Top 10 Ground Beef Freezer Meals

By Polly Conner
April 26, 2021

Listen. You’re busy. We’re busy. We aren’t here to waste anyone’s time.

You need to know what ground beef freezer meals are the BEST and you need them pronto for your busy, hungry, growing family.

Pulling from 10 years of food blogging and two cookbooks worth of recipe development, we’ve rounded up what we think are the Top 10 Ground Beef Recipes you should try. Let’s do this!

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Our Top 10 Ground Beef Freezer Meals

Are you stocked up on ground beef? Then, give a few of these favorite freezer meals a try.

Cheesy Chive Burgers

These burgers are the bomb. They are an incredibly easy grilling recipe, a great recipe for a crowd, AND a fabulous freezer meal. Just patty them up and freeze them before cooking.

cheeseburger on a whole wheat bun with oven fries on the side

Tasty Taco Bar

Use our Homemade Taco Seasoning to take your tacos to the next level. To make them a freezer meal, simply cook the taco meat all the way through and freeze it! Now you have taco meat ready to eat anytime!

TAco bar

Baked Penne Pasta

Delicious dinner recipe? Check. Makes a lot of leftovers? Check. Approved by all ages in the family? Check. Feeds a large group of people? Check. Easy to make? Check! I oftentimes just divide this recipe into two different 8×8 dishes. I make one that night and freeze the other before baking.

Baked Penne Pasta in a glass baking dish

Mini Meatloaf Muffins

Here’s a twist on your average meatloaf recipe: Meatloaf Muffins! This easy dinner idea is not only freezer friendly but one that will find itself in your dinner rotation over and over again. This makes a great weeknight dinner or freezer meal for any family. Assemble but do not bake. Then, wrap the muffin tin well with plastic wrap and a layer of foil and freeze.

meatloaf muffins

Smash Burgers with a Secret Sauce

One of my favorite ways to make a burger. Can do it on the skillet or on the grill!

Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce

With a few simple ingredients, this hearty Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce couldn’t be easier or tastier! Serve over pasta, zoodles, or spaghetti squash for a delicious and healthy dinner. It’s dairy-free, gluten-free, and freezer-friendly. Here are 70+ Freezer Meals if you want more ideas.

Beefy Baked Ravioli

This fake-out lasagna is a dinner time favorite in my home. Very easy to make, super filling and is freezer friendly. My kids love this meal! To make it a freezer meal, assemble the casserole, but do not bake. Wrap the unbaked casserole tightly before putting in the freezer. When ready to cook, thaw in the fridge (may take up to 48 hours) or thaw in the microwave on defrost setting. Bake according to instructions.

Beefy Baked Ravioli

Super Sloppy Joes

A much healthier and tastier version of the canned stuff! To make it a freezer meal, fully cook and cool the Sloppy Joes. Freeze meat in an airtight container. To reheat, use one of our safe thawing methods.

Sloppy Joes on a plate with salad

Crowd Pleaser Mexican Soup

This Mexican soup recipe never fails to please a crowd. It is one of my favorite recipes!

Mini Italian Burgers

Moist and packed with Italian flavor, these Mini Italian Burgers will impress anyone from guests to the youngest eaters in your house. Just patty them up and freeze them before grilling to make them a great freezer meal!

Mini Italian Burgers

Baked Italian Meatballs

These meatballs are full of flavor. Our entire family loves them! Just double the recipe and freeze half of them for future lunches or dinners. They make such a great ground beef freezer meal!

Baked Italian Meatballs on a white plate with red sauce

Ground Beef Philly Cheesesteaks

These grilled sandwiches are super easy to make and my whole family loves them.

Ground Beef Philly Cheesesteaks

How to Freeze Ground Beef

We’ve been in the freezer meal biz for 10 years now and have frozen our fair share of ground beef in all forms. Here are some tips we’ve learned…

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Freezer Friendly Ground Beef

  • Author: Polly Conner
  • Yield: 4 1x

Description

A simple description of how to freeze most ground beef recipes


Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • Additional ingredients the recipe may call for

Instructions

How to Freeze Cooked Ground Beef Recipes 

Simply add the ground beef recipe to the saute pan and cook over medium-high heat for 5-7 minutes, breaking it up with a wooden spoon or spatula along the way, until there is no longer any pink showing. Drain any excess grease. Place the cooled meat in a freezer bag or container and seal.

How to Freeze Uncooked Ground Beef Recipes 

Line a sheet pan with parchment paper or foil. Then, complete Steps 2 and 3. Flash freeze uncooked meatballs by placing on the sheet pan (or in a baking dish) in the freezer for about an hour or so. Once frozen, dump meatballs in a gallon-sized freezer bag, seal, and place in freezer.

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  1. Katie says:

    Here’s a question I’ve had for a long time about freezer cooking in general, and especially ground beef – is it ok to thaw frozen meat, make an uncooked meal (say, the burgers), and then refreeze? I always thought you had to cook meat to refreeze it. I typically buy meat frozen, from butcher box or similar because I agree it’s best to go grass fed if possible. I just always thought that way limited what I could do with cooking ahead/freezer meals. What are you thoughts or experience with this? Thanks!

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    • Rachel Tiemeyer says:

      This is an GREAT question. In our research for writing two freezer meal cookbooks, we learned from the USDA that it is safe to thaw and refreeze uncooked ground beef (any meat actually) as long as you pay attention to how long it is thawed. Once it’s thawed (before and after freezing), treat it like fresh meat in the fridge. You don’t want it to sit in the fridge for more than about 3-4 days total before cooking. Does that make sense?

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