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When it comes to ground beef freezer meals, we’re here to share the BEST recipes because you need them pronto for your busy, hungry, growing family.
Pulling from 12 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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FAQs About Ground Beef Freezer Meals
Before we jump into the recipes, we wanted to pass on a few helpful tips.
What are the benefits of making freezer meals?
As tongue and cheek, “freezer cooking evangelists”, we are constantly sharing about the amazing benefits of freezer cooking to anyone who will listen. Here are a few reasons you might be here!
- Freezer cooking saves money by buying in bulk and avoiding eating out.
- Having a freezer meal cuts down on time in the kitchen by prepping meals with the same ingredients at one time. Browning ground beef? Chopping veggies? Making soup? Why not double or triple it and then utilize the freezer? You save time on prep and clean up.
- Freezer cooking helps you eat wholesome, delicious meals at home regularly.
- Having a stash of freezer meals reduces dinnertime stress while bringing your family together around the table. This is what freezer cooking is really all about!
What’s the best way to store freezer meals?
The best way to store and save a freezer meal really depends on the recipe. The key, though, lies in preventing air from getting to the food. If you want more detail on how to properly freeze food, we have written a whole post about the 5 Best Ways to Package and Store Freezer Meals. All of the recipes below also give detailed freezing instructions.
What’s the best way to thaw freezer meals?
Great question! There are 3 Safe Ways to Thaw Frozen Food that we recommend. Hint: One of them doesn’t involve the counter!
Where to Get Grass-Fed Ground Beef
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Top 10+ Ground Beef Freezer Meal Recipes
Are you stocked up on ground beef? Then, give a few of these favorite freezer meals a try. Every recipe includes directions for how to prep and freeze ahead.
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.
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.
Ground Beef Quesadillas
Easy, cheesy, and delicious! These beef quesadillas are a crowd-pleaser and come together fast! We give you step-by-step instructions plus instructions on how to prep them as a freezer meal.
Hearty 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.
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.
Here’s a twist on your average meatloaf recipe: Meatloaf Muffins! This easy dinner idea is freezer friendly and will find itself in your dinner rotation over and over again. It makes a great weeknight dinner or freezer meal for any family. Assemble abut do not bake. Then, wrap the muffin tin well with plastic wrap and a layer of foil and freeze.
Smash Burgers with Secret Sauce
One of my favorite ways to make a burger. Can do it on the skillet or on the grill. Don’t leave off the secret sauce!
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.
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!
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! Not to mention how good they are on Meatball Subs.
Ground Beef Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches
These grilled sandwiches are super easy to make and my whole family loves them.
This comforting, hearty, veggie-forward Cheeseburger Soup makes even the coldest winter nights warm and cozy. Serve for an easy weeknight meal or at your next group gathering.
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