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 292 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. 5 stars
    We loved! I made extra sauce bc we like a little extra. Next time I’ll cut the sugar in half, it’s pretty sweet. Can’t wait to try on steak!

  2. This sounds like a great recipe and can’t wait to try it! I think I’ll be adding a touch of rice wine vinegar and mixing in some chopped water chestnuts for texture. Thanks for the recipe!

  3. 5 stars
    Holy Hannah! I added some frozen stir fry veggies and poured it over coconut rice. Amazing! This will definitely be a go to recipe. I did add srichacha, as we like things a bit spicier, but that’s a personal taste; it was awesome without it.

  4. We LOVE this! I add celery and mushrooms, and a tad more brown sugar, and it’s AMAZING. It’s become my boyfriend’s meal; he says that this dish has the potential to “turns boyfriends into husbands!” Thanks, and I’m looking forward to trying more of your recipes in the future!

  5. 4 stars
    I love this recipe/meal but my husband and sons have gone low carb. I’ll replace the rice with lettuce and do wraps but do you have suggestions for the brown sugar?

    1. You can substitute the brown sugar for any type of other low sugar, brown sugar. Maybe honey?? The brown sugar is a key ingredient for its flavor and sweetness in this bowl. Let me know what you are substituting it with! XOXO

    2. 5 stars
      Totally late response but I am low carb and used monkfruit sweetener instead. I used a little less than sugar because It was way too sweet for me.

  6. 5 stars
    I just tried this and omg it’s so good!
    Thank you for this!!! Just one question can i substitute honey for the brown sugar?

  7. We love it!!! My family of 4 devoured it. I did make extra sauce. We didn’t think it was too sweet and it had just enough heat! I’m going to try it with steak and chicken! 😋 Thank you!!

  8. My family loved it and they are picky! It was so quick and easy too. Based on another review, I doubled the sauce then at the last minute added some fresh asparagus for a different texture. We will do this one again.

  9. 5 stars
    Tried this recipe while looking for something new to do with ground beef and it was amazing. Tried it with cubed chicken and wasn’t that successful. Ground chicken, however, is pretty awesome. It is obviously a different texture than the beef, but both are great and there’s a nice heat to the dish as well.

    1. 5 stars
      In a 9×13 pan, we put rice on the bottom, with water, raw chicken thighs, and doubled the sauce, and baked it. It was amazing. Maybe that will be better than cubed chicken.

  10. 5 stars
    This was awesome! Doubled the sauce (except the brown sugar and pepper flakes). Added chopped bell peppers, steamed broccoli, and onions and about two tablespoons of flour to thicken the sauce once I added it. Can’t wait to try with steak and chicken. Thank you! This is a keeper!

  11. 4 stars
    My toddler LOVED this. He held his mouth open and made a panting sound between bites hahaha. I even had to take a video! It was delicious, thanks for the recipe.

  12. The first time I made this it was good. Good enough to try it again. This time I doubled the sauce and added more garlic, ginger and red pepper flakes. Honest to goodness it was delicious!!!

  13. 5 stars
    This was delicious! I doubled the meat and increased the sauce by 1-1/2. I will do this again next time! I made enough rice for 6 people instead of 4.

  14. 5 stars
    My whole family loved this. I doubled the recipe, except I used coconut aminos instead of soy sauce. I was out of sesame oil. And I used beef bullion because it was too sweet for me. A little less red pepper flakes for my tender tongues. Lol My mom and I are watching our carbs, so we had riced cauliflower. It was so good!! Thanks for posting it!!

  15. 5 stars
    Just made this and YUM! Used Lakanto brown sugar substitute and served over cauliflower rice… I’ll definitely make this again! I’ll probably use less “sugar” next time as it was suuuper sweet for my own personal taste buds but even then it was yummy 😋

  16. 5 stars
    This is one of me & my roommate’s favorite recipes! We try to make it at least a couple times a month! The ingredients are pretty cheap and it’s so easy to make. I highly recommend this!!!! It’s not too spicy for someone like me and if you prefer more spice, double the red pepper flakes.

  17. This is so delicious and easy to make!!My family can’t get enough. I added cut up veggies as well. Thanks for the recipe

  18. Has anyone tried this recipe with regular soy sauce (instead of reduced sodium)? That’s all I have on hand and am wondering if it will still come out as good….

  19. 5 stars
    This is a quick, easy and delicious recipe. I double the sauce and add veggies. I’ve already made it twice in a few weeks. My teenage boys love it.

  20. So delicious!! Doubled the sauce and added sriracha to it. Used riced cauliflower and sautéed onions, mushrooms, diced chilies, zucchini, broccoli, and asparagus. I cannot get enough!! Thank you for the recipe!

  21. 5 stars
    I can’t get over how super delicious & easy this is! My husband loved it!! This will definitely be in a regular dinner rotation. Thank you!!

  22. 5 stars
    Hi. I made this tonight and it was suoer easy and tastes great. Simple yet good. Thank you for the recipe.

  23. Sorry, great taste, but too dry, needs more sauce, maybe serve it with noodles instead…
    Husband liked it, he ate my left overs..

  24. 5 stars
    This was soooo good!!! Thanks for the recipe! I didn’t have any sesame oil so I used tahini sauce instead and don’t like to use brown sugar so I substituted maple syrup. 🙂 Next time I’ll try using liquid aminos instead of the soy sauce (I forgot I had it ;p) for a bit more nutrition. So yummy!!! My whole family loved it (my boys are 5 and 7)!

  25. Using what I had on hand, I just made this with no ginger, some regular white sugar but about half of what was called for, and no red pepper flakes because of the kids. I also did not add garnish because I didn’t have it, but I added steamed broccoli and it came out delicious! Thank you.

  26. WAY too much sugar!!!!
    Use less sugar and top it with sriracha.
    I also stir-fried a bag of coleslaw mix and a bag of sugar snap peas mixed them in the meat at the end.

  27. I made this recipe for supper for my boyfriend and I it was delicious I put roasted cauliflower in it .I will make it again. It was very easy to make. Gina

  28. 5 stars
    This was really good! My two boys, 17 and 20 love rice bowls and asian foods. I did this and changed it slightly. I doubled the recipe, but cut back on the sugar. During the last few minutes of cooking, I added broccoli slaw, just to slip in some veggies without them noticing. I used part soy and part aminos, and I do agree with some others who said there should be more sauce. Since I used lean meat, it tends to be drier, and more sauce to flavor it and the rice would be great. I will do that next time. For those cutting back on sugar, try using a smaller amount of molasses, yacon syrup, or Lakanto golden, or Splenda brown sugar. For lower carb, I like my dishes served on sauted cabbage. I don’t miss the rice. However, if you really want that rice feeling, try the riced cauliflower in the frozen aisle of your supermarket. It is yummy and you don’t feel like you are missing anything, plus you are getting more veggies in!

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