Rating: 4.13 stars
134 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 52
  • 4 star values: 57
  • 3 star values: 18
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 2

This was my favorite dinner growing up. It's a quick and easy way to get picky kids to eat green beans, because of the sweet sauce. It's great served over rice, or alone.

Recipe Summary test

prep:
10 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
40 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the ground beef until evenly brown; drain excess fat.

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  • Stir in green beans and about 1 cup water. Cover, and cook until beans are tender, 15 to 20 minutes.

  • Season with sugar and soy sauce, and cook uncovered for 5 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

444 calories; protein 21.9g; carbohydrates 21.8g; fat 30.3g; cholesterol 96.5mg; sodium 985.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (110)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
06/22/2003
This was really simple and quick to make. I served it over a bed of rice and didn't add the full amounts of soy sauce and sugar. It was still sweet. I thought it was pretty good for how easy it is to make. I wouldn't say it's one of my favorites but it's definitely a keeper. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/22/2011
Okay so I only did 1# frozen green beans with 1/8c sugar & soy. I can see why kids would like it. It's sweet not crazy sweet; but probably enough to get them to have a few - unless they're my kids. I guess if your kids won't eat meat either they might this with the hamburger. For us... just okay. I probably won't make it again but ya never know. Read More
(5)
134 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 52
  • 4 star values: 57
  • 3 star values: 18
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 4 stars
06/21/2003
This was really simple and quick to make. I served it over a bed of rice and didn't add the full amounts of soy sauce and sugar. It was still sweet. I thought it was pretty good for how easy it is to make. I wouldn't say it's one of my favorites but it's definitely a keeper. Read More
(29)
Rating: 4 stars
05/02/2003
Quick easy and tasty. Great for a quick weeknight meal. I used fresh green beans and I suppose canned or even better yet frozen would work just as well. I will definitely make this again although I will reduce the amount of soya sauce by half. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/02/2003
My husband doesn't care for green beans but he loved this dish! Fabulous one-dish meal over rice. I added some black pepper to the meat before cooking. There was too much sauce at the end so I added 1 TBS corn starch & water to thicken it up. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/12/2004
My personal additions/substitutions: Ground turkey for ground beef; canned French cut green beans for whole; tamari sauce instead of soy sauce; honey for sugar. Also added carrots since I needed to get rid of them. Amounts were all used as measured (for 2 servings) though. All in all this tasted good - I think the sweetness of the carrots mixed with the honey might have added something and I also let the meat and veggies sear slightly in the pan to add a slightly smoky flavor. I ate it over ramen noodles with a dash of vinegar and that tasted good - I suspect it might be equally good over rice as others suggested. Read More
(14)
Rating: 4 stars
06/21/2003
Easy very easy and handy as a last-minute meal. My husband and 15 month old son loved it and ate tons I had no leftovers. I actually added a bit more soy sauce than called for since I use Aloha soy sauce and it's less salty. Served over japanese sticky rice it's a good quick meal. Read More
(12)
Rating: 5 stars
06/21/2003
I like to make this recipe with a can of stewed or diced tomatoes added at the last 5 minutes. Otherwise it's a little bland. With the tomatoes it's just like my mom used to make. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/01/2005
I served this over rice. it was pretty good. A bit sweet even though I cut the sugar in half! My kids liked so that alone makes this one a repeater. update I served the leftovers stuffed in sweet peppers topped with a bit of cheese. This was WONDERFUL. I think this may become my standard pepper stuffing. Read More
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
01/21/2003
We had this as kids growing up served over steamed rice only my Dad used slightly thawed mixed frozen veggies (peas carrots green beans and corn) and a dash of white pepper. Wow brings back memories... Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
06/21/2003
I also grew up eating this dish. I never liked veggies but the sweetness of this made me like it. My son also loves it. I wouldn't change a thing about this recipe. It's just perfect!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/22/2011
Okay so I only did 1# frozen green beans with 1/8c sugar & soy. I can see why kids would like it. It's sweet not crazy sweet; but probably enough to get them to have a few - unless they're my kids. I guess if your kids won't eat meat either they might this with the hamburger. For us... just okay. I probably won't make it again but ya never know. Read More
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