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 285 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

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

  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
    Love this recipe. It’s perfect. Always tastes amazing. I usually serve with steamed broccoli or snow peas. Thanks Alyssa!

      1. This is a great recipe! We’ve made it a few times now. Tonight our daughter had a friend over who is a very, very picky eater. She had 2 helpings! I served it with jasmine rice, potstickers and roasted sugar snap peas.

      2. Really delicious recipe! I wanted some veggies in it so I added chuncks of bell pepper, onion, shredded carrots and topped it with green onions and cilantro. Turned out really good. will be added to my recipe rotation and so easy to make!

  2. Wow this actually came out so tasty! I didn’t think I was going to like it as much I did! I’ll be making it for the second time now lol DELICIOUS!

    1. 5 stars
      This is an easy and delicious meal! I added zucchini & cabbage during the simmer time after adding the sauce. Adding a teaspoon of sriracha to the sauce is also good if you like a little heat.

  3. 5 stars
    I am by no means a cook. However, this recipe was so easy, I had to try it. Needless to say my kids and husband absolutely loved it. I have definitely found a winner with this one!!!

  4. 5 stars
    I needed something different for dinner. I’m so glad I stumbled upon this gem. I normally wouldn’t comment, but wow this recipe was so delicious. I personally have to use less or no crushed red pepper next time because we can’t handle spicy at all, but, other than that, my family loved it.

      1. Definitely, you can try it with out the sugar, and instead of soy sauce use coco aminos, is healthier and is going to give you just a touch of sweetness, and yes onions and cilantro is the best garnish.

  5. 5 stars
    This was good and so easy to make. Fast, too, which is nice. My husband is not an adventurous eater and initially said he didn’t want to try it so I just made it for myself for lunch and planned to refrigerate leftovers. He became intrigued by the smell, though, so he asked to try some and he ended up really liking it too and eating the rest!

  6. 5 stars
    This is an easy and delicious meal! I added zucchini & cabbage during the simmer time after adding the sauce. Adding a teaspoon of sriracha to the sauce is also good if you like a little heat.

    1. To make a successful substitute, just replace the brown sugar called for in the recipe with an equal amount of granulated sugar. Since brown sugar is nothing more than granulated sugar with a bit of molasses added to it, your recipe should still come out great.

  7. 5 stars
    Thank you for sharing this recipe. This is a great alternative for cooking ground beef. Perfect balance of spicies, even for my kids. Everyone ask for more. I served it with white rice and cucumber chunks in line juice.

  8. 5 stars
    This is a fabulous jumping off point. I top off each bowl with cilantro, green onion and sesame seeds. While cooking the ground beef I add chopped red pepper and a couple of chopped jalapenos for more heat. There are so many different ways to use this recipe. Love it! Thank you.

  9. 4 stars
    This was amazing–my new favorite go-to. Do you have the nutrition info? I’m particularly interested in carb counts [health reasons, not diet 😉 ]

    Thanks!

    1. I am getting nutritional information for each recipe right now while I am updating my old recipes. In the meantime, you are welcome to use myfitnesspal.com to help find the information you are needing.

  10. 5 stars
    Thank you for this recipe. I was searching for something different with ground beef and had just about given up when I found this. It is so good. Even the picky 8 year old likes it though I left out the red pepper for him and added it to mine after cooking. This is definitely a keeper!

  11. 5 stars
    Great base recipe. I added chunks of bell pepper and onions during the summer. Once plated I added chopped Kimchi and Sriracha. Everyone in my family was able to adjust the heat level to their liking. Thanks for a real winner!

  12. 5 stars
    This recipe is amazing! I tried something like this at a Korean restaurant once and this came really close! Still amazing! I added bell peppers for a little kick.

  13. I am obsessed with this sauce. I’ve made it with ground beef, steak and chicken. The steak is the best so far. Do you think it would go well with bratwurst sausage?

  14. 5 stars
    Love this recipe! I add a little bit of corn starch right before serving to thicken up the sauce a bit. But the taste is amazing!

