Healthy Ground Beef Recipes to keep you feeling satiated and energized throughout the week. These easy ground beef dinner ideas can be utilized as meal prep or tossed together any given weeknight. Which one of these easy recipes will you make for dinner tonight?

18 Healthy Ground Beef Recipes - easy, delicious gluten-free dinner ideas with keto, whole30 and paleo options

If you’re anything like me and absolutely love ground beef for 1.) the mouth-watering flavor, 2.) the ease of preparation and 3.) the incredible density of nutrients, you are in the right spot, my friend!

During the week, I often use ground beef as my default protein (I’ll do anything between 90/10 and 80/20 for fat content) and mix it up with vegetables and brown rice. For me, this combination is so satisfying and tasty that I can put it on repeat without getting tired of it.

However, if unlike me you don’t enjoy eating the same thing over and over and over again but do love using ground beef as a source of your protein, here are 18 healthy ground beef recipes to keep you feeling energized. 

The best part is ground beef is one of the most nutrient-rich foods on planet Earth!

Before we jump into these best ground beef recipes, I want to touch on the nutrient content of ground beef.

Health Benefits of Ground Beef:

Ground beef is exceptionally high in protein, Vitamins and Minerals. The high-quality protein in beef is amazing for repairing muscle and is very easy on the digestive system.

Ground beef is a great source of iron, which is ideal for women who are low in iron or anemic. 

Just 3.5 ounces of ground beef contains 25% of your daily value of Vitamin B3, 37% of your daily value of Vitamin B12, 18% of Vitamin B6, 12% of iron, 32% of zinc, and 24% of selenium. 

Red meat is also rich in creatine and carnosine, which are important for muscle and brain function.

Grass-fed ground beef is far superior to grain-fed ground beef in terms of the quality of the fat content. Grass-fed has a much higher ratio of omega-3 fatty acids where grain-free ground beef is higher in omega-6 (pro-inflammatory) fats.

Omega-3 fats are the ideal source of fat in general, as it is unsaturated fat, imperative for brain and hormone health.

As a side note, the concept that saturated fat causes high cholesterol has long been debunked. In fact, studies show swings in blood sugar (in other words, diets rich in simple carbohydrate) are the cause of high cholesterol. You can always use lean ground beef with 10% or less fat for a lower calorie, lower fat version.

In addition, high cholesterol isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Ideally, we want HDL cholesterol to be higher than LDL, but higher cholesterol (within reason) has been correlated with longevity (especially in women).

Not to mention, we absolutely need cholesterol in order to make hormones. Still, lean ground beef is always a great alternative, and you can substitute for ground turkey in most cases.

Easy Ground Beef Recipes

Now, let’s get to this collection of ground beef recipes!

From slow cooker and crock pot meals to quick and easy skillet recipes, we cover all sorts of cooking methods here.

I have included Italian recipes, Mexican recipes, Thai recipes, American recipes, and more to represent many-a world cuisine.

No matter the time of year and what’s in season, this roundup of healthy beef recipes has you covered! Plenty of variety in flavors and produce in these easy dinners with little effort, and not much time, you’ll never wonder what to do with your much coveted ground beef.

These are my most popular ground beef recipes that readers have made and cherished on constant rotation!

Ready or not, here are the best easy ground beef recipes the entire family is bound to love!

36 Healthy Ground Beef Recipes:

Ground Beef Taco Casserole – Easy, cheesy magnificently delicious Ground Beef Taco Casserole with black beans, bell pepper, salsa, cheese, and a whole lot of taco flavor! If you’re a Mexican food fanatic and love all things cheesy, you’ll go wild over this fresh and tasty recipe!

Casserole dish with ground beef casserole inside. Fresh avocado and a bowl of green onions to the side.

Healthy Sloppy Joes ready in 20 to 30 minutes using ingredients you likely already have on hand! Serve it up on your bun of choice with any toppings like cheese, pickled onions, coleslaw, and more.

Close up image of a sloppy joe on a plate with a plate of sloppy joes in the background.

Sicilian Meatball Soup with Cabbage and vegetables is a healthy, hearty soup recipe that the whole family will love! Fun to prepare and so comforting, ideal for chilly weather. Make a big pot of meatball soup for serving guests on special occasions or for basic weekly meal prep.

three white bowls of meatball soup with vegetables.

