Korean Beef Bowl

Cheater korean beef bowl – tastes just like Korean BBQ and is on your dinner table in just 15 minutes!

Korean Beef Bowl - Tastes just like Korean BBQ and is on your dinner table in just 15 minutes!

There seems to be a notion that food bloggers enjoy lavish home cooked meals 3 meals a day, 7 days a week. After all, we cook for a living, right? But in reality, at least for me, I’m constantly eating out during the week. Jason and I rotate between In-N-Out, Chipotle, or sushi dinners right at home because at the end of a full work day at the office, I can’t lift a finger in the kitchen.

Korean Beef Bowl - Tastes just like Korean BBQ and is on your dinner table in just 15 minutes!

That’s when this Korean beef bowl comes in. It’s seriously one of the easiest recipes I have ever made. The cooking process itself takes just about 10-15 minutes, and if you have some leftover cooked rice, you’ll have dinner on the table before you know it!

Korean Beef Bowl - Tastes just like Korean BBQ and is on your dinner table in just 15 minutes!

Now this recipe is a twist on the traditional Korean dish, bulgogi, but it’s a cheater version using ground beef instead of thin slices of sirloin, making this a budget-friendly dish. Bulgogi is also marinated overnight to enhance its flavors and tenderness but with this ground beef version, you can have the same flavors in 15 minutes or less!

Korean Beef Bowl - Tastes just like Korean BBQ and is on your dinner table in just 15 minutes!

So while we cut down on eating out during the week, I’m sure this beef bowl will be in constant rotation at our house!

Korean Beef Bowl - Tastes just like Korean BBQ and is on your dinner table in just 15 minutes!

Korean Beef Bowl

Prep Time 5 minutes

Cook Time 10 minutes

Total Time 15 minutes

Yield 4 servings

Korean Beef Bowl

Cheater korean beef bowl - tastes just like Korean BBQ and is on your dinner table in just 15 minutes!


  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red-pepper flakes, or more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • Cooked rice, for serving


  • In a small bowl, whisk together brown sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil, red pepper flakes and ginger.
  • Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add ground beef and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the beef as it cooks; drain excess fat. Stir in soy sauce mixture and green onions until well combined, allowing to simmer until heated through, about 2 minutes.
  • Serve immediately with rice.




  1. Aloha, Jo says

    I’ve been looking for simple meals made with ingredients that wouldn’t require my (older) parents to do much specialty shopping. This might make the list.
    Question – Is that toasted sesame oil or regular that you use?

  2. karisa says

    I have made several times a thai version of ground beef. I was so excited to see this. Had made “real” stuff once, after having a hard time with the quality of meat when I ate at Korean Restaurants. This was a fun recipe to use up some hamburger. Had it with my parents end of year ” tomatoes of joy,” one of their zucchini’s all sautéed up, and brown rice. With much hot sauce’s passed at the table, a good time was had by all. Thanks for posting all your wonderful recipes. What a beautiful site.

  3. Hannah says

    I am literally making this every single week and we fight over who gets the leftovers… It is that good! I also add lots of veggies and the flavour is still amazing. Most of the time I do it with ground chicken… In case someone doesn’t have beef on hand, other ground meat works well too. Thanks for a great recipe!

  4. says

    I made this for dinner for me and my husband and we really enjoyed it. So easy to make and fast. I plan to make it again soon since the hubby requested it. Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

  5. Whitney says

    Just made this for me and my fiance. I added some roasted broccoli. It was amazing! We wanted to make it again immediately. SO GOOD!

  6. says

    This looks beautiful and delicious! Wanted to let you know that I’m putting this in a beef recipe round-up. I’ll be linking back to your site and only including a picture in collage format so that neither your photo nor your recipe can be “swiped” from my site. If anyone wants to see details, they have to come visit you! Please do let me know if you don’t want a mention and link shared for any reason. I hope the round-up brings you lots of traffic!

  7. Michelle G says

    This was amazing! My picky baby ate it all and my oldest asked to eat it every day. It’s a dream come true for a busy mom.

  8. Brian says

    Thank you for the recipe. Liked it a lot. I serve it with salad topped with coleslaw dressing, which I find is typical in Korean restaurants.

  9. Ben says

    Tbh, I went into this thinking it probably wouldn’t be very good becuase of how little effort is needed. After I tried it though, I was genuinely shocked! For something so simple and easy, it’s really yummy. I definitely wouldn’t mind making this again. xD

  10. CJ says

    WHY WAS THIS SO GOOD, I am actually upset that I never found this before… gotta love google Superb recipe. Instagram loves you also.

  11. Jocelynne says

    SOOOO DELICIOUS! I used Sriracha instead of the red pepper flakes since I didn’t have any on hand. I will definitely be making this again!

  12. Raine says

    Delicious! It will be in the regular rotation from here on out! I used sriracha as Jocelynne did. I think the sauce will be my go to for all kinds of things – from chicken to meatballs. Thanks for the great recipe!

