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31 mince recipes for easy weeknight dinners

Looking for a savoury mince recipe? Here are our favourite ways to use this weeknight staple.
Swedish meatballs in a baking dish

Mince is a weeknight staple in many households. It’s cheap, easy to cook with, and goes a long way. These simple, but impressive mince recipes are quick weeknight dinners that will keep the family full. Whether you’re after san choy bow made with chicken mince, or classic sausage rolls made with beef mince, this savoury mince recipes are great everyday of the week.

Mince and rice stuffed capsicums

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Mince and rice stuffed capsicums

Mince and rice stuffed capsicums

Drawing inspiration from Italian and Croatian kitchens, this recipe calls for a savoury meat and rice stuffing that tastes as good as it looks.

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Two ways with Parmigiana-style mince

Two ways with Parmigiana-style mince

Use this easy weeknight recipe to turn one kilogram of mince into dinner for two nights, saving meatloaf leftovers for a cheat’s gozleme.

lentil bolognese

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50/50 bolognese

50/50 Bolognese

Lentils are added to the beef mince in this delicious spaghetti bolognese.

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Pork noodle balls

Pork noodle balls with Asian salad

This pork mince recipe is fragrant, simple and quick!

Pork larb with rice noodles

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Pork larb

Pork larb with rice noodles

Those delicious Thai larb flavours, served with rice noodles to make a flavour-packed, budget-friendly dinner.

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Chow mein

Chow mein

Fast and delicious, this chow mein recipe is a dreamy midweek feed.

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Lamb and mint meatballs with risoni

Lamb and mint meatballs with risoni

Juicy lamb meatballs with risoni and passata to create a mouth-watering winter meal.

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Eggplant bolognese bake

Eggplant bolognese bake

It’s a great all-in-one meat and three veg dish that will have the hungry hoards flocking to the dinner table.

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Chilli chicken san choy bow

Chilli chicken san choy bow

This classic Chinese starter traditionally consists of pork of chicken mince, however in this chilli chicken san choy bow recipe, we’ve added chilis for an extra kick of flavour.

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Quick shepherd’s pie

Quick shepherd’s pie

This classic and quick Shepherd’s pie recipe is filled with a healthy and hearty.

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Chicken koftas with fig and seed pilaf

Chicken koftas with fig and seed pilaf

These spiced chicken koftas are served with a fresh and fragrant fig and seed pilaf for a lovely Middle-Eastern style meal for the family to enjoy.

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Classic beef burger

Classic beef burger

Why order takeaway when you can whip up one of these juicy, beef burgers.

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Keema with green chilli and tomato mince

Keema with green chilli and tomato mince

This flavourful Keema recipe makes for a deliciously light weeknight dinner.

The green turkey burger

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The green turkey burger

The green turkey burger

Take this delicious lettuce wrapped burger to the next step and veg it up! Replace turkey patties with pan-fried haloumi or fried flat mushrooms.

Chicken San Choy Bow

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Chicken san choy bow

Chicken san choy bow

Make this easy chicken san choy bow for your next weeknight meal. A full-flavoured chicken mince and shiitake mushroom filling wrapped in crisp lettuce leaves. Yum.

Pork and sage meatballs with cabbage and pear

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Pork and sage meatballs with cabbage and pear

Pork and sage meatballs with cabbage and pear

Golden meatballs and colourful vegetables tossed with sweet fried pear slices – this dish makes a heavenly lunch or dinner.

mongolian lamb mince

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Mongolian lamb mince with wombok

Mongolian lamb mince with wombok

A quick and easy mince dish packed with classic Asian flavours, this beautiful recipe is perfect for midweek family dinners. Serve with rice or noodles for a filling meal.

savoury mince

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Savoury mince

Savoury mince

The base of so many traditional family meals, savoury mince can be dished up with pasta, on baked potatoes or with noodles on the side.

Spicy lamb, spinach and fetta pizzas

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Spicy lamb, spinach and fetta pizzas

Spicy lamb, spinach and fetta pizzas

Packed full of flavour and spice, this Moroccan style lamb pizza is perfect for lunch – They’d also make great party and picnic food.

CHICKEN, PRESERVED LEMON & SPINACH SAUSAGE ROLLS

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Chicken, preserved lemon & spinach sausage rolls

Chicken, preserved lemon & spinach sausage rolls

An easy chicken mince recipe that’s a fun weeknight dinner, and a fabulous lunchbox filler.

pork dumplings

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Pork dumplings

Pork dumplings

For something so small, dumplings sure pack in a lot of flavour!

NEPALESE PORK  Mince Curry

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Nepalese pork mince curry

Nepalese pork mince curry

This dry, fragrant Nepalese curry, traditionally served with steamed rice and lime wedges, is one of this remote Himalayan country’s most popular meat dishes.

Lamb, cheese and spinach gozleme

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Lamb, cheese and spinach gozleme

Traditional Gozleme

Gozleme is a traditional pastry with a savoury filling of lamb, cheese and spinach. Great for a snack or light meal. Don’t forget to serve with a good squeeze of lemon juice.

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Paprika and lime pork enchiladas

Paprika and lime pork enchiladas

Spicy, sour, tangy pork enchiladas – this deliciously fresh and flavoursome Mexican inspired dish is ticking all the boxes!

larb gai (spicy chicken salad)

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Larb gai (spicy chicken salad)

Larb

A spicy salad based on minced chicken, beef or pork. It’s popular in Vietnam and Thailand, and regarded as the national dish of Laos.

Chicken, minted pea and ricotta meatballs

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Chicken, minted pea and ricotta meatballs

Chicken, minted pea and ricotta meatballs

The addition of fresh mint, peas and ricotta adds a wonderfully fragrant and creamy note to these delicious chicken meatballs. Served in a rich tomato sauce over fresh pasta, it makes a great family meal.

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Lebanese meatball pocket

Lebanese meatball pocket

Experience authentic Lebanese flavours at home with these quick and easy meatball pockets! Full of fresh ingredients, this makes a great family lunch or dinner.

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Lamb and bean nachos with salsa fresca

Lamb and bean nachos with salsa fresca

Take your taste-buds to Mexico with these cheesy lamb and bean nachos and zesty salsa fresca – easy to make and super delicious!

Thai-Style Sticky Pork and Broccolini
(Credit: Australian Women’s Weekly)

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Thai-style sticky pork and broccolini

Thai-style sticky pork and broccolini

Invoke the spicy and juicy senses of Thai cuisine with this quick to prepare sticky pork salad. Perfectly suited as a summer dish.

Spiced lamb sausage rolls
(Credit: Woman’s Day)

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Spiced lamb sausage rolls

Spiced lamb sausage rolls

Your guests will be reaching for more with this gourmet version of classic sausage rolls. Crunchy, golden pastry compliments the tender lamb filling just begging to be dipped in tomato sauce and gobbled up.

Swedish meatballs in a baking dish

Easy to prepare and a guaranteed family favourite, these Swedish meatballs with a twist can be delicious on their own, or scale it up and make it a hearty pasta sauce.

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