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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Salmonettes

Salmonettes

Salmonettes

"Canned salmon from the cupboard makes these delicious salmon patties so fast to fix," reports Juanita Gross of Clearwater, Kansas. "And they always get rave reviews," she adds. At a mere 39¢ per patty, they make an economical lunch or dinner.

Veggie Beef Bundles

Veggie Beef Bundles

Veggie Beef Bundles

"These individual foil packets of meat and vegetables became a favorite when my husband and I were building a log home," recalls Carolyn Dixon from Wilmar, Arkansas. The meal cuts clean up time and is priced at just 78¢ per serving.

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
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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

Slow Cooker Mac n Cheese

Slow Cooker Mac n Cheese

Slow Cooker Mac n Cheese

This classic casserole is rich and cheesy meatless main dish. I've never met anyone who didn't ask for second helpings of the cheesy dish.—Bernice Glascoe, Roxboro, North Carolina

Scalloped Potatoes 'n' Ham Casserole

Scalloped Potatoes 'n' Ham Casserole

Scalloped Potatoes 'n' Ham Casserole

I'm a home health nurse and got this recipe from one of my elderly clients, who had used it for years. Now, it's one of my family's favorites. It will never curdle, thanks to the secret ingredient of powdered nondairy creamer. You can serve this homey favorite for just 85¢ per serving. —Kathleen Johnson, Lake City, South Dakota

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

When there's a chill in the air, nothing beats this stew. Seasoned with thyme and dry mustard, the hearty slow-cooked stew is chock-full of tender carrots, potatoes and beef.—Earnestine Wilson, Waco, Texas

Creamy Baked Chicken

Creamy Baked Chicken

Creamy Baked Chicken

"Creamy Baked Chicken is comforting and easy to prepare," says Barbara Clarke of Punta Gorda, Florida.

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

Cajun Macaroni

Cajun Macaroni

Cajun Macaroni

"When I follow my favorite meat loaf recipe, I end up with an extra half pound of ground beef," relates June Ellis. "So I came up with this easy dish to use it up." The Erie, Illinois cook brings this fast family-pleaser to the dinner table at a savvy 76 cents a plate.

BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

"With four small children at home, I need quick yet filling meals," says Leticia Lewis of Kennewick, Washington. This fast family favorite is just 66 cents per sandwich. "For a spicier taste, eliminate the ketchup and increase the amount of salsa to 1 cup," she suggests.
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