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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. Drain the grease.
  • 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

4.91 from 653 votes
By: Alyssa Rivers
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
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

Instructions 

  • In a large skillet cook the ground beef and garlic breaking it into crumbles over medium heat until no longer pink. Drain the grease.
  • 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

Calories: 238kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 25gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 70mgSodium: 610mgPotassium: 448mgFiber: 1gSugar: 14gVitamin C: 0.7mgCalcium: 28mgIron: 3.1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Korean
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About Alyssa Rivers

Alyssa Rivers is the author of 'The Tried and True Cookbook', a professional food photographer and experienced recipe-developer. Having a passion for cooking, her tried and true recipes have been featured on Good Morning America, Today Food, Buzzfeed and more.

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    1. That is great to hear! Thank you so much for letting me know and for following along with me! I hope you are able to find more recipes! XOXO

  1. 5 stars
    SO delicious and foolproof! I just made it and I could not be more excited for my leftovers- and I haven’t even finished eating it. Pairs really well with sauteed mushrooms and spinach in case you’re trying to get some veggies in too.

  2. 5 stars
    This beef dish is SO good. I made it over udon noodles for my daughter and over zucchini spirals for myself. Delicious both ways! Will definitely become a staple in our house. Thanks so much for sharing!!

    1. That is great to hear! I am so glad that you all enjoyed it and it tasted great for both of you! Thanks so much for sharing! XOXO

  3. 5 stars
    The meat is outstanding, but I mean using my noodles so I assume the rice could need it as well but adds some seasoning to the noodles/rice for the ultimate Korean barbecue!

  4. 5 stars
    I made the Korean bowl with rice very much enjoyed it. I would recommend doubling up on the sauce I like it that way of course . Very tasty and quick easy meal

  5. 5 stars
    this was delicious. Loved the sauce. My only change was adding fresh chopped broccoli . A keeper for sure

  6. 3 stars
    At 5pm I was fried; had a freshly cleaned but mostly empty fridge, save for a lb of ground beef I forgot I’d thawed. Literally searched ‘weeknight ground beef’ & found this – jackpot! Simple recipe, fairly staple ingredients & flavors my people love – I feel like I shouldn’t have needed a recipe for this but I DID, and I’m so grateful you provided it. Looking forward to the next time w/ broccoli!
    ?Thank you! ?
    Ps – not sure if it’s a glitch on my phone but I can’t add more than 3 stars – I’d give it 5 if I could!!!

    1. That is great to hear! I am so glad that you found this recipe! I hope you are able to find a few more of your liking! Thanks so much for following along with me! XOXO

  7. Delicious! I tripled the sauce, all except the red pepper flakes because of the kids, and added about 3 cups of frozen veggies. Everyone loved it! Thanks

    1. Yes, you are welcome to do that! I love a little extra on the side but is not necessary! XOXO

  8. 5 stars
    OMG so good!!!!! I was looking to make something with ground beef…and i found this awesome recipe!!!!

  9. Made this tonight with ground turkey. I sautéed onion and carrots until just tender before adding the garlic and turkey. I also doubled the sauce recipe (except the red pepper flakes, 1/4 teaspoon was plenty for us) and used 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger and 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger. I let it simmer about 5-10 minutes before adding some cornstarch to achieve that final thickness. Let me tell you, it was mighty tasty! Thanks Alyssa, for the great and easy recipe!

  10. 5 stars
    This is a really good recipe. I omit the ginger from the sauce and instead add the garlic, fresh ginger, shredded carrot and chopped bok choy to cook a little before the beef. Then follow the rest of the recipe. It’s a simple, delicious meal. Thank you!

  11. 5 stars
    I made this yesterday for my family and guests. They absolutely loved it! Made sticky sushi rice, added a little dried ginger (diced) to the meat when browning it, and added a little sesame oil to the meat when it was done browning, just to keep it from tasting dry.

  12. 5 stars
    This recipe is wonderful! It has quickly become a staple in my house. I add frozen green beans and we love it! Thanks 🙂

  13. Turned out soooo yummy and so quick and easy. Obsessed. Was wondering though how many calories are there per serving ?

    1. SO glad that you liked it! I have found the best way to get nutritional info on all of the recipes is through MyFitnessPal.com. You just type in the recipe and it tells you! Skinnytaste.com is also a great resource for healthy and delicious meals and provides nutritional info. Hope this helps! XOXO

  14. Made this after a long day. Used chicken in place of beef and added mushrooms, sweet baby peppers and onion. Had everything I needed in the kitchen. Quick and fabulous. We devoured it! Thanks!