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Cheap and Easy Crockpot Hamburger Recipes

Easy Crockpot hamburger recipes are here!! From soups to stuffed cabbage, lasagna and more you’re sure to find a ground beef family favorite, like our Crockpot Hamburger Casserole for your dinner table tonight!

ground beef recipes in crockpot

Welcome to another great roundup of easy crockpot recipes. This time I focused on crockpot hamburger recipes because they are typically really easy to make and ground beef is pretty inexpensive to buy too. I hope you find one or more that your family loves too. Let us know below which one is your favorite! (affiliate links present)

What are some easy Crockpot ground beef recipes for a busy weeknight dinner?

Let’s start with how to make Crockpot ground beef. It is a great tip to have in your back pocket when you’re busy around the house. What is great about this vs. on the stove is the grease drains away from the hamburger!! A low fat way to get it browned to use in a number of different one pot meals.

Precook it and throw it into a casserole or wad it up into little palm sized balls for a bowl of comfort food like Crockpot meatballs and gravy any which way is great.

Let’s talk a little bit about slow cooking shall we?? First off I have a few different varieties and I love them all. Each one has an occasion to be used like….

  1. This is my favorite 6 quart programmable one with a locking lid so it’s great for bringing to a potluck too.
  2. I prefer not to use liners, but rather just spray olive oil inside before adding my food for easier cleanups.

Let me give you a peek of my pretty thang I bought recently. It goes with my kitchen so I can just leave it out on the countertop all the time. 😉


Slow Cooker Ground Beef Recipes

We do A LOT of easy crock pot recipes here at The Typical Mom because they are easy to throw together in the morning, and everyone here seems to enjoy them. I especially appreciate them on days when I know we are going to be gone most of the day and exhausted when we get back.

On Tuesdays we always think tacos!! Not hard to do in this baby either and over time the meat soaks up all that goodness. Then pair your slow cooker taco meat with all the fixings and believe me the kiddos will get a kick out of it.

Speaking of kiddos they always want something fun, easy to pick up and messy is another plus. With that said our slow cooker sloppy joes is always a huge hit with mine. Then let’s look at our favorite crockpot hamburger casserole (linked at the top) next!

crockpot macaroni hamburger

Do I add water to a slow cooker for beef?

Unlike cooking chicken low and slow, you will want to add broth with your meat. This will allow the protein to steam. Typically it doesn’t release a lot of liquid itself so you will want at least 3/4 cup or so. In most cases we are adding more than that like pasta, cream of mushroom soup or diced tomatoes.

It takes a bit of pressure off of me as we both work full time and I just don’t have the time to spend an hour or more cooking with our busy schedules. YET we want a feel good comfort meal when we all get home. Something like our Goulash in the Crock-pot just makes us smile….

Crockpot Hamburger Recipes

During the summer crockpot meals are the best because who wants to heat up their house turning on the oven when it’s over 100 outside. Instead, stoak up this pot, brown your meat and throw in a few other ingredients to let it steep all day together. Instead of beef you can use ground Crockpot Sausage Recipes the same way too.

I have several but 8 quart is my favorite one. I also make a lot of Instant Pot recipes so you can check those out as well when meal planning.

Crockpot vegetable beef soup

Can you put raw ground beef in a slow cooker?

I shared with you above how to cook it broken up. You could add it frozen but it would be a lot of work because you would need to break it up often to cook evenly. If you did want to read about How to Cook Frozen Ground Beef a number of different ways I would refer to this information.

Tips when cooking ground beef recipes in your slow cooker

  1. You need to brown ground beef before adding it to your pot. This will yield your best result.
  2. Just add it to a pan on your stovetop on medium high heat and cook just until the outsides are no longer pink.
  3. Then add to your crockpot with your diced tomatoes, beef broth or other ingredients
  4. Follow instructions on your recipe to make all sort of ground beef casseroles and turn on to cook for the day

Yes, pre cooking your beef is a necessary step when it’s slow cooked but will only take a few minutes. This is what I do when making our ever popular 5 ingredient crockpot chili.

5 ingredient crockpot chili

Any good recipes using ground beef?

I mean there are a ton out there, these are specifically cooked in a Crock pot for most of the day. There are so many to choose from you just have to decide whether you want a soup, bbq sandwiches like these for a get together or goulash like you see below.

Crockpot vegetable beef soup is one that you can add all sorts of things into. You can dice potatoes and throw those in there. Make as thick as you would like with tomato paste, makes a cheap meal we all love.

Crockpot hamburger helper is probably one of our most popular slow cooker hamburger recipes because it is so simple to make, cheap, and kids absolutely love it.

Top each bowl with some shredded sharp cheddar cheese and OH MY goodness is this a killer crockpot dinner idea. Total comfort food for sure. Kinda’ like a crockpot chili mac!

crockpot hamburger helper recipe

Can you overcook ground beef in a Crockpot?

I mean any meat can be cooked too long but typically this one will just get softer and break apart more. That typically isn’t a big deal unless you are a big texture person and want to keep it firmer. Just set the cook time so after it is done it will switch from low to keep warm.

Our number one recipe and first one made here on our site was this dump 5 ingredient chili that is great as is, put inside baked potatoes. You can add noodles to make this Crockpot chili mac no beans with the meat. Either one we love to put it on top a bed of rice with cheese on top. We probably make this once a week because it feeds everyone and is super cheap to make….healthy too!

Love this Slow cooker stuffed cabbage even when it isn’t St.Patricks Day. You can load it with a lot of veggies or just float a few if this is a new food to your family.

slow cooker stuffed cabbage soup

How long can you let food stay on warm in a Crock pot?

Food can generally stay on the “warm” setting in a Crock-Pot for 2 – 4 hours. This setting is designed to keep food at a safe temperature above 140°F. Some ingredients may actually dry out if left for longer than 1 hour if there is not a lot of liquid present so keep that in mind.

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