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!

Ground beef bulgogi and kimchi are served together as a one dish meal.

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.

A plate of rice, ground beef bulgogi, and kimchi are served together.

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.
  • 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.
Ingredients for making ground beef bulgogi are presented.

Recipe Ingredients

  • ground beef – I used 90% lean
  • onion
  • garlic
  • oil
  • green onion – to garnish (optional)

For the bulgogi sauce:

How to make Korean ground beef bulgogi bowl

Quick bulgogi sauce in mixed in a bowl with a whisk.

Step 1. Whisk all the bulgogi sauce ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.

Onion and garlic are cooking in a skillet.

Step 2. Heat oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Add onion and garlic, and cook until soft, about 1-2 minutes.

A pound of ground beef is added to the skillet to cook.

Step 3. Add ground beef and cook until beef is browned and fully cooked.

Ground beef and bulgogi sauce are simmering in a skillet.

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.

Green onion is added to garnish the ground beef bulgogi at the end.

Step 5. Garnish with green onion and sesame seeds, if desired. Serve immediately.

Ground beef bulgogi and kimchi are served in a bowl together as a one dish meal

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. 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.

More Korean Rice Bowl Ideas

If you are looking for simple rice bowl recipes, here are a few I recommend.

Ground beef bulgogi and kimchi are served together as a one dish meal.

Korean Ground Beef Bulgogi Bowl

This Korean ground beef bulgogi recipe makes an easy Korean beef bowl within 20 minutes. It is perhaps one of the most satisfying ground beef recipes.
5 from 16 ratings

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb ground beef, preferably 90% lean
  • 2 green onion , finely chopped, optional

For bulgogi sauce

Instructions 

  • 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.
Calories: 386kcal, Carbohydrates: 13g, Protein: 22g, Fat: 27g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 12g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 81mg, Sodium: 1149mg, Potassium: 394mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 3IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 57mg, Iron: 3mg
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