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ground beef made easy

simply cooked ground beef

  • 1.

    Cook ground beef in non-stick skillet over medium-high heat for 8-10 minutes, breaking into small chunks with back of spoon while cooking. Cook until browned and completely cooked.

  • 2.

    Drain to reduce fat.

  • 3.

    Add to pasta sauce, chili, casserole, taco and soup recipes, seasoning to taste.

ground beef takes shape

Use a light hand when combining ingredients and shaping meat for the most tender, moist results.This basic recipe makes 4 burgers, about 30 meatballs or 1 meat loaf.

1 lb (500 g) 1/4 cup (50 mL) 1 1 tbsp (15 mL)

Ground Beef EACH dry bread crumbs and minced onion egg, lightly beaten Worcestershire sauce Salt and pepper

Just-right burgers: Cook 3/4-inch (2 cm) thick patties using medium-high heat on a lightly oiled grill or skillet for 5-7 minutes per side, testing doneness with a digital rapid-read thermometer inserted sideways into centre of each patty. Burgers are completely cooked when thermometer reads 160ºF (71ºC).

Easy-cooking meatballs: Bake 1 inch (2.5 cm) meatballs in a single layer on a lightly oiled, rimmed baking sheet at 400ºF (200ºC) for 15-20 minutes until digital rapid-read thermometer inserted into the centre of several meatballs reads 160ºF (71ºC).

Our basic meat loaf: Increase ground beef to 1 1/2 lb (750 g) and add 1/4 cup (50 mL) ketchup to the mix. Place loaf in a 9 x 5-inch (2 L) pan and top with more ketchup. Bake at 350ºF (180ºC) for 55-70 minutes until digital rapid-read thermometer inserted into centre of loaf reads 160ºF (71ºC).

frozen assets

Consider cooking up convenience when you stock up on ground beef. By cooking the meat before freezing, you will have cooked ground beef ready to add to your favourite pasta sauce, chili, soup or casserole recipe. Dinner just got easier!

big batch cooked ground beef

4 lb (2 kg) 4

Ground Beef EACH onions and garlic cloves, minced

  • 1.

    Cook ground beef in stockpot or Dutch oven, using medium-high heat for 9-10 minutes, breaking into small chunks with back of spoon until browned and completely cooked. Drain in colander. Return to pot and add onion and garlic; simmer uncovered for 12-15 minutes until vegetables are soft.

  • 2.

    Spread mixture in a single layer on several foil-lined baking trays; cover loosely with plastic wrap and freeze just until meat is firm (about 1 hour).

  • 3.

    Loosen frozen beef into chunks and scoop meal-sized portions into freezer bags or sealable containers. Freeze for up to 3 months. Makes about 10 cups (2.5 L)

Nutrition Matters: To reduce the fat further in cooked ground beef, rinse with hot water after draining.

Cook’s Notes: When adding frozen cooked ground beef to recipes calling for browned ground beef, you may need to slightly increase the recipe’s cooking time.

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