How to Cook Ground Beef Properly

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How to Cook Ground Beef Properly


  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 3/4 tsp. salt


  1. About 15-20 minutes before you ‘re going to cook the beef, remove it from the fridge so it can come closer to room temperature. This helps it cook more evenly.
  2. In a large skillet, preferably cast iron, heat the olive oil over medium heat for about 2 minutes until hot.
  3. Add the ground beef, and use a spatula press beef into an event, flat layer in the pan, almost like you’re making a big hamburger.
  4. Let it cook untouched for 5 minutes. This is what helps create a brown crust.
  5. Start to break apart the meat, flipping it over.
  6. Cook for an additional 5 minutes until cooked through, and then go back with the spatula and break apart into smaller clumps.
  7. Remove from heat and serve as desired, or incorporate into a recipe.

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