30-Minute Beef Meals That Will Quickly Become Family Favorites

Beef stew in bowl
Photo: Brie Passano

There are days when nothing short of a juicy steak or burger will satisfy your cravings. Fortunately, you don't have to spend hours in the kitchen to enjoy a dish built around tender red meat. Turn to our 30-minute beef meals when you need a quick fix just as delicious as a slow-simmering option. You'll find everything from super-fast beef stroganoff to quick corned beef to quiet your belly ASAP.

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Smoky Slider Skewers

Smoky Slider Skewers
Blaine Moats

For a 30-minute ground beef recipe, whip up these smoky slider-sized burgers. Stick with 85 percent lean ground beef so your bitty burgers stay juicy, even after being cooked through. Serve with salsa and guacamole for spooning onto the corn tortillas.

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Upside-Down Pizza Skillet Casserole

Upside-Down Pizza Casserole
Blaine Moats

Close your eyes and you might be convinced you're biting into a slice of supreme pizza. Ground beef and turkey sausage make this skillet casserole hearty and protein-rich. A crunchy bread cube "crust," melted cheese, and topping favorites (olives, onions, mushrooms) give your simple beef dinner all the pizza flavors you know and adore.

Buy It: Ayesha Curry Home 12-Inch Nonstick Covered Deep Skillet ($40, Walmart)

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Mediterranean Flat-Iron Steaks

Mediterranean Flat-Iron Steaks
Andy Lyons

Multitasking is the key to finishing this 30-minute steak meal. While the skillet-seared steaks rest (so the juices redistribute), sauté the tomatoes and kale. Add a side of toasted baguette and dinner is served!

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Beef Stroganoff

Beef Stroganoff
Jason Donnelly

Hit the fast-forward button. Thanks to shortcut ingredients like bouillon and super-thin slices of sirloin steak, this beef stroganoff recipe will be on your table in half an hour flat. It's a classic and comforting dinner that tastes like it simmered for hours.

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Monday Dinner Beef Stew

Beef stew in bowl
Brie Passano

This hearty quick-prep beef stew is so easy to make you can even serve your meat-and-potatoes supper on a chaotic Monday. The trick here is to use refrigerated cooked beef tips. Toss with carrots, tiny red potatoes (or sweet potatoes), and kale. In 25 minutes, your simple beef dinner will be ready to serve.

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Balsamic-Glazed Flank Steak with Fall Fruit Salsa

Balsamic Glazed flank Steak with Fall Fruit Salsa
Kritsada Panichgul

Since flank steak is thin and lean, it's one of the best cuts of meat for quick beef recipes. Here we achieve a perfectly cooked steak in minutes by using the broiler. The balsamic glaze and fruit salsa provide a sweet finish to the rich umami flavors of your 30-minute beef meal.

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Korean Beef Lettuce Wraps

Korean Beef Lettuce Wraps
Andy Lyons

Need a light lunch—fast? You can make these ground beef lettuce wraps in just 20 minutes. Soy sauce and Sriracha give the Korean-inspired dish a kick, while a peanut topping provides a crunchy bite.

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Saucy Meatball Sandwich

Saucy Meatball Sandwich
Andy Lyons

Rather than sweating over a sauté pan on the stove, make a simple beef dinner with oven-baked meatballs. Our secret for the perfect bun-to-meatball ratio? Scoop out a bit of the bread from the top half to give the sauce and beef room to cozy up.

Test Kitchen Tip: Regardless of color, meatballs should be cooked to 160°F. To measure the doneness, insert an instant-read thermometer ($10, Walmart) into the center of the meatball.

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Skillet Lasagna

Skillet Lasagna cooling on wire rack
Jacob Fox

Lasagna in 30 minutes? Absolutely! This one-pan ground beef recipe delivers all the must-have flavors in a fraction of the time. Rich ricotta, tomato sauce, and plenty of egg noodles balance out the extra-lean ground beef.

