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Korean Beef Rice Bowl with rice and green onions

Korean Beef Rice Bowl

Audrey Sommer
This Korean Beef Rice Bowl is a hassle-free and delicious dish when you want something easy, quick, and satisfying. Made with ground beef and a Korean-inspired sauce mixture of brown sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil, and aromatics, it's served perfectly with rice and Kimchi.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Korean
Servings 2


  • 1 lb. ground hamburger
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. ground Gochugaru pepper (a.k.a. ground red pepper)
  • 2 tsp. sesame oil
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tbs. ginger grated or diced
  • 1 bunch green onion chopped
  • 1 tsp. Sesame seeds for garnish


  • Combine the brown sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil, and ground Korean pepper into a small bowl and stir to combine. Set aside.
  • Heat a large frying pan to medium-high heat.
  • Place the 1 lb. of hamburger in the pan. Cook and break apart into little bits with a spatula for 10-15 minutes, until the ground hamburger is fully cooked.
  • Drain the oil from the meat by using a strainer or taking a spoon and spooning out the excess oil.
  • With the drained meat still in the pan, heat the pan back to medium-high and throw in the garlic and grated ginger. Sauté for2-5 minutes or until the garlic is fragrant.
  • Then pour in the brown sugar and soy sauce mixture into the pan. It will meet the heat with a sizzle. That’s good, as you want the sauce to start caramelizing in the pan and thickening up.
  • Stir the sauce mixture and meat to combine it well. Let the sauce and meat cook together in the pan for 10 minutes, or until the sauce thickens up and starts to caramelize.
  • Take it off the heat and stir in the sesame seeds and green onions.
  • Serve with freshly steamed rice and Kimchi, and serve to enjoy!


You can mix the sesame oil, ginger and garlic into the sauce mix at the beginning of the recipe instructions if you are too lazy (like me) to prevent adding extra steps in the cooking process. However, this will sacrifice on some flavor.
Keyword 15-minute meal, Easy Dinner, Korean Beef Rice Bowl, meal prep, Quick Dinner