  13. Charity says

    Made this last night and it turned out fantastic! I am making again tonight, but a double batch so that there is lots for leftovers! I added some steamed broccoli on the side and it was perfect!

  14. Cris says

    I made this last night for dinner and you’re right! It is damn delicious! And so easy and quick. I made my rice in a pressure cooker so this dinner took all of about 15 minutes to make! I will certainly be making this often! Hmmmm…. now I’m wondering if I can make a big batches of this and portion it out into freezer meals!

  15. Catie says

    This dish is a keeper. Easy and exactly what I have been looking for in flavors. I added some shredded carrot for color and topped the serving with fresh cilantro. Delicious.

  16. says

    Thanks for this recipe! I found it today on Pinterest, realized that I had all the ingredients and made it for dinner. It was as quick and easy as you said it would be. Note: My little boy likes the bulgogi sauce a LOT. So, I doubled the sauce and it was perfection. 😉 Thanks again!

  17. Christina Chan says

    Amazing! Was looking for something quick and easy and found your blog on Pinterest. We love Korean food and it gives us a break from our daily Chinese food that we cook. The husband was skeptical and thought it would be too salty when he saw the soy, but ended up loving it. I used the red pepper paste I had on hand from the Korean grocery instead of the flakes. It was great. This will be a staple in our house from now on! Thank you for an awesome recipe!

  18. says

    Thus was amazingly yummy. I feed 5 boys plus my husband and I at least 6 nights a week. This was quick, different and fairly cheap. Also the cat liked it too (we have a cat who eats some of the meat portion of our dinner everynight).

  19. Beth says

    Just made this tonight and WOW, it was so good and a perfect match to my bulgogi craving! The only change I made was using Bragg’s Liquid Aminos instead of soy. I was able to pull it together, and make burnt chili garlic cauliflower in under 40 min. I will definitely be making this again, thanks!

  20. Kora says

    I made this last night and couldnt believe how good it was. I was out of sesame oil so i subsituted with sesame tahini and didn’t notice a different. It is my new go-to comfort food.

  21. G says

    Just whipped this up. AND IT WAS AMAZING! I was inspired by the comment above to add broccoli, which I roasted with peanuts in my cast iron skillet while frying this up. SO GOOD! I used a pretty unhealthy but flavorful ground beef – 85/15 but I had bought it on a great sale – it was the Dakota grass fed organic – which I NEVER buy but I think my market was trying to make it move. Needed a good recipe for it and found you. Next time I’ll try it with ground turkey – and i could definitely see this inside a lettuce leaf! THANK YOU! Just discovered your Damn Delicious blog and you ain’t kiddin!

    • Chung-Ah says

      I’m so glad you had a chance to make this. I actually just made this tonight too – we have this at least once a week!

  22. Jenny says

    Delicious! My husband and I love Asian food and recently moved to an area that is sorely lacking in any Asian restaurants! So sad! But, I now will be making things like this delicious Korean Beef Bowl to help satisfy our cravings! Thank you for the recipe.

  23. Laurah says

    I made this last night and it was fantastic. I did a quick pickling (sugar and vinegar) of shallots, cucumbers and red cabbage which I let sit while I cooked the rice and the ground turkey. We topped the bowl with shredded carrots, the pickled vegetables, this fantastic recipe and a soft fried egg. We drizzled sriracha over the entire bowl and LOVED EVERY BITE. Thanks so much for the great recipe, Chung-Ah!

  24. Christine says

    I absolutely love your recipes. And this? Oh my delicious! Just made this for dinner, and I don’t think I have ever been so excited for left overs. Not that I left much…

  25. Kasey Cabral says

    Tried this recipe tonight and wanted to add some veggies to it round it out. I tripled the sauce and added shredded cabbage, broccoli slaw, carrots, mushrooms and a frozen veggie mix. My husband loved it! I didn’t take into account that the veggies would make it a little sweeter than usual. Overall it was good! It was the first meal that I have made in 2 weeks that my husband has enjoyed, so I thank you!

  26. Sherry says

    This is comfort food at its best! I made it even simpler by replacing the soy sauce, sugar and ginger with Yoshida’s Gourmet Sauce (my go-to sauce for everything from cooking chicken to marinating beef jerky). I’m a garlic fiend so I left that in. I also like the suggestions by others about adding assorted veggies to make it a one pan meal. Thanks for posting this recipe… I’m so glad I found your blog!

  27. g says

    Made this again last night as written though I swapped ground chicken breast for the beef. I also roasted cauliflower in my cast iron pan and topped it with the meat. I very nearly ate the whole thing – it was sooo good. And maybe a little healthy? this recipe is becoming a goto, for sure!

  28. Shakira says

    This dish was absolutely delicious. I used ground turkey instead of beef and Sriracha instead of chili flakes. Thank you for this wonderful recipe, I will definitely be making this again!!!

  29. ck says

    This recipe is THE BEST…….I mean THE BEST!!!!!! We have it about once a week and everyone loves it….even the pickiest eater loves it.

