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

4.88 from 309 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
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. 4 stars
    This is really good, but I did find (after trying it as is) that it needed more flavor. The ground beef ended up surprisingly dry, like there wasn’t enough sauce because of the rice. While eating I put a bit more soy sauce and pepper on it and it was incredibly delicious. Very good recipe overall though, I will make again

  2. 2 stars
    Definitely one of my go to dinners to make. Love it since it’s easy to make but super flavorful. The only thing I change is making a little more sauce. My kids also like to add a sunny side egg on top. Thank you for the recipe!

  3. Is this spicy at all? Just wondering cause my kids don’t like spicy food. I don’t think it will be cause it’s not a lot of crushed red pepper but just wanted to hear from those who have made it before. This looks really good!

  4. 4 stars
    This is really, really good! I used honey instead of brown sugar, and added rice vinegar for an acid. I’d also increase the ginger and pepper next time, but that’s just my taste. We ate this over white rice, scooped it up with little roasted seaweed sheets, and had sliced cucumber on the side. Amazingly fast and flavorful weeknight meal.

  5. We enjoyed this recipe but I think next time I will use thin cuts of steak rather than the ground beef. I also modified the seasoning amounts to taste, and others stated theirs were a little bland so I also added salt and pepper to the meat. I used less brown sugar than the recipe called for but this still came out too sweet for me and my boyfriends tastes. So next time I will use even less sugar. I am not very expierenced in the kitchen but this was very easy to pull together in a pinch. Plus I already had a lot of the ingredients at home!!

  6. Amazing as wriiten. Do not let the lack of ‘sauciness ‘ fool you. The flavors are exquisite.
    I am looking forward to trying this with other beef cuts.

  7. 5 stars
    This recipe was awesome – we used ground chicken and threw in half of a head of chopped cabbage at the end and served it over cauliflower rice. So yummy even my 3 kiddos under 5 inhaled it! 🙂

  8. 5 stars
    This is really easy and delicious. Did not have sesame oil or red pepper flakes. I doubled the sauce, hubby and I devoured it. Super simple and delicious. Would definitely recommend!

  9. 4 stars
    Everyone loved it. I used elk burger and followed the recipe as is. Would love some suggestions for veggies to add to the mix aside from broccoli. I couldn’t come up with any ideas.

  10. 5 stars
    I’ve used this recipe for a while, but this last time I substituted ground turkey for the beef and couscous for the rice, and used it for lettuce wraps. Very healthy, and absolutely delicious. Love it!

  11. 4 stars
    I added steamed sliced carrots and steamed broccoli. It was a really delicious meal.with a slight kick of spice. Thank you for the recipe

  12. 5 stars
    A new family favorite! I sautéed chopped broccoli and julienned red pepper then added it in. I also doubled the sauce and served with it three to four cups of sticky rice. Soooo good!

  13. This is probably my family’s favorite dinner. Every time I make it it’s such a huge hit! I didn’t have enough soy sauce because I doubled the recipe. So I had to substitute 1/4 cup of low sodium soy sauce and 1/4 cup of Worcestershire sauce with 1/2 teaspoon of rice vinegar and it was still delicious. Even my 2 year old loves it! But one question I always forget to ask is am I supposed to drain the beef after it’s done cooking and no longer pink?

  14. 5 stars
    My family loves this! We needed a bit more veggies so we julienned some carrots and steamed them to a firm tender, then threw them in to simmer with the beef.. gives a bit more texture and color. If you do make sure to make a little extra sauce.

    If we have leftovers we do lettuce wraps the next day for lunch.

    Thanks for the recipe!

  15. i doubled up on the seasoning and soya sauce but not on the sugar and it was super delicious! would definitely recommend this recipe but yeah, double up or it shall be quite bland !

  16. 5 stars
    I just made this tonight and was very flavorful! I added a tiny bit of salt and tripled the recipe so we can have enough left overs. I also cooked with ground Turkey and broccoli on top. I definitely will be making it again and hopefully having enough to freeze. Next time, I might add other veggies. I wasn’t sure if we’d have enough sauce but it came out perfect.

