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Korean Ground Beef on a bed of steamed rice garnished with green onions and sesame seeds in white serving bowl
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4.35 from 47 votes

Korean Ground Beef

Korean BBQ Ground Beef is easy to make with a short list of ingredients and in under 30 minutes. It's a delicious medley of sweet and savory flavors you'll love served over steamed rice or wrapped in lettuce leaves for a low carb option.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Main Entree
Cuisine: Asian
Servings: 4
Calories: 304kcal
Author: Lalaine Manalo


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 thumb size ginger, peeled and finely minced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • ¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • ¼ cup green onions, chopped
  • sesame seeds, toasted


  • In a wide pan over medium heat, heat vegetable oil. Add garlic and ginger and cook until aromatic. 
  • Add ground beef and cook, breaking apart with the back of a spoon, for about 3 to 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Drain excess fat.
  • In a bowl, combine soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, and red pepper flakes. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Add to the pan.
  • Continue to simmer until beef is cooked through. 
  • Add green onions and cook, stirring to distribute, for about 1 minute. 
  • Serve over steamed rice and garnish with green onions and toasted sesame seeds. Serve hot.


Finely mince the ginger or, better yet, grate it, extract the juice, and stir the juice into the marinade. This way, you get all the flavor without having small bits to bite into. Fresh ginger is best, but ground ginger will work in a pinch. Substitute about ¼ teaspoon ground and stir with the soy sauce marinade to distribute evenly.