Ground beef is a staple in many family's food budgets. It's cheap and delicious and almost everyone likes it. So let's make dinner even easier with five ingredient ground beef recipes! If you are avoiding ground beef because of food safety concerns, try finding a source for organic, locally grown beef. You can also grind your own beef, using round steak, sirloin, and top and bottom round. I prefer to purchase lean ground beef (between 89 to 90 percent lean): this type has lots of flavor but is still tender, with not much excess fat.
There are a few rules you need to know when working with ground beef.
- First, make sure that you carefully and thoroughly wash all surfaces, utensils, plates, and containers that come in contact with the raw beef. And that includes your hands! If you wash your hands in warm soapy water while silently singing 'Happy Birthday to You', you will have cleaned your hands sufficiently. That amount of time is necessary to kill bacteria left on your hands by the raw meat.
- Second, don't handle the meat too much. If you've ever eaten a really dense, tough hamburger, that beef has been worked too much, compressing the fibers and squeezing the water and juices out of the meat.
- And finally, cook every bit of the meat to well done, or 160 degrees F on an instant read food thermometer. You can't tell if beef is done or not by the color or the texture; a thermometer is the only way to be sure your food is safe.
Try a few of these easy recipes this week, and enjoy.
Five Ingredient Ground Beef Recipes
Five Ingredient Crockpot Chili
This delicious chili simmers all day while you're at work. Serve it with some chopped avocados and a dollop of sour cream for the perfect finishing touch.
Old Fashioned Goulash
This recipe will bring back memories of Mom's home cooking. Serve with cooked carrots, a gelatin salad, and an ice cream pie for dessert.
If you're watching carbs, this is a great way to get a cheeseburger without the bun! It's fun to make for a gathering too.
Convenience foods make this recipe so quick to put together; and the flavor is wonderful.
Cheeseburgers in your crockpot? Well, kind of - this is like a sloppy joe with cheese. Yum.
Juicy Onion Burgers
Use your own onion soup mix in this easy recipe to help control the sodium content. And they are juicy!
Refrigerated mashed potatoes are the secret ingredient in this wonderful recipe. It's pure comfort food.
Dry pesto mix adds wonderful flavor to these easy burgers. If you can't find it in your grocery store, just use refrigerated pesto instead.
My Mom's Meatloaf
This incredibly delicious homey recipe really does use just five ingredients, not counting seasonings and olive oil. Try it soon.
Grilled Burger Dinner Packets
For an easy one dish meal that yes, uses just five ingredients, this recipe can't be beat.
Grilled Nacho Cheeseburgers
You can make your own ground beef patties instead of purchasing frozen patties for this great recipe.
This classic and popular recipe is really quite perfect.
Beef Mushroom Burgers
Sauteed mushrooms add lots of flavor and moistness to these tender burgers served on split, toasted English muffins.
Adding Worcestershire sauce and a bit of water to hamburger will result in the juiciest, tastiest hamburgers you ever made.
Crockpot Sloppy Joes
Sloppy Joe sandwiches are beloved by everyone, especially kids. And this recipe is so simple!