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Beef Kabobs with Corn and Orzo Salad

Beef Kabobs with Corn and Orzo Salad
Carson Downing

Yes, this complete dinner is ready in less than half an hour. Enjoy the grilled beef kabobs alongside a fresh pasta salad of orzo, bell pepper, onion, and tomatoes. The zesty lime vinaigrette and cilantro add a punchy bite.

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Skillet Taco Pie

Skillet Taco Pie
Blaine Moats

This quick-serve beef recipe tastes just like a taco, only with less mess since it's made entirely in a skillet. Utilize the leftover broken taco shells at the bottom of the box as a crunchy topper along with fresh tomatoes and lettuce. Serve with extra salsa for those who love a kick.

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Stout, Beef, and Cabbage Stir-Fry

Stout Beef Cabbage Stir-Fry
Andy Lyons

Our quick corned beef recipe enables you to enjoy salt-cured brisket well beyond St. Patty's Day. It will be tempting to sneak a sip of the stout beer you crack open for this recipe, but trust us: You'll want every last drop in the sauce of this delicious Irish stir-fry.

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Gluten-Free Sesame Ginger Beef Stir-Fry

Sesame-Ginger Beef Stir-Fry
Jason Donnelly

Since soy sauce contains gluten, we created a better-than-takeout stir-fry without the usual flavoring, so everyone in the family—even those with gluten intolerance—can partake. This 30-minute beef meal features boneless sirloin steak that's cut into bite-size strips for a speedy cook time.

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Corned Beef and Cabbage Salad

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Expect to make this quick corned beef recipe on repeat. We take what's usually an all-day recipe and slim it down into salad form for a diet-friendly—and weeknight-appropriate—meal. Toast up rye bread cubes for croutons that suit this Swiss cheese-accented salad perfectly.

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Creamy Beef and Tortellini Soup

Creamy Beef and Tortellini Soup
Blaine Moats

Fans of beef stroganoff will go wild over this 30-minute beef meal. Mushrooms and Worcestershire sauce meld to create an extra-rich umami flavor, while sour cream provides a creamy balance to the broth.

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Southwestern Meatball Chili

Southwestern Meatball Chili
Andy Lyons

A few supermarket shortcuts, including premade beef meatballs, expedite this chili recipe. Try it with a side of corn bread muffins if you prefer to dunk or tortilla chips if you'd rather scoop. Who needs a spoon anyway?

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Steak au Poivre

Steak au Poivre
Blaine Moats

A little butter helps sear the cracked black pepper pressed into this steak. You'll swoon over the cream-based sauce made with brandy and beef broth, which helps balance the peppery bite. This fancy-looking meal is fit for a dinner party—no one will guess it only took half an hour to make.

Buy It: Accent Mess-Free Pepper Grinder ($28, OXO)

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Greek Flat Iron Steaks

Greek Flat Iron Steaks
Andy Lyons

Olives, tomatoes, lemon peel, and garlic lend Greek-inspired flavor to this 30-minute steak meal. Simply season the beef with salt, pepper, and rosemary before quickly searing it in a skillet. Make this your go-to low-carb, protein-packed dinner.

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Basil, Beef, and Barley Soup

Basil, Beef, and Barley Soup
Andy Lyons

This 30-minute beef stew is so delicious, your family will think it's been simmering on the stove all day. Filled with chunks of sirloin, tomatoes, carrots, and barley, this hearty dish will become your signature one-pot meal on cool days.

Buy It: Lodge Enameled Cast Iron 5.5 Quart Dutch Oven ($40, Walmart)

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Pan-Fried Garlic Steak

Pan-Fried Garlic Steak
Andy Lyons

This quick steak recipe is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. After searing the steak in the skillet, we add a heap of sliced garlic to the pan for full-on flavor you'll be thinking about for days. Buttery cannellini beans cooked in the same skillet make this one hearty meal.

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Beef and Blue Pizza

Beef and Blue Pizza
Andy Lyons

Skip carryout and opt for this simple beef dinner instead. For an unexpected take on pizza, we cover our pie with slices of roast beef, bell pepper, red onion, and blue cheese. It takes less than 20 minutes (yes, really!) to make, so you'll be chowing down in no time.

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