Easy Korean Ground Beef Recipe

This super easy Korean Ground Beef Recipe comes together in less than 15 minutes and is bursting with a sweet and spicy flavor.

OMG! This super easy Korean Ground Beef Recipe comes together in less than 15 minutes and was the perfect easy dinner recipe for our busy weeknight! Even my picky child ate every last bite!pinterestIf you’re looking for an easy ground beef recipe to serve your family that uses that last bit of beef in your fridge or freezer, than this is it!

Easy Korean Ground Beef Recipe

This easy dinner is one of my go-to recipes, because it uses a handful of ingredients I keep in my fridge and comes together in under 15 minutes. This dinner has a lot of similar flavors to Korean Beef Bulgogi, but it’s way quicker to make!

Ingredients Needed –

*you can find exact measurements in the printable recipe below

  • Lean Ground Beef – you could also use ground turkey for a leaner option!
  • Garlic
  • Ginger – I like to use the fresh ginger in the tubes
  • Sesame Oil – I use light sesame oil, but dark would work too
  • Brown Sugar – gives the dish it’s signature sweetness
  • Soy Sauce – use low sodium soy sauce if desired
  • Chili Garlic Sauce – like Huy Fong
  • Green Onions

Start by browning your lean ground beef in a skillet with ginger and garlic. Drain any excess fat and then add in brown sugar, sesame oil, soy sauce and chili garlic sauce to create the BEST Korean Ground Beef!

How To Make Korean Ground Beef

  • Start by browning your lean ground beef in a skillet with garlic and ginger.
  • Drain any excess fat and then return to the stove top.
  • Season with a little sesame oil, brown sugar, soy sauce and chili garlic sauce (or Sriracha if desired).

We love to serve this deliciously seasoned ground beef right on top of a bed of hot rice.

To make it a full meal – I’ll add sliced cucumbers and matchstick carrots alongside the ground beef and rice.

Watch Video On How To Make Korean Ground Beef


How Can I Make this Ground Beef Recipe Low Carb?

Believe it or not, this Korean Ground Beef Recipe can easily be converted to a low carb meal!

  • Swap out the brown sugar for a low carb brown sugar sweetener.
  • Serve the ground beef over a bed of hot cauliflower rice instead of regular rice.
  • Try serving the Korean Ground Beef mixture in a lettuce wrap for a fun taco-inspired dish!

Toss in sliced green onions to give this super easy Korean Ground Beef Recipe extra flavor and color!

This super easy ground beef recipe comes together in less than 15 minutes with ingredients that you probably already have on hand.

PRO TIP: start cooking the rice before I even start browning the beef because it cooks that fast! If you’re using minute rice, you’ll be sitting down to eat dinner even quicker!

Serve your Korean Ground Beef and Rice Bowl with sliced cucumbers and matchstick carrots for a complete dinner!

What To Serve With Korean Ground Beef?

Try pairing this easy dish with a side of Egg Drop Soup or these Crispy Chicken Egg Rolls.

My kids went nuts for this super quick dinner recipe. It was perfect for our busy weeknight when I had to run two kids to gymnastics, one to mountain bike practice and help the other with a school project.

WOW! This super easy Korean Ground Beef Recipe is prepared in less than 15 minutes and makes the perfect weeknight dinner recipe!

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I’m sure you’re going to love how quickly and easily this dinner comes together for you as well!


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Easy Korean Ground Beef Recipe

This super easy Korean Ground Beef Recipe is a slightly sweet and spicy beef mixture that's served on top of a bed of hot rice.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time13 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Asian
Servings: 4
Calories: 618 kcal
Author: Shawn


  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp ginger, minced
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tsp chili garlic sauce, or Sriracha hot sauce
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions, divided
  • 2 cups hot cooked rice
  • 1 medium cucumber, sliced
  • 1 cup matchstick carrots
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds for garnish, optional


  • Brown the ground beef, garlic and ginger in a skillet over medium heat, breaking the ground beef into small pieces until no longer pink. Drain any excess fat and return skillet to stove top.
  • Add in the sesame oil, brown sugar, soy sauce and chili garlic sauce and bring to a simmer, stirring until the meat is moistened and the glossy. Add in half of the green onions and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Serve the ground beef mixture on top of the hot rice along side the cucumbers and carrots. Garnish with additional green onions and sesame seeds if desired. Enjoy!


Feel free to substitute ground turkey for ground beef if desired.


Calories: 618kcal | Carbohydrates: 100g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 1044mg | Potassium: 805mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 5525IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 95mg | Iron: 4mg
Keywords: Easy, Ground Beef, Korean
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OMG! This super easy Korean Ground Beef Recipe comes together in less than 15 minutes and was the perfect easy dinner recipe for our busy weeknight! Even my picky child ate every last bite!

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Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
75 Responses
  1. Lisa

    5 stars
    Wonderful weeknight dish! I’ve made this several times now and my family loves it! Steamed rice from my Instant Pot makes this a great dinner. I like to add fresh green beans to the meat so we get a veggie in. Thanks so much for posting this!

