Ground Beef Recipes Under 300 Calories

Whether for a quick weeknight meal or a weekend dinner party, these dishes put lean ground beef in the spotlight.

  • Superfast Salisbury Steak
    By Jaime Harder, M.A., R.D., Randy Mayor; Jan Gautro

    Superfast Salisbury Steak

    Bored with burgers? For a lean and tasty ground beef alternative, this dish will bring cheers to the table and can be made in less than 25 minutes.
  • Cheesy Meat Loaf Minis
    By Jaime Harder, M.A., R.D., Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Cheesy Meat Loaf Minis

    We add white cheddar cheese to this comfort-food favorite making it seem more indulgent than it actually is at less than 300 calories per serving.

  • Beef, Cheese, and Noodle Bake
    By Jaime Harder, M.A., R.D., Photo: Jan Smith

    Beef, Cheese, and Noodle Bake

    This easy ground beef noodle bake features cheese made from 2% milk and lean ground sirloin to keep the fat and calorie counts low. It's sure to be popular with both the kids and adults around your dinner table. Serve with a store-bought bagged salad for a simple weeknight meal.
  • Italian-Style Meat Loaf
    By Jaime Harder, M.A., R.D., Photo: Jan Smith

    Italian-Style Meat Loaf

    Keeping ingredients such as tomato sauce, dried herbs, eggs and breadcrumbs on hand as kitchen staples makes this meatloaf a cinch to prepare. Reheat leftovers to make delicious and low-fat sandwiches the following day.
  • Healthy Picadillo
    By Jaime Harder, M.A., R.D., Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Healthy Picadillo

    This flavorful dish is packed with nutritious veggies like carrots, bell peppers and tomatoes. Serve over brown rice for a pleasing meal that's quick and simple to prepare.
  • Meat, Bulgur, and Rice Dolmades
    By Jaime Harder, M.A., R.D., Becky Luigart-Stayner; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

    Meat, Bulgur, and Rice Dolmades

    Gather family or friends in the kitchen to help with rolling these flavorful stuffed grape leaves. Serve as an appetizer at your next gathering or on top of a bed of mixed salad greens and veggies for a meal that's full of flavor, but not calories.
  • Meatballs and Peppers
    By Jaime Harder, M.A., R.D., Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Meatballs and Peppers

    Choosing ground round in place of high-fat ground beef is an easy way to cut back on fat without sacrificing flavor. In this recipe, ground round is combined with herbs, spices, and flavorful veggies then simmered in beef broth.
  • Slow-Cooker Meat Loaf with Shiitake Mushrooms
    By Jaime Harder, M.A., R.D., Photography: Karry Hosford

    Slow-Cooker Meat Loaf with Shiitake Mushrooms

    Using a mixture of half ground turkey and half ground round lessens the fat and calories in this meatloaf without forfeiting flavor. At 262 calories per serving, you can feel great about enjoying this dish.
  • Porcini Meat Sauce
    By Jaime Harder, M.A., R.D., James Carrier

    Porcini Meat Sauce

    Porcini mushrooms lend a meaty flavor to this recipe without adding unnecessary fat. Crushed tomatoes are an excellent source of the super-nutrient lycopene. Serve over whole wheat noodles for a dish that tastes hearty but not heavy.
  • Shepherd's Pie
    By Jaime Harder, M.A., R.D., Photo: Karry Hosford

    Shepherd's Pie

    Fast and easy, this classic dish is perfect for busy weeknight meals. Kidney beans adds a healthy dose of fiber, and using prepared mashed potatoes and salsa saves on prep time and clean-up.
  • Sloppy Joes
    By Jaime Harder, M.A., R.D., Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Sloppy Joes

    Sloppy Joes are a classic family favorite and, at 202 calories per serving, this version is sure to become a regular in your household. Skip the store-bought sauce and make these Joes from scratch to reduce the sodium content often found in canned sauces.

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