!!!!!! it has become a staple in our family’s monthly menu. we have made it at least once a month since. hard to beat the convenience, ease, and quickness of this meal. i always add a veggie side as well. we just made this tonight and i thought to myself, “this is so good every time, i need to write a review” lol. i share this recipe with everyone i know and even strangers online LMAO. so good. thank you for this gift!!!

  13. First time trying this recipe. Loved it but found not enough sauce. I did remove the fat from the meat once cooked. Should I have made a double batch of sauce. Added red peppers and frozen peas/corns/carrots which added some veggies.

  14. 5 stars
    My family loves this recipe! It’s so fast and easy that I don’t mind making it whenever they ask. Sometimes I’ll add in some onions or thinly sliced carrots cut on the diagonal. Looks so pretty! I’m making it tonight but am using leftover meat – chopped up – from fajita night. I’m positive it will work!

  15. We Loved this recipe. I added 1/3 cup of slivered almonds and 1/4 cup of fresh thinly sliced bell pepper. Served with won ton strips on top. Yummy!

  16. 5 stars
    This was easy and delicious. I added frozen peas, onion powder, black sesame seeds, and mirin. I served over lemongrass brown jasmine rice. I will be trying this again with ground turkey.😊

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