How to Cook Ground Beef

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 0 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 12 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Entrée
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


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.


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


  1. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat until hot.
  2. 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.
  3. Let it cook untouched for 4 minutes. This is what helps create a brown crust.
  4. Start to break apart the meat, flipping it over.
  5. Cook, stirring occasionally and breaking it into clumps until cooked through, 4-5 more minutes.
  6. Season with salt and pepper, if using. Stir.
  7. Remove from heat and use as desired.