Ground Beef is versatile and can be used in a variety of dishes, from one-skillet or one-pot meals to ethnic cuisine. From a relaxing family brunch to unexpected dinner guests or feeding a rowdy, tailgating crew, you can find a quick and easy meal for any occasion with Ground Beef.

Kid-Tested & Approved

Guaranteed to be a hit with the whole family without sacrificing taste or nutrition. Lucky for you, these are parent-approved, too.

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Breakfast

Start your morning with an easy and nutritious Ground Beef breakfast to power up for the day ahead.

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Appetizers

For home entertaining or taking to a potluck, these quick and easy Ground Beef appetizers are delicious whether you use a fork or your fingers. 

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The Tastiest Burgers

Learn the tricks of one of America’s favorite Ground Beef preparations: the burger.

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Simple Ways To Cook Ground Beef

From one-skillet meals to grilling, learn how to cook Ground Beef in a variety of convenient and nutritious meals.

Always use a meat thermometer as the best way to check beef’s temperature. Insert the thermometer into the center or thickest part of a meatloaf or meatball, or horizontally from the side into the center for burger patties.

Video: How To Check Meat Thermometer

Refrigerating and Freezing for Storage

You’ve picked up your Ground Beef and unloaded your groceries. If you’re not going to use the meat in the next day or two, have no fear! Just follow these recommendations for storing Ground Beef.

Thawing

It’s almost dinnertime, everyone’s hungry, and all you have is a pound of Ground Beef in the freezer. You’re in luck! Ground Beef is easy to thaw in the microwave or in your refrigerator if you have a little more time.

Refrigerate for 12 Hours

Understanding the Grinds

There are a lot of choices when it come to Ground Beef. Learn about the common grinds, from 70% lean to 95% lean, and what dishes they're best for.

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70% Lean

 
 

Ground Beef that is not less than 70% lean (usually a 73/27 or 75/25 lean-to-fat ratio) is used for burgers and in recipes calling for browning (crumbles) and pouring off drippings, such as chili, tacos and spaghetti sauce. When properly cooked, it is moist and juicy.

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Recommended for:
Tacos
Chili
Spaghetti

 

80-85% Lean

 
 

A mid-range lean-to-fat ratio is nice option for dishes like meatloaf and meatballs, where you’ll be forming a ball or loaf, but you’ll be cooking in a pan or skillet. When properly cooked, it is moist, juicy and has a slightly firm texture.

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Recommended for:
Meatloaf
Meatballs

 

93% Lean

 
 

Ground Beef that is 93% lean or leaner meets government guidelines for “lean.” If you’re trying to choose lean meats, this is a great choice for you. It works well in dishes that require crumbles, like meat sauce, tacos, stuffed peppers or casseroles where draining fat might be difficult.

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Recommended for:
Meat Sauce
Casseroles
Stuffed Peppers