If you’re on a diet, sometimes it can feel like you must miss out on all the foods you love, but that doesn’t have to be the case. You can find versions of your favorite foods that fit a low-carb way of eating.
In this list, you’ll find a thorough compilation of low-carb ground beef recipes that will both fit your diet plan and satisfy your tastebuds and tummy!
You’ll find Mexican, Italian, Greek, even cheeseburgers! These recipes are extremely easy to throw together and are great for weeknight meals when you just need something quick and simple.
You’ll find that none of these recipes skimp on the flavor. They’re all going to fill your mouth with goodness!
Even if your family or other household members aren’t partaking in this diet with you, these recipes will still become their favorites as well.
So, scroll through this list and find low-carb ways to make your favorite foods!
Low-carb casserole recipes are some of my favorites for dinner on a weeknight because there are almost always leftovers, and I can munch on them throughout the rest of the week.
This casserole is great for a keto diet. It has plenty of delicious cheeses and many flavors thanks to the taco seasoning and hot sauce.
There’s not just ground beef but also eggs for even more added protein. Make this next time you’re craving Mexican food but want to stay on your diet!
This is the perfect recipe for those nights you’re dying for a bacon cheeseburger but don’t want to indulge in the bun.
This skillet packs all the same beefy and cheesy flavors that you’d get in a cheeseburger but in skillet form.
You can swap the cheddar for any cheese you love to eat on a burger, like Swiss or pepper jack.
Pro tip: I love to top this skillet with some chopped pickles, diced onions, shredded lettuce, and a squeeze of ketchup, just like I like my burger!
Zucchini is one of my favorite vegetables to make because it has its light, almost savory-floral flavor that pairs well with just about anything.
This dish stuffs delicious beef cooked down with tomatoes, onion, and garlic into zucchini boats and tops it all with stretchy mozzarella cheese.
It’s sort of like a zucchini lasagna that skips all the thin slicing and layering for a quicker dinner.
This is a great recipe for the whole family. Kids always love to eat zucchini prepared this way. Nobody will complain about this healthy dinner!
Another great recipe for the whole family! Kids and adults will both love these little bite-size meatloaves.
They’re like meatballs but cooked in a muffin tin for the meatloaf texture and topped with low-carb ketchup just like that meatloaf your grandma used to make!
These little meatloaf bites are great for meal prepping as well. You can portion them quickly for a perfect lunch to fit your diet and pop them in the microwave for a quick reheating.
Eat them with some steamed vegetables or a salad on the side, and you have a complete meal!
Low carb recipes with ground beef are some of the easiest ways to stay on your diet and still eat a flavorful dinner, and this recipe proves that! I genuinely love Korean flavors. They have the perfect balance of umami, heat, and some sweetness.
This recipe uses soy, ginger, sesame oil, and sriracha to accomplish that Korean flair.
The secret to this recipe is substituting zoodles, or zucchini noodles, for typical, wheat-based noodles.
The zoodles are a great way to add more fiber-filled veggies to a meal, and they are a great vessel to scoop all that delicious saucy beef up with!
Cauliflower is a commonly used substitute for potatoes in low-carb recipes and for a good reason.
While it has a slightly different flavor, it has a similar texture and blends with whatever flavors surround it.
Think of this hash as a base recipe that you can add whatever additional flavorings or toppings you’d like to.
I love to top this with a dollop of sour cream and pickled jalapenos or some avocado and spicy mayo. I love to make a big batch of this for breakfast, and then all I must do is reheat it for the following mornings.
I love to make a big pot of chili when the fall months start. It’s one of the warmest and comforting dishes to make when the weather is chilly.
With this recipe, you can have this classic dinner even if you’re on a keto or low-carb diet.
I love to top this with some shredded cheese, sour cream, and thinly sliced jalapenos.
You can swap out whatever chili powder you have for the Ancho chili powder, and if you have fresh oregano feel free to use that.
I also love to add extra veggies to this, like bell pepper or spinach, for added nutrients!
This recipe reminds me of eating a Bolognese without the pasta! It’s rich and beefy, filled with the acidic and slightly sweet tomato sauce, and topped with salty, rich cheese!
This recipe uses a particular brand of tomato sauce, but feel free to substitute it with whatever spice you prefer or have on hand.
I love that this recipe sneaks in some extra veggies by using steamed cauliflower rice. Sometimes I even loved to wilt down some shredded kale or spinach into the mix.
I love easy cabbage recipes! Cabbage is filled with fiber and is low carb, so I love to include it in recipes when I can.
These cabbage rolls are divine and remind me of the cabbage rolls my mom used to make growing up.
