3 Kid-Friendly Ground Beef Recipes: Tasty and Nutritious


As parents, we understand the daily struggle of finding meals that both satisfy our children’s picky palates and provide the nutrients they need to grow and thrive. Ground beef, a versatile and budget-friendly ingredient, can be a lifesaver in the kitchen. In this blog post, we’ll explore some delicious and kid-friendly ground beef recipes that are sure to become family favorites. These recipes not only taste great but also sneak in some essential nutrients, making them perfect for even the fussiest eaters.

Mini Meatball Subs

Mini meatball subs are a hit with kids of all ages. They’re fun to assemble and eat, making dinner a playful experience.


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Mini sub rolls
  • Marinara sauce
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese


  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine ground beef, breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, egg, milk, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Mix until well combined.
  3. Form the mixture into small meatballs and place them on a baking sheet.
  4. Bake meatballs for 15-20 minutes or until cooked through.
  5. Slice the mini sub rolls and fill them with meatballs, marinara sauce, and shredded mozzarella cheese.
  6. Place the subs in the oven until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  7. Serve with a side of veggies or a garden salad.
  8. Beef and Veggie

Stir Fry

Stir-fry is a fantastic way to sneak in some colorful veggies into your child’s diet while keeping the flavors kid-friendly.


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 cup sliced carrots
  • 1 bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, minced
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • Cooked rice or noodles for serving


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, honey, garlic, and ginger. Set aside.
  2. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat.
  3. Add ground beef and cook until browned. Remove any excess fat.
  4. Add the sliced vegetables and stir-fry for about 5-7 minutes or until they start to become tender.
  5. Pour the sauce over the beef and veggies, and continue to cook for another 2-3 minutes until everything is coated and heated through.
  6. Serve the beef and veggie stir-fry over cooked rice or noodles.

Cheesy Beef and Potato Casserole

This comforting casserole combines ground beef, potatoes, and cheese for a hearty and satisfying meal that kids will love.


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 4 cups thinly sliced potatoes
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chopped green onions (optional)


  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. In a skillet, cook the ground beef until browned. Drain excess fat.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine the cooked ground beef, sliced potatoes, shredded cheese, milk, sour cream, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  4. Transfer the mixture to a greased baking dish.
  5. Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes.
  6. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 20-25 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender and the top is golden brown.
  7. Garnish with chopped green onions if desired before serving.


With these kid-friendly ground beef recipes, you can transform ordinary weeknight dinners into delicious and nutritious family feasts. Whether it’s meatball subs, beef and veggie stir-fry, or cheesy beef and potato casserole, these recipes are sure to put smiles on your kids’ faces and make mealtime a breeze. Experiment with these recipes and feel free to customize them to suit your family’s tastes. Happy cooking!


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