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.

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.

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 recipe

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:

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
4.39 from 54 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.

Recipe Notes

Each serving has 5 Smart Points.

Nutrition Facts
Sticky Sweet Ground Beef and Broccoli
Amount Per Serving (150 g)
Calories 190 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Protein 20g40%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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If you love the simplicity of ground beef like I do, my Healthier Sloppy Joes recipe is a must try. 

healthy instant pot sloppy joes recipe

And since this recipe is a bit lower carb, you’ll have some carbs to spare. The mac and cheese from my BBQ Pork Mac and Cheese recipe is one of my favorite to date. Go try it for yourself! 

pork mac and cheese in a white bowl

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.

30 thoughts on “Sticky Sweet Ground Beef and Broccoli”

  • 5 stars
    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 🙂

  • 5 stars
    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. 🤷🏽‍♀️

  • 5 stars
    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.

  • 5 stars
    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.

  • 5 stars
    We loved this! I made it and my husband even liked it even though it was supposed to be all for me.;) Was very good served with garlic mashed cauliflower. I thought I could even serve it to my in-laws with regular mashed potatoes for them, caulk for me. Easy to make and great flavors!

  • 5 stars
    I LOVED it! I made a batch for the fam with ground beef and my picky 1.5 year old ate it up! I made a second batch for my meal prep using ground turkey. It obviously was a lottle drier than the ground beef but it was still really good!

  • 5 stars
    I used ground turkey and turkey bacon and it was delicious! I also added cauliflower with the broccoli to add more volume. Even my picky boyfriend approved!

  • 5 stars
    I used ground turkey and turkey bacon and it was delicious! I also added cauliflower in with the broccoli to add volume. Even my picky boyfriend approved!

    • 5 stars
      So impressed with how quickly this came together and how tasty this was with just a few ingredients.
      Whole family loved it – served it with mashed potatoes (because I’m filling up 2 teenage athletes!).

  • 5 stars
    I made this recipe last night and oh my goodness! 😍 We are doing a challenge at my gym for the next 6 weeks and this will be one of my staple meals! I’m excited to look through the website and find more amazing recipes to use!!

  • Love this! So quick and easy! I used ground chicken instead and added cauliflower, carrot veggie medley mix with the broccoli to add volume. My 3 year old LOVED it!!

  • 5 stars
    Made this for my lunches this week and seriously so good and easy to make and meal prep. I used turkey bacon and added a little brown rice to it! Will definitely be making again.

  • 5 stars
    I made this for my family tonight and it was a hit. I love this recipe because the macros are easy to track, the ingredients were easy to find, it was super simple to cook, and super tasty. We have 4 people in our family, so I modified the recipe for 4 pieces of bacon so that each person could have one piece and it was easier to track. We had cauliflower rice as our side. Highly recommend!!

  • 5 stars
    My husband and I had this meal the other day and it was amazing! My husband is a meat guy. He thinks every meal should include meat. So when he saw he was having 2 kinds of meat in our dinner he was pumped.

    I used just a regular Heinz bbq sauce instead which probably changes out calorie amount but we don’t really count calories. Also, I used broccoli that was steamable in the produce section and I liked it way better than the frozen. It was easy and simple to make. Not a ton of Prep work or chopping which with our schedules is a win. Highly recommend this recipe and will definitely be making it again but trying it with other ground meats especially venison. 😊

  • 5 stars
    Lemme tell y’all, this is absolutely delicious. It is seriously amazing. Hubs even liked it, and he doesn’t know it’s good for him apart from the green broccolis in there. This is the first of many times this will be made in our household.

  • I’ve made this recipe twice now and love it! So freaking fast to whip up and I love that I can eat 2+ servings without feeling guilty. Put it on top of cauliflower rice for even extra veggies.

  • 5 stars
    This recipe is FANTASTIC. So quick and easy and tastes delicious with the bacon in there. I added a little soy sauce and used 96/4 lean beef, pre cooked Turkey bacon, and G Huges sugar free honey bbq to cut down on macros a bit. Killer work, Mason. You crushed it as always

  • 5 stars
    I’m a firefighter and I made this recipe for the guys at work. It’s hard getting them to eat healthy. This recipe was perfect. Healthy without them knowing. I did it over a bed of rice. Amazing flavor that isn’t too over powering. Incredibly easy. Entire recipe took less than 10 minutes!

  • First…no one commented on the bizarre 3/8 cup barbecue sauce! What ???? All these women had a handy 3/8 cup measure in their cooking tools chest? Is that metric? Come on! Let’s start by rounding this to 3/9 or….1/3 cup!!!
    Second …10 minute prep time? Guess everyone had six slices precooked bacon around too! Figures since they have that pesky little 3/8 cup measuring cup too!

    • 3/8 C = 6 tablespoons for future reference 🙂 But yes, most use a food scale and grams to weigh ingredients so there’s no need for measuring tools.

  • 5 stars
    This recipe was so easy and satisfying!!! I had never tried this barbecue sauce before until now, and I can definitely say I’m a fan! Another barbecue sauce that I’m obsessed with is the sweet and spicey which is Kroger brand from Kroger. This would be an amazing substitute for sure!

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