Easy Kid Friendly Recipes With Ground Beef

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The hamburger was invented in 1900 by Louis Lassen, the owner of Louis Lunch in New Haven, Connecticut, when he put scraps of ground beef between two slices of bread.

Aside from a burger patty, you can use ground beef in many delicious recipes, and most kids like ground beef-based dinners. So, this article includes seven easy, kid-friendly recipes with ground beef that even the pickiest eaters will enjoy. Besides, ground beef, or beef in general, makes a hearty meal that fills the demand for daily protein and calories for kids.

The dietician Jocelyn Evans has discussed the benefits of beef as a complementary first food for kids. She says; 

“Beef has more than ten essential elements for kids like protein, zinc, iron, vitamin B6 and B12, choline, selenium, and so on. They are all essential for children’s growth, learning, behavior, and memory development. They can also help prevent your kids from harmful nutrient deficiencies.”

Here you will find seven easy, kid-friendly ground beef recipes focusing on nutrition and health benefits. Your whole family will love them. At the same time, you can ensure the demand for calories for your kids.

So, let’s jump into the recipe section.

7 Easy Kid Friendly Recipes With Ground Beef

Bacon Cheeseburger Cups

Bacon cheeseburger cups

1lb Ground Beef

2 Strips Bacon

6 Slices Bread

2 Cups Sauce

1 Cup Chopped Onion

2 tsp Garlic Paste

2 Cups Cream Cheese

A Pinch of Salt

Bake bacon for 4-5 minutes at 400°F. Put butter in a round mold or oil. Cut the middle part of the bread the size of a mold, and set the pieces inside the mold.

Remove the ground beef from the fridge before cooking, and set aside until it reaches room temperature. Put butter or oil in a pan, then toss the onion and ground beef into the pan. Fry well until brown but be careful not to burn the meat. Then add 1 cup cream cheese, garlic paste, and mix tomato and steak sauce to enrich the taste, then sprinkle salt to taste.

Next, place bacon into the mold in a round shape. Fill each with the ground beef mixture and cover the top with cream cheese. Bake at 400°F for 15-20 minutes. Now you have one easy ground beef tiffin meal that your kids will love.

Kids need seven major minerals for proper physical and mental growth. This dish will give your kids calcium, potassium, protein, sodium, and iron.

Another vital nutrient essential for bone development, vitamin D, is also in this dish.

Protein helps build, maintain, and repair the body’s tissues. It is also essential for memory development.

Also, a kid’s body needs a moderate amount of fat, so there is nothing to fear about seeing fat, but you can try to use olive oil instead of any cooking oil to keep the balance.

The total calories of these kid-friendly cheeseburger cups will be 1726, which meets the required calories per day for 6-12 years old kids as recommended by nutritionists. So kids can eat as much as two servings of this dish daily.

Sloppy Joe Burger Recipe

Sloppy joe burger recipe

½ lb Lean Ground Beef

3 Cups Water

2 Burger Buns

1 Cup Tomato Ketchup

1 tbsp Brown Sugar

1 tsp Garlic Powder

1 tsp Meat Seasoning

2 Onions

1 Capsicum

2 Tomato Slices

2 Lettuce Leaves

Chili and Salt

Turn on your stove at medium-high heat, and put butter or spray oil on the pan. Fry the ground beef and onion for a while, then add capsicum slices and fry for 1-2 minutes until it becomes light brown. Cook it for two more minutes as you add 2 cups of water. Sprinkle some salt and chili flakes if the kids love them. After that, add rich tomato sauce, garlic paste, and one tablespoon of brown sugar, and season with salt. Cook again with a cup of water for 2 minutes. Sprinkle garlic powder and seasoning when the water dries out and becomes thick gravy.

You can create a warm atmosphere with Sloppy Joes as a busy weeknight dinner. But it will be more fun to make your version of this sloppy joe easy dinner recipe that your whole family will love.

Put one layer of sloppy joe first on the bun. Add tomato and onion slices to it. Cover with cheese and lettuce leaves on top. Set the whole burger with a toothpick in the middle of the burger.

