Bulgogi Ground Beef (15-Minute Easy Korean Beef Recipe)

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This Bulgogi Ground Beef recipe tastes just like Korean BBQ! It makes a flavor-packed Asian dinner recipe that is ideal for busy weeknights and meal prep. It is naturally gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and ready to eat in just 15 minutes! Learn how to make homemade Bulgogi Ground Beef with this quick and easy Korean beef recipe.

Overhead view of two bowls of Bulgogi Ground Beef with rice on a wooden surface with chopsticks on the side.

Bulgogi Ground Beef: An Easy Korean Beef Recipe

You are going to love this fast and simple Bulgogi Ground Beef recipe, because it delivers maximum flavor with minimal effort. It is perfectly seasoned and substantial, but only requires a handful of ingredients and mere minutes to prepare.

This recipe is inspired by Bulgogi (Korean Barbecue Beef), which is traditionally made with thinly sliced sirloin. This recipe instead uses ground beef to make it a more budget-friendly dish. Using ground beef also saves time, because you don’t need to marinate the meat for hours to allow all the flavors to sink in.

This bulgogi ground beef recipe is made using health-promoting ingredients like organic tamari, unrefined coconut sugar and grass-fed ground beef. Using clean, whole-food ingredients makes this dish so much better for you than anything you can order in a restaurant or via takeout. Keep reading to learn how to make this easy homemade recipe that is gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser!

How to Make Bulgogi Ground Beef

To make this homemade Bulgogi Ground Beef recipe, simply:

  1. Make the sauce: Combine the tamari, coconut sugar, and red pepper flakes in a bowl.
  2. Cook the aromatics: Sauté the garlic and ginger in a hot, oiled pan until softened and fragrant.
  3. Brown the beef: Add the ground beef to the pan and cook.
  4. Combine the sauce and beef: Stir the prepared sauce into the cooked meat and simmer.
  5. Garnish and serve: Serve over rice, topped with green onions, sesame seeds, and/or red chiles, if desired.

Tip: This dish is super satisfying as it is, but feel free to add some cooked vegetables to your serving bowls for a more balanced meal. Steamed spinach, carrots, and broccoli are all fantastic additions to this recipe.

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Where to Buy Grass-Fed Beef Online

I highly recommend eating grass-fed, humanely-raised beef rather than conventional, factory-farmed beef. This is because organic, naturally-fed meat is way more healthy, ethical, sustainable and tasty than factory-farmed meat. And for the best grass-fed and organic meat, I highly recommend using Butcher Box.

Butcher Box is an impressive organic meat delivery company that delivers hormone-free and antibiotic-free cuts directly to your doorstep. Their meat selection includes 100% grass-fed and grass-finished beef, free-range chicken, heritage breed pork, wild-caught seafood and more.

If you want to learn more about ButcherBox, I have written a detailed Butcher Box Review here on the blog. But if you want to explore other options for meat delivery, I wrote an article called: The Top Organic Meat Delivery Companies. In that article, I review and discuss other online organic meat delivery services (in addition to ButcherBox) that might work better for you.

Close-up overhead view of two bowls of Bulgogi Ground Beef with rice on a wooden surface with chopsticks on the side.

More Takeout-Style Recipes

Interested in cooking more takeout-inspired meals at home? Here are a few of my favorite recipes:

If you make this Bulgogi Ground Beef recipe, let me know! Leave a comment with a star rating ★ below, because I love hearing from you! ♡

Bulgogi Ground Beef (Quick & Easy Korean Beef Recipe)

Overhead view of two bowls of Ground Beef Bulgogi with rice on a wooden surface with chopsticks on the side.
This Bulgogi Ground Beef recipe tastes just like Korean BBQ, but instead uses ground beef to make it super quick, easy and budget-friendly!
Alia Kay
4.86 from 7 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine American, Korean
Servings 4 servings
Calories 220 calories

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the tamari, coconut sugar, and red pepper flakes. Set aside.
  • In a large skillet, heat the sesame oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and ginger and sauté for 1 minute until fragrant.
  • Add the ground beef and cook, stirring constantly to break up the meat, for about 5 minutes or until completely browned.
  • Stir in the tamari mixture until combined. Allow mixture to simmer for about 2 minutes until heated through.
  • Serve warm over cooked rice, garnished with optional toppings.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Bulgogi Ground Beef (Quick & Easy Korean Beef Recipe)
Amount per Serving
Calories
220
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
8
g
12
%
Saturated Fat
 
3
g
19
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Cholesterol
 
70
mg
23
%
Sodium
 
909
mg
40
%
Potassium
 
444
mg
13
%
Carbohydrates
 
11
g
4
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
7
g
8
%
Protein
 
26
g
52
%
Vitamin A
 
74
IU
1
%
Vitamin C
 
1
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
18
mg
2
%
Iron
 
3
mg
17
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Notes

  1. For best results, I highly recommend using grass-fed, organic ground beef from ButcherBox for this recipe.
  2. To cut down on carbs, you can serve it with cauliflower rice instead of white rice.
  3. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days or in the freezer for up to three months.
Keyword Bulgogi Ground Beef, Easy Korean Beef Recipe, Korean Beef Bowls, Korean Ground Beef

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10 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Alia, this dish meets both my requirements for a weeknight meal – easy and delicious! I love the Korean spin on it. Thanks for this recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    This recipe is absolutely amazing and EASY!! I made it for dinner for my son and his wife and they each had seconds. So GOOD. I also added cilantro and marinated cumbers to add to the top (instead of the red peppers) and roasted carrots and broccolini to add on the side. It is the perfect one bowl meal that won’t disappoint!! Thanks for the recipe!!!

    1. Hi Kimberly! Oh I am so happy that you and your family enjoyed this recipe. It’s a definite favorite in my house as well! Cilantro, marinated cumbers, roasted carrots and broccolini are all fabulous additions to this dish. Thanks so much for letting me know, and be sure to let me know if you ever try any of my other recipes! 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    This recipe was amazing! My family LOVED it! The slightly sweet taste is so good and all the flavors come together to create a bold deep flavor! I added a dab of fish oil and diced fajita Steak! I also substituted coconut sugar for sugar free maple syrup and added minced garlic with seared bok choy! Thank you for this super easy midweek, kid friendly meal! It was an amazing dinner!

    1. Hi Tia, thank you so much for your kind words!! I am very happy you and your family enjoyed this recipe. I get a lot of requests to make it in my house, lol. I love the additions and substitutions you made to the recipe! 🙂

    1. Hi Katie! No, I don’t drain the hamburger. But, I always use lean or extra-lean ground beef, to make sure it doesn’t contain too much fat.