Easy 30-Minute Healthy Thai Basil Beef comes together lightning fast yet is powerfully flavorful! This simple healthy dinner recipe is a classic Thai dish, best served with steamed rice or fried rice. Make it any night of the week for a meal the whole family will enjoy!

Big bowl of rice and Pad Gra Prow

Gluten-Free Crock Pot Italian Meatballs are easy to prepare and result in the most tender, flavorful, amazing, best meatballs, perfect for sharing with friends and family. Serve these slow cooker meatballs as is for a low-carb appetizer, or with pasta or rice for a complete meal.

Angle shot of Italian meatballs in a crock pot, sprinkled with fresh parsley.

Easy Stuffed Peppers – Taco-style ground beef Easy Stuffed Bell Peppers include plenty of cheese with the perfect kick. Serve them up with your choice of side dishes for a lovely Mexican-inspired meal.

Easy Stuffed Bell Peppers made with just 10 basic ingredients! A quick and tasty dinner recipe that is filling and delicious.

Instant Pot Paleo Pumpkin Chili  – Bean-less paleo pumpkin chili made easily in the Instant Pot (or on your stove top!) This one-pot meal comes together quickly and is healthy comfort food at its finest! A feel-good hearty soup recipe.

Instant Pot Paleo Pumpkin Chili - quick, easy, flavorful healthy pumpkin chili perfect for the fall months. | #paleo #primal #instantpot #lowcarb #pressurecooker

Taco Stuffed Zucchini Boats – Taco Stuffed Zucchini Boats are an easy low-carb dinner recipe, perfect for celebrating your summer bounty of squash! These cheesy delights are easy to prepare any night of the week!

Taco Stuffed Zucchini Boats with ground beef and all the delicious taco seasonings. Easy, quick, low-carb, delicious!

Crispy Baked Ground Beef Tacos are the ultimate dream for cheesy meaty crispy taco lovers! Perfectly spiced ground beef gets swaddled with grated cheese in corn tortillas then baked to crispy perfection in the oven. No oil or pan-frying necessary! Enjoy them with your favorite taco fixings!

Crunchy ground beef tacos on a serving tray, ready to serve.

Ground Beef Taco Meat – Quick and easy ground beef taco meat using homemade taco seasoning. Only one skillet and less than 30 minutes is needed for this mouth-watering taco meat. Make it for ground beef tacos or taco salad!

Ground Beef Taco Meat - how to make the best taco meat using pantry ingredients

Gluten-Free Paleo Meatloaf Recipe made easy! This simple recipe comes with a low-carb keto option and makes for a hearty meal.

Paleo Meatloaf Recipe - grain-free, dairy-free, easy meatloaf recipe

Rigatoni Pasta with Bolognese Sauce – Rigatoni Pasta with Bolognese Sauce is loaded with tangy, sweet, rich hearty flavor and makes for an incredibly satiating meal. This easy to make healthy pasta recipe with meat sauce is gluten-free, packed with protein, and an incredible celebration of carbs. You can use your favorite tomato sauce or Italian sausage to change up the recipe to your heart’s delight.

Rigatoni Pasta Recipe with Bolognese Sauce - an easy pasta recipe that's loaded with flavor! This healthier pasta recipe is made with grain-free noodles but you can use any noodle you like.

Easy Stove Top Beef Chili is the simplest, best chili recipe for those times you’re craving filling comfort food! This is that hearty, thick, classic chili recipe that hits the spot every time!

Two bowls of beef chili with a gold spoon, sprinkled with red onions and cilantro.

Ground Beef and Lentil Skillet with Vegetables is a complete high-protein meal with fiber and complex carbohydrates. This macro friendly recipe is easy to prepare for healthy weeknight meals!

Ground beef, lentils, and vegetables in a stainless steel skillet with a napkin to the side.

Easy Ground Beef Enchilada Casserole with Corn Tortillas may just be the simplest approach to enchiladas you’ve ever encountered. Prepared similarly to lasagna, these stacked enchiladas include delicious layers of corn tortillas, taco seasoned ground beef, gooey cheese, and delicious red enchilada sauce.

