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Ground Beef Sauerbraten Goulash

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Here’s a fast and easy twist on a German classic. Ground Beef Sauerbraten Goulash has all the warm spicy flavor of traditional sauerbraten but it will be on the table in less than 30 minutes!

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The idea for this ground beef sauerbraten goulash sat in my head for several months.

I’m not sure what took me so long to make (and share) it but trust me when I say… but better late than never.

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Enjoy the delicious TASTE OF GERMANY delivered straight to your home!


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The ingredient list:

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Why this recipe works:

You’re going to love this 30-minute hearty and comforting take on traditional German sauerbraten! It only takes a fraction of the time to make, but it’s got all that great depth of flavor!

How this recipe came to be:

I’ve been a long-standing subscriber to German Food Box, which is a monthly subscription box filled with all kinds of delicious and authentic German food products.

It’s always a special treat for me when a box is delivered to my door. I know there will be products enclosed that will spur on my creativity and inspire deliciousness.

It’s like Christmas morning every time a box is delivered.

Things like German mustards, bread, jams, jellies, candy, cookies, mixes, noodles, holiday treats, honey, tea (just to name a few) are all nestled neatly inside a sturdy woodgrain-like cardboard box.

Enclosed in one of those nifty food boxes was a packet of Knorr sauerbraten mix.

I tucked that packet aside in my kitchen cabinet, knowing that one day I’d make something delicious, but I wasn’t quite sure what it might be.

This recipe for German-inspired ground beef sauerbraten goulash served over egg noodles is my brainstorm, and I don’t mind telling you it’s completely and utterly Wunderbar!

Can sauerbraten goulash be made in advance and refrigerated?

The ground beef and sauce can be made in advance, but I recommend making the egg noodles right before you plan to serve and eat.

If the egg noodles are made in advance and refrigerated there is a very good chance that due to their starch content they’ll end up sticking together and be very clumpy to serve and harder to reheat.

How to store the leftovers:

IF you have leftovers, I recommend stirring the egg noodles and ground beef mixture together first before adding it to an air-tight container.

This will prevent the noodles from sticking and clumping instead of layering the noodles and topping with the ground beef sauerbraten mixture.

Leftovers can be refrigerated for up to 5-6 days.

Can ground beef sauerbraten goulash be frozen?

Yes, but if freezing make sure to combine the egg noodles and sauerbraten goulash well before freezing to prevent the egg noodles from sticking and clumping when thawed.

How to reheat after freezing:

Thaw completely in the refrigerator and then reheat the goulash on top of the stove adding approximately ½ cup of water or beef stock to the pan while cooking.

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How to make sauerbraten goulash with ground beef:

  • In a large skillet sauté sliced onions and shallots in olive oil until slightly caramelized.
  • Add ground beef and cook, stirring occasionally until browned.
  • Stir in the sauerbraten seasoning packet, grated nutmeg, and beef stock.
  • Add garlic, molasses, allspice, salt, pepper, and gingersnap cookies. Stir well.
  • Cook an additional 3-4 minutes while the cookies breakdown and melt into the sauce.
  • Meanwhile, cook the egg noodles in boiling salted water per the package instructions.
  • Drain the egg noodles and spoon the ground beef sauerbraten goulash over the noodles and serve with chopped fresh parsley, if desired.
A big bowl of ground beef sauerbraten goulash with fresh parsley, a serving spoon, blue napkins and a salt and pepper shaker in the background.

Can ground turkey be swapped out for the ground beef?

I don’t see why not.

The only thing I might suggest if making that swap is to add more gingersnaps to the sauce to give it a little extra flavor.

You can also swap out chicken broth for the beef broth (or stock), and then I’d also suggest adding a touch more molasses to give the sauce a slightly heartier flavor.

Additional German inspired recipes:

*German Onion Soup (pictured below)

German Onion Soup has plenty of caramelized onions, beer, bratwurst, and pretzel roll croutons. This delicious and hearty caramelized onion soup with a German flair will soon become a family favorite!

A bowl of German onion soup with onions and pretzel roll in the background along with a glass of beer.

