This ground beef stroganoff is a mix of hamburger meat and mushrooms, all in a creamy sauce with egg noodles. A comfort food classic that’s easy to make and is always a big hit with family and friends.

I always have a container of ground beef in my freezer for quick and easy meals including cheesy hamburger casserole, one pot homemade hamburger helper, hearty hamburger steak with mushrooms, and creamy ground beef stroganoff.

A plate of ground beef stroganoff served with green beans.

Beef stroganoff is a comfort food classic for good reason. It’s simple to make, full of flavor and is great for a chilly winter night. This ground beef stroganoff cooks in a fraction of the time as the traditional version, but still has all the same great flavors.

Ground beef stroganoff ingredients

Bowls of ingredients including vegetables, broth, herbs and seasonings.

This ingredients in this dish include butter, ground beef, salt and pepper, onion, mushrooms, garlic, flour, beef broth, Italian seasoning, paprika, Worcestershire sauce, sour cream, egg noodles and parsley.

HOW DO YOU MAKE GROUND BEEF STROGANOFF?

Start by browning ground beef in a pan until it is cooked through, then remove the beef from the pan and cover it. Prepare the sauce by cooking onions, mushrooms and garlic with butter in the pan. Stir flour into the veggies and let it cook for a minute to help thicken the sauce. Next, add beef broth and seasonings to the pan. After the sauce has time to simmer and thicken, add sour cream and the ground beef. Serve the stroganoff over egg noodles with a sprinkle of parsley on top, then enjoy!

Step by step shots showing how to cook noodles and brown beef and mushrooms.

TIPS FOR THE BEST GROUND BEEF STROGANOFF

  • I typically use 90% lean ground beef. It’s flavorful but doesn’t produce a lot of excess grease. If you’re using meat with a higher fat content, you’ll want to drain the grease from the pan after the meat is cooked.
  • In my opinion, cremini mushrooms work best in this dish as I find they have more flavor than button mushrooms.
  • This sauce works best with full fat sour cream. Low fat dairy products can sometimes separate when exposed to heat. No sour cream on hand? Try a little heavy cream instead.
  • Ground beef stroganoff will stay fresh in the refrigerator for 3 days. I don’t recommend freezing it as the sauce may separate when thawed.
  • I like the fresh flavor and color that chopped parsley adds to the dish. If you don’t have parsley on hand, green onions would also be a good option.
Process shots showing how to make ground beef stroganoff.

Recipe FAQs

What is stroganoff?

Stroganoff is beef or sometimes chicken that is cooked on the stove with a creamy sauce. The meat mixture is often served on top of noodles. Stroganoff comes from Russia but it also incorporates the cooking traditions of France. The preparation of the sauce comes from French techniques, with flavors from Russia such as sour cream. My recipe contains other international elements including Worcestershire sauce from England and paprika from Hungary for maximum flavor.

What is stroganoff sauce made of?

Stroganoff sauce includes butter, flour, onions, mushrooms, beef broth and sour cream. The main flavoring agents are Italian seasoning, paprika and Worcestershire sauce. The result of combining all these ingredients is a creamy, savory sauce that is pairs perfectly with the ground beef.

What do I serve with beef stroganoff?

The most common accompaniment to beef stroganoff is wide egg noodles. Other options include mashed potatoes or rice. I also always serve a green vegetable, such as broccoli, asparagus or green beans.

A serving bowl filled with ground beef stroganoff and a side of green beans.

Flavor variations

This dish is fabulous as-is, but you can change up the ingredients to customize the flavors to your tastes.

  • Protein: No ground beef on hand? Ground turkey or ground pork will also work just fine. You can even use diced chicken thighs.
  • Vegetables: While cremini mushrooms are a classic choice, you can use other types of mushrooms such as button, portobello or chanterelle. You can also add more vegetables such as broccoli or spinach, which are delicious albeit less traditional choices.
  • Sauce: Feel free to amp up the sauce by making it extra creamy with a splash of heavy cream or 1-2 ounces of cream cheese.

This dish is a great way to turn a pound of hamburger meat into an extraordinary meal!

More Ground Beef Recipes To Try

5 from 7 votes

Ground Beef Stroganoff

AuthorSara Welch
A plate of ground beef stroganoff served with green beans.
This ground beef stroganoff is a mix of hamburger meat and mushrooms, all in a creamy sauce with egg noodles. A comfort food classic that's easy to make and is always a big hit with family and friends.
Time
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine American
Serves 4

Ingredients 

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 pound ground beef I use 90% lean
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt divided use
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion finely diced
  • 8 ounces cremini mushrooms sliced
  • 2 teaspoons garlic minced
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 3/4 cup sour cream full fat
  • 12 ounces egg noodles
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley

Instructions 

  • Cook the egg noodles in salted water according to package directions.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of butter in a large pan over medium high heat.
  • Place the beef in the pan and cook for 4-5 minutes, breaking up the meat into small pieces with a spoon or spatula. Season with 1 teaspon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper.
  • After the meat is cooked through, remove it from the pan and place on a plate. Cover with foil to keep warm.
  • If there is excess grease in the pan from the beef, drain it off.
  • Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter in the pan. Add the onions and mushrooms. Cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until tender and browned. Season the vegetables with 1/4 teaspoon salt.
  • Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Add the flour to the pan, and stir to coat the vegetables. Cook for 1 minute, while continuing to stir.
  • Add the beef broth, paprika, Italian seasoning and Worcestershire sauce to the pan, stirring well. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until sauce is thickened.
  • Stir in the sour cream. Add the ground beef back to the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes until the meat is heated through.
  • Top the stroganoff with parsley, then serve with the egg noodles.

Notes

  1. I typically use 90% lean ground beef. It’s flavorful but doesn’t produce a lot of excess grease. If you’re using meat with a higher fat content, you’ll want to drain the grease from the pan after the meat is cooked.
  2. This sauce works best with full fat sour cream. Low fat dairy products can sometimes separate when exposed to heat. No sour cream on hand? Try a little heavy cream instead.
  3. Ground beef stroganoff will stay fresh in the refrigerator for 3 days. I don’t recommend freezing it as the sauce may separate when thawed.

Nutrition

Calories: 581kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 259mg | Sodium: 648mg | Potassium: 1015mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 952IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 122mg | Iron: 4mg

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  1. 5 stars
    My son shared your page. Love your recipes. Will look forward for more interesting recipes which I could follow. Thanks! Have a blessed day 🙏

  2. 5 stars
    Love this recipe for using up ground beef. I always settle for Bolognese but glad I tried this instead as the family loved it and it was quick and easy. Added green peas for extra color.

  3. 5 stars
    I have never made stroganoff using ground beef before, but I totally want to try it now. 🙂 Looks like a great dinner idea for a busy weeknight.

  4. 5 stars
    This ground beef stroganoff is a really easy dinner recipe that even the kids loved! This is going to be a staple in out house from now on.

  5. 5 stars
    Another extra yummy recipe! We had it for dinner yesterday, and everyone was super pleased at our table. Definitely making it again.