Then you can fry it for 30-40 seconds for each side at low-medium heat on butter to make it tastier. This part is optional. It depends on your time and your kid’s desires. Your kid will love it for sure.

The beef burger is much popular with kids. But making a burger using sloppy joy is more healthy and tastier. The combination of ground beef, cheese, tomato, and lettuce leaves gives heavenly feelings at each bite. You can make 2 Sloppy joe burgers with these ingredients.

The total calories of it will be 624 for each burger. This burger contains protein, fat, carbohydrate, potassium, sodium, iron, zinc, calcium, vitamin D, etc. Showing in the image beside is the percentage of all ingredients.

Sloppy joe burger can be a good choice for snacks. It also can fill the demand for a kid’s daily protein needs.

At the same time, sodium, iron, zinc, calcium, and potassium are suitable for developing your kid’s brain and body. Vitamin D makes bones and muscles stronger.

Carbohydrate gives energy to a kid’s body, while fiber aids proper digestion.

Healthy Slow-Cooker Meatballs

Healthy slow cooker ground beef meatballs

1/2 Cup Ricotta Cheese

4 tbsp of Parmesan Cheese

1 Egg

2 tbsp Chopped-up Coriander Leaves

2 tbsp Chopped-up Parsley

2 tbsp Oregano

10 Basil Leaves

1 tbsp Garlic Paste

1 tbsp Onion Powder

2 Bay Leaves

Chili Powder and Salt

½ Cup of Bread Crumbs

32 Ounces of Tomato Paste / Sauce

1lb Ground Beef

Firstly, make a mixture of raw ingredients for the gravy of meatballs. Put 1/2 cup ricotta cheese in a bowl, one egg at room temperature, two tablespoons coriander leaves, two tablespoons oregano, parsley, and ten basil leaves that are all chopped up. Mix one tablespoon of garlic paste, one tablespoon of onion powder, two bay leaves, spicy chili powder, and salt. Mix four tablespoons of parmesan cheese, meat sauce, and half a cup of bread crumbs.

Meat seasoning can be added to make it more flavorful. Then mix everything very well with 1 pound of ground meat.

Make the meatballs by hand or with an ice cream scoop. It is better to make the size of the meatballs a little bigger as they will be cooked in a slow cooker. You can make it the size of a golf ball. That size will be perfect if you take two tablespoons in one meatball.

Then take the pot off the slow cooker. Pour 32 ounces of tomato sauce into it. Arrange the meatballs in it one by one and cover the top with the sauce again. If the meatball amount is more, put it on top again and cover it with a layer of sauce.

Then cook for 4 hours in the slow cooker. It would be best if you did not lift the lid. If you lift the lid once, you need to cook it for an additional 30 minutes.

After cooking for 4 hours in the slow cooker, you will find unique, flavorful, and delicious meatballs. You can serve it for your kid’s weeknight meal; they will enjoy it.

The total calories will be around 1600, containing protein, fat, carbohydrate, iron, zinc, calcium, potassium, sodium, vitamin D, etc. The percentage of all ingredients is shown in the image beside.

A kid needs 1200-2200 calories per day for his/her proper development. Nutritionists claim that ground beef significantly impacts kids’ growth and activities.

Besides, sodium, iron, zinc, calcium, and potassium deliver vital minerals to the body, organs, and nervous system. Vitamin D is essential to keep teeth and bones more robust. To digest food properly, the fiber of this dish can help. Fat is also needed for kids. This is the fuel of our body.

You can cook these healthy slow cooker meatballs for your kids as a meal and serve them with bread or plain rice. This will be a complete and delicious meal for them.

Stuffed Cabbage Soup with Sausage

Ground beef stuffed cabbage soup with sausage

½ lb Ground Beef

1 Loop of Sausage

1 Head of Cabbage

2 Onions

2 Cups Tomato Sauce

2 tbsp Cooking Oil

4 Cups Beef Stock

4/5 Carrots

Salt and Pepper

First, cut the loop of sausage into pieces. Fry the sausage pieces with butter in a frying pan. You should also fry the ground beef in the same way at medium-high heat. Always use non-stick cookware for a better experience of frying.

