This Ground Beef Bulgogi recipe tastes just like Korean BBQ! It makes a flavor-packed Asian dinner recipe that is ideal for busy weeknights and meal prep. Perhaps best of all, it is ready to eat in just 15 minutes. Learn how to make homemade Ground Beef Bulgogi with this quick and easy recipe.
You are going to love this easy Ground Beef Bulgogi 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.
How to Make Ground Beef Bulgogi
To make this easy Ground Beef Bulgogi recipe, simply:
- Make the sauce: Combine the soy sauce, brown sugar, and red pepper flakes in a bowl.
- Cook the aromatics: Sauté the garlic and ginger in a hot, oiled pan until softened and fragrant.
- Brown the beef: Add the ground meat to the pan and cook.
- Combine the sauce and beef: Stir the prepared sauce into the cooked meat and simmer.
- 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 great additions to this recipe.
Where to Get the Best Ground Beef
I am a big believer in using grass-fed, no-hormones-added and ethically-raised meat instead of conventional, factory-farmed meat. It’s more humane, sustainable and it’s higher in quality – which means its healthier to consume and also tastes better.
However, it can be difficult to find organic, grass-fed meat, so allow me to introduce you to ButcherBox!
ButcherBox is a popular monthly meat delivery service that delivers high quality, antibiotic- and hormone-free cuts directly to your door. Their meat selection includes 100% grass-fed and grass-finished beef, free-range chicken and heritage breed pork.
The meat arrives frozen and individually vacuum-packed in an insulated, eco-friendly box. Lastly, the price works out to less than $6 per meal and the shipping is always free!
If you are having a hard time finding healthy, tasty meat near you – or if you want to avoid shopping and traffic AND get top-quality meat delivered right to your door while you’re at it – then you have to try ButcherBox.
More Takeout-Style Recipes to Try:
Interested in cooking more takeout-fakeout meals at home? Here are a few of my favorite takeout-style recipes on the blog:
- Chinese Chicken Fried Rice
- Sesame Noodles
- Pineapple Fried Rice
- Teriyaki Chicken
- Pineapple Chicken Coconut Rice
For this Ground Beef Bulgogi recipe, I recommend:
Here is a kitchen tool I suggest using to making prepping this recipe a breeze:
Kitchen and Food Scale – If you buy in bulk, a scale makes it so easy to measure the perfect amount of ground beef to use for this dish. You can also use a kitchen scale to accurately measure the weight of vegetables, pasta, and flour to use in recipes.
If you make this Ground Beef Bulgogi recipe, let me know! Leave a comment with a star rating ★ below, because I love hearing from you! ♡
Ground Beef Bulgogi
- In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, brown 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 soy sauce mixture until combined. Allow mixture to simmer for about 2 minutes until heated through.
- Serve warm over cooked rice, garnished with optional toppings.
- To make this recipe gluten-free, substitute the soy sauce with tamari.
- To cut down on carbs, you can serve it with cauliflower rice instead of white rice.
- For the best flavor, I highly recommend using grass-fed, hormone-free ground beef from ButcherBox for this recipe.
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