How to Defrost Ground Beef with Hot Water

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Method: Defrost
  • Cuisine: American


Learn the safe way to defrost ground beef in hot water.


  • 1 to 1 and 1/3 lb. frozen ground beef


  1. Fill your sink or a large pot with hot tap water.
  2. Sealed in a secure ziplock bag, submerge the ground beef into the water. Top with a heavy plate or something similar to keep it submerged and surrounded by water.
  3. Every 5 minutes or so, check on the meat and break it up some. (Unlike with the microwave, you don’t need to remove any.)
  4. Within 30 minutes, you’ll have defrosted ground beef ready to be made into a delicious meal.
  5. Cook the defrosted ground beef immediately.