  30. Rebecca says

    Made this over the weekend. Both my husband (who spent 2 years in Korea in the Army) and I loved it. My 3-year-old liked it pretty well, but shied away from the spiciness. I think next time, and until he’s a bit older, I’ll dial the red pepper flakes back to 1/4 tsp or so. Once his tastes have matured, we can come back to the 1/2 tsp.

  31. Chi-Li says

    I tried this recipe over the weekend since I had some ground beef in the fridge. It turned out DELICIOUS!!! My 21 month old son devoured a bowl of it and my husband approved that it’s a “keeper”. I added cubed soft tofu and cilantro at the end, it was great. It was like a “Korean Mapo Tofu”. I put kimchi in my bowl too, yum! Thanks for the great recipe! I’ll definitely make it again.

  32. michelle brodman says

    love this recipe, family loves this recipe, easy to make anymore easy recipes you would like to share?

  33. Cindy says

    A friend shared this recipe and suggested adding a tablespoon of natural peanut butter for a pad thai taste. Delicious!

  34. Bev says

    I have made this as well. It is awesome. I have used the sauce on chicken, pork and steak strips. Works great. This is a staple in my house now.

  35. Claire says

    Our family LOVED this recipe. My husband is Korean and he gobbled it up. Thanks for the great recipe.

  36. JoAnne says

    This was soooo damn delicious! Hubby and I LOVED it! I have tried a few of your recipes already and they are all so amazingly good and simple to follow. Love your site!

  37. Yrina says

    I really did want to love it, and after some changes it was alright. Did no one find it to be extremely salty? Maybe next time i’ll opt for my low sodium soy sauce, or cut it down some.

    • Chung-Ah says

      You can always reduce the amount of soy sauce to taste. Also, you should know that this is generally meant to be eaten with rice to balance out the favors. Hope that helps!

      • Yrina says

        Yes, I made white rice to go along with it. I gave it another go at it this weekend, and adjusted the soy sauce to my preference. It was great

        • emipie says

          I cut the soy sauce in half and used rice vinegar to do the cutting. I also did’t use any sugar. You can argue that I’m not making something “authentic” but that is the beauty of being the cook. We do what we want. PS I lived two years in Korea, so I have had plenty of authentic bulgogi.

  38. Jenny says

    Thank you Thank you Thank you!!! I had been looking for something new for a while, and my husband and I love Asian flavors, and this was exactly the right thing! We love it sooo much, we have been eating it at least twice a month! YUM!

  39. Kristina says

    My boyfriend and I regularly eat at a Korean restuarant here in St.Louis, bogogui is by far our favorite dish! We made this tonight and I’m sure our trips to the restuarant will be less frequent! It was delicious and I’m so excited I found your blog.

  40. says

    YUM! Tried this tonight as I needed a REALLY quick dinner – used ground turkey and brown rice but those were the only subs. I always use LS soy sauce, so ours wasn’t too salty at all. VERY quick, easy, tasty and if my husband doesn’t get home from work in the next 5-10 minutes, there may not be any left! 😉 Great recipe, thanks for sharing it

    ~ gem

  41. says

    Thanks for the great recipe. We just made it for dinner and everyone loved it. I used to make something similar, but your recipe turned out much better! The main difference is that I used to marinade everything for about 15 minutes instead of saving the soy sauce mixture for the end).

  42. Appa says

    Since I don’t usually have any Korean pear hanging around, I added some apple juice to the sauce. The extra flavor lends itself to pushing this even closer to bulgogi. We also let the meat and sauce reduce down a bit and eat wrapped in lettuce from the garden and bap. Served with some kkaennip-kimchi makes for a meal even my Korean mother-in-law would eat.

  43. Jessica says

    Just finished eating this….it was amazing! My husband gave it 5 stars. We used Romaine lettuce for wraps. I will be making it again…soon.

  44. Heather says

    Amazing! Kids love it and it’s super quick. Last time I made it I did add mushrooms, a can of baby corn and bean sprouts. It was delicious.

  45. Marisa says

    Tasted fantastic!! Even better the second time around when we improvised with ground turkey!!! Was just a little bit sweeter and we prefer that version now!! It’s a favorite!

  46. George says

    I made this last night at the very last minute. Can you say screaming? I had it for lunch today as well. I’m so glad I found your site!!! Keep up the awesome work!!!

  47. Megan says

    I just made this tonight. I’m pregnant and at the end of my first trimester- so basically throwing up most of what i eat (unless it’s carbs, meat or cheese) and exhausted. This was delicious!!! I had it over a big bowl of rice and will be making it again soon. :) thanks for the new easy recipe I can actually eat.

  48. Tracy Q says

    Making this now because it’s easy ingredients. I’m substituting Braggs Liquid Aminos for soy sauce because it’s significantly lower in sodium. Smells great!

