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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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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 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Entree
Cuisine: Asian
Servings: 4
Calories: 304kcal


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 thumb size ginger, peeled and finely minced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 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.


Calories: 304kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 647mg | Potassium: 421mg | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 250IU | Vitamin C: 1.7mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 3.1mg