Dinner in about 20 minutes: These gochujang ground beef bowls are affordable, flavorful, and adaptable based on what you have on hand.

Gochujang ground beef bowls: Affordable, flavorful, and adaptable!

Got a pound of ground beef? The dinner possibilities are virtually endless! Ground beef is the base of so many great types of meals from hamburgers to sloppy joes to casseroles to lettuce wraps to meatballs.

Lately, I’ve really gotten into the idea of ground beef bowls. 

Anatomy Of A Ground Beef Bowl

Who doesn’t love a good ground beef bowl?

They’re so simple to throw together, and there are so many ways to customize. But a ground beef bowl in its truest, easiest form, usually consists of:

  • A rice base
  • A saucy, seasoned ground beef
  • Some fresh or pickled vegetables on top
  • Extra sauce for drizzling

What I love about ground beef bowls is that it starts out so simple: a 1 lb. package of ground beef.

But depending on what extra ingredients, spices, and sauce you add, you end up with something so unique and unexpected.

Case in point, this Korean ground beef bowls (paleo)

Seasoned ground beef to make gochujang ground beef bowls.

About The Recipe: Gochujang Ground Beef Bowls

All in all, this recipe takes about 20 minutes to make and features simple and affordable ingredients:

  • Ground beef
  • Gochujang sauce (or Korean-style BBQ sauce)
  • Seasonings: Coconut sugar (or brown sugar), rice vinegar, sriracha sauce
  • White rice
  • Egg
  • Carrots
  • Sesame seeds

Gochujang ground beef bowls: A 20-minute dinner recipe, made with ground beef and simple ingredients.

Customization Options

I’m all about providing SO MANY customization options so you can make a recipe you love – and use ingredients you have on hand to avoid making an extra trip to the grocery store.

Here are a few customization options to try:

  • The sauce: If you don’t have (or can’t find) gochujang sauce or paste, you can sub a Korean-style BBQ sauce or your favorite Asian cooking sauce
  • The base: Use white rice or cauliflower rice. You can also use this filling for lettuce wraps.
  • The egg: An over-easy egg (or soft boiled egg) adds protein and makes the bowls more filling. Plus, the runny yolk adds so much deliciousness to the dish.

Gochujang ground beef bowls, topped with a fried egg. Affordable dinner in 20.

  • Other toppings: Scour your fridge for toppings like green onions, kimchi, julienned carrots, cucumbers, sliced hot peppers, and sesame seeds.
  • The sauce: Add more gochujang sauce to top these bowls, or drizzle with yum yum sauce, sriracha mayonnaise or plain sriracha sauce.

Gochujang ground beef bowls: Bold flavors, cheap recipe, dinner in 20.

More Ground Beef Recipes

Mexican ground beef skillet

Simple hamburger hotdish

Hamburger beef stroganoff

Mulligan stew with ground beef

Cabbage and ground beef casserole

Gochujang ground beef bowls: Affordable, flavorful, and adaptable!

Gochujang Ground Beef Bowls

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Serve the seasoned ground beef over white rice, cauliflower rice or in lettuce wraps.


  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons coconut sugar or brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup gochujang Korean BBQ sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha sauce
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)

To assemble bowls

  • Cooked white rice
  • 2 to 3 carrots, peeled and julienned
  • Fried egg or soft boiled egg (with runny yolk)
  • Sesame seeds, for topping
  • Chopped green onions, for topping


  1. In a large frying pan, heat onions in a drizzle of olive oil and cook for 2 to 3 minutes to soften. Add ground beef and continue to cook, breaking up meat, until browned. Add garlic .
  2. Stir in sugar, gochujang sauce, vinegar, and sriracha sauce. Cook over medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes.
  3. Serve seasoned ground beef over rice or cauliflower rice. Top with julienned carrots, fried egg, green onions, and sesame seeds.

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