Ground Beef Glow-up: 13 Recipes That Will Make You See This Humble Meat In A Whole New Light

Get ready for a ground beef glow-up like you’ve never seen before! Here are carefully handpicked 13 recipes that will transform this humble meat into something truly spectacular. From savory casseroles to flavorful soups, these dishes will make you see ground beef in a whole new light!

A serving of Sloppy Joe Casserole pasta with meat on a plate with a fork.
Sloppy Joe Casserole. Photo credit: Cook What You Love.

Pasta e Fagioli Soup

Pasta e Fagioli Soup in 2 bowls with spoons.
Pasta e Fagioli Soup. Photo credit: Cook What You Love.

Bring a classic Italian soup to your table with our Pasta e Fagioli Soup. Featuring a ground beef glow-up with pasta and beans in a hearty broth, it’s a complete meal in one bowl. This soup promises warmth and satisfaction with every spoonful.
Get the Recipe: Pasta e Fagioli Soup

Smoked Meatballs

Smoked meatballs in a dish with grilled bread.
Smoked Meatballs. Photo credit: Cook What You Love.

Give your meatballs a smoky makeover with our Smoked Meatballs recipe. These little gems get a ground beef glow-up with a mix of spices and a hint of smoke for that extra special flavor. Perfect for appetizers or as a main dish, they will impress at your next BBQ.
Get the Recipe: Smoked Meatballs

Blackstone Smash Burger

A burger held in two hands.
Blackstone Smash Burger. Photo credit: Cook What You Love.

Master the art of the perfect burger with our Blackstone Smash Burger. The ground beef glow-up happens on a griddle, creating juicy patties with crispy edges, just like your favorite diner makes. It’s a simple pleasure that never disappoints.
Get the Recipe: Blackstone Smash Burger

Texas Roadhouse Chili Copycat Recipe

A bowl of Texas roadhouse chili with jalapenos and beans.
Texas Roadhouse Chili Copycat Recipe. Photo credit: Cook What You Love.

Warm up with our Texas Roadhouse Chili Copycat Recipe, a hearty favorite that brings the restaurant’s signature spice to your kitchen. This ground beef glow-up is perfect for those who love a good chili with beans, spices, and of course, beef. It is ideal for chilly nights and game days.
Get the Recipe: Texas Roadhouse Chili Copycat Recipe

Beef and Barley Soup

A bowl of Beef and Barley Soup with a burger on a long white tray.
Beef and Barley Soup. Photo credit: Cook What You Love.

Warm up your kitchen with the comforting aroma of our Beef and Barley Soup. The ground beef glow-up combines with barley in a rich, savory broth, providing a nutritious and hearty meal. It’s the perfect blend of simplicity and warmth for a chilly day.
Get the Recipe: Beef and Barley Soup

Cowboy Cornbread Casserole

Two servings of Cowboy Cornbread Casserole on plates.
Cowboy Cornbread Casserole. Photo credit: Cook What You Love.

Get a taste of the Southwest with our Cowboy Cornbread Casserole. It layers sweet cornbread with a savory ground beef glow-up for a rustic and filling meal. Perfect for when you want something easy yet deliciously comforting.
Get the Recipe: Cowboy Cornbread Casserole

Tacos Dorados

Tacos Dorados on a plate.
Tacos Dorados. Photo credit: Cook What You Love.

Crunch into the golden goodness of our Tacos Dorados for a festive dinner option. This recipe gives ground beef a glow-up, served in crispy, fried tortillas and topped with fresh toppings. It’s a fun and delicious way to switch up taco night.
Get the Recipe: Tacos Dorados

Air Fryer Beef Empanadas

A plate of empanadas on a slate.
Air Fryer Beef Empanadas. Photo credit: Cook What You Love.

Embrace healthier cooking without sacrificing flavor with our Air Fryer Beef Empanadas. These treats combine a ground beef glow-up with spices and pastry, cooked to perfection in the air fryer. It’s a guilt-free way to enjoy a flavorful, meaty snack.
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Beef Empanadas

Sloppy Joe Casserole

A serving of Sloppy Joe Casserole pasta with meat on a plate with a fork.
Sloppy Joe Casserole. Photo credit: Cook What You Love.

Level up the classic sandwich into a delicious dinner with our Sloppy Joe Casserole. It’s a ground beef glow-up with pasta layers or traditional buns mixed with a tangy sauce and lots of cheese. This family favorite brings a hearty twist to the table, making the ordinary extraordinary.
Get the Recipe: Sloppy Joe Casserole

Shepherd’s Pie Bites

Shepherd's Pie Bites on a black platter.
Shepherd’s Pie Bites. Photo credit: Cook What You Love.

Enjoy comfort food in a fun, bite-sized form with our Shepherd’s Pie Bites. They’re a ground beef glow-up, combining savory meat, veggies, and creamy mash in one delicious mouthful. These are perfect for parties or as a tasty snack.
Get the Recipe: Shepherd’s Pie Bites

Authentic Bolognese Sauce

Bolognese Sauce on pasta.
Authentic Bolognese Sauce. Photo credit: Cook What You Love.

Savor the rich, slow-cooked flavors of our Authentic Bolognese Sauce. This sauce is a true ground beef glow-up, simmered with tomatoes, wine, and herbs to perfection. It’s versatile and perfect for dressing up your favorite pasta or lasagna.
Get the Recipe: Authentic Bolognese Sauce

Beefy John Wayne Casserole

A slice of beefy John Wayne casserole on a plate.
Beefy John Wayne Casserole. Photo credit: Cook What You Love.

Feed a hungry crowd with our Beefy John Wayne Casserole. This dish is a ground beef glow-up with layers of meat, cheese, and biscuits or cornbread, creating a comforting and wholesome meal. It’s like a hug in casserole form.
Get the Recipe: Beefy John Wayne Casserole

Million Dollar spaghetti

Spaghetti with meat and cheese in a baking dish
Million Dollar spaghetti. Photo credit: Cook What You Love.

Indulge in the rich and creamy delight that is our Million Dollar Spaghetti. This dish is a ground beef glow-up, taking ordinary spaghetti to new heights with layers of cheese, pasta, and a decadent cream sauce. It’s bound to be a hit at any family gathering, making everyone ask for seconds.
Get the Recipe: Million Dollar spaghetti

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