Traditionally they are filled with rice and ground beef, but these are stuffed with cauliflower rice to lower the carb content.
They’re then stewed over a tomato sauce, making them tender and delicious. I love to dip these in some low-carb Greek yogurt for a nice bite!
This recipe is all things creamy and umami! The mushrooms make this recipe, and you can use whichever mushrooms you love.
I’ve used everything from simple white button mushrooms to shitake or oyster mushrooms.
I like to eat these in-between lettuce leaves with some sliced tomatoes and thinly sliced onions.
This dish results in juicy burgers smothered in a creamy and cheesy sauce that you’ll want to pour over anything and everything!
This is an easy and satisfying dinner to make for a family. It’s balanced and filled with hearty flavors.
Instead of using whipped potatoes like in traditional shepherd’s pie, this recipe uses mashed cauliflower, which mimics the texture of mashed potatoes.
If you have any fresh herbs like oregano, thyme, or rosemary, throw that into this recipe!
If you avoid dairy, skip the cheese and replace the heavy cream with coconut cream.
This is one of the best recipes to make for a party!
You can stick toothpicks into the individual meatballs for easy grab and go eating, or you can serve them on the side and offer pasta, zoodles, or salad so people can eat these delicious meatballs over whatever they’d like.
Don’t skip the fresh basil on top! It adds a unique new flavor. Everyone will want the recipe for these juicy, flavorful meatballs.
Using lettuce as a wrap is a great low-carb trick, and you can stuff just about anything into lettuce, and it works.
This recipe fills lettuce with Asian-inspired ground beef and tangy pickled cucumbers. It’s all flavored with soy sauce, sesame oil, and garlic.
The spicy mayo is the magic maker here! It’s two simple ingredients: mayo and your favorite sriracha, but you’ll want to throw this sauce on everything!
This recipe is fabulous because it captures all those cheeseburger flavors, but you’re eating a salad!
This has become one of my favorite low-carb hamburger recipes. You can eat this over romaine or any other lettuce, but sometimes I like that crisp iceberg lettuce because it feels like I’m eating a burger from my favorite take-out joint.
Don’t skip the big mac sauce! It tastes like the real thing!
The finely chopped dill pickles and vinegar are the perfect twangs you need, while the paprika adds a smokiness.
The best part about this recipe? It feels like you’re eating a big mac, but this version is much healthier!
If you love an easy dinner, this recipe is for you. It doesn’t require any slicing or chopping, all the ingredients are affordable, and It’s still tasty.
The cream cheese adds a tangy creaminess that sets this dish apart, and it’s topped with more cheese to ramp up that flavor.
Canned green beans are used here for your vegetable, but feel free to add any other frozen or canned vegetable here.
Sometimes I’ll opt to include some frozen diced bell peppers or broccoli.
I don’t know about you, but I got through college living on hamburger helper, and to this day, I will still crave that cheesy, beefy pasta.
This recipe accomplishes all that delicious flavor that usually comes out of a box, but this time it’s much healthier and less processed.
Instead of pasta, we used cauliflower which has a nice texture but sops up all that cheesy flavor.
You won’t even know you aren’t eating the old hamburger helper you grew up on!
Stir-fries are always my first suggestion to people who want easy dinners that include many vegetables but are minimal work.
This recipe uses a package of coleslaw as a base, so feel free to include other vegetables here!
I love green beans, broccoli, zucchini, or mushrooms in stir fry. Make sure to include the fresh ginger here. That’s the secret to an aromatic and flavorful stir fry.
This recipe can be eaten as is or served over cauliflower rice or zoodles.
Another take on stir fry here! Once again, this recipe is a great, quick way to have a balanced and vegetable-rich dinner with plenty of protein.
This recipe includes some apple cider vinegar, so it has some acidity in the mix. It also includes more vegetables like carrots, zucchini, and broccoli.
I love to top this with sesame seeds for some added flavor and crunch.
This recipe also uses coconut aminos instead of soy sauce, making it gluten and soy-free!
Another cheeseburger recipe! Who doesn’t love a cheeseburger? This one includes cauliflower instead of any potatoes.
If you want to make this recipe leaner, you can use ground chicken or turkey instead of beef, but it will lack that burger flavor.
You can use any cheese you prefer here. I’ve used mozzarella, provolone, and even pepper jack for a spicy kick.
Added eggs snuck in for even more protein and plenty of fat in the cream and cheeses. I like to eat this with roasted vegetables for a more balanced plate.
This recipe is one of the best ideas! I love taco soup. It’s by far one of my favorite soups to both make and eats.
My mom used to make taco soup every other week because the whole family loved it.
