Korean Ground Beef Bulgogi Bowl
This Korean ground beef recipe makes an easy Korean beef bulgogi bowl within 20 minutes. It is perhaps one of the most satisfying ground beef recipes, and you get to enjoy an authentic Korean taste without marinating the beef for a long time. A perfect budget dinner!
Korean beef bowl with ground beef
If you are looking for good Asian ground beef recipes, add this Korean ground beef bulgogi recipe to your repertoir. It transforms a pound of ground beef into a healthy Korean beef bowl in no time.
Traditional bulgogi requires a long marinating time and needs some prep work before you start cooking. It makes a wonderful Korean beef dish, no doubt.
However, if you are in a time crunch, but need something quick to feed yourself and your family, this recipe will come to the rescue. It’s healthy, if using lean ground beef, and affordable– a perfect budget meal.
If you would like another quick bulgogi dish with a western twist, try my Philly style bulgogi cheesesteak. It’s quick, delicious, and everyone would love it.
Save this ground beef bulgogi recipe: When you feel adventurous enough to make authentic bibimbap (Korean mixed rice with ground beef and vegetables), this easy bulgogi recipe will save you a ton of time preparing the beef as a part of the bibimbap making process.
What to eat with Korean ground beef bulgogi
- Rice or noodle – If you want to serve this recipe as a Korean beef rice bowl, cooked rice is a must, of course. But plain noodles or soba noodles also make a nice accompaniment for this Korean beef bowl.
- Kimchi – if you love kimchi and have a jar of kimchi in your refrigerator, it makes a great meal together.
- Try my easy vegan kimchi if you prefer mild flavored kimchi.
- Vegetable – Use any vegetable of your choice. Steamed broccoli, zucchini, or green beans go particularly well with this beef recipe.
- Simple Korean side dishes – If you want to stretch your savory muscles a bit, try my Korean cucumber salad, soybean sprout side dish, and spinach side dish. They are all quick to make, within 15 minutes, and each makes a wonderful one dish meal.
- ground beef – I used 90% lean
- green onion – to garnish (optional)
For the bulgogi sauce:
- soy sauce
- sweet rice wine (mirin)
- sesame oil
- sesame seeds
How to make Korean ground beef bulgogi bowl
Step 1. Whisk all the bulgogi sauce ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
Step 2. Heat oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Add onion and garlic, and cook until soft, about 1-2 minutes.
Step 3. Add ground beef and cook until beef is browned and fully cooked.
Step 4. Pour the sauce mixture over the beef and stir to combine. Allow the mixture to simmer until it is heated through and the sauce reduces, about 1-2 minutes.
Step 5. Garnish with green onion and sesame seeds, if desired. Serve immediately.
How to serve Korean beef bowl
You can sprinkle a small portion as a meat topping over a plain bowl of rice. Or serve it as Korean beef bowl – Put a desired amount over rice in a large serving bowl, along with your favorite vegetable or kimchi on the side (Try my vegan kimchi for example). Any of the many Korean side dishes make a good accompaniment.
Storage and Reheating tip
Store leftover beef in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. You can also freeze it in a freezer-safe zip bag for up to 3 months. To reheat, either microwave to heat through or cook in a skillet with a little bit of oil over the stove top.
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Korean Ground Beef Bulgogi Bowl
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1/2 onion, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 lb (450g) ground beef, preferably 90% lean
- 2 green onion , finely chopped, optional
For bulgogi sauce
- 4 tbsp soy sauce
- 2-3 tbsp brown sugar
- 2 tbsp sweet rice wine (mirim)
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
- Mix all the bulgogi sauce ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
- Heat oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Add onion and garlic, and cook until soft, about 1-2 minutes. Add ground beef and cook until beef is browned and fully cooked.
- Pour the sauce mixture over the beef and stir to combine. Allow the mixture to simmer until it is heated through and the sauce reduces, about 2 minutes. Garnish with green onion and sesame seeds, if desired. Serve immediately.
Loved this recipe! Perfect for a quick weeknight dinner. Modified this recipe to make it gluten free by using tamari instead of soy sauce, and it still tasted great. Thanks for this recipe!
Simple, delicious & satisfying without the expense of eating out! My girls couldn’t be happier to take these leftovers to school.
I’m so pleased that you enjoyed it. Thank you so much!
This is my go to recipe for a quick bulgogi craving. I chop steak and marinate it in the bulgogi sauce . If you have Maggi Seasoning, I use 2tbsp of soy sauce and 2 tbsp of Maggi Seasoning. The recipe is already delicious but this makes it even more flavorful.
This was super good. The only thing I did different was add a little ginger and had gochujang paste on the side. Thanks for the recipe.
I made this today for lunch and it was super easy and delicious. Usually I make bulgogi and let it marinade for a day but this was a great substitute for that! I added 1/4 tsp grated ginger, about 2 tbsp grated Korean pear, and some diced mushrooms. Ate it over rice with kimchi and kakdugi 👍🏻
I don’t have mirin. Could I sub sweet rice vinegar?
You can just omit the rice wine and add 1 teaspoon of rice vinegar in the sauce. Thanks!
Fabulous flavor, so easy to prepare!!! Thanks for sharing this recipe!!!
Im’ thrilled to hear that you liked this recipe. Thank you so much for your comment!
I’ve made this a couple of times now. I love how it is so easy and quick and comes out delicious. I sometimes add sliced mushrooms, julienne carrots, paprika.
I am so glad that you like this recipe. Yes, mushrooms and carrots are great additions to make this dish hearty. Thanks for your comment.
Add gochujang flakes, serve with pickled carrots and cucumber
I have made this recipe probably 5 or 6 times. AMAZING!
Instead of the beef, I used ground chicken which is equally as good. This is a crowd pleaser and will be in my list of keeper recipes forever. Thank you!