6 Easy Non-Hamburger Hamburger Meat Recipes | Kraft in the Kitchen

6 Easy Non-Hamburger Hamburger Meat Recipes

Once the grill gets fired up, some people are happy to eat only burgers all summer long. I’m not one of them. Don’t get me wrong—I love some good hamburger recipes, but ground beef can do so much more than hang out on a bun. I like to mix it up with taco salad, foil-pack stuffed peppers, BBQ meatballs, totchos and more. But each of these recipes is burger-level easy—all are ready in under an hour with 35 minutes of prep or less. So get ready to take your summer cooking to new ground.

Tuesday Night Taco Totchos: What happens when flavorful taco beef combines with everyone’s favorite nuggets of potato-y goodness? This amazing recipe. Decked out with juicy tomatoes, lettuce and creamy avocados and sour cream, there’s no question this fun recipe will take center stage at the dinner table. And don’t let the name fool you—you’ll want to serve this up every night of the week.

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Cheesy Ground Beef & Zucchini Stuffed Peppers: Get bonus points for not grilling your beef in patty form! Nestled in convenient little foil packets and topped off with flavorful pasta sauce and melty cheese, everyone at the dinner table will know these stuffed peppers are gifts just for them. In fact, you can probably go ahead and serve them with a bow on top.


Barbecue Meatballs and Vegetables: A couple of bowls and one skillet is all you need to take your taste buds to a tiki party. These easy but flavorful homemade meatballs take it to the next level thanks to a spicy-sweet sauce, summer veggies and a pop of tropical flavor from pineapple chunks.


Tangy Fiesta Salad: This summer my salad game is strong, and yours will be too with this beauty featuring tender ground beef, colorful summer veggies, creamy dressing and shredded cheese. It’s called a “fiesta salad” because each bite feels like a party in your mouth.


Quick Pasta Bolognese with Zucchini: You may think that “quick” and “Bolognese” don’t go together, but this recipe can be on the table in less than half an hour. Seriously. The trick is adding jarred tomato cream pasta sauce to your sautéed beef and veggies—why simmer your sauce for hours? It’s hot enough outside—no need to heat up the kitchen too. Pappardelle pasta makes this dish feel restaurant-fancy, but fettuccine works too.


Speedy Ground Beef Salpicon: Don’t be intimidated if you’ve never tried salpicon before—it’s basically just a salad with juicy meat served on a crispy tostada shell. And with only 15 minutes of prep, this just might be your new favorite Tex-Mex recipe.

Looking for more inspiration? Check out our collection of non-obvious ground beef recipes.


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