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Let's Go: Ground Beef Bulgogi (Korean Beef)

Updated: Aug 25, 2020

This is a way to get some Korean flavors and mix up your ground beef/meat recipes that I got from Seonkyoung Longest on YouTube. As you see below, Bulgogi is typically thinly sliced beef, but here we are using ground beef. You get the Korean flavors, but it's with ground beef.

I had it with rice, but you could just eat the ground beef and make it keto or low-carb.


YouTube video below.

What is Bulgogi? "Bulgogi is a classic Korean dish that translates to “fire-meat”. It’s a marinated beef that is thinly sliced and is very common in Korean households. Some have made comparisons to spaghetti and meatballs being to Italians as Bulgogi is to Koreans. Bulgogi is usually eaten over rice or as a wrap, completely wrapped in lettuce. According to Korea Journal, Bulgogi’s origins stretch back to the Goguryeo (that’s a mouthful!) era (37 B.C. to 668 A.D.). In the Goguryeo era it began as a kabob-like dish of skewered meat called maekjeok. With time, the maekjeok transformed into a dish known as seoryamyeok, which was a more brothy meal of marinated beef soaked in cold water, which finally became neobiani, which is a luxury dish preffered by Korean royalty.



I made a smaller portion for myself. It lasted me a couple meals anyways

What I used:

- 8 oz. of ground beef

- Soy sauce

- Mirin

- Onion powder

- Garlic Powder

- Sugar (a little)

- Grape jelly (in place of plum extract; in her recipe, she says you could substitute apricot jam anyways. I just happened to have grape jelly.)

I used garlic powder and onion powder because I didn't have fresh garlic or onions at the time.


I just mixed it all with the ground beef. Because it's ground beef and not sliced beef, you don't have to worry about marinating it for a long time. The ground beef picks up the flavors pretty fast.

Then I just browned the ground beef and ate it with rice.

RESULT: Success! :)

We are good at this! Very yummy! This introduced me to Bulgogi and I look forward to having the authentic one with sliced beef sometime soon! It's a fast and easy way to get some Korean flavors and mix up your ground beef/meat recipes as I said above!

Check out Seonkyoung Longest for more info and other recipes!

Give it a try! We are good at this!

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