Hamburgers, spaghetti, chili and a variety of other meals can be prepared with ground beef. Ground beef can be cooked in many ways and using a wide range of ingredients, which lends to its popularity in recipes.
When cooking with ground beef, it is best to use the leanest beef possible. Ground beef that is fatty produces more grease and less cooked meat than ground beef with less fat. The amount of fat influences the juiciness of the meat, so for hamburgers, more fat is better than less. Popular ratios for ground beef include 97/3, 80/20 and 73/27, where the higher number measures the meat content and the lower number measures the percentage of fat.
Chili is a meal made with ground beef, beans, tomatoes and spices. It can be cooked in a slow cooker or on the stove, depending on the time available and personal taste. Another option is to make tacos using ground beef with taco seasoning, lettuce, tomatoes and tortillas.
Spaghetti sauce often includes ground beef, either crumbled into the sauce or made into meat balls. There is also meatloaf, a staple of family dinners. This dish combines ground beef with spices, eggs, breadcrumbs or corn flakes. The mixture is placed in a loaf pan and baked in the oven.