Big white casserole dish of beef enchiladas with corn tortillas.

Crock Pot Stuffed Pepper Soup with ground beef, rice, diced tomatoes, bell peppers, onion, and more! This flavorful hearty soup recipe is a deconstructed version of stuffed bell peppers. Make it for weeknight meals during the winter months for the ultimate comfort food!

Bowl of soup on a wooden background with a golden napkin and gold spoon.

Easy Shepherd’s Pie with Sweet PotatoesEasy Shepherd’s Pie with Sweet Potatoes makes for an amazingly comforting meal! If you love meat and potatoes, you’ll go wild over this recipe!

Easy Shepherd's Pie with Sweet Potatoes - a goof-proof recipe that comes together quickly and easily!

Ground Beef and Cabbage Soup is an incredibly simple hearty soup recipe, ideal for those looking for a belly-pleasing meal without much effort! If you’re new to making soup, this one’s a great introduction, as it only requires 10 basic ingredients and zero fancy tricks. Top it with Greek yogurt or sour cream to add some creamy texture!

Ground Beef and Cabbage Soup - a simple yet satisfying healthy meal that's easy to prepare!

30-Minute Vegetable and Ground Beef Skillet – Quick and easy 8-Ingredient Vegetable and Ground Beef Skillet. This nutritious recipe contains a plethora of fresh vegetables and grass-fed ground beef. One of those perfect 30-minute meals for those who follow a paleo, keto, low-carb, or low-FODMAP diet. Add soy sauce for more flavor if desired!

Quick and Easy Vegetable and Ground Beef Skillet - 8 ingredients and 30 minutes make this nutritious meal a reality. This recipe is paleo, low-carb, low-FODMAP, keto, whole30, and crazy tasty! |

Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Ground Beef Stroganoff – Creamy, satisfying, delicious stroganoff made with ground beef and a dairy-free cream sauce. This simple recipe comes together in just over 30 minutes, is big on flavor and so incredibly filling! Serve it up with sour cream for a lovely meal!

Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Ground Beef Stroganoff - an easy filling dinner recipe that is ultra creamy and satisfying!

Nightshade-Free AIP Chili Recipe – Nightshade-Free AIP chili made with ground turkey, pumpkin puree, ginger, vegetables and more. This no-bean chili recipe is low-inflammatory, easy to prepare, and so comforting!

20-Minute Paleo Mongolian Ground Beef – An easy, flavorful Asian-inspired meal that comes together in less than 30 minutes! Serve it up with your choice of side dishes for a complete meal.

20-Minute Paleo Mongolian Ground Beef - soy-free, refined sugar-free, gluten-free, and loaded with flavor

Stuffed Delicata Squash with Ground Beef – Stuffed Delicata Squash with Ground Beef, cranberries, pecans and green onion is a healthy, filling clean dinner recipe perfect for those looking for a nutritious meal! This easy recipe comes together quickly and is a great option for those following a paleo or whole30 diet.

Stuffed Delicata Squash with Ground Beef, Cranberries and Pecans is a healthy dinner recipe that is paleo, whole30 and nutritious. Plus, it's easy to make!

One-Skillet Ground Beef and Wild Rice – One skillet ground beef and wild rice with onion, garlic, bell pepper and rainbow chard is a quick and easy one-pot meal that results in a lovely well-balanced dinner.

One-Skillet Ground Beef and Wild Rice with onion, garlic, rainbow chard, and bell pepper - an easy, quick well-balanced meal recipe ready in under 1 hour |

Sweet and Sour Meatballs made soy-free, refined sugar-free and healthy! This easy recipe can be served as a main entrée or appetizer. Wow your friends and family with these incredible meatballs!

Healthy Sweet and Sour Meatballs made soy-free, refined sugar-free, and gluten-free! Easy to prepare and magically delicious.

Pesto Burgers with Caramelized Onions and Mushrooms – A mouth-watering juicy burger topped with pesto, caramelized onions and mushrooms are perfect for easy summer eating. Cook this burger recipe up in a cast iron skillet or on your grill and serve them up on your bun of choice!

