Baked Eggplant with Ground Beef


My grandmother made the best eggplant and ground beef. I hope you enjoy this recipe.

close up view of a Baked Eggplant with Ground Beef and tomato sauce, on a white plate with a blue design
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 5 mins


  • ¼ cup bread crumbs

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, or more to taste

  • ½ pound ground beef

  • 1 small onion, chopped

  • 1 clove garlic, chopped

  • 1 eggplant, halved lengthwise and pulp scooped from peel leaving two shells

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can whole tomatoes with juice, divided

  • ¼ cup cooked rice

  • ¼ cup shredded Italian cheese blend

  • 1 hard-boiled egg, diced

  • ¼ teaspoon dried basil

  • 1 pinch salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Put bread crumbs in a bowl with enough water to cover; set aside to soak.

  3. Heat oil in a large skillet. Cook and stir ground beef, onion, and garlic in hot oil until the beef is completely browned and no large chunks remain, 7 to 10 minutes.

  4. Stir eggplant into ground beef mixture; cook and stir until eggplant is tender, about 5 minutes. Remove the skillet from heat and set aside to allow the mixture to cool.

  5. Drain excess water from bread crumbs and put in a large bowl; add ground beef mixture, half the tomatoes, rice, cheese, egg, and basil. Stir the mixture until ingredients are evenly mixed, adding more liquid from the tomatoes if too dry; season with salt and pepper. Fill the eggplant shells with the mixture and put into a large baking dish. Top with remaining tomatoes and cover the dish with aluminum foil.

  6. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes, remove foil, and continue baking until beginning to brown around the edges, about 10 minutes more.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

628 Calories
36g Fat
48g Carbs
33g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 628
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 36g 46%
Saturated Fat 11g 56%
Cholesterol 188mg 63%
Sodium 773mg 34%
Total Carbohydrate 48g 17%
Dietary Fiber 13g 45%
Total Sugars 16g
Protein 33g
Vitamin C 25mg 126%
Calcium 266mg 20%
Iron 7mg 37%
Potassium 1417mg 30%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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