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How to Cook Ground Beef

Learn how to cook ground beef to get the most taste and flavor. The key to getting some flavor out of ground beef is to brown the meat.

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: ground beef recipe, how to brown ground beef, how to cook ground beef
Servings: 4
Calories: 320kcal
Author: Bob


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp Fresh ground pepper
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil


  • Prepare the beef and let it sit out for 10-20 minutes. Chop it into 1" chunks to help with the cooking process.
  • Heat a pan to medium high heat and add the avocado oil. Test the oil to make sure it is hot enough by sprinkling a bit of water on it.
  • Add the ground beef to the hot pan. Move the pieces around so that they have some space from one another. This will give room for moisture to come out of the meat.
  • Season the meat with salt and pepper.
  • Allow the meat to brown on one side. After it has browned flip the meat to the other side to allow it to brown.
    Break the meat up to desired size and continue to move it around and brown it.
  • Remove it from the heat when it is cooked through and has reached a temp of at least 160°



To get flavor you need to brown the meat. Browning creates the Maillard reaction and this is flavor!
Cutting the ground beef into chucks prevents the meat from steaming and allows the moisture to release so it can brown.


Calories: 320kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 657mg | Potassium: 306mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 2mg