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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. 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!

    1. MMM! That sounds delicious! I am love the other meats and seafood idea! Thanks so much for sharing! XOXO

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

    1. That is great to hear! I am so happy that you enjoyed it and it was simple! Thank you for following along with me!

    1. I like to use myfitnesspal.com or skinny taste.com to find any nutritional information you may have. Hope that helps! XOXO

  4. 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.

    1. MMM! That sounds delicious! I am so glad that it worked out and the comments helped too! Thanks so much for sharing! XOXO

  5. 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!

    1. That sounds delicious! I am so glad that you made it your own! Way to go! Thanks for choosing one of my recipes and follow along with me! XOXO

  6. 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

  7. 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!

  8. 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!! ❤❤

  9. 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.

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  10. 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

  11. 5 stars
    This meal has become a weekly staple at my house. Super simple and so delicious! Thank you so much for sharing!

    1. That is great to hear! I am so glad that you all love it! Thank you for sharing and following along with me! XOXO

  12. 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! ?

    1. That sounds delicious! I am so glad that you all loved it! Thanks so much for sharing! XOXO