How to Cook Ground Beef

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Learn how to cook ground beef the right way so it stays juicy but gets nicely browned. I’ll show you my secrets so it comes out perfectly every time.

Learn how to cook ground beef the right way so it stays juicy but gets nicely browned. I'll show you my secrets so it comes out perfectly every time. 

Knowing how to cook ground beef well is a vital skill in my opinion. Ground beef is used in so many dishes! I use it in my basic pasta sauce, baked ziti, nacho dip, and this easy Mexican skillet dinner. Those are just a few recipes, though. You can use ground beef in practically everything.

The trick to cooking ground beef well is to not move it around a lot until it’s finished cooking and nicely browned. This helps create a crust on the meat which is delicious.

I like to let my ground beef come to room temperature for 15-20 minutes before cooking it on the counter. I saute it in olive oil, I think that works best for browning. It’s important to use a nice big pan, I don’t like non-stick for this, I like to use stainless steel or cast iron. I think a quality pan heats more evenly creating a better cook on the meat.

Once the beef goes into the pan, I flatten it out like a big, thin burger patty. I let a crust form before I start to break it up and flip it. The meat finishes cooking before I break it up into smaller clusters and remove it from the heat.

You can season it with salt and pepper, and use it right away, or incorporate it into whatever dish you’re making.

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How to Cook Ground Beef


  • Author: Allie McDonald
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 17 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x

Description

Learn how to cook ground beef the right way so it stays juicy but gets nicely browned. I’ll show you my secrets so it comes out perfectly every time.


Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground beef, I like to use 85% fat
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 3/4 tsp. salt (if desired)
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper (if desired)

Instructions

  1. About 15-20 minutes before you’re going to cook the beef, remove it from the fridge so it can come closer to room temperature. This helps it cook more evenly.
  2. In a large skillet, preferably cast iron, heat the olive oil over medium heat for about 2 minutes until hot.
  3. Add the ground beef, and using a spatula press the beef into an even, flat layer in the pan, almost like you’re making a big hamburger.
  4. Let it cook untouched for 5 minutes. This is what helps create a brown crust.
  5. Start to break apart the meat, flipping it over.
  6. Cook for an additional 5 minutes until cooked through, and then go back with the spatula and break apart into smaller clumps.
  7. Remove from the heat and serve as desired, or incorporate into a recipe.

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