12 Ground Beef Recipes for Two
Ground beef might be bought in bulk, but that doesn’t mean it needs to serve a crowd! These perfectly sized ground beef dinners eliminate the stress of downsizing recipes.
These cheesy meat loaf minis are perfect when you’re craving meat loaf but don’t want to wait a long time for a full-size one to bake. My husband and I just love these served with au gratin or fried potatoes. —Paula Petersen, Granite City, Illinois
Trying new recipes is one of my favorite hobbies. It’s also the most gratifying. What could beat the smiles and compliments of the ones you love? This recipe is easy enough for family yet fancy enough for company. —Julie Frankamp, Nicollet, MN
My mother-in-law gave me this recipe 25 years ago. It’s been a staple in my meal-planning ever since because it’s easy and takes little time to prepare. I usually serve it with green beans or another vegetable and a salad. -Marjorie Kriegh, Nampa, Idaho
My husband likes stuffed peppers, but my original recipe made too many servings. I cut it down to accommodate just the two of us. It helps to use a small casserole dish so the peppers won’t tip over while they bake. For color, I serve steamed carrots to round out the meal perfectly. —Elaine Carpenter, Horseshoe Bay, Texas
Everyone at our house loves this taco salad. In spring, we look for something light and refreshing on the menu after the heavier comfort food of winter. —Muriel Bertrand, Shoreview, Minnesota
I’m not big on leftovers, so I’ve pared down my recipes to serve two. This meat loaf is simple and quick to prepare, plus it helps you eat your veggies. It’s great served with cheddar-topped baked potatoes. —Judi Brinegar, Liberty, North Carolina
This elegant dish has been in my family since I was a little girl, and when presented to guests, it brings rave reviews. It was created by my dad, who still enjoys experimenting in the kitchen. Sometimes I prepare it the day before and warm it up while I’m cooking the rice. —Marilyn Taus, Mississauga, ON
Here’s a flavorful Greek twist on an Italian classic. It’s an easy weekday meal that’s become one of our favorites. My husband and I enjoy it with garlic cheese toast. —Hetti Williams, Rapid City, South Dakota
This easy skillet dish offers a tasty use for leftover taco meat. Garnish it with sour cream and salsa for added southwestern flavor. —Sue Schoening, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Who says meat loaf has to bake in the oven for hours? For this convenient recipe, all you need is your stovetop and 30 minutes. It’s a quick, simple dish to make for one or two people. —Emily Sund, Geneseo, Illinois.
Bacon adds flavor to this comforting stovetop supper my mom frequently made when we were growing up. Now I prepare it for my family. —Kelli Jones, Peris, California.
Barley adds another dimension to an old-fashioned hamburger. My husband and I really enjoy these juicy patties with onion and barbecue sauce mixed right in. —Rosella Peters, Gull Lake, Saskatchewan