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Bowl with ground beef bulgogi, rice, cucumber slices, green onion and sesame seeds

Ground Beef Bulgogi Bowls

  • Author: Mansee
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


A bulgogi-inspired way of cooking ground beef for easy beef bulgogi bowls that will be a sure weeknight dinner hit! Keep these ingredients on hand for a fresh, delicious and quick meal to pull together on the busiest of days. This dish is inspired by Marion's Kitchen so you know it's good!



Ground beef bulgogi

  • 2 tablespoons grated pear
  • 4 garlic cloves, grated
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon mirin
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 6 green onions, thinly sliced (dark and light green part)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon neutral oil

Quick-pickled cucumbers

  • 1 english cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds

To serve

  • Rice
  • Kimchi
  • Chili oil (Marion has a great homemade recipe for chili oil as well!)


  1. In a large bowl, add 2 tablespoons grated pear, 4 grated garlic cloves, 3 tablespoons soy sauce, 1 tablespoon mirin, 1 tablespoon sesame oil and 1 tablespoon sugar. Whisk to combine. 
  2. Add 6 thinly sliced green onions and 1 tablespoon sesame seeds and stir together. Add in 1 pound ground beef and use a fork or your hands to combine everything. Mix everything really well to ensure the meat combines with all the flavorings really well. Set aside to marinate while you prepare the cucumbers.
  3. Thinly slice 1 english cucumber into a bowl (I love a mandolin for this, but a knife works perfectly!). Add 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar, 2 teaspoons sesame oil, 2 teaspoons sugar and 1 teaspoon salt. Mix well to combine. Add 1 teaspoon sesame seeds and toss together. Set aside. 
  4. Heat 1 teaspoon neutral oil in a large frying or cast iron pan over high heat. 
  5. When oil just starts to smoke, add marinated beef mixture to pan and immediately push it into one layer. Reduce heat to medium-high and let cook for 5 minutes.
  6. Using a spatula, flip beef over in large chunks and start to break apart. Let cook for another 2 minutes and then use the spatula to break the meat up even further.
  7. Continue flipping and breaking the meat until it is browned, caramelized and fully cooked. 
  8. To serve, add rice to bowls. Pile on ground beef bulgogi, your quick-pickled cucumbers and other toppings of your choice (I love kimchi and chili oil). Enjoy!

Ground beef bulgogi recipe slightly adapted from Marion's Kitchen.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Korean