  49. cynthia says

    I have never commented on anything, but I do want to say that this was delicious, easy and a keeper. I cook a lot, but this is easy for me to throw together when I’m not sure what to make or have my teenagers put together on my work days. I used turkey meat and was very tasty and added cooked broccoli to my leftovers for work. Good job.

  50. Trisha says

    This was SO YUMMY!!!!! I’m not a big beef fan but I LOVED this. My husband was stationed in Korea in the Airforce & we’re always looking for a great Korean inspired dish. I was wondering, I see sesame seeds in the picture, did you omit them from the recipe?

  51. Shelley says

    Just made it tonight and it was soooo good! Will definitely be in the regular rotation and it’s awesome to have on hand for a quick meal on those crazy nights. Thanks for such a great recipe!

  52. Amanda Z says

    This recipe was so good! I feel like I can’t make it that often, because I love it so much I eat myself sick every time I make it! This is spicy, sweet, and delicious! Thank you for a quick and amazing meal!

  53. Lisa S says

    Do you think that I could mix the sauce with the uncooked burger and then freeze? I’d love to be able to make up a bunch at once and be able to pull down to thaw and make!

    • Chungah says

      Lisa, it’s best to freeze after crumbling the ground beef. That way, all the flavors are soaked up within the meat, rather than a slab of uncooked ground beef.

  54. Hannah says

    I don’t know if I’ve already left a comment, but we sure do love this recipe! With a full-time job, two university courses, four kids, a hungry husband, and a schedule that has us all going in six different directions, it’s difficult to find something that’s fast AND healthy AND filling. This recipe fits the bill. Tonight I threw in chopped zucchini, onion, and red pepper and everyone gobbled it up. Thanks for making this busy mom’s life a little easier.

  55. says

    I tried this recipe last night and it was delicious it was the best bulgogi I have tried and its so simple to make! thank you so much for this recipe! x

  56. says

    I was looking for new recipes when I ran across your site, and I’m so glad I did! I made this but with sliced beef and marinated it in the sauce overnight (because my weirdo husband doesn’t like ground beef) and my family loves it! I’ve doubled the recipe and it still isn’t enough, so I’m tripling it this time. The flavors are just phenomenal, and it’s pretty healthy too. I serve it with rice and broccoli. Thank you for a new weekly classic!

  57. Kim says

    I live in Korea and love dishes like this.
    I made it tonight using your recipe and it was really really tasty! Plus it was so quick and easy to make. Perfect for after work.

    Thanks a lot!

  58. Barbara B says

    I’ve been meaning to review this recipe for a while, but when I made it again today I knew I had to leave you a review! This recipe is AMAZING! My husband and I have both been dieting and losing weight this summer (just over 30 lbs each now!) and this is a great dish to modify and eat as lettuce wraps! I cut the sugar down, use ground turkey, and add celery, onions, mushrooms, water chestnuts, whatever sounds good!! This is a big hit with both of us, and I love that it can be so easily modified for spice as well. Thank you!

  59. Lydia says

    This was so yummy
    I doubled up on the sauce part of it to have it be a little “saucier” over the rice and I added some veggies. Made a delicious rice bowl, thanks for the recipe!

  60. Jillian says

    This looks delicious! Do you think I might be able to do honey or maple syrup in place of the brown sugar? If so, would I use the same measurement? Thanks!:)

    • Chungah says

      You can certainly substitute honey or maple syrup but I cannot speak for how much this will change the overall taste/texture of the dish as further recipe testing is needed. It is always best to use the ingredients listed in the recipe to obtain the best results possible.

  61. Meighan says

    I recently came across this recipe and decided to give it a try. I made it with ground pork as that is what I had in the freezer. My husband and 4 year old daughter loved it! She asked me to make it again the next night. Thanks for sharing!!

  62. Larissa Wardrip says

    This was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever eaten, let alone made! And so quick and easy! I doubled the meat and tripled the sauce (though, cut down on the sugar). I added in broccoli and shredded carrots. Topped with sesame seeds and green onions and served over jasmin rice. My (very hard to please) 5 year old son, rated this 500%! This will definitely be a regular! Thank you!!

  63. Cara says

    I’m super late to this flavor party, but I had to comment and thank you for such an amazing recipe. I just whipped this up for a late supper for me and the BF, and OMG. I’m feeling a little territorial over the leftovers. As in, they’re ALL MINE. (I squirted a bunch of sriracha into the sauce, too, because sriracha belongs in everything.) This was just knock-your-socks-off fantastic!

  64. Nerissa M says

    I’ve tried your recipe about 5 or 6 times since I’ve pinned it. It was a hit. My teenage daughter always requests this recipe at least once a week. It was so easy to make and very easy to follow recipe. Thanks for sharing this AMAZING recipe. Keep it coming…:)

  65. Wendy says

    I pinned this recipe a while ago thinking my husband would like it. I made it this evening and boy was I right. He loved it. I LOVE simple recipes that are delicious as well and this fits the bill. I paired it with Jasmine rice cooked in coconut milk and it was so good. Thanks for the recipe.

