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 are so incredibly easy to make and will become a family favorite! This makes the perfect weeknight meal.
Serves: 4
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • ¼ 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.
Recipe inspired by Taste of Home

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  1. I made this one night because it sounded so easy and it is. I had to use 2lb because I have 4 kids so I doubled the recipe and made steamed broccoli and add topped their bowls everyone loved it so much we are making it again tonight but have to use 3lb because everyone wanted more lol. Also I was in Korea for 2years and this taste authentic thanks

  2. Fantastic fast and easy dish! Picky eaters- husband and 11 year old approved! I used a quinoa blend, added a little white rice, French cut green beans and a shredded carrot for veggies. I’d love to add water chestnuts or broccoli for some crunch but then I’d be eating it alone, Haha.

  3. So good – thank you. Added sliced mushrooms, onion, snow peas, shredded carrot. Hits the spot when looking for ground beef/ground chuck alternatives to the same old same old. If you have more ground beef / ground chuck recipes for a little something different, I would love it if you would post them to your web-site!

  4. This was such a good meal! Super easy to make and we already had all the ingredients on hand. My husband and 4 year-old loved it. It’s now in our regular rotation.

  5. This is a very quick and easy meal that has lots of flavor. Everyone seemed to like it. I will definitely make this again. Super inexpensive too.

  6. I made this on the recommendation of my married daughter. I added thinly sliced carrots to the ground beef and would have liked more veggies, but my pantry was pretty empty. My husband took one bite of the dish and said: “I don’t know what this is, but it’s sure good.” I appreciate how simple it was to prepare, and I will be making it again. Thanks for sharing the yummy recipe.

  7. I love this recipe! it is so good. I’ve also made it with ground chicken and it turned out delicious. Although I pair it with rice sometimes, I also love to put it in a green onion pancake (you can find them frozen at an asian store) i add veggies to it lettuce, cucumber and coriander with hoisin sauce eaten like a taco. It is so yummy, quick and easy to make!

  8. Is there a certain kind of white rice you use? I’m not a fan of Bismati rice. Was looking for something more like the sticky type. Do you know of any?


  9. This was SO-TASTY-EASY! I used all the same measurements (doubled, because I needed to make more), but I substituted and added a few things. First, I shredded about 5 large carrots and cooked them in some sesame oil with 1/2 a diced onion in a separate pan until soft. Then I added them to the cooked beef. Keeping with our Paleo(-ish) diet, I substituted coconut palm sugar for brown sugar, coconut aminos for soy sauce, I used real ginger because I had it available, and I served everything on a hot bed of cauliflower rice. This recipe, even the Paleo version, made me and my family (including a 2-year-old) oh so happy!

    PS – Your star system seems to break sometimes. I tried to give you 5 stars, but it would only let me give you three. I went into the inspector and forced 5 stars (a nice developer trick), but you might want to investigate.

  10. My 7 year old son and I made this recipe together. It was fast and easy and a huge success. We cooked jasmine rice in coconut milk for added richness. Yum, thanks!

  11. This was incredible!!!! I added portobello mushroom, chopped baby carrots and steamed broccoli and was so pleased. A rendition of this recipe will be on the menu monthly for sure. Thank you!

  12. Didn’t follow the directions but use the ingredients to my taste delicious also added Frozen vegetable medley into skillet and added saffron

  13. Love, love , love this meal! It is true about the whole family loving this meal! Thank you!! I sautéed veggies to round out this meal.

  14. This dish is so delicious! My picky eater likes it as well! I added a bit of sriracha to add more kick to it. Very yummy!

  15. I made this for my (very picky) boyfriend, and he LOVED IT! We decided that next time we will add shredded carrots, water chestnuts, and broccoli but this is delish!

  16. This came out wonderfully! And to think I was looking for a new way to make a burger. I added diced carrots. Can’t wait to make it with ground chicken for lettuce wraps!

  17. This is a 10 out of 10. This was amazing and so simple. I added water chestnuts and baby corn. It was so good.

  18. This was great! I alwqys struggle for new ground beef ideas and this is definitely in the rotation now. I added steamed broccoli and shredded carrots. Thanks!

  19. Super-easy, very quick. I made this for our high school band camp for lunch one day. It was a huge hit and was one of the most talked about events from band camp! I have gotten many requests for the recipe, and I send everyone to check out your website. Thanks!

  20. Thinking of making this today! But I’m curious… do you think I could make the meat portion in a crockpot in the morning to have ready to serve in the evening?

  21. So I never leave comments but this recipe is delicious and I use it a lot! Like at least once a month my whole family loves it! Thank you !

  22. Made this tonight and it was a total hit. My husband and son asked me to put it on the menu again soon. No leftovers. Thanks for sharing the recipe. 🙂

  23. I added the juice of a whole lime which balance stood out I thought. I also served it with Raman noodles instead of rice

  24. I am making this tonight! Sounds yummy. Have you ever tried to make bulk then freeze it for a later date or is it recommended to serve freshly made?

  25. I just made this recipe and it was great ! I needed something new ! I added a little bit of onion powder to the mixture but really great recipe. I want to try adding some red peppers next time or onions to it to add some veggies 🙂 Yumm Thanks !

  26. This is one of my family’s favorite meals! My son use to do Karate and the owners wife brought in Korean beef to a tournament once and I’ve been looking for that flavor since. I am just obsessed wirh how easy this is! The only problem I have is there is never any leftovers!

  27. Love this recipe! I often make it with ground turkey instead of ground beef and sub 1-2 tsp of sriracha for the red pepper flakes and pepper. I serve it over brown rice or quinoa. Super yum!!

  28. I added finely chopped carrots and water chestnuts and use it in lettuce wraps it’s easy and very good if you have anymore ground beef recipes let me know

  29. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe! I’ve been making it ever since I first found you on here. It’s delicious! Tonight, I’m making it with lettuce cups!

  30. I MADE THIS TONIGHT AND IT IS DELICIOUS! There are not any left overs. SO EAST AND QUICK to make. I didn’t have sesame oil, so used EVOO instead. Also, didn’t have sesame seeds or gren onion. We served it over noodles, as we’ve had so much rice lately. THANK YOU FOR THIS RECIPE I will be making it again next week!

  31. This is soooo good. I eat Paleo so I tweaked the recipe a bit. I used coconut sugar instead of the brown, coconut aminos instead of soy, and a splash of red boats fish sauce. It turned out really well!! Thanks!

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