There is something elemental about building a meal with ground pork.
Of course pork chops, ribs, pork loin, and roasts all have their place in cuisine, but it turns out that ground pork is just as versatile as ground beef or ground turkey.
Ground pork is the basis for breakfast sausage after all—it’s the garlic powder, sage, and pepper that really turns it into a breakfast patty or link.
We put together this list of easy ground pork recipes that use ground pork that encompass several different types of cuisine.
This Chinese inspired ground pork recipe is delicious and easy to make.
This is flavored with Chinese five spice and soy sauce. Chinese five spice is an earthy spice made of star anise, fennel, peppercorns, cloves and cinnamon.
It is a unique flavor that when combined with soy sauce makes an incredibly delicious dish.
This dish also has shiitake mushrooms , hard boiled eggs and scallions. It is served over rice.
Once you try this dish you will want to eat it over and over again. It is unique and jammed with flavor.
Cooking Help: 5 soy sauce substitutes
Why don’t we eat more pork burgers? Seriously, this is a fantastic use of ground pork.
Beef really should stop getting all of the bun glory.
This recipe combines pork with flavorful chorizo to form a burger patty that has so much flavor that your taste buds will stand at attention and thank you.
You can grill your burgers or you can cook them on the cast iron. Cast iron burgers are fantastic and I lean towards that option quite often.
In this recipe the cook tops the burger with grilled red onion slices, fancy mayo and Manchego cheese.
Follow this brilliant cook’s guidance and you will have one darn juicy burger.
Got leftovers? Here is how to properly reheat hamburgers.
Asian lettuce wraps are an appetizer that I often just turn into my entire meal. They are deceptively filling.
These are so fun to eat, especially if the lettuce is perfectly crisp and green. Though, I must admit that I often make one heck of a mess with these things.
When you cook up your ground pork dinner recipes here you will cook it with white onions, garlic, shiitake mushrooms and water chestnuts.
Also, don’t overlook topping these lettuce wraps with those green onions. They add flavor, texture and beauty to this dish.
While sesame seeds are a natural topper for many Asian dishes, they really make these lettuce wraps POP.
This is one of those easy ground pork recipes that you will want to make again and again.
Some folks are fanatical about their ramen. If you fall in this camp, I think that you are gonna like this recipe.
This is a brightly flavored recipe. It uses a heaping amount of fresh ginger. If you can handle it, it also calls for a nice kick of Sriracha.
What I think makes this soup stand apart is the use of Bok Choy. Bok Choy is a lovely green that doesn’t tend to get enough love.
Well, in this soup it sure does.
Oh and the garlic. Can we just talk about it for a mere moment. Use more than recommended. Ya know, just get a little heavy handed with it for once.
Your ground pork deserves all of the flavor love in this soup and for that matter so does your ramen.
Hot Tip: How to best reheat ramen
So pork fried rice is one of my all-time favorite Chinese dishes. It has ground pork, rice and veggies.
This recipe also has pineapple, which I love. When you combine Asian spices with the tangy sweet pineapple it just all comes together so deliciously.
One of my struggles with making ground pork fried rice at home is the tendency for it to come out too salty.
To avoid this, don’t over use the soy sauce. You may think adding just a bit more will enhance the flavor but it will also make it so salty.
Hot Tip: How to reheat fried rice
We just had a party where sliders were the star of the show. They are just so fun to eat.
These sliders are made with ground pork and barbecue sauce. Then that ground pork mixture is topped with sautéed onions and melted mozzarella cheese.
Now, I personally recommend that your slider buns be Hawaiian rolls but that is up you. These would also be delicious on pretzel rolls.
The question with this recipe isn’t will you like it. It is how many will you eat in one sitting?
Dr Pepper is a Texas tradition. That is why I had to, without question, add this pork recipe to the list.
I love tater tot casserole. Growing up this one was one of my favorite dishes. I was a picky eater but this always got me to the dinner table.
This is a fun twist on tater tot casserole because it is a ground pork recipe, that has bbq sauce and Dr Pepper.
It still has the heaps of stringy gooey cheddar cheese that you are accustomed too.
By the way, tater tot casserole is fantastic left over. So you can double the batch and reheat it for lunches the next day.
This ground pork Korean soup has it all. It has bok choy. It has hard boiled eggs.
It is made with a creamy coconut base. It has gochujang chili paste and all of the aromatic flavors that you would expect.
The best part is you can absolutely make this ground pork recipe at home.
You can use udon noodles or dan dan noodles. You can use ramen noodles that are frozen. Heck you can even use that ramen noodles that you made in college.
Why does beef get all of the chili love? Well, after you eat this ground pork chili recipe you will be asking this question for sure.
This chili recipe not only has stewed tomatoes. It also has ro-tel diced tomatoes with green chilis.
That will be that surprising flavor that everyone will be asking you about. Ya know that question that all of us cooks like.
So what is this flavor? I know what it is but I can’t place it.
It is up to you as to whether you tell everyone or keep it as your secret.
First, let’s discuss the noodles in this soup. These aren’t any skinny wimpy noodles that you see in a lot of soups.
These noodles are big and fat and glorious.