  66. Amy Dunn says

    This was very good & quick. I love bulgogi. I doubled the recipe. The only thing I would do differently next time is cut back on the sugar a bit. It was a little too sweet for me. Thanks!

  67. Heather says

    I can not wait to try to make this tonight! I spent a few years always having dinner with a Korean family that my dad was friends with so I always have a soft spot for nori, squid and all things korean barbeque and I’m always on the hunt for some new recipes to add to my index, so happy this is different but still sounds amazing and traditional! You are one of my new favorite food bloggers!

  68. Wrinkleyold says

    Bingo dinner tonight! You’re a genius and a cutie patootie. Just had a granddaughter whose mom is asian and my son scottish-french. Now I have the cutest granddaughter on 2 continents!

  69. Momber says

    I made a bit my own version of this yesterday.
    Used some olive oil with 6 dried piri-pri peppers in it which I grinded to powder.
    Mixed a good amount of sriracha sauce with the ground beef.
    All the rest (soy sauce, garlic and such) I mixed a bowl, then added some more sriracha and water till I had 0.5l.
    First heated the olive oil with the piri-piri and baked a fair amount of union in it, then added the ground beef while the rice was cooking.
    When the beef was ready I added the mixed sauce/rice into the pan and then let it simmer till the rice took in all the juice.
    It was so delicious, sweet with a good hot aftertaste

  70. Deb says

    Thanks for the recipe! Made it tonight with just a few changes. Cut the brown sugar to 1/4 cup, and used 1 tsp. of sambal oelek in place of the dried chili flakes. Next time, I’ll do 1 1/2 times the amount of sauce, and up the sambal just a touch. Really good stuff!

  71. says

    I was looking for a recipe using ground beef because I hadn’t had a chance to go to the grocery store. I made this for dinner and I didn’t have sesame oil so I used vegetable oil in it’s place. It was delicious! I used brown rice instead of white rice too. My boyfriend who doesn’t care for leftovers boxed it up for later. This us a real easy mean and a real winner!

  72. BM says

    I am not sure if someone has suggested this, But I eat rice with almost every meal and for this one i wanted to switch things up so I used vermicelli noodles and the different texture along with some mushrooms and snow peas softened up on top of the beef after it was cooked and the mixture was added was very good.

  73. Kimberly says

    After cyber stalking this blog for the past week, I finally made it my purpose in life to make this dish tonight. Used 93 % lean ground beef, sriracha (thank you to the folks above who mentioned that substitution) instead of red pepper flakes, and cut back on the garlic to compensate for what’s already in the sriracha. I totally scorched the garlic before I added the ground beef but it didn’t seem to matter at all. The dish was delish!!! I will probably cut back on the sugar a bit and use olive oil to sauté the garlic (not sure how that will alter the taste but this time I used canola oil). I had to make rice using one of those boil in the bag brands this time but this recipe already has me looking at rice makers/steamers. Just wanted to give a much appreciated “thank you” to Miss Chungah and all of the posting peeps who contributed thoughts/comments. Keep them coming folks, this woman needs to learn how to cook more than a few dishes…

  74. Sarah says

    Wow! This is good! The only thing I might change for next time is reduce the soy sauce and add a bit of water or use reduced sodium soy sauce. Served this with rice and a cabbage, carrot and yellow pepper simple stir fry. I was so very happy with this meal.

  75. cristina says

    Thanks so much for the recipe!!!My family absolutely loved it!!!We added carrots,almonds,& used organic coconut oil instead of sesame oil..Also topped it off with cilantro..mmmmmm mmmmmm mmmmm delicious!!Thanks again!!☺

  76. Ashley Yokota says

    I used coconut oil instead of sesame oil cause I didn’t have any on hand. Was really good amazing combination of sweet and spicy, husband didn’t like it fully sweet but did like it, I will try sesame next time to see if the sweetness changes. Amazing and fast loved it!

  77. Holly says

    This was fantastic! Thank you for another perfect recipe. I doubled it for my family of 6 and served with sushi rice and a side of stir fry veggies and it was a wonderful, quick meal.

  78. Karen says

    I cooked this for dinner tonight and both husband and I love it! I modified the ingredients based on what we already had at home – used paprika instead of red pepper flakes and I could only find minced beef at my local grocer in London. Adding it on to my meal rotation – so quick and easy! Thank you (and BuzzFeed for sending me here)!

  79. Jacque says

    Saw this on my favorite bloggers site “Hot Mess Mom,” I had already planned on making it, March made in heaven

  80. SandyToes says

    I made the beef bowl a couple of weeks ago (so glad Buzzfeed featured it!) and with the addition of extra soy sauce to our taste, it was, as advertised, Damn Delicious. We both liked it so much that I copied the sauce recipe (double the soy) to use as my standard beef stir fry sauce. I’ve been searching for one that didn’t require me to use everything in my pantry, but still delivered great clean flavors. This is it. I briefly marinate sliced beef in a little of the sauce, and use the rest (with cornstarch) to finish the stir fry. So quick and easy, yet so very good!