* Red Cabbage Sauerkraut from Yum Vegan Food

* Homemade German Pretzels from West Via Midwest

* Knockwurst Sausage Sandwich (pictured below)

This copycat German knockwurst sandwich is my version of a terrific sausage sandwich I’d had while on vacation in Northern Wisconsin.

Knockwurst Sausage Sandwich on a pretzel roll with a side sauce and chips.

*German Potato Salad from Self Proclaimed Foodie

*Oktoberfest Burger from The Snappy Gourmet

*German Bee Sting Cake (pictured below)

German Bee Sting Cake is a yeasted cake with a beautiful texture, fantastic honey flavor (hence the name), a beautifully caramelized almond topping, not to mention a thick, creamy vanilla filling.

A German bee sting cake on a glass cake stand with a yellow and black napkin

*Ground Beef Sauerbraten Goulash (pictured below) THIS IS THE PLACE!!

Below is the printable recipe card along with the exact ingredient measurements and nutritional information for making today’s fast and easy German inspired ground beef sauerbraten goulash.

If you’ve made this recipe, or are excited to make this recipe, I’d appreciate it if you’d take a moment to leave it a star rating in the recipe card, along with a comment if you’re so inclined. Thank you. 🙂

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Ground Beef Sauerbraten Goulash

Renee - Kudos Kitchen
Ground Beef Sauerbraten Goulash has all the warm spicy flavor of traditional sauerbraten but with using ground beef it will be on the table in less than 30 minutes.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Easy Main Course
Cuisine German Cuisine
Servings 6 servings
Calories 662 kcal


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium red onion sliced
  • 2 medium shallots sliced
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 packet Knorr Sauerbraten mix
  • teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 2 teaspoons molasses
  • 1/8 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • 6 gingersnap cookies
  • 16 ounces egg noodles cooked and drained
  • fresh parsley chopped, optional


  • In a large skillet over medium heat, sautee the onions and shallots in the olive oil until lightly caramelized (approximately 1-2 minutes)
  • Add the ground beef to the skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until the beef is browned and no longer pink.
  • Add the sauerbraten packet to the skillet along with the beef broth, molasses, nutmeg, and allspice.
  • Bring the mixture to a simmer and then add the gingersnap cookies.
  • Cook and stir occasionally for an additional 2-3 minutes for the cookies to breakdown and melt into the sauce.
  • To serve spoon the sauerbraten goulash over the cooked and drained egg noodles and garnish with chopped fresh parsley, if desired.



Serving: 1servingCalories: 662kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 51gFat: 34gSaturated Fat: 12gPolyunsaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 148mgSodium: 650mgFiber: 2gSugar: 5g
Keyword easy German cuisine, German main course, Ground Beef Sauerbraten Goulash, sauerbraten goulash
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Recipe Rating

Larry W

Monday 22nd of February 2021

Renee, Tonight I made “Ground Beef Sauerbraten Goulash” and the only thing different is I reduced the broth to 2 cups. There was no mention of draining after cooking the ground beef. Should I have? My wife loved it and I thought it was very flavorful. I had to purchase the Sauerbraten mix online as Knorr doesn’t sell it in North America. (I called) Will make again, but might try a beef roast and use a slow cooker. Thanks for recipe, Larry


Tuesday 23rd of February 2021

Hi, Larry! I'm so happy that you and your wife enjoyed this recipe. No. I didn't drain my beef, although you sure could if you're concerned about the extra fat. I love the idea of making this with a beef roast in the slow cooker. I'm sure it will be delicious. I thought the ground beef was a fun riff of the classic so that's how the recipe came to be. :) You're welcome, and thanks for letting me know your thoughts. Oh, btw, if you'd like to leave a rating for this recipe (Google loves ratings), I sure would appreciate that. Thanks so much and take good care, Renee

friday lynn

Monday 12th of October 2020

Hi I am a fan of your Big Mac Sliders they were so so good for the kids and me and Husband with some roasted onions and Potatoes and Mushroom it was great all together....

Thank You friday lynn


Monday 12th of October 2020

So glad to hear it! Thanks for letting me know, Friday Lynn!! :) Take good care, Renee