Ground Beef in the Microwave

How to cook ground beef in the microwave, simple and mess free!

Cooking ground beef in the microwave has come in handy more times than you would think. Everything from Taco Tuesday’s to spaghetti nights to a quick protein pack meal after the gym. Cooking ground beef in the microwave saves time and countertop space.

I like to cook ground beef in the microwave if I am in a hurry or when I forgot to plan something for dinner. Usually I have a pack of frozen ground beef in the freezer so it is an easy go to that can be tossed into almost any meal.

Why Cook Ground Beef in the Microwave

  • It is the fastest and easiest way to cook ground beef
  • There is no prep time and little clean up (forget greasy dirty pans and stovetop!)
  • Save countertop and stovetop space by using the microwave

Ingredients

1 package of ground beef

How to Cook Ground Beef in the Microwave – Step by Step

  1. If ground beef if frozen, allow it to defrost out on the counter for. about an hour before beginning to cook
  2. Take ground beef out of packaging, place in a microwave safe bowl or container, cover with plate or microwave safe lid; microwave at 50% power for 5 minutes
  3. Remove meat from microwave and use a spatula or fork to stir and break apart ground beef; replace in microwave and microwave for an additional 5 minutes at 50% power
  4. Remove from microwave and stir again, moving pink meat to the outside; continue microwaving in 1-2 minute intervals, stirring in between, until there is no more pink meat

Tips For Cooking Beef in the Microwave

The microwave cooks foods from the inside out so it is important that you mix and break up your meat as it cooks so there are no pink parts left.

If you want to drain your beef, you can use a colander to dump the ground beef in and drain or you can use a turkey baster to suck up all of the grease. I recommend discarding the grease in an old can and letting it cool before throwing it away.

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How to Cook Ground Beef in the Microwave

How to Cook Ground Beef in the Microwave

Learn how to cook ground beef in the microwave in no time to add to any meal! Depending on how many watts your microwave is, cook time may vary.

Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 11 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 package of ground beef

Instructions

    1. If ground beef if frozen, allow it to defrost out on the counter for. about an hour before beginning to cook
    2. Take ground beef out of packaging, place in a microwave safe bowl or container, cover with plate or microwave safe lid; microwave at 50% power for 5 minutes
    3. Remove meat from microwave and use a spatula or fork to stir and break apart ground beef; replace in microwave and microwave for an additional 5 minutes at 50% power
    4. Remove from microwave and stir again, moving pink meat to the outside; continue microwaving in 1-2 minute intervals, stirring in between, until there is no more pink meat

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