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Korean Ground Beef and Rice Bowls

Try this easy and delicious Korean ground beef and rice bowls recipe this week!

This bulgogi spin off dish is perfect for a busy weeknight dinner. It’s so simple to make, requiring only minimal ingredients, yet it’s so flavorful.

You can serve with your choice is vegetables and grains, making it a super versatile dish too. Lastly it is budget friendly. Let’s get cooking!

Ground beef and rice bowl topped with vegetables

What is Korean Ground Beef and Rice Bowls

In its simplest form, I would like to introduce my Korean ground beef bowl as a short cut bulgogi bowl. Bulgogi is Korean marinated BBQ beef, famous for its tender meat with balanced sweet and savory flavor.

The main difference between bulgogi and today’s dish would be that this beef bowl uses less expensive meat than bulgogi – ground beef vs rib eye. Also the beef bowl doesn’t require the marination process as ground beef is already tender and it absorbs flavors real fast.

Because of its nature, ground beef won’t be suitable for grilling over the BBQ, but it’s perfectly suitable for cooking in a skillet or a wok.

Ground beef served in a white bowl

How to Enjoy

One of the highlights this beef and rice bowl offer is that you can serve it with endless arrays of side dishes that are either cooked or raw.

My favorite combinations are sliced cucumbers and kimchi as I always have them in my fridge. If I feel diligent, I sometimes top up with a sunny side up egg. 

Also, the dish tastes good without requiring additional sauce as there is enough juice from the meat.

But if you want to add some extra delicious liquid with some kick, you can serve with my famous bibimbap sauce. They go wonderfully together! And, this will make you one of the easiest bibimbap meals around!

How To Make Korean Ground Beef and Rice Bowl

1. Combine the ground beef sauce in a medium size bowl and whisk well. Set aside. If using bibimbap sauce, combine all the sauce in a separate bowl and set aside.

2. In a well heated skillet, cook the ground beef over medium high heat until the meat mostly turns brown (about 3- 4 mins). Stir often while breaking clumps of the meat.

Pan frying ground beef

3. Pour the ground beef sauce over the meat and simmer for 2-3 mins, while stirring occasionally. Add the sesame seeds and green onions. Stir around quickly. Remove from the heat.

Stir frying ground beef with the sauce

4. Serve the cooked beef over a bed of cooked rice. (Optional) Top up with your choice of sides and drizzle over the bibimbap sauce. 

Korean beef bowl served with sliced pink radishes, avocados, cucumbers, and kimchi

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Ground beef and rice bowl topped with vegetables

Korean Ground Beef and Rice Bowls

Super flavorful Korean ground beef and rice bowl recipe. This dish is so easy and simple to make, it will become your favorite weeknight dinner!
5 from 7 votes
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Course: Main
Cuisine: Korean
Keyword: ground beef and rice bowls, korean ground beef
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 551kcal
Author: Sue

Ingredients

GROUND BEEF SAUCE

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce , regular
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1.5 Tbsp rice wine
  • 1/2 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp minced ginger
  • A few sprinkles ground black pepper
  • 1/2 Tbsp toasted sesame oil

GROUND BEEF BOWL

  • Some cooking oil , I used rice bran oil
  • 500 g beef mince (1.1 pound)
  • 1/2 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds , garnish
  • 2 stalk green onions , thinly sliced
  • 2 cups cooked rice of your choice (e.g. sushi rice, basmati rice, jasmine rice, brown rice, purple rice, and cauliflower rice etc.)

SIDE DISH IDEAS (OPTIONAL)

  • avocado , thinly sliced
  • cucumber , thinly sliced
  • pink radish , thinly sliced
  • broccoli , steamed or pan fried
  • asparagus , pan fried
  • bell peppers , pan fried
  • egg , sunny side up
  • kimchi , chopped
  • roasted seasoned seaweed , crushed or shredded

BIBIMBAP SAUCE (OPTIONAL)

  • 2 Tbsp gochujang (Korean chili paste)
  • 1 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 1 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp minced garlic

Instructions

  • Combine the ground beef sauce in a medium size bowl and whisk well. Set aside. If using bibimbap sauce, combine all the sauce in a separate bowl and set aside.
  • In a well heated skillet, cook the ground beef over medium high heat until the meat mostly turns brown (about 3- 4 mins). Stir often while breaking clumps of the meat.
  • Pour the ground beef sauce over the meat and simmer for 2-3 mins, while stirring occasionally. Add the sesame seeds and green onions. Stir around quickly. Remove from the heat.
  • Serve the cooked beef over a bed of cooked rice. (Optional) Top up with your choice of sides and drizzle over the bibimbap sauce. 

Notes

  1. 1 Tbsp = 15 ml, 1 Cup = 250 ml
  2. If you want to learn more about Korean ingredients, check my essential Korean ingredients list.
  3. Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated with bibimbap sauce, but without optional side dishes.

Nutrition

Calories: 551kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 89mg | Sodium: 900mg | Potassium: 454mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 77IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 4mg
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Written by: Sue

Last Updated: June 7, 2020
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13 thoughts on “Korean Ground Beef and Rice Bowls”

  1. This was fantastic. I used the standard meat sauce but also made the bibimbap sauce to use a little as well, glad I did.

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  2. Looks fantastic! I’ll have to try this with my family, or I may end up mixing the ground raw beef and sauce into burgers and throwing them on the grill…

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  3. Oh my goodness, this sounds delicious. We love Bulgogi and look forward to making this. Thank you for sharing.
    Stay safe out there. Yes, hard to believe all that is going on out there. Thank you again for this recipe.

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  4. Omg this is so good, definitely going to try this with different veggies. I tried recipe as written and added the egg I may not get my husband to try it without, thanks Sue another great recipe.

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  5. I made this last night and… OMG was it a HIT! It’s a great during the week meal. The longest part of making the meal was cutting up all the yummy veggies. This will definitely be a saver recipe. Thank you!

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    • I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed it! Yes, you’re probably right about veggies taking the longest time. That’s why it’s optional if you want a real quick meal. Thanks for your feedback. 🙂

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  6. Hi Sue, I am a big fan of ground meat and rice stir-frys but I have never made them Korean style. I will be making your recipe soon because I love Korean flavors. I mostly cook Southwest USA cuisine and I sometimes get a grilled flavor by making patties with the ground meat and after brushing them with a marinade I put them on a hot charcoal grill for a couple of minutes per side to get a grilled flavor with a little charring. Then I put them in the frying pan and break the meat into smaller pieces and continue with my recipe.

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