  81. kg says

    Hey there – this was floating around my FB newsfeed last week, and it sounded tasty. (I’m Korean, but being adopted, I’ve never really been exposed to Korean food – I’ve never had actual bulgogi.) Tried it tonight and really liked it! I even bought sesame seeds to go in it like it shows in the photo, but then I followed the recipe and forgot to put them in. Ah well… I’ll sprinkle them in the leftovers. Thanks again for an easy, yummy, and new-to-me dish. :-)

  82. Kelly says

    Yum! Made this and added a red pepper to it, it was delicious! I’m planning on adding more veggies next time. My boyfriend loved it to! Thank you!

  83. KeriBear says

    Going to try tripling for about 20 people? I will be putting it in little lettuce wraps as an appetizer. Hope it works!?

  84. Colleen says

    Have made this once and am totally in love with it! I added spinach and next time I am thinking of peppers as well because I am really into loading my food with veggies! The flavour was just so excellent! Thanks!

  85. Nastaran says

    I discovered this recipe a few months and make it once a week now!! It’s super delicious and so fast and easy. I literally crave it every few days. :) Thanks for the great recipe.

  86. Raine says

    My family loves this! I make it about once a week. The sauce is incredible tasting! I’ve done it with ground beef, ground turkey, ground chicken, even meatballs for a party. Last time I made it I diced chicken breast into small pieces and it was fantastic. Tonight I’m dicing pork sirloin into small cubes. Can’t wait! Thank you for this recipe!

  87. Angela says

    I like to try new recipes, but I always seem to end up with new chicken dishes. I was so pleased to find this new ground beef recipe. I made it last night with a little apprehension as to whether my family would like it, but it received unanimous thumbs up. The sauce is a great combination of sweet and spicy. Low sodium soy sauce may be a good option for some people, but we loved it as written. The sesame oil is a must and adds a wonderful flavor to the sauce. Thanks for the awesome, easy recipe!

  88. Renee says

    Super recipe – we love Korean food after living there for awhile but good recipes are hard to find. I switched from ground beef to a stir fry beef and since my husband and I love heat added extra crushed chili and several sliced Thai peppers. The sauce is great and we really enjoyed the sweet and spicy contrast. Will definitely make this again. Thanks for a great recipe.

  89. Shannon says

    Our family LOVED this dish and I had it on the table in no time. It is joining our rotation. I really like a lot of the flavors your blog provides, I haven’t had a single thing I didn’t love!

  90. C. Morgan says

    Made this for dinner tonight….AMAZING. It was quick and easy to prepare and very tasty! Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe. This will be a regular favorite in our home for sure!

  91. Harry t says

    Made this meal the other nite it turned out great! My wife is first generation and she said it was amazing and asked me to make it again, I think that it being 20$ cheaper with ground beef was the kicker! My 3 year old loved it too def an easy goto in our house from now on!!

    The Ireland’s

  92. Jessica says

    Delicious! I wanted to do something different with the ground beef and already had the rest of the ingridents on hand so I went for it. This came together in a snap which is always a plus but more importantly the flavor is amazing. A little spicy to go along with the sweet and the fresh crunch of the green onions makes for a tasty dinner. I glad I stumbled across this!

  93. says

    This looks so good. Going to make for dinner tonight. I only have minced ginger on hand, wondering if that would be good to use instead of ground?

  94. clair says

    This was great! The husband went back for seconds and said he wanted the rest for his late night snack. I think the red pepper gave it a nice little kick. I personally think it was a bit salty due to the soy sauce so maybe I’d use a tad less or go with low sodium. Next time I’m going to throw a fried egg on top!! Mmmm.. Thanks for the recipe!

  95. Letoya says

    This recipe is fabulous! It has quickly become a family favorite. I use ground turkey and have been swapping in garlic powder for the minced garlic to save a few more seconds. I love that such a simple and fast meal can be so delicious! Thank you for this wonderful recipe.

  96. Andrea says

    I had never had Korean Beef until meeting my boyfriend who lived in Korea for two years. Bulgogi was one of his favorites and I love to cook so I decided I needed to learn how to make it. I tried a recipe from scratch and two crockpot sauces before giving up. Neither of us were happy with the results and I was wasting expensive meat. It beat me and I had accepted this and settled for trips to the Korean Restaurant three hours away a couple times a year. I saw this recipe and nothing but positive comments so I tried it. When it was done cooking I asked him if it smelled like Korean Beef and he said, “No, sorry.” Then he tried it and loved it! I just found your slow cooker Korean Beef and since beef was on sale this week I decided to try it tomorrow. He’s disappointed because this one was so perfect but I told him the recipes came from the same place and I trusted you. Here’s to hoping he loves it just as much but if not, we’ll be using this one a lot! Thanks!

