Easy Ground Beef Recipes for the Freezer


Start your week out right with some easy Ground Beef  recipes for the freezer.  I buy Ground Beef in bulk so I fry up a big batch in several pans before I freeze.  Don’t forget to rinse Beef in a strainer to get any grease off after frying and browning.  Then I divide up into 1 Gallon Freezer Bags,  enough for a meal in each bag.  These are some of the meals I use this Ground Beef for:

Spaghetti of course

Unthaw beef.  Put into a pan with Store bought Spaghetti Sauce.  (or homemade spaghetti sauce) Serve over noodles.  Of course you can always use the meatballs from the recipe below to make spaghetti and meatballs.

Beef Stroganoff

Unthaw Beef.  Put into a pan with 1 can of Mushroom soup,   3/4 can of milk,   1 Tbsp. of Worsteshire sauce,   chopped onion,   dash of pepper.  Bring to a simmer for about 5 minutes.  You can serve this over rice or egg noodles.

Taco Meat

Unthaw Beef.  Put into a pan with 1 package of Taco Seasoning.  Follow directions on package..(this can also be done BEFORE you freeze your cooked Ground Beef)  That would eliminate this step and be even faster.  I use this meat to serve with:

  • Tacos
  • Nachos
  • Beef Enchiladas/Chimichangas
  • Taco Salads
  • Taco soup

Pizza topping

My hubby loves meat on his Pizza.  So when I make Pizza I have cooked Ground Beef all ready to roll. 

Now here is one of my favorite time savers with Ground Beef:

I like to a make a huge batch of Meatballs and then serve them in different ways with different sauces:

Easy Ground Beef Recipes for the Freezer

Meatballs

  • 3 pounds lean Ground Beef
  • 1 1/2 cups soft bread crumbs
  • 3 eggs
  • 6 tabls minced onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • Mix all ingredients together.  Make into 1 inch balls.  Put onto cookie sheets and cook in oven for about 10 minutes at 350 degrees.  Remove meatballs to another cookie sheet and flash freeze.  Divide into dinner portions  and put into freezer bags.

Serve Meatballs with these different sauces:

Sour Cream Stroganoff Sauce

  • 1/4 C. butter
  • 1 small onion
  • 1/4 C. all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 C beef broth
  • 1/2 C – 1 pint sour cream ( I use 1 C)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill seed
  • salt & pepper to taste

Heat butter,  add onion.  Cook on low,  Stirring for about 5 min or until onion is clear but not browned.  Blend in flour.  Gradually stir in beef broth.  Cook, stirring until  thickened.  Stir in sour cream,  dill weed,  salt & pepper.  Add meatballs.  Heat to serving temp or cool and reheat later.  Serve over noodles.  Serves 6 to 8.  Or 20 appetizer servings.

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

  • 1 20oz can unsweetened pineapple chunks packed in natural juices
  • 1/4 C packed brown sugar
  • 1 10 3/4 oz can chicken broth
  • 1/4 cider vinegar
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 1 tsp. soy sauce
  • 1 T ketchup
  • 2 Tbls. cornstarch
  • 1 C sliced green onion
  • 3 green bell peppers, seeded, cut into 1 inch squares
  • 5 oz can sliced water chestnuts
  • 1/2 C shredded carrots

Drain the pineapple chunks,  reserving 3/4 cup of juice (if there is not enough,  add water to make 3/4 C)  Combine juice,  additional 1/2 cup water,  vinegar,  soy sauce,  brown sugar and cornstarch in a medium saucepan and stir until sugar and cornstarch dissolve.  Cook over low heat until thick and bubbling,  stirring constantly.  Add green peppers,  shredded carrots,  meatballs,  water chestnuts and 1 Cup of pineapple chunks.  Heat until meatball are hot,  stirring frequently.  Serve with rice.

Swedish Meatballs

  • 1/4 C all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbls butter
  • 2 C 1/2 &  1/2
  • salt and pepper to taste

In skillet, stir flour and butter over medium heat until browned.  Slowly whisk in 1/2 & 1/2 and salt and pepper.  Bring to a boil.  Cook, stirring until thickened and smooth.  if gravy has lumps you can pour through a strainer.  Add meatballs to sauce.  heat to serving temp.  or cool and reheat later.  Serve over noodles or rice.  Makes 6 – 8 servings.

By the way you can make up a meatloaf or two with the meatball recipe above..just double it and maybe if you want add a little BBQ sauce for little different flavor.

I also make homemade hamburger patties and freeze them too!  BIG money and time saver!

What is your favorite way to use ground beef? 

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Shari Lynne:
Recipe type: Quick Easy Dinners
: Freezer Meals
Ingredients
  • 3 pounds lean Ground Beef
  • 1½ cups soft bread crumbs
  • 3 eggs
  • 6 tabls minced onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together.
  2. Make into 1 inch balls.
  3. Put onto cookie sheets
  4. Cook in oven for about 10 minutes at 350 degrees.
  5. Remove meatballs to another cookie sheet and flash freeze.
  6. Divide into dinner portions and put into freezer bags
Notes
Be sure and check out the different sauces to go with these Meatballs...YUM!

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Comments

  1. says

    These recipes are great. I love the sweet and sour meatballs. I have a big pack of ground beef, so I am going to try these today for my husband – he will love them. Thanks for sharing the recipes.

    Carrie

    • says

      Hi Carrie! I’m so glad you like them and that they are something your family will use..it’s always nice to have a few things in the freezer for those busy days :) thanks for stopping by! Blessings!

    • says

      Hi Rachael! That’s funny you mention Hamburgers..of course I forgot to add that in..I like to make up patties ahead of time. Tator Tot Hot dish is great too..my fam loves that one. I’ve never froze though..have you? Thanks for stopping by! Blessings to you!

  2. Glenda Cates says

    Wonderful ideals and several items I did not know how to make and so this is going to help me out a lot Thanks for posting it.

    • says

      Hey there DM..had fun chattin today :) Yes I love it with gravy too! The last little recipe is like the one you suggest only with flour instead of cornstarch..but both are deelish :) Thanks for stopping!
      Blessings

    • says

      Mmmm Stroganaff is so good isn’t it Thomas! I’ll have to hop on over and visit your blog..it sounds fun AND deelish! Thanks for stopping by!
      Blessings!

  3. says

    The sweet and sour meatballs sound so good! I am going to have to try them, I bet the kids will love them. Besides burgers on the grill, you mostly covered my favorite ways of having ground beef. Tho I do like to make a Shepherds Pie. I am not sure if I make it right, I kind of wing it but it is similar and tastes good. I am bad at following recipes, I experiment way too much :)
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    • says

      Hi Dawn! Yes the sweet and sour meatballs are great..Mmmm Shepherds Pie is deeelish..so easy to make. I’m sure yours is great. I love to experiment too! I’ve come up with some of my family’s favorites that way :) Thanks so much for stopping by!
      Blessings!

  4. says

    I’m pinning these for later, Shari, since I’ll be going back to work soon. (SOB!)

    I want to be able to pull out things in the morning for my kids to have dinner in the evening — trying to make it as easy on my husband as I can.

    Love your great ideas!

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