  15. looks DELICIOUS! Planning to make it this week, but Q: is the 2 cups rice split into the 4 servings for your nutrition facts? I’m just paying attention for my insulin dependent kiddo 🙂 cheers!

      1. 5 stars
        I got a great compliment from my employers from ur recipes..thank you so much for ur help.they were very empressed

  16. 5 stars
    I never comment on these things but Wow! House full of fussy eaters and they all loved this one! Super easy and affordable. I added some carrots and red pepper during simmering. So happy to have found this one! Thank you for sharing!

    1. 5 stars
      Really delicious recipe! I wanted some veggies in it so I added chuncks of bell pepper, onion, shredded carrots and topped it with green onions and cilantro. Turned out really good. will be added to my recipe rotation and so easy to make!

  17. 5 stars
    This is a really great recipe. I use swerve brown sugar sweetener and serve with cauliflower rice for a low carb meal. I add in mushrooms and onions fas well. It is really good and rather inexpensive to make. Its a part of our regular rotation.

  18. 4 stars
    I make something similar with ground pork, but add a bag of broccoli slaw with the cooked pork and let it soften then add my sauce and serve over riced cauliflower. Makes for an awesome, easy and veggie laden meal.

    1. Oh yeah, I forgot to saym, I got the idea for my recipe from I Wash You Dry…a recipe she published back in Sept, of 2018…hers is almost identical to this.

  19. Really delicious recipe! I wanted some veggies in it so I added chuncks of bell pepper, onion, shredded carrots and topped it with green onions and cilantro. Turned out really good. will be added to my recipe rotation and so easy to make!

  20. 4 stars
    Tried this tonight for dinner. I was a little skeptical of this recipe, but I love trying new things. I cut the sugar down to 1/8 cup and left out the red pepper. When finished, the sesame oil was just a bit overpowering (for my personal taste). But, I steamed some broccoli and baby carrots, tossed them in and magic happened! Will definitely try this again! Thank you!

  21. 5 stars
    I love this dish. I mix the rice in the pot after I’ve mixed the sauce in rather than pouring over rice. My son loves it as well.

  22. I cant wait to try this! My daughter is allergic to sesame and peanuts. Do you have any suggestions that could boost the flavor profile since I will need to exchange the sesame oil?

  23. 5 stars
    May I use fresh ginger? I buy the tube stuff so I always have it on hand. If yes fo I increase the amount or is ground preferred in this particular recipe? Cant wait to try it!

  24. We’ve loved this recipes, so much so that my boyfriend went to the store the next day and bought all the stuff for me to make a double batch for dinner again. I have so many ideas using this recipe as a base. Add water chestnuts, shredded carrots, chow mein noodles and Bibb lettuce leaves for yummy lettuce wraps. Mix the garlic and ginger into the meat and make meatballs simmered in the delicious sauce. It’s so versatile that you can use beef, turkey (this is what I used) or chicken and change around the veggies: snow peas, edamame, broccoli, carrots etc. It was awesome with sticky rice but I will also change it up with rice noodles and jasmine rice. You could make endless combinations!

  25. 5 stars
    Hello, each time I have made this I wondered I found the recipe. Now I know and I Thank You!
    As I have been ordered to cut way down on iron, I have been trying various add-ins. My fave so far, 75% dark/25% white ground turkey, purchased from my fave poultry stand.
    As I must also gradually give up salt I headed to a local family owned Asian market. I was lead to an aisle deep in the store, instant panic! I had no idea how many variations of soy sauce. Grabbing the nice mans arm, 17 minutes later I left with Kikkoman extra rich/thick soy sauce with much less salt!! Also, 2 bags containing $40.00 in lots of great add-ins and more. Nice man was a great salesman!!raf

  26. 5 stars
    This is so good! My family loves it! I serve with cauliflower rice and add sliced avocado, jalapeño, and pickled onions!! Make it weekly!

  27. Thank you, this was delicious, I’ve made it several times and it’s a family favorite. It’s quick and easy. I added chopped carrots to get the veggies in and topped with Sriracha.

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