  97. Cynthia says

    This dish was awesome & different! Very easy to prepare. The only thing I will do differently the next time I make this is to add a little salt to the ground beef as it’s browning, just to give the meat more flavor… I look forward to trying some of your other recipes!

  98. Merritt says

    LOVED this. I have to comment (which I have actually never done on any recipe…) since this is the tenth recipe of yours I’ve made. Great flavor. I added green beans and a red bell pepper plus spicy sesame oil instead of plain… could’ve eaten the whole batch but saved some for lunch tomorrow. Yum.

  99. Reshma says

    This recipe is great! Quick and easy and tastes really good. I used ground turkey instead and did it once with white rice and then a couple times with brown – all times were great! I also doubled the sauce and it was even better! Thank you for sharing!

  100. Ashton says

    This is insanely good! I’ve started making it with chicken when we don’t have ground turkey/beef and it is still really yummy!

  101. Karen says

    I made this this evening and it was so good! I’m sorry to say there are no leftovers :(
    The only change I made was to use fresh ginger, because for once I actually have fresh in the house, and not the dry spice version. Next time I think I’ll make a double batch so we have some leftovers. Oh yes…I cheated even more by using frozen jasmine rice from Trader Joe’s.

  102. Melia says

    I made this for lunch today. It was really good. I followed the recipe exactly except I used low sodium soy sauce instead of regular. I also doubled the sauce because we like it saucy. This will be going in the rotation. Yummy!

  103. Amber Leigh says

    I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t very optimistic when I bookmarked this recipe, and thought it’d be something to use up some ground meat and call it dinner. But oh my goodness. This was surprisingly flavorful and easy. I made a couple small changes and made it with some Chinese egg noodles. This is something I can just push into my weekly menu plan when I’m drawing a blank. And I can already tell it’s going to be so versatile for any bit of ground meat and veggies in the fridge. I think I may even teach the fiance to make it for nights when I’m not up to cooking.

  104. Erin says

    made this recipe for my family tonight. I couldn’t believe how easy this was to make! the longest part was cooking the rice; I used brown rice, so it took about 45 minutes. it was a huge hit! not a bit left over. the only change I made was subbing Sriracha for the red pepper flakes. while everyone found it super delicious, my dad even went back for seconds (he is notorious for hating anything remotely of asian descent), I found it a bit too sweet. so I think next time I’ll cut back on the brown sugar a bit.

    overall, an amazing recipe. as always, thank you for taking the time to share this recipe and making it accessible for self-taught cooks, like myself!

  105. Michelle says

    This recipe is so good! I made it for my family the other night and everyone enjoyed it. I use brown rice and it was perfect with your recipe! I didn’t have the green onions at home so couldn’t use them but my husband and I added Sriracha to ours. Can’t wait to try more of your recipes. :)

  106. Kate says

    I made this last night, and it was DELICIOUS. Somehow I had all the ingredients, go figure. I just cut the red pepper and ginger down a little to make it less spicy for my kids. I ate the leftovers for lunch, definitely going to make it again!

  107. Vanessa Scott says

    I made this for dinner for my family and all my kids ate it, even the toddler who is a very picky eater.

  108. stacey says

    really easy and really yummy! the only change i made was to use fresh ginger instead of powdered. i served it over brown rice and steamed broccoli. my hubby LOVED it, he even ate it TWO nights in a row!!!! (which is actually saying a lot cuz i typically can’t get him to eat leftovers ever) next time i am going to try it with ground turkey since i am not a big beef fan, but this recipe is definitley going into the regular dinner rotation :)

  109. Dawn says

    I have made this several times already. My husband actually texts me from work and asks me to make it for dinner. 😀 We love it. Thanks for sharing. I have also used 7% lean ground turkey in place of beef when I didn’t have any, and it turned out great!

  110. Alvinae says

    I have tried various Korean restaurants since my deployment to Korea and they have not hit the mark. This recipe flooded my taste buds with the EXACT flavor I had been craving since I left Korea. Thank you so much for sharing this will definitely become a staple in my household.

  111. Amber says

    I made this and added 1 Red Bell pepper chopped into square chunks, 1 head of baby bok choy (I will add 2 baby bok choy heads next time), whole white mushrooms cut into slices, and 1/2 lb of beef as well as all of the other ingredients and green onions. It was delicious. You could probably use the whole pound of beef, but I would make some extra sauce so that you have some for the rice. It was so good, my husband has been waiting for me to make a good asian dish, the others were sub par…this one was Excellent! Thanks for the recipe. :)

  112. Mary says

    Made this twice – first time same as your recipe. Tonight I used sirloin steak and added an orange pepper. Delicious both times but better tonight. I feel like it needs the pepper and maybe I’ll add mushrooms next time too. But really, really delicious!!

  113. Lisa says

    This recipe was a hit with the family at dinner tonight! I was looking for something that combined the ingredients I wanted to use up in my refrigerator- 1 lb. ground elk, fresh ginger root, green onion, and garlic. I was thinking of some kind of teriyaki-like concoction with a lot of sauce using those ingredients, but I’m so glad I came across you recipe instead! It was great with ground elk, which I have a ton of after hunting season and always need new and interesting ways to prepare. This is a winner to add to my pinterest recipe box. Thanks!