She always included beans and corn in her soup, but this recipe captures those same flavors but omits the carb-heavy ingredients.
The flavoring in this recipe comes from two pre-made seasoning packets and the delicious Rotel diced tomatoes.
Your family will love this recipe! If there are members that aren’t going low carb, serve this with some tortilla chips!
These burgers will have a different burst of flavor than you’re used to in a burger! Feta is a fantastic cheese that has a much tangier and saltier flavor than cheeses like cheddar.
It pairs beautifully with basil, garlic, and tomatoes. I love to serve this over some crisp romaine lettuce and fresh cucumbers to play on the Greek flavors.
The egg allows the burgers to hold themselves together and adds a little extra dose of protein. You’ll love this take on a funky burger!
I know the words “cheeseburger” and “soup” in the same recipe title sound odd, but don’t skip this recipe! It’s incredibly delicious and satisfying and has become one of my favorite low-carb ground beef meals.
This soup is almost like chowder. It’s creamy, thicker, and rich. It incorporates all the flavors of a cheeseburger without the bun, and because it’s a one-pot soup, it’s a lot easier than making burgers.
Top this will your favorite burger toppings like pickles and diced onion!
Stuffed bell peppers are usually loaded with a grain like rice or quinoa mixed with beef and onions.
This recipe uses cauliflower rice instead of grain to lower the carb content. It’s topped with cheese and sour cream to give it that taco flair.
Instead of making a fresh tomato sauce, the process is sped up by using canned tomato sauce.
I also recommend using frozen cauliflower rice instead of making it from scratch. It’s much easier!
Don’t skip the step where you squeeze out the excess liquid though that does make a big difference.
This is a one-pot recipe, and like all other one-pot recipes, it’s incredibly easy and keeps kitchen cleanup to a minimum!
This dish has many great veggies, like bell peppers, cabbage, onions, and tomatoes, adding a ton of fiber and nutrients.
The seasoning blend is what makes this recipe unique!
The smoked paprika adds a layer of smokey flavor, and the oregano and garlic powder add a savory kick. Top this with your favorite cheddar cheese, and you have a fantastic meal!
If you’re looking for low-carb ground beef recipes for dinner, this recipe needs to make it into your rotation!
This is a simple meal to make if you’re dreaming of a cheeseburger. It’s salty and delicious with ketchup and pickles.
I like to add sauteed mushrooms, caramelized onions, or grilled jalapenos to this casserole for some added flavor.
I’ve found that my kids love this recipe because It’s a burger you can eat in a bowl! I’ll add some roasted potatoes on the side for them and serve a small salad on the side for myself.
I’m pretty sure I could eat taco salad every day of the week for lunch! This recipe can be cooked in a large batch to eat on throughout the week for a healthy, balanced, light lunch.
Instead of a traditional dressing, this recipe utilizes sour cream and salsa instead.
This salad tastes like a taco. I don’t even miss the taco shell.
Sometimes I like to add cotija cheese instead of cheddar or thinly sliced flank steak instead of ground beef.
Taco pie was one of those recipes that somebody always brought to the potluck at our church growing up, and it was always mine and my brother’s favorite dish to load up on!
This pie is crustless, but you won’t even miss that crust.
The filling is savory and beefy, filled with stretchy delicious cheese and all those great taco seasonings like chili powder, garlic, cayenne, and cumin. Serve this with some guacamole and sour cream to top it off!
- 2 pounds (900g) ground turkey
- 1 c shredded mozzarella
- 1/2 c grated or shredded parmesan
- 1 large egg
- 2 tsp onion powder
- 2 tsp fresh minced garlic
- 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning blend
- 1/2 tsp fresh cracked black pepper
- 1/2 tsp Cayenne pepper, optional
- 1 c Marinara sauce
- 1 c shredded cheese of your choice for topping
- Fresh basil for topping
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray your casserole dish with oil of choice to prevent your meatballs from sticking.
- In a small bowl, beat the egg until thoroughly combined. In a large bowl, add the ground meat, mozzarella, parmesan, beaten egg, onion powder, garlic, Italian seasoning, cayenne, and red pepper flakes. Combine this mixture with your hands until everything is evenly distributed, try not to overwork it. Using a small cookie scoop or spoon, measure out the meatballs and form them into their shapes. Place them in the casserole dish in an even layer.
- Bake the meatballs in your preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until they are fully cooked through. By either pouring or scooping, remove the grease from the pan.
- Top the meatballs with marinara sauce and cheese and place the casserole dish back into the oven for another 10 minutes, until cheese is melted and bubbly.
- Top with minced basil and serve!