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.
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Start your morning with an easy and nutritious Ground Beef breakfast to power up for the day ahead.
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.
The Tastiest Burgers
Learn the tricks of one of America’s favorite Ground Beef preparations: the burger.
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.
Fresh Ground Beef
Cooked Ground Beef
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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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.
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.
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.