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

4.89 from 552 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
    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!

  2. 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.

  3. 4 stars
    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.

  4. 5 stars
    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. 5 stars
    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!

  6. 4 stars
    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.

  7. 5 stars
    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

  8. So delicious! I added a touch of salt, half a lime and more red pepper since my husband and I like it spicy and it turned out super good! The sauce was a little too sesame-y at first but that touch of lime really helped balance it out. I served it over rice that had carrots, peas, soy sauce, salt and sesame oil mixed in. Will definitely be making again.

  9. 5 stars
    Great recipe! Just made it for dinner tonight and my picky eater even ate it! I used regular soy sauce and added a broccoli and a red bell pepper, also added an extra clove of garlic. The recipe made enough to feed my family of 5 with a little leftover. I will definitely be making this again. Thank you.

  10. This looks so yummy! I’m a pathetic cook, though, so I have a question. At what point would one add veggies if desired? Would you stir-fry it in with the meat halfway through or keep them separate?

    1. That is a great idea! I would add the veggies at the very end and either seperating them or adding them to the stir fry is great! Enjoy! I can’t wait to hear how it turns out! XOXO

  11. 5 stars
    This was awesome. I made it healthier by using low sodium soy. Also substited stevia for the sugar. Stirfried a bag of broccoli slaw in sesame oil. Added meat mixture and cooked brown rice. So much flavor for just a few ingredients.

  12. 5 stars
    I must say that I was a little skeptical but this dish was absolutely AMAZING!!!! My husband wants to incorporate this deal to our regular meals. Thank you for sharing such an easy dish.

  13. 5 stars
    My husband and I loved this. Next time I’ll double the sauce. We think the sauce would be so good with salmon or chicken. We had broccoli as a side; I thought of adding it to the beef but have been asked to make new recipes exactly as they’re written the first time. The only thing I did differently was using fresh ginger because that’s what I had. A really good recipe, and easy. Thank you so much!

  14. I made the Korean Ground Beef and Rice Bowls tonight, with a side of broccoli. My husband and I both loved it. I wished I’d made twice as much sauce, and next time I will. We think the sauce will be excellent with salmon and chicken, too.

  15. 4 stars
    Just made this tonight. Thanks for the great recipe! Very easy to make and not too complex for all the great flavor you get.

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