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Budget Dinner Recipes

Looking for Budget Dinner recipes? Find budget dinner recipes for cheap main dishes like burgers, steaks, and more dinner recipes.

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Hearty Sausage Sandwich

Hearty Sausage Sandwich

Hearty Sausage Sandwich

With its creamy stroganoff-style filling, this flavorful sandwich seems like something special. But at 98¢ a serving, it's an easy and economical choice for a casual weeknight meal. —Jillene Brown, Buckeye, Arizona

Meatless Spaghetti

Meatless Spaghetti

Meatless Spaghetti

This chunky sauce is so good you'll think it's loaded with meat. But it actually features a whole bushel of fantastic produce. I can start this sauce early in the afternoon and have it slowly simmer on the stove until dinnertime. It's nice to rely on no-fuss recipes like this on busy days.—Barbara Njaa, Nikiski, Alaska

Baked Vegetable Beef Stew

Baked Vegetable Beef Stew

Baked Vegetable Beef Stew

"When my granddaughter was 3, she had a bear that sang a song about 'root stew'," recalls Alice McCabe of Climax, New York. "She thought he was talking about tree roots, so I took her to the store to buy root veggies, and we made this stew."

Turkey Taco Bake

Turkey Taco Bake

Turkey Taco Bake

This dish is a great way to use up leftover turkey from Thanksgiving or Christmas. This hearty Mexican-style casserole is chock-full of popular south-of-the-border ingredients including corn chips, salsa, Monterey Jack cheese and refried beans. It's a guaranteed family-pleaser.—Trudie Hagen, Roggen, Colorado

Salisbury Steak with Onion Gravy

Salisbury Steak with Onion Gravy

Salisbury Steak with Onion Gravy

This hearty main dish is a favorite at our house. It really warms you up.—Kim Kidd, New Freedom, Pennsylvania

Barbecued Ham 'n' Peaches

Barbecued Ham 'n' Peaches

Barbecued Ham 'n' Peaches

Wrap up Barbecued Ham ‘n’ Peaches in individual foil packets for a main dish that’s both sweet and savory in every bite. “You can substitute canned ham or slices of lean Canadian bacon, if you wish,” notes Cornelia Whiteway of Chilliwack, British Columbia.

Caraway Pot Roast

Caraway Pot Roast

Caraway Pot Roast

• Served with colorful carrots and smooth sour cream gravy, Caraway Pot Roast is so tender and flavorful that no one would guess it’s an “economical” main dish. Violet Beard of Marshall, Illinois shared the recipe.

Sausage 'n' Sauerkraut

Sausage 'n' Sauerkraut

Sausage 'n' Sauerkraut

Savory Sausage 'n' Sauerkraut comes from Robert Walker of Glen Dale, West Virginia. "Not only is it economical, it's delicious. I'm positive you'll serve it often," Robert says.

Tuna Burgers

Tuna Burgers

Tuna Burgers

My family was hesitant to try these burgers when I first prepared them. They were so accustomed to the typical beef burger. But any skepticism they had disappeared after one bite.—

Deviled Chicken

Deviled Chicken

Deviled Chicken

My family has always loved this flavorful, golden-brown chicken. I watch for the frequent sales on leg quarters to keep the cost per serving low. —Linda Trammell, Kingston, Missouri

Simple Honey Mustard Chicken

Simple Honey Mustard Chicken

Simple Honey Mustard Chicken

Moist and flavorful, this chicken is a real treat. With just 15 minutes of prep time, you'll be out of the kitchen quick! Richard Gallop - Pueblo, Colorado
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