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Ground Beef Stroganoff (Hamburger) – Spend With Pennies

This easy Ground Beef Stroganoff is a super fast weeknight meal great served over mashed potatoes or noodles.

Lean ground beef (hamburger) is cooked with onion and mushrooms in a silky beef broth and sour cream sauce. 

Serve over pasta with a side salad and some crusty bread for a great 30 minute meal.

Ground Beef Stroganoff with mushrooms on a plate with a fork

A Quick Comfort Meal

Ground beef stroganoff is one of those comforting meals that is quick and easy to make, plus it can feed your whole family with a shortlist of ingredients! How about a hearty meal of beef stroganoff in less than 25 minutes? Count me in, this is perfect for a busy weeknight!

This easy Ground beef stroganoff recipe is made from scratch with fresh ingredients (and without cream of mushroom soup). I love dishes that come together so quickly (like Cabbage and Noodles or 20 Minute Fajitas) and even more so when everyone at the table wants seconds!

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Ingredients in Ground Beef Stroganoff

Lean ground beef is our choice in this recipe. It’s got a little bit of fat for flavor but not too much! If you choose another ground meat (such as chicken or turkey) you’ll need to add some extra seasonings and a bouillon cube for flavor.

Mushrooms stretch the meal a bit and add some earthy flavor. I prefer brown or cremini mushrooms for flavor but any mushrooms you have will work in this recipe!

The sauce in this recipe is super simple with just a few ingredients. Be sure you do not use low sodium beef broth or the recipe won’t have enough flavor. This is a beef stroganoff without mushroom soup but of course, you can add a can of condensed soup or up to 4 oz of cream cheese if you’d like.

Seasonings are simple with salt, pepper, onion and garlic. Add your favorites, we love fresh thyme and/or a pinch of poultry seasoning!

How to Make Ground Beef Stroganoff

You truly will not believe how crazy easy this is!  You’re literally just  minutes away from getting this beef stroganoff on the table!

  1. Brown beef, onions and garlic.
  2. Add mushrooms, sauce & seasonings.  Simmer a few minutes.
  3. Start your egg noodles cooking!
  4. Stir in sour cream and serve over egg noodles.

Beef Stroganoff Tips

Beef: This recipe can be slightly tweaked based on the ingredients you have on hand. Ground beef gives the best flavor but you can certainly substitute another type of ground meat such as ground turkey or pork.  If using something other than beef, you’ll likely want to add some extra beef bouillon for a richer flavor! I highly suggest using the condensed beef broth in a can (instead of the box) for the best flavor!

Mushrooms:  Of course, fresh mushrooms are best, use any combination of white, cremini, or portobello all with great results. In a pinch, you can use canned mushrooms as well.

Sauce:

  • Keep in mind that sour cream may curdle if it boils so the sauce is thickened and removed from the heat before it is added.
  • No sour cream? Greek yogurt is a good substitute (or if you just prefer it).
  • To Thicken Sauce: You can add a little bit of extra cornstarch slurry to reach desired consistency. Mix equal parts cornstarch and cold water and pour a little bit at a time while stirring the sauce.

Variations

We love this stroganoff exactly as written but if you’d like to spice it up a bit, add one of the following:

  • Stir in a teaspoon or so of dijon mustard
  • Add a sprig or two of fresh thyme (or 1/4 teaspoon of dried)
  • Add a couple of slices of chopped raw bacon along with the onion & beef
  • Add a small dash of smoked paprika and a dash of hot sauce

 

Ground Beef Stroganoff with mushrooms on a plate with a fork

We typically serve this over egg noodles but it’s great over mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, or even spooned into a roll sloppy joe style!  Add a side salad and a loaf of crusty bread (to sop up any sauce left on your plate) for a great meal in under 30 minutes!

Got Leftovers?

Refrigerate leftovers in a sealed container 3-4 days.

Freeze: If freezing this ground stroganoff, leave out the noodles or potatoes and freeze just the stroganoff itself.

Reheat: If frozen, defrost leftovers in the fridge overnight. Drain off any liquid that has separated from the sauce (the cornstarch can sometimes cause separation). Heat in the microwave or on the stovetop on low heat until warm.

More Stroganoff Inspired Meals

Ground Beef Stroganoff (Hamburger)

This easy Ground Beef Stroganoff is quick and delicious, making it the perfect weeknight meal!


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  • Brown ground beef, onion and garlic (trying not to break it up too much) in a pan until no pink remains. Drain fat.

  • Add sliced mushrooms and cook 2-3 minutes. Stir in flour and cook 1 more minute.

  • Add broth, Worcestershire sauce, salt, & pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer on low 10 minutes. Cook egg noodles according to package directions.

  • Remove beef mixture from the heat, stir in sour cream and parsley.

  • Serve over egg noodles.

*Do not use low sodium beef broth. You can use boxed broth or condensed broth, canned condensed broth has more flavor.
Ground beef gives the best flavor. If you substitute another type of ground meat such as ground turkey or pork add some extra beef bouillon for a richer flavor!
Fresh mushrooms are best, use any combination of white, cremini, or portobello all with great results. In a pinch, you can use canned mushrooms as well.
Sour cream can curdle if it boils so remove thickened sauce from the heat before stirring in sour cream. No sour cream? Greek yogurt is a good substitute (or if you just prefer it).
For a thicker sauce combine equal parts cornstarch and cold water. Pour a little bit at a time into the sauce while stirring the sauce.
Variations

  • Stir in a teaspoon or so of dijon mustard
  • Add a sprig or two of fresh thyme (or 1/4 teaspoon of dried)
  • Add a couple of slices of chopped raw bacon along with the onion & beef
  • Add a small dash of smoked paprika and a dash of hot sauce

Calories: 389, Carbohydrates: 12g, Protein: 28g, Fat: 26g, Saturated Fat: 12g, Cholesterol: 100mg, Sodium: 365mg, Potassium: 981mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 435IU, Vitamin C: 7.5mg, Calcium: 79mg, Iron: 3.5mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Course Beef, Dinner, Main Course

Cuisine American

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