  2. Maria

    5 stars
    So easy and delicious! Perfect for a mid-week quick meal. We usually triple the sauce to make it a little juicier and because the sauce is so delicious. Instead of matchsticks I use my mandoline and cut the cukes and carrots into coins, we find it easier to eat this way. I also add sesame seeds for a little crunch. So yummy!

  3. Sharon Demski

    5 stars
    This was delicious! I added the broccoli and crushed peanuts as suggested by another reviewer. I love your recipes because they are easy and don’t have complicated ingredients you buy and only use once. Thanks!

  4. Peggy

    5 stars
    This is delicious!!! Better than restaurant
    quality. Thank you for a great recipe. I used a steam bag of Jasmine rice which made it super easy. I also drizzled some spicy mayo over it ( made with siracha, lite mayo, sesame oil and sweet Thai chili sauce).

  5. Linda Corley

    This is a delicious and easy recipe! I have now made it over 5 times and it’s been included in our meal rotation. I serve it over rice with the carrots and cucumbers. Yummy!

  6. Laura

    5 stars
    This recipe was so delicious! All 4 of us loved it! I used Sambal Oelek for the chili garlic sauce, which as far as I know may be the same thing? This will be a regular meal at our house. Thank you!

  7. Sierra

    I have made this once and loved it!

    QUESTION: Is there a yummy sauce that we can add to this? I actually did something different and made lettuce wraps out of it. Like at P.F. Changs, it was incredible! However, I felt that it needed some sauce.

    1. Shawn

      You could double the sauce ingredients if you want it saucier. Otherwise, I love putting Sriracha over the top of mine. 🙂

  8. Diana

    5 stars
    Super easy, and super yummy! This will be a “regular” in our house.
    I made a “slaw’ out of the cucumber and carrots (added olive oil, lime juice, S&P, and a little sugar”. Also topped with a mayo/siracha dressing and a few salted peanuts.

    Great flavor and reheats awesome for leftovers. THANK YOU!!

    1. Sarah

      5 stars
      I made this on April 22, 2020. I doubled the sauce because I had more beef that what the recipe called for. I only added 1 tsp. Of the sriracha powder, because I know from experience it’s hot. Well, my son said it was delicious and I thought it was too. I ate mine topped with sour cream. It cut down on the spicy flavor. I would never make this without the sesame oil. It makes the whole dish perfect.

  9. Britania

    Hi! I don’t have sesame oil or fresh ginger. Have you ever substituted with a different oil and with ginger powder? Thanks!

    1. Shawn

      You can use a different oil like olive oil or vegetable oil in place of sesame oil. The sesame oil has a nice flavor to it, so the recipe will be missing that, but it’s not crucial to the finished product. Ginger powder is definitely ok in place of fresh ginger. I would start with just 1/4 tsp of ground ginger and see how you like the flavor. Enjoy!

  10. Josh

    5 stars
    I live in deer country so we do not use ground beef very often. I have made this recipe using ground venison a few times though and it’s delicious!!

  11. Kathryn

    So is the nutritional value listed just the meat mixture or does it include rice? Just wanting to make sure. I am loving it over riced cauliflower and used organic maple syrup instead of brown sugar. So good.

    1. Corey

      5 stars
      This recipe hit all my taste buds! I absolutely love it. So much flavor and so easy to make. This definitely will be a regular in my household. Thanks so much for sharing!

  12. JLS

    The family loved it. I added julienned celery, too, and put them and the carrots in with the green onions. This recipe is a keeper!

  13. Tracy

    I made this tonight, my family loved it. I added water chestnuts and cooked the carrots in with the onions at the end. It was a hit.

  14. Jessica

    5 stars
    This is an amazing recipe! It’s been so long where I can find a recipe with everyday ingredients and have something delicious. Very easy, just need to keep an eye on the meat. Thank YOU so much for the recipe!

  15. Rachael

    5 stars
    This was SOOO delicious! Perfect for a quick and tasty dinner. The kids loved it. I think next time I’ll double the sauce to drizzle over the rice. I also added steamed broccoli to the bowl. So so good. Thank you!!

      1. Meryl

        5 stars
        I am on a sodium restriction, so I substituted the regular soy sauce for low-sodium soy sauce and only used 1/8 cup instead of 1/4. I also used 3 tablespoons of brown sugar instead of 1/3 cup. I had it over white Jasmine rice with a side of cucumber and carrots. Even with the reductions, this was a very tasty dish. I will definitely be making it again.

    1. Shawn

      You could definitely use ground chicken, but if you used chicken breast you would want to dice it up first. Not sure how the flavor would be using chicken. Let me know how it turns out if you try it.

  16. Lisa

    5 stars
    This was super easy! I’ve been wanting to try my hand at more Asian recipes and this was a great and easy one to start with! Excited to make again!

  17. Patty M

    OK! Shawn! This was so easy, quick and amazing! Definitly a go to fast meal on short time and taste like alot of work. I did bump up the chili-garlic sauce, cause liked more heat, and added lots of cilantro and a splash of fish sauce as previously suggested. Great job!!

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Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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