If you don’t want to make your own noodles, no problem. You can use Zoodles or even make butternut squash noodles.
You pick the noodle that makes your tummy happy.
The broth is a chicken bone broth that is enhanced with coconut aminos. Yep, you are thinking exactly the right thing here.
That is some seriously rich flavor.
Then we have the ground pork, and the shallots, cilantro and chives. Oh my this soup is one for the ages.
This is some serious comfort food. The best part is that all of that comfort and a lot of healthy ingredients at the same time.
This casserole is hearty. You can make it ahead and freeze it and bake it later. It is filling and it is delicious. This is an excellent use of ground meat.
I love meal prepping. Back in the day, I was super into putting together casseroles on a Sunday and popping those bad boys in the freezer.
Then before work, I could put it in the fridge and have it thawing for when I got him. Next, pop it in the oven and dinner is done.
This pork casserole has pork sausage, onion, garlic, pasta sauce, pasta cheese and oh so much more.
By the way, I would add even more cheese on top than you think that you should. Then when you pull it out of the oven it will be all bubbly and amazing.
Did you know that bibimbap means mixed rice? Yeah, me neither!
This is a fantastic ground pork rice dish. Now, this is a spicy dish but that is only true depending on how much of the Gochujang you add to the dish.
Gochujang is a Korean hot paste. Generally speaking, when I cook with this I don’t use hardly any at all and frankly more often than not, I leave it out.
That is for you to decide. You could actually substitute a dash of tomato paste in place of it for color and texture.
This recipe calls for sticky rice, which is not just ordinary white rice. The good news is that you can buy pouches of sticky rice at the grocery store now.
That way all that you have to do is heat it up and use it in the recipe.
One of the things that I love about this casserole recipe is the beautiful presentation. Those eggs on top of the dish are just so gorgeous.
Omelettes for dinner are the best! Remember when you were a kid how exciting it was when mom would say breakfast for dinner?
I sure do!
This ground pork omelet recipe is very hearty. It has diced potatoes, onion, tomatoes and for that extra kick diced jalapeño.
I suggest that you throw some biscuits in the oven and cook some bacon too.
Hey, why not make this a meat fest.
Nachos baby! Yep, that is what I had for dinner last night.
I love nachos so insanely much. Ground pork on nachos is a fantastic use of this meat.
This recipe is loaded with mozzarella cheese, olives, red peppers and green onion.
This won’t take you much time to put together but the entire house will be happy.
But hey, this is a perfectly fine recipe just for you too. So don’t think that you need a crowd to make this lovely dish.
You don’t have to go to Ikea to get Swedish meatballs. You can make your own at home right now.
These meatballs are made with a mixture of ground beef and ground pork.
You can serve these meatballs over rice, noodles or even mashed potatoes. Heck you could even use cauliflower rice.
The sauce is a beef broth based sauce that is made creamy using sour cream and heavy cream.
But to me, Swedish meatballs really should be served over noodles.
The sloppy joes are made using ground pork and they have a hint of citrus to them.
What makes a sloppy joe great isn’t just the glorious meat mixture. It is also the bun used and the toppings.
In this case, the toppings are swiss cheese, pickles and mustard.
The meat is seasoned with so much deliciousness, which includes brown sugar, allspice, paprika and coriander.
Yep, this is one full flavored sloppy joe right here.
17. Asian Pork Tacos
I love tacos and I love tacos that have a fantastic slaw. These ground pork Asian tacos fit that bill perfectly.
Oh and you can make this recipe in 30 minutes flat. So you can have yummy without a lot of time.
This ground pork taco is topped with a cabbage slaw that has a zesty flavor and offers the perfect amount of crunch.
Then you drizzle on top of it all the spicy mayo.
Boom! You got an amazing dinner in 30 minutes.
18. Pork Stir Fry
You can put together this dish in 30 minutes which makes it perfect for weeknight dinners.
So this is a quick and easy ground pork stir fry dish.
If you love stir fry but don’t wanna order one more thing from a Chinese restaurant this week, make this dish.
This stir fry has two main ingredients: ground pork and broccoli.
If you are like me and have a special adoration for bell peppers, I suggest adding a sliced red and yellow bell pepper to the dish. You can also add fish sauce for even more depth of flavor.
Dried mushrooms and ground pork may be best friends. I don’t know why exactly but these two items go together splendidly well.
This pasta dish also has spinach, parmesan cheese and crushed garlic.
This is a quick and easy dinner idea. You can put this together and be eating within 20 minutes.
Even though the recipe calls for rigatoni pasta, you can use whatever you happen to have in the pantry.
This is also another dish that is perfect for family dinners on busy weeknights.
20. Bolognese Sauce
Pasta sauce from a jar is darn handy. We use it plenty in this house but only when we are in such a hurry that we must.
When want a nice dinner we slow down the universe and we make a homemade sauce.
This slow simmer bolognese sauce is made using ground pork and it offers such a nice flavor. But the rich flavor doesn’t stop there.
This sauce also has pancetta and ground beef chuck. Then if you can get your hands on it buy a can of San Marzano tomatoes.
