19 Easy Ground Beef Keto Recipes You Want to Try

Easy Keto ground beef recipes

Eat more ground beef? You don’t have to tell me twice! This classic low carb ingredient is keto diet approved and can be made to fit any of your cravings. Whether it’s meatloaf, burgers, or casseroles you’re after, you’ll never get stuck in a cooking rut with these flavorful keto ground beef recipes.

From dinner recipes or party appetizers to low carb ground beef meal prep recipes, we’ve got you covered. The grass-fed beef tends to be the star of the show, but we made sure to include some salads and vegetable-packed recipes to meet all of your nutritional needs, as well. Whether it’s weight loss or just some new recipes you’re after, these ground beef options can meet your keto diet needs. 

Ground Beef Is Ideal for Keto Diets

Ground Beef is a staple ingredient for anyone living a keto lifestyle, and it’s a nutritional powerhouse. It’s full of essential proteins and fats and contains a wide array of vital nutrients such as iron, B vitamins, magnesium, and potassium. 

With this vitamin-packed protein, you’ll meet all of your nutritional daily values. Plus, there are zero grams of net carbs, making it an easy addition to your cooking routine. If you’re on a low carb diet, you’re likely happy with the fat content that beef provides, but always feel free to swap in lean ground beef, lean ground turkey, or ground chicken for a lower cholesterol option. 

Ground beef is also rich, satisfying, and good for the whole family. Another huge benefit is that ground beef tends to be a more affordable option compared to other cuts of beef, so it fits almost every household budget. And when you do stock up, it’s easy to store and lasts for months in the freezer. It can be made with a variety of different spices and combined with vegetables and other easy options to meet all of your cravings and daily values.



19 Easy Keto Ground Beef Recipes

19 easy keto ground beef recipes to try

1. Big Mac Casserole

An amazing low carb takes on comfort food, this Big Mac Casserole will have the whole family drooling. Perfect for a party appetizer or a weeknight dinner, this recipe will quickly become a favorite.

The simple ingredients and size of the meal make this perfect for leftovers or meal prep as well. You can also add any toppings you want, including pickles, mustard, or lettuce; anything you would put on your favorite hamburger! Craving bacon? You can also throw in a few bacon strips to turn this into a keto bacon cheeseburger casserole.

 It’s quite easy to replicate your go-to burger with this big mac recipe. 

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2. Ground Beef Enchiladas Casserole

Ground Beef Enchiladas Casserole

When it comes to meal prep, what’s easier than a casserole?! Throwing everything together in a baking dish and cooking it in the oven means minimum work on your part. This easy ground beef recipe will kick those Mexican food cravings to the curb.

The amazing flavors of cumin, paprika, and other spices, along with simple ingredients make this an easy and delicious meal you don’t want to miss out on. Plus, add jalapeno or hot salsa to give this recipe a little kick. If you’d like to switch it up, this recipe would be great with ground turkey or ground chicken, as well. 

Find the recipe here.

3. Hamburger Casserole

When I think of ground beef, burgers are one of the first things that come to mind. Just because you’re living a low carb lifestyle doesn’t mean you can’t partake in this ground beef classic. This might not be your typical burger with a bun, but the best part is, it’s even more satisfying and flavorful! Customize this easy low carb ground beef recipe however you’d like with onion, pickles, and extra cheddar, of course. To keep your meal well-balanced nutritionally, serve it with a side of green salad.

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4. Taco Casserole

I think I speak for a lot of people when I say we want tacos every day, not just on Tuesday! An easy keto meal with tons of flavor, this low carb casserole will satisfy all of your taco needs, whether it’s Taco Tuesday or Taco Saturday. Bake with spices like cumin and chili powder and top with cilantro to get those classic taco touches. Add salsa and jalapeno to get an explosion of spices on your fork with every bite. 

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5. Keto Taco Zucchini Boats

stuffed ground beef zucchini boats

While we love lean ground beef, vegetables are an important part of a ketogenic diet as well! With very low net carbs, zucchini is the perfect veggie to add to your keto recipes. The flavors in this meal will satisfy all of your taco cravings, without all of the carbs. Vegetables, ground beef, cilantro, and tons of flavor make this an easy dinner and an all-around healthy meal.

Tip: if you’re trying to reduce your sodium intake, look for a low-sodium taco seasoning next time you’re at the grocery store!