Pesto Burgers with Caramelized Onions and Mushrooms - a delicious, unique hamburger for BBQ season

Stuffed Acorn Squash with Ground Beef, Kale and Brussels Sprouts – Stuffed acorn squash with kale, brussels sprouts, ground beef, and onion. This simple, clean meal keeps weeknight eats fun and interesting.

Stuffed Acorn Squash with Ground Beef, Brussels Sprouts, and Kale - a clean, nutritious dinner recipe that's paleo, low-carb, and whole30 | #glutenfree

Ground Beef and Sweet Potato Skillet with Brussel Sprouts – Quick and easy 30-Minute Ground Beef and Sweet Potato Skillet with Brussel Sprouts is a simple, nutritious dinner recipe that is paleo, whole30 and delicious! Serve it as is or with additional side dishes for a satiating meal.

Quick and easy 30-Minute Ground Beef and Sweet Potato Skillet - only a few basic ingredients are needed to make this healthy dinner recipe.

One-Pot Ground Beef and Cabbage – A quick and easy yet wildly delicious and satisfying one pot meal! Ground beef, cabbage, mushrooms, bell pepper, onion (and more) make this delightful healthy ground beef recipe so dreamy! A simple, easy low-carb dinner recipe ideal for any busy weeknight.

Ground Beef and Cabbage with onion, mushrooms, garlic, and bell pepper. An easy one-pot meal that comes together in 30 minutes

30-Minute Teriyaki Beef Skillet – Teriyaki Beef and Vegetable Skillet made in less than 30 minutes! This flavorful, nutritious meal comes together lightning quick and will please even the pickiest eaters. Make it as a meal prep recipe to enjoy throughout the week, or serve to friends and family.

30-Minute Teriyaki Beef Skillet with Vegetables - a skillet, a napkin, a jar of teriyaki sauce and a bowl of chopped green onion

Taco Stuffed Sweet Potatoes – Easy, healthful taco stuffed sweet potatoes are a filling, complete meal that is grain-free but includes plenty of cheddar cheese. Whip them up any night of the week, or turn it into a meal prep situation!

Taco-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes - an easy, healthy dinner recipe | #glutenfree

30-Minute Ground Beef and Mushroom Skillet with 7 basic ingredients is easy to throw together any night of the week and goes big on nutrients! Change up the flavors to your heart’s delight for a healthy dinner that will always satisfy. Add soy sauce or teriyaki sauce to your heart’s delight!

Quick and easy 30-Minute Ground Beef and Mushroom skillet with spinach, onion, and garlic. A healthy, straightforward dinner recipe that only requires 7 ingredients

Beef and Lentil Chili – Beef and lentil chili is easy to prepare and is so comforting during the fall and winter months. This easy-to-prepare healthy dinner recipe requires just one pot and about 1 hour to make.

Instant Pot Hamburger Helper with Rice – Instant Pot Hamburger Helper With Rice – a dairy-free, healthier version of classic Hamburger Helper for an amazingly filling dinner.

Instant Pot Hamburger Helper - Dairy-free hamburger helper with rice made in the pressure cooker. Easy, filling, delicious!

Paleo Swedish Meatballs – Delicious gluten-free tender meatballs swaddled in a creamy cauliflower-based sauce. This paleo take on classic Swedish meatballs omits the heavy cream for a lighter yet still satisfying main entrée. Juicy meatballs for life!

Paleo Swedish Meatballs - gluten-free meatballs in a creamy cauliflower-based sauce - a healthier take on the classic dish | #whole30 #paleo #keto

These Thai Meatballs are HUGE on flavor and make for an amazing clean main entrée. Keto, paleo, whole30 and just plain finger-lickin’ good, these meatballs are show-stopping delicious. This recipe includes a Low-FODMAP option for those with IBS or gut issues.

Thai Meatballs - keto, paleo, whole30, clean and delicious! |

Drop a comment below letting me know which of these easy ground beef recipes you try!



Julia Mueller
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Julia Mueller

Julia Mueller is a recipe developer, cookbook author, and founder of The Roasted Root. She has authored three bestselling cookbooks, – Paleo Power Powers, Delicious Probiotic Drinks, and The Quintessential Kale Cookbook. Her recipes have been featured in several national publications such as BuzzFeed, Self, Tasty, Country Living,, etc.

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