Oh and whatever you do, don’t skimp on the red wine. It adds such flavor to a bolognese sauce.
This pasta is made with ground pork, bell peppers and a homemade marinara sauce.
In the recipe you will see that you can use either shredded cheese or cubed cheese.
I say that you should use both.
By the way, if you don’t have any gemelli pasta on hand, don’t sweat it. Just use whatever short pasta that you have.
Since I am a spice lightweight, I do want to mention that you don’t have to add those red pepper flakes. If you do so, do it sparingly unless you love that heat.
If that is you, enjoy.
22. Mini Pork Pies
Did you know that in England, they leave pork pies out for Santa instead of cookies?
I didn’t either. But now I do and now I gotta know more about this treat that is oh so delicious that Santa must have one.
So a pork pie is essentially exactly what it sounds like. It is a pie crust that is jammed with savory ground pork.
It’s seasoned with nutmeg, mustard powder and Worcestershire sauce and mixed with beaten eggs.
Give this one a try and let us know what you think.
Ok so imagine with me if you will, a Asian flavored meatball that is wrapped in a perfect cabbage leaf and then topped with a sticky sweet sauce.
That my darlings is an Asian stuffed cabbage roll. Not the same as an egg roll.
The flavors and spices used in this recipe are out of this world. You will use freshly minced ginger, fresh garlic cloves, shiitake mushrooms, scallions and cilantro.
Honestly, there is so much goodness in this recipe that I can’t bring myself to list it all here.
24. Naan Pork Pizza
I love Naan pizza. So this ground pork pizza recipe really caught my taste buds and got their attention.
What makes this pork pizza recipe unique is that it is seasoned with soy sauce, lime juice, adobo and then tomato sauce.
So it has a unique flavor profile compared to your traditional pure Italian style pizza.
Meatloaf recipes have come a long way since I was a kid. This ground pork meatloaf recipe is one example of that.
This meatloaf recipe is made with a mixture of beef and ground pork.
I think that a key to this recipe is that it calls for fresh breadcrumbs. Then it brings in freshly ground black pepper.
Those small details really make an impact.
26. Dirty Rice
What is dirty rice? Well, it is a Cajun flavored dish that starts off with traditional white rice as the foundation.
It becomes dirty because it turns brown from all of the meat and seasonings.
The dirtier the better when it comes to dirty rice.
This recipe is jammed with spices and herbs. These include Cajun seasoning, thyme, garlic, onion and bacon grease.
Yep, you read that right. This thing has some serious flavor.
Oh pot stickers are legit just the best! Sometimes we will have nothing but Gyoza for dinner.
As a matter of fact, I almost had a batch of them for lunch today.
This is a recipe for how to make your own from scratch right at home. If you want to have some fun in the kitchen I strongly recommend giving this recipe a try.
But do be warned, these are addictive.
Do you like stroganoff? I sure do but oddly I don’t have it nearly often enough.
This recipe is a bit unique which is why it made the list. It is made with ground pork, of course but there are some surprise ingredients too.
This stroganoff is made with sliced apples and button mushrooms.
Also, I do really feel that stroganoff should be made with egg noodles. So make sure that you pick some of those up when planning for this meal.
Stuffed peppers are pretty if they are done properly. This recipe shows you how to do them properly.
Now of course, it doesn’t matter how pretty your food is if it doesn’t also deliver in the taste department.
This recipe does just that. The beauty of this recipe is all in the ingredients and the method.
This recipe calls for lots of fresh ingredients including fresh ripe tomatoes and fresh rosemary.
By the way, check out our favorite sides for stuffed peppers.
Hot Tip: How to reheat stuffed peppers
The bottom line
If you are looking for easy recipes to cook with lean ground pork, this list will not disappoint.
You can make juicy ground pork burgers one night. Then next time you can make juicy pork meatballs.
The options with ground pork truly are endless.
One of my favorites is deconstructed egg rolls. Want that low-carb recipe? Email us firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for Andi’s Deconstructed Eggrolls Recipe!
Let us know if you try something new with ground pork!
- Ro Zao Braised Ground Pork
- Chorizo And Pork Burger
- Asian Lettuce Wraps
- Gingery Pork Ramen
- Pork Fried Rice
- BBQ Pork Sliders
- Dr Pepper Pork Tater Tot Casserole
- Korean Style Ground Pork Soup
- Ground Pork Chili
- Ginger Garlic Pork Noodle Soup
- Pork Lasagna Casserole
- Bibimbap Ground Pork Casserole
- Spicy Ground Pork Omelet
- Loaded Ground Pork Nachos
- Swedish Meatballs
- Cuban Sloppy Joes
- Asian Pork Tacos
- Pork Stir Fry
- Pork Pasta With Dried Mushrooms
- Bolognese Sauce
- Cheesy Sausage And Pepper Pasta
- Mini Pork Pies
- Asian Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
- Naan Pork Pizza
- Ground Pork Meatloaf Recipe
- Dirty Rice
- Ground Pork Pot Stickers
- Ground Pork Stroganoff
- Ground Pork Stuffed Peppers
- Pick one or two recipes to try
- Follow the directions and make a ground pork recipe
- Enjoy every bite