Easy Mongolian Ground Beef Recipe

This super easy Mongolian Ground Beef Recipe is just like classic Mongolian Beef, except uses hamburger so it’s ready in about 15 minutes!

This super easy Mongolian Ground Beef Recipe is just like classic Mongolian Beef, except uses hamburger so it's ready in about 15 minutes!pinterestYou know I’m a fan of hamburger recipes! This saucy ground beef is sweet and slightly spicy and perfect over a bed of hot rice.

How To Make Easy Mongolian Ground Beef Recipe:

  • Start by browning some hamburger along with garlic and ginger in a skillet.
  • Combine some soy sauce, brown sugar and hoisin sauce in a small dish and add to the ground beef and heat through.
  • Stir in a mixture of cornstarch and water to thicken the sauce.
  • Season with crushed red pepper flakes, black pepper and green onions.

Easy Mongolian Beef Recipe

What is Mongolian Sauce Made Of?

Mongolian sauce is a combination of soy sauce, brown sugar and hoisin sauce. It’s seasoned with garlic, ginger and a little bit of crushed red pepper flakes as well as black pepper. The more red pepper you add, the spicier the dish will be. The sauce is thickened with a cornstarch and water slurry. Just before serving, toss in some sliced green onions to bring a fresh flavor to the sauce.

Mongolian Beef Recipe

What To Serve with Mongolian Beef:

We love to serve this super easy ground beef recipe over hot rice, but it would also taste amazing with some hot asian noodles, such as ramen. You can even bulk up the recipe with added stir fry veggies like sliced carrots, red bell peppers or snap peas.

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WOW! This super easy Mongolian Ground Beef Recipe is ready in just 15 minutes!

Mongolian Beef Tips and Tricks:

  • Want it saucier? Try doubling the sauce ingredients to make it extra saucy!
  • What kind of beef should I use for Mongolian Beef? This recipe calls for lean ground beef, but if you’re wanting to make traditional Mongolian Beef, you’ll want to use a good flank steak. Cut the steak into thin strips against the grain and toss in cornstarch before frying in batches. Add in the sauce ingredients as described in the recipe below.
  • Can I make this recipe ahead of time? You can easily make this recipe ahead of time and reheat in the microwave, but I think this recipe tastes best when it’s made fresh.

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Easy Mongolian Ground Beef Recipe

This super easy Mongolian Ground Beef Recipe is just like classic Mongolian Beef, except uses hamburger so it's ready in about 15 minutes!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Asian
Servings: 4
Calories: 275 kcal
Author: Shawn


  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 2 tsp minced ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 4 green onions, cut into 2 inch pieces


  • Brown the ground beef along with the ginger and garlic in a skillet over medium-high heat, until beef is crumbled and cooked through. Drain any fat and return pan to stove top.
  • Combine the soy sauce, brown sugar and hoisin sauce in a small dish and pour into ground beef mixture. Cook for about 2 to 3 minutes to blend flavors. Meanwhile in a small dish combine the 1/4 cup water along with the 2 tbsp cornstarch. Pour the mixture into the ground beef and stir until sauce thickens.
  • Season with red pepper flakes, black pepper and green onions. Serve hot over hot rice or noodles. Enjoy!


Calories: 275kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 1340mg | Potassium: 524mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 157IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 4mg
Keywords: Ground Beef Recipe, Mongolian Beef, One Pan
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YUM! This super easy Mongolian Ground Beef Recipe is just like classic Mongolian Beef, except uses hamburger so it's ready in about 15 minutes!

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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.
32 Responses
  1. AngelNC

    5 stars
    Super easy recipe and absolutely delicious. I doubled the sauce, added broccoli and a little more garlic (We LOVE garlic). I will be making this again. Thank you!!

  2. Gina

    4 stars
    Thanks for this easy recipe – I enjoyed making it! I needed to double the ingredients to feed my family and it turned out a bit too salty and gingery – but I’ll make it again. What would you suggest the sauce ingredients look like for an 8 serving dish? Thank you!

    1. If you found it too salty I would still double the whole recipe, except maybe use a only 3/4 cup soy sauce instead of a full cup. Also reduce the hoisin sauce to just 5 tbsp instead of 6. Hope that helps!

  3. Tina

    5 stars
    We made this tonight I added more brown sugar because all I had was regular soy so it was salty so adding more brown sugar took down salty but did not make it to sweet we tasted as we added was fabulous

  4. Sharon

    1 star
    We made this tonight…we don’t usually have a “Fail”, but this was WAY too sweet…and I even put a bit less sugar! Hoisin is sweet enough…it didn’t need any sugar!

    1. Shawn

      Oh darn!! I’m so sorry you had a fail on this one Sharon. We enjoy the flavors in this, but if you’re finding it too sweet, you can definitely reduce the brown sugar or omit it altogether.

    1. Yordana Hall Sholds

      I used to buy the fresh ginger and always went bad, my advise and what I learn is to freeze it, and you grind it when you need it! Then you can put it back in the freezer for the next time! I hope it helps, it definitely using fresh is better!

  5. Frances

    5 stars
    This was excellent! Why do people gripe when they get it free! If u don’t like sugar use less no need to ask! We loved it and will do it again, thanks for your great recipes, i have loved them all!

    1. Shawn

      Hi Brittni, I think that would work. I’ve some other people make that substitution for other recipes of mine that use brown sugar with success.

  6. Crissy

    If you add veggies, like carrots and red peppers for example, when would you add them? At the same time you cook the beef? Or sauté first, set aside, then ground beef then all together with sauce? Thank you!!

  7. Kate

    5 stars
    I love Asian food but am never brave enough to try it at home. This dish was so worth trying and felt like a take home dish from Peo Wei. I absolutely loved it and so did my super picky husband! We added broccoli tonight but I’ll be excited to add more veggies next time. Thank you for sharing!!

  8. Moriaelini

    I am going to make this tonight with ground pork (my spouse cannot eat beef), and I plan to add some shredded cabbage and broccoli slaw mix to it for some veggies and will serve over riced cauliflower.

  9. Moriaelini

    I am anxious to try this with Beyond Meat Beefy crumbles. They have the best ground beef like texture of any of the faux meats we have tried. My husband really misses things like Mongolian Beef too since he can no longer eat beef. the best part about this recipe is that all the ingredients are always in my pantry or freezer, heh. Makes for a great “I do not feel up to making dinner” kind of dinner IMO.

    1. Shawn

      YES! I love that this recipe is easy ingredients that I typically always have on hand. I bet the beefy crumbles will work great!

    1. Shawn

      Hi Claire, I’m so sorry you felt the recipe was too sweet. You can definitely reduce the amount of brown sugar in the recipe to reflect your taste preference. Mongolian beef is a sweet and spicy dish, so it should have some sweetness to it.

  10. Jane Brasovan

    I wish you hadn’t made the “Nutrition Facts so large. When I printed it the recipe came out so small I need a magnifying glass to read it and the Nutrition facts take up half of the page. I don’t really need the print the nutrition facts.

    1. Shawn

      Hey Jane, I’ve tweaked the settings for print so the font is larger and the Nutritional Facts do not print. Thanks for the tips, I hope this helps!

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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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