  114. Jefff says

    I love the flavor and simplicity of this dish! I tweaked it a bit:
    I cooked the meat through and drained excess fat before adding finely chopped 4 garlic and 4 shiitake mushrooms! added the same sauce mix
    I cooked grilled onions, broccoli, and carrots separately from the meat and used as toppings.
    I also added a poached egg! it was heavenly!

  115. gwen says

    I made this and it was delicious! I eyeballed the red pepper flakes which in my house means shake until it’s completely red. The extra heat was really good!

    Mine felt a little dry and I wonder if it’s because I used fresh grated ginger since I didn’t have ground ginger. Could the fibers of the ginger have made the meat have a dryer texture the way lemongrass sometimes does to some proteins?

  116. Angela A. says

    Found this recipe to use up my ground beef. It’s delicious and my kids literally devoured it! It is so easy and really flavorful. I skipped the red pepper flakes, my kids are 1 and 3, and added carrots. I will definite;y make this again and again.

  117. Lynea says

    made this at the beginning of the week, for the first time, and am making it again tonight :). It was so delicious!! Even my “I don’t like rice” kid ate it up!

  118. Yared says

    This was great. Mine came up a little to the dry side. I would like to know what and how I would add some vegetables. I didn’t have sesame oil on hand, so I just used canola oil. I love how quick it is, and I loved the test.

    • Chungah says

      Thank you for trying my recipe! But was the meat overcooked? It certainly should not have a dry outcome. You can also add veggies such as broccoli, bell peppers, and various other stir-fry type veggies. It may be best to saute them first and set them aside to make sure they are not overcooked.

  119. says

    Yummy-yum-yum! I made this tonight and it was a total hit! I used 2lbs of ground beef but didn’t double the rest of the recipe, I did this to make it less sweet and it came out perfect. I used coconut aminos instead of soy sauce and coconut aminos are a little sweeter so that helped, I also added a bit more ginger to taste since there was more meat. I’m so glad I read the comments first, I went and bought TOASTED sesame oil rather than using the regular sesame oil I already had, I could really taste the toastiness (not a real word) and I loved it. Next time I will add carrot matchsticks and serve over shredded cabbage.

  120. Lucy says

    Turned out freaking delicious! I had to swap red pepper flakes for a little cayenne pepper since I was out, and I used low sodium soy sauce instead of the regular stuff since my family isn’t a fan of salty things. Also added some edamame at the last minute for a pop of color and some more veggies. Not too salty, not too sweet, very quick to make. I’m a college student back home from university for summer, but I know I’ll be more than happy to make this after a long day of classes and work.

  121. Amber says

    I’m going to start by saying I just made this for dinner and I love you recipe.
    I’ve been in the military for years and have spent time in Korea as well as have many friends who’s wives are from Korea and have eaten a lot of authentic Korean food, bulgogi being by far my favorite. I have a Korean BBQ restaurant I frequent just to get my bulgogi “fix”.
    That being said, your recipe tastes very authentic, especially for being a knock-off version. I’m so happy with this recipe especially since it will save me money on eating out.
    I did make one tiny adjustment, I doubled the amount of sauce because typically with bulgogi BBQ you take the little bits of meat and sauce left towards the end of the meal and mix it in rice to make a “soup” out of it and it’s one of the best things about bulgogi. The rice sops up all the liquid and has such a magnificent flavor. So I served mine similar to yours except I poured all the extra sauce over top of it to make it similar to the end of meal “soup”.
    Oh, did I say thank you?

  122. Tara says

    The beef in your picture has a very fine grind to it- do you grind it yourself or have your butcher grind it down? Usually mine is a lot coarser!

  123. Michiko says

    There are so many comments on this recipe that it seems silly to add yet another, but I thought there might be others out there with the same questions about it as I had. I have gestational diabetes and am on a very strict diet that requires ridiculous amounts of protein, and i’m always looking for another way to get enough in that actually appeals to me. So I had to modify this recipe to make it fit my diet needs. Instead of sugar I used unsweetened applesauce, and was worried it wouldn’t taste as good, but it was still delicious! I had to have it over a ton of veggies instead of the rice but that worked out just fine too. i also used Sriracha instead of red pepper flakes, just because I really like Sriracha, and used the less sodium soy sauce. i’m sure that the original version of the recipe is really great but for those of us that need to modify, it still works out just fine. Thanks Chungah!!

  124. Laura says

    “In a small bowl, whisk together brown sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil, red pepper flakes and ginger.” (Do I stir this into the ground beef when it turns into brown and after i drained the excess fat?)

    • Chungah says

      Yes, that’s correct. This is referred to as the “soy sauce mixture” here:

      Stir in soy sauce mixture and green onions until well combined, allowing to simmer until heated through, about 2 minutes.

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