10 Macro Friendly Recipes to Make with Ground Beef

10 Macro Friendly Recipes to Make with Ground Beef

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What’s not to love about ground beef? It’s super easy to prepare, can be purchased in super low fat cuts, and can be used for thousands of recipes. Some might even say it’s the beef’s knees. Or is the bee’s knees? Either way, you’ll find 10 of my favorite macro friendly ground beef recipes below.

Similar to using healthy as a recipe descriptor, macro friendly can be a bit ambiguous and mean different things from person to person. So before you jump in, I’ll clear the air and say that macro friendly in my eyes typically means a recipe that’s high in one or two macronutrient (protein, carbs, fat) and low in the other(s). I lean more towards the high protein, moderate carb, low fat side with my recipes, but you’ll see a few low carb ground beef recipes on this list.

Use each macro friendly recipe accordingly. If you’re short on carbs, go with a low carb recipe like the sticky sweet beef and broccoli or Korean ground beef. And if you’re short on protein and have a snack attack, go with a recipe like the healthy cheeseburger bites or cheeseburger quesadilla. Macro friendly can mean whatever you want it to.

Let’s get to the recipes. Onward.

Korean Ground Beef with Cauliflower Rice

healthy korean ground beef

This quick and easy spin on Korean beef uses lower calorie sauces and a bed of cauliflower rice to reduce the carbs of a traditional beef and rice recipe.

Macros per serving: 201 Calories, 25 grams of protein, 11 grams of carbs, 9 grams of fat

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Creamy Taco Soup

high protein taco soup recipe

Easily one of the reader favorites on my blog, this creamy taco soup is as simple as dumping a bunch of goodies in a big pot. And if you struggle with eating veggies, you’ll definitely want to check this recipe out.

Macros per serving: 210 Calories, 18 grams of protein, 23 grams of carbs, 5 grams of fat

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High Protein Sloppy Joes


Here’s another simple recipe that readers love. If you’re a sloppy joes fan, this sweet and spicy variation is sure to be a hit.

Macros per serving: 150 Calories, 24 grams of protein, 5 grams of carbs, 4 grams of fat

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Cheesy Gordita Crunch

Taco Bell's classic remixed in this Healthy Cheesy Gordita Crunch recipe. You'll save 175 calories and add 16 grams of protein per serving without losing the greatness of the original.

If you’re familiar with Taco Bell’s original Cheesy Gordita Crunch, I don’t have to explain how awesome this recipe is. A warm, soft outer shell with a crispy shell stuck to it with melted cheese and stuffed with taco ground beef and a spicy cream sauce.

Just in case you needed the description anyway.

Macros per serving: 325 Calories, 36 grams of protein, 30 grams of carbs, 7 grams of fat

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Sticky Sweet Beef and Broccoli

sticky sweet ground beef and broccoli recipe

Sticky sweet barbecue beef with bacon and broccoli. What’s not to love?

Macros per serving: 190 Calories, 20 grams of protein, 10 grams of carbs, 8 grams of fat

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Cheeseburger Quesadillas

A super easy to make cheeseburger quesadilla recipe with low calorie, high protein ingredients. These make the perfect low calorie meal or high protein snack for cheeseburger lovers.

So simple a cheeseburger could do it. If you’re going to make the cheesy gordita crunch from above, you might as well add this to the list as well.

Macros per serving: 290 Calories, 31 grams of protein, 13 grams of carbs, 15 grams of fat (can reduce fat with lower fat cheese and beef)

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48-Calorie Cheeseburger Bites

healthy cheeseburger bites

Allow me to introduce the king of snack foods on my blog. These lil troublemakers have all the burger flavor without the carbs and calories of a full blown cheeseburger.

Macros per serving: 48 Calories, 7 grams of protein, 2 grams of carbs, 1 gram of fat

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Bacon Cheeseburger Hamburger Helper

bacon cheeseburger with broccoli healthy hamburger helper

A childhood favorite modified to deliver all the cheesy goodness without the fat and calories. If you’re a mac and cheese lover, you have to try this recipe ASAP.

Macros per serving: 270 Calories, 26 grams of protein, 22 grams of carbs, 9 grams of fat

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And if you’re a picky eater, you could leave the broccoli out of this one. I won’t tell.

Low Carb Dorito Pie

low carb dorito pie recipe

If I didn’t have to cook new recipes for a living, I think I’d rotate the taco soup from above and this recipe forever. And for breakfast, I’d probably sneak in my chorizo and egg breakfast casserole, which was inspired by this low carb Dorito pie copycat.

Macros per serving: 257 Calories, 23 grams of protein, 20 grams of carbs, 10 grams of fat

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High Protein Cheese Dip

high protein cheese dip

I won’t say much about this one. Just look at the macros below and realize it’s cheese dip. Go make it.

Macros per serving: 140 Calories, 15 grams of protein, 13 grams of carbs, 3 grams of fat

Click here for the full recipe.

A roundup of macro friendly ground beef recipes like cheeseburger bites, taco soup, beef and broccoli, Korean beef, sloppy joes, cheese dip, and more.

1 thought on “10 Macro Friendly Recipes to Make with Ground Beef”

  • I made the bacon cheeseburger hamburger helper and it was AWESOME! I had to substitute the cream cheese for milk since I was out but the flavor was still amazing! I always love Mason’s recipes because usually if I don’t have the ingredient, I can substitute it. And in his cookbook, he even explains how to substitute somethings which has been very helpful!

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