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6. Stuffed Peppers

Like zucchini, bell peppers are low in net carbs, and high in nutrients like vitamins A and C, making them the perfect keto veggie. You may be used to seeing this dish with rice and carbohydrates, but don’t worry, this low carb ground beef recipe will fit right into your meal plan. 

This is a great dish for a week night dinner, can be made in the slow-cooker, and can easily be eaten as leftovers as well. Add some extra vegetables like onion and spinach to make this meal even more nutritious. 

Check out the recipe here.

7. Low-Carb Ground Beef and Broccoli 

This easy beef recipe will take you back to a take-out classic, with low net carbs, of course. A complete meal packed with nutrients like healthy fat and fiber, this recipe will quickly become a household favorite. Plus, with the addition of broccoli, you’ll find plenty of calcium, potassium, and iron when you look at the nutrition facts. 

Soy sauce (or coconut aminos, if you’d like to make it gluten-free), sesame oil, and green onion are just a few of the simple ingredients making this recipe stand out. Since this is such a quick and easy option, it’s perfect for the whole family, as well. 

Add a few other vegetables, like asparagus, red onion, celery, or zucchini to pump up the crunch and boost your daily values of vitamins. Get all the flavors of take-out within your macros. 

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8. Stuffed Eggplants

Stuffed eggplant with ground beef

Parsley, basil, garlic, and onion. I can smell it cooking on the stove already. Combine those with savory lean ground beef and eggplant, throw them in a baking dish to roast and you’ve got an instant new favorite recipe. 

You can make this even easier by subbing garlic powder and dried parsley, as well. This one is perfect for a weeknight dinner or made as meal prep for your lunches for the week.

They easily keep in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 3-4 days. You could even switch up the flavors by adding some soy sauce (or coconut aminos), ginger, and green onion to make this an Asian-inspired dish next time. 

Find the recipe here.

9. Sweedish Meatballs 

Look out Ikea, we’re coming for you with this easy keto recipe. This dish is the perfect appetizer to satisfy anyone, whether they’re on a low carb diet or not. The best part? It can easily be made in the slow cooker to save you time, as well. Make a large batch for a party, or a smaller batch all for yourself. 

We’re not here to judge! If you’d like to add a little something to make this a more complete meal, these meatballs would be great over zoodles, spaghetti squash, or mashed cauliflower, as well. 

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10. Bunless Burger

When you’ve got an incredibly flavorful burger, who cares about the bun?! We’re focusing on the healthy fat and protein in this low carb recipe that is perfect for meal prep.

Add different toppings throughout the week, like cheddar cheese, red onion, pickles, and avocado, or even put the cooked beef on top of a salad to have a complete meal packed with healthy fat, vitamins, and fiber. 

Whatever way you chose, you won’t be missing the bun with this easy keto beef recipe. 

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11. 30-Minute Beanless Chili

Beanless chili

Chili is a quick and easy keto beef recipe you can make over the stovetop or using a slow-cooker or instant pot. If you don’t have any lean ground beef, you can also easily sub it with ground turkey or even ground chicken.

Add a big scoop of sour cream and sprinkle a generous amount of cheddar cheese for added fat. To make this low carb recipe even easier, look for a no sugar taco seasoning next time you’re at the grocery store! The ease and taste of this recipe will quickly make it one of your favorite dinner recipes. 

Grab our 30-minute keto chili recipe here.

12. Salisbury Steak over cauliflower rice

Cauliflower rice makes the perfect low carbohydrate alternative to rice. Another great way to cook cauliflower is mashed (also included in the recipe) to provide a low net carb version of mashed potatoes. Add spices and Worcestershire sauce to lean ground beef to make the Salisbury Steak, and top with a savory sour cream, broth, and mushroom gravy to really complete the meal. This easy low carb recipe is sure to become a dinner favorite for the whole family. 

Check out the recipe here.

13. Keto Meat Sauce Pasta with Zoodles

Pasta with meat sauce; a classic comfort meal. Zoodles are the perfect way to get the comfort of macaroni, without the high carb count (or the gluten). This easy recipe is the perfect meal for any night of the week. Garlic and onion powder make this zucchini noodle, lean ground beef, and marinara sauce combo one that you won’t want to miss out on. Add some low net carb veggies like onion or spinach to the sauce for an extra boost of fiber, or sprinkle with some shredded cheddar for extra fat. 

