20 budget meals you can make with mince
Meat-filled meals don’t have to break the bank! These cheap and cheerful mince-based meals use store-cupboard ingredients, and most are freezable
Mince is a great cost-effective meat option as it can easily be frozen before and after cooking. Make batches of bolognese sauces, chilli con carne and meatballs and reserve for a day when you need it. Read our helpful guide on defrosting mince. For more frugal family meal ideas, browse our budget dinner recipes and budget batch-cooking recipes.
Our budget-friendly pork and apple burgers are perfect for an easy and delicious family supper. This easy midweek meal takes just 10 mins to prepare.
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If you’re a fan of Swedish meatballs, try our twist with these Swedish meatball burgers. They’re a favourite with the kids and you can use pork or beef mince without changing the flavour.
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Make these beef patties go even further with extra veggie, such as carrots and roasted pepper. A simple way to boost flavour and up your children’s 5-a-day intake without them noticing!
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These easy, healthy turkey burgers can be on the table in only 35 mins, perfect for a weeknight meal. They can also be frozen to avoid waste. Just cook for longer from frozen if you don’t use the entire batch immediately.
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Whip up a massive batch of bolognese that’s fit to feed a hungry crowd, or freeze half for a speedy midweek meal. This recipe makes 12 servings but can easily be halved.
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This healthy bolognese can be on the table in less than 30 mins. Top with bread crumbs and basil for extra texture and flavour. This recipe is freezable.
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Batch cook a delicious and healthy spaghetti bolognese in your slow cooker. It’s low in calories, salt and saturates while being high in protein. Freeze the leftovers for easy midweek dinners when you’re pushed for time.
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Chilli con carne
Use whichever canned beans you have in the cupboard for this richly spiced beef and chipotle slow cooker chilli. It’s a perfect meal to prepare for busy weeknights.
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Freeze the mince base so you can have this chilli on the table in minutes during a busy week. The kids can have fun packing their own tortillas.
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Slow cook your next lasagne for extra tender mince – this version is low-fat and low-calorie, too. A healthy family meal to give you comfort on cold nights.
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Save money on a takeaway with this low-calorie Chinese-style meal for two. It’s made with a rich soy and pepper sauce, ginger, spring onions and sesame oil.
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Try these slow cooker meatballs for a tasty family meal. Turkey mince makes lighter meatballs which kids love, while also being high in protein. They also freeze well making batch cooks easy.
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Bring out the flavours of these pork mince meatballs with a lingonberry or cranberry sauce. They go amazing well with creamy mashed potatoes or buttery rice.
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This flavourful tomato sauce with turkey mince meatballs is super simple, with only three steps. It can be on your table in under an hour.
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Slow cook shepherd’s pie and you’ll be rewarded with savoury, succulent mince. This recipe is also low-fat and low-calorie with three of your 5-a-day.
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Our healthy, low-fat shepherd’s pie can be frozen to enjoy another day. This budget-friendly meal makes the most of store-cupboard spices and frozen peas.
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This classic shepherd’s pie takes only 15 mins to prepare and once assembled can be frozen for up to one month.
This delicious, spiced lamb mixture can be prepared in only 5 mins. Add shop-bought curry paste to your cheap frozen lamb mince to create a fragrant mixture that you can pile onto flour wraps or chapatis for a healthy and filling dinner.
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These flavourful pork and chilli lettuce cups are a great starter or canapé for when you’re entertaining. But they can also be bulked up into a great main with the help of some perfectly cooked rice. The filling in these pork lettuce cups can be frozen for up to two months.
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These Thai-inspired spicy mince and lettuce cups are quick, simple, cheap and low in fat. Have them as a starter or pair them with other canapés from our budget-friendly entertaining recipes to make them even more substantial.
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