Wash the tomatoes, carrots, and potatoes properly and cut them into cubes. Finely chop two onions.

Wash the cabbage well and cut it horizontally to your desired size. Do not chop it. It would be better to cut it a little bigger.

Then put the chopped onion in a large saucepan and give the rest of the vegetables into it. Add the fried sausages and ground beef. Arrange the cabbage on top and sprinkle salt and pepper powder on top.

Cover well with beef stock. You can make it at home by boiling beef with water and meat seasoning or buying it from the grocery stores. If you want more concentration in the soup, use two teaspoons of corn flour.

Cook at medium temperature for 15-20 minutes and serve hot with a pinch of testing salt and coriander on the top.

Most kids do not like to eat vegetables. They want meat/fish/fast food instead. To solve this problem, we share the Stuffed cabbage soup with sausage recipe in our seven easy, kid-friendly recipes with the ground beef article.

The total calories will be around 1400, and kids can digest it easily. On the image beside is the percentage of all ingredients.

Soup keeps the body hydrated and energetic. Ground beef mixture ensures proteins that are essential for growth and development. Carbohydrate is the primary source of energy. All of them are present in it with a moderate amount.

Iron, zinc, calcium, potassium, and sodium produce necessary minerals for the body. Besides, vitamin D makes bones and teeth stronger. Vegetable fiber makes the digestive system right and decreases the chances of constipation.

This is a super yummy soup and full of nutrition at the same time. You can serve this soup as a weeknight dinner, and your entire family, including kids, will enjoy this dish.

 Healthy Spaghetti Recipe with Ground Beef

Healthy spaghetti recipe with ground beef

1lb Ground Beef

1 Packet Spaghetti

2 Red Onions

1 Cup Chopped Celery

½ Cup Green Pepper

2 tbsp Onion Flakes

1 tsp Garlic Powder

2 Cups Tomato Paste / Sauce

2 Cups Crushed Tomatoes

2 Potatoes

2 Carrots


First, boil the spaghetti well. When cooking, you must add salt to the water. We recommend adding potatoes, carrots, and other vegetables to increase their nutritional value. You have to wash the vegetables well and then cut them into cubes. Boil around 70% with salt. This will reduce your cooking time.

In a frying pan, add two tablespoons of cooking oil. Add onion powder, garlic paste, and capsicum powder when the oil is slightly hot. Then lightly fry and add ground beef. Then season ground beef and sprinkle salt to taste.

Put garlic powder and onion flakes in the ground beef mixture. After a while, sprinkle the meat seasoning for extra flavor and taste. Pour 1 cup of water and mix very well with tomato paste or buttery tomato sauce. Cook at medium to high heat for 10 minutes. Then add the spaghetti and mix them properly. Fry for another 5 minutes. Make this yummy spaghetti with ground beef in just half an hour.

Sprinkle some coriander leaves for enriching flavors and tasting salt on top, and serve to your kids as a tiffin or evening snack.

Spaghetti is at the top of the kid’s food choice list. But it should be healthy at the same time. Our healthy spaghetti with ground beef recipe can full fill the nutrition demand that is needed and essential for kids.

After making, the total calories will be around 1700. Spaghetti has carbohydrate that also fuels the brain, heart, muscles, kidneys, and nervous system. A moderate amount of fat is a source of fuel for a kid’s body.

The right amount of protein can get from ground beef dinner, ensuring kids’ body and mind growth. For teeth, bone vitamin D is a must. It also reduces the chance of several diseases attacking.

Kids need minerals for their body and brain development. This delicious recipe contains necessary iron, sodium, calcium, potassium, zinc, etc., so it’s a good option for a weeknight meal for your kids.

 Ground Beef Mushroom Asparagus Recipe

Ground beef mushroom asparagus recipe

1 lb Ground Beef

½ lb Asparagus

½ lb Mushroom

2 Onion

1 tbsp Garlic Paste

2 tbsp Cooking Oil

Red Pepper Flacks and Salt

Wash and slice the mushrooms first. Disjoint the asparagus and wash them carefully. Put some cooking or olive oil in a frying pan and fry the ground beef until brown.

