Everything to know about ground beef

Easy Skillet Chili Mac

The versatility of Ground Beef has made it one of America’s all-time favorite go-to cuts. From hamburgers to lasagna, tacos to meatloaf, pasta sauce to wraps, it offers quick, easy and delicious options for any meal and for any occasion.

Great ground beef recipes

Lazy Beef Lasagna

From one pot lasagna to zucchini noodle to the classic no-fuss dish, use our lasagna recipe collection to find unique and classic styles of this flavorful family meal.

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Mediterranean Beef Meatball Kabob

Serve them as an appetizer, include on top of pasta, or make it a meal with a meatball wrap. No matter how you eat them, meatballs are too good to be so simple.

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Southwest Meatloaf

Try tasty variations or stick with the classic. No matter which way you go, with our meatloaf collection, you’ll have an easy and delicious meal on your table.

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Zesty BBQ Cheeseburgers

the tastiest burgers

Enjoy one of America’s favorites - the burger. Our burger collection offers delicious recipes suitable for everyone.

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Classic Beef Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joe Recipes

When it comes to Sloppy Joes, we believe the sloppier, the better. And these Sloppy Joe recipes are among the sloppiest out there.

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Beef & Vegetable Fried Rice

more Ground Beef recipes

From tacos to chili to fried rice, check out some of our all-time favorite recipes. These no sweat Ground Beef recipes are hearty and delicious.

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Cooking Ground Beef

Need tips on how to cook Ground Beef? Our cooking lessons have everything you need to know for the best results.

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Skillet Cooking

Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add beef to skillet and cook 8-10 minutes. While cooking, break into 3/4 inch crumbles and stir occasionally.

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Grilled Onion Cheeseburgers


To grill the perfect burger, form Ground Beef into ½-inch thick patties, place patties on grid over medium heat until instant-read thermometer inserted horizontally into center registers 160F.

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Understanding the Grinds

South-Of-The-Border Beef Hash

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.

Mini Merry Meatballs

80-85% Lean

A mid-range lean-to-fat ratio is a 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 and juicy and has a slightly firm texture.

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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 an excellent 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.

Ground Beef Safety

Determining Doneness

Always use a meat thermometer as the best way to check beef’s temperature. Ground Beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160F. Color is not a reliable indicator of doneness.

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Storing Ground Beef

Fresh Ground Beef can be stored in the refrigerator for 1-2 days (3-4 days if cooked) or in the freezer for 3-4 months (2-3 months for cooked). To thaw frozen Ground Beef, refrigerate for 12 hours or microwave using our simple steps.

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