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14. Meatloaf

Meatloaf

Meatloaf: the king of comfort foods. How could we not include this easy low carb ground beef recipe in our list of favorites? Eat this with a side of mashed cauliflower or cauliflower rice and you’ve automatically got an easy and flavorful dinner recipe. Plus, the addition of almond flour (or coconut flour if you prefer) makes this a really great paleo recipe as well. You’ll have to check out the recipe to see the surprising secret ingredient (hint: you probably already have it in your pantry!) 

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15. Keto Beef Stroganoff

If you love our keto beef stroganoff, know that you can make the same delicious dish with a pound of ground beef. 

If you’re feeling fancy, you can still make this recipe with flank steak (or your preferred cut), but you can easily substitute lean ground beef to make a more budget-friendly version. Whichever type of beef you choose, top it with this beef broth, mushroom, and sour cream gravy and you’ll be satisfied.

This would be another great recipe to add cauliflower rice or zucchini noodles for an easy way to increase the veggies. Top your stroganoff with fresh parsley to get the full flavorful experience. 

16. Keto Taco Salad with Salsa

Sometimes it might feel hard to fit vegetables in your macros, but this taco salad is sure to fit into your meal plan. Cook the beef in a skillet while you prepare the lettuce, avocado, and tomato salad and you’ll be all prepped in no time. 

Top this salad with some shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream to add a little bit of extra fat. Not only is this great for a weeknight dinner, but you could make a small amount for appetizers as well. Prepare the ingredients separately and store them in airtight containers in the refrigerator to make them perfect for low-carb ground beef meal prep recipes as well! 

Check out the recipe here.

17. Pizza Casserole

Pizza casserole

Pizza is one of the true joys in life, so you know we would never expect you to go without! Sometimes being healthy is about feeding your soul, and this recipe does that for me (and I’m guessing a lot of people reading this as well). Melty mozzarella, lean ground beef, and spicy pepperoni are just a few of the key ingredients that make this recipe a must-try.

Plus, the best part is you can customize this however you’d like. Add some sausage, onions, or even jalapenos if you want to kick the spice up a notch. This recipe also keeps well in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 3-4 days, so it’s perfect for meal prep.

With all of the joy of the original with only 4 net grams of carbs per serving, this is one of the easy low carb ground beef recipes that you’ve got to try. 

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18. Instant Pot Beef Stew 

Cold weather calls for warming beef stew. Packed full of low net carb veggies like celery, mushrooms, tomato paste, and onions, and spices like paprika and chili powder this easy low carb ground beef recipe is perfect for a weeknight meal. 

The addition of beef broth makes this meal feel even more warm and cozy. Have a large bowl for dinner or a small bowl for lunch and you’ll feel satisfied for hours. This recipe tastes even better topped with a dollop of sour cream, a sprinkle of shredded cheese, and chopped green onion to round out the meal. 

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19. Low-Carb Spaghetti Squash Lasagna 

It’s hard to imagine lasagna without the carbohydrates, but boy do we have a treat for you. This spaghetti squash recipe will have you forgetting all about those high carb pasta noodles.

Plus, this recipe is totally customizable. You can easily sub the keto noodles with zucchini noodles or eggplant, or even skip the noodles and layer the tomato and cream sauce over baked spaghetti squash halves and top with melty mozzarella. These options will help you fit more veggies into your meal plan, and boost your fiber intake as well.

Whichever you choose, this recipe is sure to satisfy the whole family. 

Find the recipe here.

Last Word

As you can see from this recipe roundup, following a ketogenic diet doesn’t mean you have to skimp on the flavorful ingredients and vegetables.

Whether it’s a weeknight meal for the whole family, an easy lunch to prep for the week, or a party appetizer for a lot of people, these low carb ground beef recipes have got you covered. These recipes are also extremely easy to customize by swapping out different low carbohydrate vegetables, swapping avocado oil for olive oil, or adding in some shredded cheddar or sour cream (yes please!).

We hope that looking through these options has given you a new recipe or two to add to your weekly meal plan and showed you that you don’t have to settle for beef recipes that don’t leave you feeling satisfied. 

Melissa Guido, MS, RD
Melissa Guido, MS, RD

Melissa Guido, MS, RD is a registered dietitian nutritionist. She earned her Master's Degree in Nutrition at Meredith College and practices as a dietitian in North Carolina. She has worked in a variety of settings, such as weight loss, private practice, and diabetes prevention. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, cooking, traveling, and cuddling with her two dogs.

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