Sticky Sweet Ground Beef and Broccoli

Sticky Sweet Ground Beef and Broccoli

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Let’s be honest, ground beef and broccoli on their own are kinda boring. However, this sticky sweet ground beef and broccoli recipe manages to combine the two with four other ingredients to create a simple meal that’s packed with flavor.

I say surprisingly because the ingredients are so simple. When I first tested the recipe, I felt like I needed to add more ingredients. Because, ya know, complex flavors and stuff. But the truth is, this recipe is amazing and if you’re familiar with my recipes, simplicity is key.

Long lists of ingredients you’ve never heard of? Ain’t nobody got time for that.

sticky sweet ground beef and broccoli recipe

Nutrition Facts and Ingredients for Sticky Sweet Ground Beef and Broccoli

Even with a short ingredient list, there are lots of modification possibilities. Most of which will affect the nutrition facts more than flavor. If you make your ground beef and broccoli exactly as the recipe calls for, you’re looking at 1,138 calories, 118 grams of protein, 61 grams of carbs, and 48 grams of fat. Here are a few ideas for tweaks:

Ground Beef

I used 93/7 lean ground beef. Typically I use 96/4 which makes a bigger difference than you’d think in terms of fat and calorie content. If you can find a leaner beef, I would go that route. The difference between 90/10 and 96/4 ground beef, in my opinion, is nearly indistinguishable in recipes.


The six slices of traditional precooked bacon I used have 180 calories, 12g of protein, 2g of carbs, and 16g of fat. You can see how replacing these with something like Al Fresco precooked chicken bacon (I find this at Walmart) could drastically reduce the fat. Six slices of chicken bacon, in this case, would cut the calories from bacon in half and reduce the fat by roughly 12 grams.

low fat bacon

It’s worth mentioning that the bacon does provide a bit of flavor in the recipe. I love the chicken bacon I mentioned above, but there’s no replacement for real bacon.

If you’re using raw bacon, simply cook it before cooking the beef. I also have a guide on microwaving bacon on my second blog, Mugs for Muscles.

how to cook bacon in the microwave

Barbecue Sauce

Inspiring the title, Sticky Sweet Ground Beef and Broccoli, Stubb’s Sticky Sweet barbecue sauce was my sauce of choice for this recipe. Stubb’s makes phenomenal barbecue sauces and marinades that are generally lower calorie than most sauces.

The three servings of Stubb’s Sticky Sweet this recipe calls for have (total) 150 calories and 39g of carbs. You could certainly reduce the carbs with a sauce like G Hughes sugar free barbecue or even Walden Farms barbecue sauce.

In my opinion, the 39 grams of carbs spread across the entire recipe are so worth the added flavor. Since the recipe makes at least six servings, that’s a little over six grams per serving. Not bad!

sticky sweet ground beef and broccoli

What to Serve with This Ground Beef and Broccoli Recipe

I love this recipe’s versatility. It’s perfect by itself, but you could pair it with all kinds of things for even higher volume meals. I’ll drop a few ideas below:

candied carrots

Okay, you get the point. Just close your eyes and pick one—you’ll be happy. Before you save the recipe and head to the store, don’t forget to tag me in your eventual masterpiece on Instagram. I want to see what you come up with and what you pair your sticky sweet ground beef and broccoli with!

sticky sweet ground beef and broccoli recipe
5 from 9 votes

Sticky Sweet Ground Beef and Broccoli

A 10-minute, 6-ingredient ground beef recipe that's packed with flavor.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword ground beef and broccoli
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 190 kcal
Author Mason Woodruff


  • 1 lb Lean Ground Beef macros with 93/7
  • 3/8 C (105g) Stubb's Sticky Sweet Barbecue Sauce
  • 3 Tbsp (45mL) Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 6 slices Precooked Bacon or raw bacon, cooked
  • 1 lb Frozen, Steamable Broccoli Florets


  1. Microwave the broccoli as directed on its packaging. If you're using fresh broccoli, steam or cook it first.

  2. Add the ground beef to a large skillet over medium-high heat. 

  3. While the beef cooks, mix the barbecue and Worcestershire sauce together in a small bowl. Add the sauce mixture to the ground beef as it cooks.

  4. Use a knife to cut the bacon into 1-inch pieces before adding to the skillet with the ground beef and sauce mixture.

  5. Cook the beef until no pink remains before reducing the heat to low and adding the broccoli. 

  6. Stir to fully incorporate the broccoli before serving. 

  7. Serve with rice or cauliflower rice, pasta, potatoes, baked beans, or on its own.

Nutrition Facts
Sticky Sweet Ground Beef and Broccoli
Amount Per Serving (150 g)
Calories 190 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Total Carbohydrates 10g 3%
Protein 20g 40%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This one-pan, 10-minute ground beef and broccoli recipe packs tons of flavor and protein into every bite. Each serving has 20 grams of protein, only 10 grams of carbs, and is picky eater approved if you pick the pesky broccoli out.

10 thoughts on “Sticky Sweet Ground Beef and Broccoli”

  • This recipe was SOO good and easy!! I can’t believe how low the calories were because it was so saucy & tasty. Definitely making again and savoring my leftovers 🙂

  • Easy and delicious! I just changed the bacon for sliced almonds… different, healthy fat and more “Mongolian” flavor (kind of Kung Pao style). Everyone at home loved this recipe. Amazing combination, super healthy! Thanks!

  • Oka,y, so I’m not a huge fan of ground beef, but this… I am a fan. I actually made it for my fiancé and then ended up eating half. 🤷🏽‍♀️

  • Finally got around to making this for dinner last night and it was so flavorful! I think next time I will make just a tad bit more sauce so I can mix it in with the rice too.

  • This dinner is incredibly quick and so simple. I used ground turkey and Walden Farms BBQ sauce (which is normal not great by itself) but this still turned out delicious.

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