Then give oil and chopped onion and garlic in a skillet. Lightly fry and add asparagus and mushroom slices. Sprinkle salt and chili flakes to taste. Fry well for 5 minutes at medium heat.

Temperature maintenance during cooking is essential. You can use a glass cooktop as they are very convenient and user-friendly. But all types of cookware are not suitable for them.

Then add the fry ground beef mixture and 1 cup of water with garlic paste and tomato paste. You can add sour cream to make a sour-sweet taste to it. Cover with a lid to cook well. Cook until the water dries out. You can use black olives on the top for decoration.

This is so delicious among all ground beef recipes. Serve to your kid with bread for breakfast or rice for lunch.

Besides meat, vegetables are essential for kids’ growth. The fiber of vegetables plays a vital role and is helpful for the digestive system. Also, reduce constipation.

Green vegetable like asparagus makes blood circulation better by refining them. The benefits of mushrooms can’t describe in one sentence. Mushroom is very popular and can easily complement any food item containing selenium, potassium, niacin, fiber, riboflavin, etc., nutrient. They fulfill the lack of nutrition demands and help to produce blood in the kid’s body.

This dish will contain around 1200 calories, including protein, vitamin D, moderate fat, iron, zinc, etc. All of them are the most demanding and vital nutrition for kids. The importance of ground beef for kids is already described in our easy kid-friendly recipes with ground beef article several times. Nutritionist claims beef is a complementary food for kids.

Try to make one dish of vegetables in your kid’s daily food menu, and this delicious ground beef mushroom asparagus recipe can be a good choice.

Beefy Taco Pasta Instant Pot

Ground Beef Taco

1 lb Ground Beef

2 Cups of Tomato Paste / Sauce

2 Cups Beef Stock

1 Cup of Cheddar Cheese

1 Cup of Pepper Jack Cheese

6 Cups of Mexican Style Blend Cheese

Corn and Black Bean

Salt and Taco Seasoning

Cumin and Coriander Leaves

Garlic Powder to Garnish

First, press the saute button on the instant pot. When the pot hits, add one pound of ground beef. Fry until boiled and brown. Add taco seasoning, then add 2 cups of tomato sauce. Then put corn and black bean. Then pour 2 cups of beef stock.

Mix the amount of 1 16-ounce packet of pasta in it. Then turn on the ceiling of the instant pot and lock it. Then set the time by clicking on the manual button. Making pasta at medium to low heat will take 5-6 minutes. Then carefully and slowly remove the ceiling above with the help of a stick or spatula and let the steam inside out.

Open the lid to see if it has been cooked properly. Then add one cup of cheddar cheese and 1 cup of pepper jack cheese, and 6 cups of Mexican-style blend cheese. Mix them well. You can add some boiled vegetables and prawns to make it. After cooking, serve in a bowl and sprinkle a little cumin and garlic powder on top for decoration. You can use coriander leaves for garnishing purposes.

Beefy taco pasta instant pot is time-saving but one of the most delicious recipes among seven easy, kid-friendly recipes with ground beef. With around 3000 calories in it, this is more than the daily calorie demand of a kid, so this amount can be used to make four dishes.

You can easily store them in an airtight container in the deep fridge. Before 30 minutes of eating, just keep it out of the fridge to come at room temperature. Then bake for 2 minutes at medium-high heat. Easily find the real and mouthwatering taste of beefy taco pasta instant pot.

The protein of this delicious recipe comes from ground beef, which is one of the 6 basic and essential nutrients for us. This yummy, cheesy pasta has nutrition-like carbohydrate that is the energy generator for our body. The fuel of this energy is fat.

Other mineral ingredients like protein, fat, carbohydrate, sodium, iron, zinc, calcium, and Potassium are also present in this recipe. They aim to play essential roles in a kid’s body. Vitamin D ensures bone health. As a snack, this super cheesy ground beef pasta can make your kid smile.

We have arranged the article of easy, kid-friendly recipes with ground beef and seven delicious dishes from breakfast to dinner. Hopefully, your little family member will love them. Remember that by this article, you can make yummy dishes maintaining all essential nutrition for your kid’s growth and development.

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