45-Minute Beef Main Dish Recipes

Find dozens of beef recipes that will be on the table in 45 minutes or less.

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Mini Meatloaves

Rating: 4.61 stars
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Quick and easy to make. A family favorite. The ketchup and brown sugar give these loaves a tangy flavor.

Broccoli Beef II

Rating: 3.94 stars
328
A wonderful dish to make at home and it tastes like take-out. Beef strips are quickly marinated and then sauteed with broccoli and mushrooms in a rich sauce.

Fabulous Beef Tenderloin

Rating: 4.72 stars
753
This beef tenderloin will melt in your mouth. We've had it for both of our Christmas dinners this year (2 families) and got RAVE reviews from everyone. Hard to believe it's so easy to prepare!

Ground Beef 'Wellington' with Fennel

Rating: 4.41 stars
148
I took the idea of wrapping beef in pastry from the traditional beef Wellington to make a simpler dish with the kick of fennel seeds and cayenne. I serve these with tomato sauce.

Salisbury Steak

Rating: 4.42 stars
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This recipe has been in my family for years. It's easy to cook, but tastes like it took hours to make! I usually make enough extra sauce to pour over mashed potatoes. YUM!

Hamburger Steak with Onions and Gravy

Rating: 4.61 stars
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An easy-to-make classic featuring tasty hamburger 'steaks' smothered in gravy and onions. Traditionally served with hot white rice or potatoes, it's a great way to dress up a pound of ground beef and you probably have all the ingredients on hand!

Absolute Best Liver and Onions

Rating: 4.65 stars
691
This recipe will turn liver haters into converts. Very simple! The three things that will set your liver above all others are: 1) soak in milk, 2)turn liver as little as possible and 3) don't overcook!

Air Fryer Meatballs

Rating: 4.9 stars
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After cooking meatballs in the air fryer, I will never bake them in the oven again. The insides stay nice and tender while the outsides get a slight crisp on them. The best part is that you can make them ahead of time and freeze for later use. I have included those directions in the notes. Dip meatballs in marinara, if desired.

The Best Meatballs You'll Ever Have

Rating: 4.43 stars
509
Very tasty meatballs full of spice and sauteed to perfection. I usually serve mine with spaghetti, but I've also served them with a BBQ sauce and rice on the side.

The Best Chicken Fried Steak

Rating: 4.44 stars
1469
I received this recipe from a co-worker about 5 years ago. This is by far the best chicken fried steak I've ever had. I've made this numerous times for my picky eater son and my southern-raised better half, as well as other family and friends. I get nothing but rave reviews each time.

Air Fryer Meatloaf

Rating: 4.17 stars
41
If you have an air fryer, try this simple recipe for meatloaf in under 1 hour.

Meatball Sandwich

Rating: 4.55 stars
1159
Meatballs in tomato sauce with melted cheese on a lightly toasted baguette.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Salisbury Steak with Mushrooms
Rating: Unrated
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A great from-scratch salisbury steak and gravy recipe I found a long time ago. The mushroom and onion gravy is wonderful over mashed potatoes or rice. The gravy is still good without mushrooms. I've made it for my husband that way.
German Hamburgers (Frikadellen)
Rating: Unrated
50
The original hamburger, these are served like a flattened meatball with some steamed string beans and salad. I also like to use this recipe to make Swedish meatballs (but omit the paprika). My Aunt in Hamburg, Germany taught me this recipe and I've been making them ever since. Serve with steamed string beans and tossed salad. Or serve on a Kaiser roll with lettuce, tomato, pickled cucumbers, finely sliced deep fried onions and curry ketchup.

Serbian Cevapcici

Rating: 4.55 stars
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A delicious little sausage-like meat. Great served as a sandwich.