Korean Ground Beef Bulgogi Style

Korean Ground Beef Bulgogi Style

Bulgogi (불고기) is a popular dish in South Korea usually made with expensive and tender cuts of beef such as sirloin or rib eye. Since I married a South Korean, my love for this dish just keeps growing.  

Let me show you how to make a less expensive Bulgogi without sacrificing its classic flavor. Say hello to ground beef. It will help us save a few bucks but still gives us that mouth-watering Korean dish. 

Gim Jaban, seasoned seaweed, is something that you should never ever forget to add when making this dish. I recommend shrimp flavor. It’s so addicting and  complements rice really well. If you’re a rice lover like me, try sprinkling a lot, I mean a lot of it on top of your rice, it’s super yummy! 

It’s not Korean meal without Kimchi! It’s hard for me to imagine eating Korean dish without this fermented cabbage and radish as a side dish. It is one of the most important dishes in Korean cuisine. It is also so so good for you. The natural fermented kimchi is full of healthy probiotics that improve gut-health and over all body immunity. So, let’s add more Kimchi in our diet. 

Korean Ground Beef Bulgogi Style

Easy and delicious Korean Bulgogi using ground beef.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Korean
Keyword: Bulgogi, Ground beef recipe, Korean
Servings: 4 people
Author: Dhin of gemframboise.com


  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 4 large garlic cloves pressed
  • 3-4 tsp fresh grated ginger 1/2 of thumbsize ginger
  • 4-6 tbsp tamari soy sauce regular is ok
  • 1 tbsp sweet soy sauce
  • 2-3 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 5-8 dashes ginger powder or more if not using fresh ginger
  • 2 tbsp roasted sesame oil or mild olive oil

Serve with

  • sushi rice
  • gim jaban
  • green onions
  • black and white sesame seeds
  • egg with creamy yolk boil for (~6min)


  • Using a garlic press, press peeled garlic cloves.
  • Using a vegetable peeler or a spoon, peel fresh ginger.
  • Using a small cheese grater, grate peeled fresh ginger.
  • Chop some green onions for garnish.
  • Turn stove on a medium heat.
  • In a wok, add sesame oil.
  • Once hot, add garlic. Cook until fragrant.
  • Add ground beef. Stir until brown in color.
  • Add soy sauce. Mix.
  • Add sweet soy sauce. Mix.
  • Add sugar. Mix.
  • Add fresh ginger. Mix.
  • Taste test. Add more soy sauce or sugar.
  • Add ginger powder. Mix.
  • Cook until golden brown and sugar has carmelized. ATTN: Do not overcook. It might get too dry in texture.


  • Use quality ground beef. Lean is preferable. 
  • You might not like the fine strands from using fresh ginger, ginger powder all the way is totally fine. 
  • If using fresh ginger, use a peeler or spoon to peel skin. 
  • Mild olive oil also works for this recipe. 
  • Do not overcook. It shouldn't be too dry in texture. 
  • Add more soy sauce or oil if it gets too dry. 
  • Don't forget to serve with rice, gim jaban, kimchi, or other popular korean side dishes you like. 
  • Finally, if you're a visual person like me, watch the step-by-step video tutorial on youtube. 

WATCH Korean Ground Beef Bulgogi Recipe Step-By-Step Video Tutorial:

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