8 Fast Ground Beef Recipes Ready in 20 Minutes for Low-Fuss Meals

Taco Burger Sliders
Photo: Jacob Fox

Leave that microwave meal in the freezer and skip the drive-thru. These 20-minute meals with ground beef are fast, fresh, and perfect for the weeknight rush. With our quick ground beef recipes, you'll put a package of meat to good use for hamburgers, chili, taco salads, and more.

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Korean Beef Lettuce Wraps

Korean Beef Lettuce Wraps
Andy Lyons

You've seen the mouthwatering lettuce wraps on your favorite restaurant menus, and now it's time to make them at home (in under 20 minutes). Spice up this quick ground beef recipe with our favorite trio—sriracha, soy sauce, and sesame oil. The low-carb, protein-packed recipe makes a great light lunch.

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Saucy Meatball Sandwiches

Saucy Meatball Sandwich
Andy Lyons

Meatballs in minutes? Absolutely! There are no frozen or shortcut ingredients needed for this quick ground beef recipe. Simply mix, shape, and bake before coating in tasty red sauce. Pile the saucy meatballs in hoagie buns and top with plenty of Parmesan cheese.

Buy It: Nordic Ware Half Sheet Pan ($12, Walmart)

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Taco Burger Sliders

Taco Burger Sliders
Jacob Fox

There are a lot of boring burgers out there—these are not among them. We've spiced things up in this 20-minute ground beef recipe with salsa and taco seasoning. Enjoy the taco-flavor burgers with cheese and extra salsa.

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Summer Chili

Summer Chili in white bowl with cheese and sour cream
Jason Donnelly

A few shortcuts like frozen veggies and canned beans mean this chili is ready in just 20 minutes. Fire-roasted tomatoes and ground chipotle chile pepper provide bold flavor without having to cook a long time. Opt for extra-lean meat and reduced-sodium broth to keep this quick ground beef recipe a healthier dinner option.

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Copycat Smashed Burgers

Copycat Smashed Burgers
Matthew Clark

You do have time to make a fast ground beef recipe for dinner tonight. The trick to achieving your favorite restaurant's smashed burger at home cooking them in a skillet at high heat. Searing those patties at a fiery temp means perfecting that crispy exterior while keeping the inside nice and juicy.

Buy It: Lodge Cast Iron Skillet ($30, Target)

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Easy Taco Salad

Easy Taco Salad
Kritsada Panichgul

You can have a healthy dinner on the table in just 15 minutes. The trick? Make the taco meat the night before, and this salad's ready when you are. If you like, layer the ingredients in jars to transform the dish into one of our favorite portable quick meals with ground beef to pack for lunch or a picnic.

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Beef and Cabbage Wraps

Beef and Cabbage Wraps
Andy Lyons

Go ahead and pass the drive-thru because we've got a 6-ingredient quick ground beef recipe you won't forget. These crunchy wraps have the fast-food flavors you love but with a healthy serving of protein and veggies. Wrap the tortillas in foil and pop them in the oven to get warm while you prepare the rest of the meal.

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Salsa Beef Sandwiches

Salsa Beef Sandwiches
Jay Wilde

This tasty sandwich recipe just so happens to have only five ingredients (one being water!) and is ready in 20 minutes flat. Simply brown the beef, add salsa, and simmer. The salsa gives these a sloppy joe impression, but with a little more zesty flavor.

Buy It: Granitestone Frying Pan ($28, Walmart)

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