  17. I made this for dinner tonight. It was so easy and delicious. My picky husband loved it. I will definitely be making this again and again! Thank you Alyssa.

  18. 5 stars
    I made this today and was very good.,Was out of rice so I used lomein noodles. Also I added some lime and choxboy if I’m spelling right. Delicious

  19. 4 stars
    I needed a quick dinner tonight and since I always have one lb packs of pre-browned ground beef in the freezer, this one fit the bill. After adding the sauce it looked a little dry so I made another batch of the sauce. It was perfect. Everyone loved it. Kept the red pepper out of the second batch because one of my teens is not a fan of spicy butshe gave me the thumbs up for adding it next time (and I’ve been told there will be a next time very soon). Served it with steamed sugar snaps. Hubby would like me to try it with cut flank steak next time for more ‘chew-ability’ but I’m a fan for this version due to speed of preparation.

  20. 5 stars
    We love this recipe. Just the right amount of spiciness. I follow the recipe exactly but add a bag of coleslaw mix the last two minutes of cooking. We serve over rice and I make a bag of Asian medley vegetables on the side. So easy and everyone loves it. Thanks for sharing.

  21. 5 stars
    I was so pleasantly shocked how good this tasted considering how easy it was to prepare. Next time I’ll add brocoli and put less red pepper because my wife and younger son aren’t into spicy food.

  22. This has become one of my go-to meals. Quick and delicious works every time! To boost the vegetables I’ve added matchstick carrots which are tasty and look good in the dish too. Thank you for a great recipe!

  23. 5 stars
    I tried this but I substituted the beef for turkey. It was delicious! My son is very picky and he had seconds. So did I! Thank you!

  24. I have made this twice now and it’s a hit! Everyone loved it! I had to triple it since I have teenagers and it still turned out amazing! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    5 STARS!!!

  25. 5 stars
    Made this tonight for my family of 4.
    Rice is nice and filling, made jasmine rice in my instant pot while giving the beef.
    My son 15 yr old looked at his plate and said “rice and beef, that’s it?” he then put a fork in his mouth rolled his eyes and said “Are you kidding me? This is awesome!”
    I’ll be using this frequently!
    Thanks for the quick and easy recipe.

  26. 5 stars
    This was the first time I attempted to make this recipe. I’ve never tasted beef in this way before. I absolutely love it!! My brother who is a picky eater loved it as well!! Thank you for this recipe ❤️

  27. 5 stars
    Made this tonight for my mom and me. I didn’t have sesame oil, so I used blood orange infused olive oil instead. I also added sugar snap peas and sweet onion to the ground beef as it was cooking. Super delicious and not too spicy for my mom!

  28. 5 stars
    Wow! So quick and easy, and yet it tasted so delicious! Thank you! The only change I made was sautéed onions, set aside, cooked the beef as written and then added back the onions. You’ll see sliced onions often with Korean BBQ beef and Korean cuisine in general (I’m Korean) so it added great, familiar favor to an already fantastic dish.

  29. 5 stars
    This was so quick and easy to make! My kids loved it and begged for it to be on the rotation. Thanks for the great recipe!

  30. 5 stars
    I meal prep for work and i’m always making chicken, so i googled some ground beef recipes to spice my lunch times up, and i’m SO glad i found this recipe!! You can always add a bit of sriracha or gochujang to give it a kick!

  31. 5 stars
    I’ve made this several times, it is very good, everyone likes it. I can’t eat pepper but no one missed it. I added a little sesame oil and served it over white rice. It’s definitely is a keeper!

  32. 4 stars
    I did not let the meet brown completely before putting spices in it. I used a bit of kale, a clove or two more of garlic, a bit of maple syrup instead of brown sugar, less soy sauce, and a lot more red pepper flakes… omg it’s to die for!! I think if you wait for the beef to brown it’s going to be soooo over cooked

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