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

4.9 from 522 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
    After reading the other reviews I decided to make this with half the sugar and to punch up the spices a bit. I also added cabbage for a vegetable and a small can of mushrooms because I had a shy pound of hamburger. I especially like that this dish is so quick and easy and I had most of the ingredients on hand already.

  2. 5 stars
    Great…dish I made it and my husband loved it! Used turkey instead of beef and the flavor was still there. I made it my own by adding some sriracha, teriyaki and peanut sauces. Oh and paprika and mustard…loved it thank you!

  3. Just made this for dinner tonight! I added a korean spinach side dish and also sautéed mushrooms:) So good! Thanks so much for this recipe!

    1. You are welcome to make any of the recipes your own and how you prefer taste and texture for your likings! Hope that you enjoy these bowls and that they are delicious for you! XOXO

  4. This is fabulous—my 3 teenage girls all raves about it! I used he green onions and the sesame seeds, all were a hit. Thanks for the new weeknight staple!

  5. I made this for the first time a few months ago because my hubby loves ground beef and I hate pasta and this is now our go to recipe. The sesame oil really makes a big difference as I had used olive oil the first time. Absolutely delicious! Making it again tonight because it gets devoured so quickly!! ❤❤

  6. 5 stars
    Because there’s a lot of liquid left over from the soy sauce, even after simmering s few minutes, I added a mixture of about 2 tsp corn starch to an ounce of water. (thoroughly blended) to the finished meat and mixed it well. It brings out the flavors a bit and leaves you with a thicker sauce.

    Ancient Chinese Secret!

  7. 5 stars
    This has become part of our regular rotation, super easy and quick! My husband and 4 kids (ages 4-14) happily nom nom it down. I double the recipe as it makes great leftovers for lunches. 🙂

    1. That is a great day when everyone in the family enjoys the meal! Way to go! I am glad that it worked out and you have left overs. Thanks so much for following along with me! XOXO

  8. 5 stars
    This meal has become a weekly staple at my house. Super simple and so delicious! Thank you so much for sharing!

  9. 5 stars
    I added stir fry veggies too as it was too “meaty” for us….but fabulous flavor! Cooked ground beef partway, then added fresh stir fry veggies….we love it! ?

  10. 5 stars
    This was so yummy! I made it with Oriental cut carrots and opened a can of crushed pineapple on the side. My daughter thought it smelled good. Everyone gobbled it down. Said that I should make this again. It was very east and tastes yummy!

  11. 5 stars
    We LOVE the Korean Ground Beef and Rice Bowl!
    My teenage granddaughter (whose other grandmother was
    Korean) loved it as well. Will be using it frequently….so easy.
    I had to sub some of the ingredients (sesame seed for oil,
    garlic powder for garlic…) and it was still good. I am on the way to the
    grocery store to purchase the exact ingredients .
    We love it over sticky rice!

  12. 5 stars
    Seriously – YUM! I threw in a bunch of quick veggies & used brown rice, and it game together in like 20 mins. Sooo delish!

  13. This has become a weekly staple, it’s so easy and fast and flavorful. I replace the brown sugar with honey (we almost never have sugar in the house) but otherwise just prepare it exactly as shown. It makes a simple pound of beef splendid. Thank you for sharing.

  14. Loved it! I didn’t have any beef that lean on hand, so I used 80/20. I was so sad when I got to making the sauce and found that I didn’t have the ground ginger that I had thought I had (funny how that happens, right?), so I used some all spice instead. I also added a tad bit more sugar, 1 cup of water, and 2 tbsp of cornstarch to the sauce. Poured that over the beef and added a 1lb bag of frozen stir fry veggies (broccoli, carrots, onions, peppers, all the food stuff. Lol), and let it cook until the sauce was bubbly and the veggies heated through. Served it to a family of 6 and not one complaint. ? I’ve never had dinner on the table so fast on a weeknight with after school activities! Will be making this again for sure. Thanks for the recipe!

  15. 5 stars
    OMG…So Good. So quick. So easy! This dish is about to become a regular staple of my household’s diet!

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