How to Brown Ground Beef in 5 Minutes Flat

how to brown ground beef

Did you ever play with blocks as a kid?

You know, stacking them up as high as you could, taking them down. Building cities that sprawled across the carpet, constructing the kind of wobbly skyscraper that couldn’t pass a safety inspection.

And inevitably, right when you’d made your architectural masterpiece, your older sister would come and knock it all down.

At least mine did.  A lot.  (But–to be fair–I always knocked her stuff over too.)

So this recipe is sort of like that: it’s a building block for other that call for ground beef (like spaghetti squash or taco salad or stuffed acorn squash).

So it’s not really a recipe. You could eat it, but it’s not exactly a finished product. So learn this as a stepping stone, tuck it away in the Kitchen Tricks section of your brain and stay tuned for us to teach you how to prepare some bigger and better meals.

Just keep it away from my sister.

How to Brown Ground Beef in a Pan


  • 12″ non-stick frying pan or other suitable pot
  • Spatula or wooden spoon (Used to stir the meat)


  • Ground beef / ground meat
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Cooking Oil


  1. Add oil to pan and heat set stove to medium heat.
  2. After pan gets hot, add ground beef.
  3. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. While meat cooks, stir it and break up the chunks that cook together.
  5. Cook until all meat is no longer pink / it all turns brown.

Special Bonus:

This “recipe” works for any ground meat: turkey, chicken or pork. If your recipe calls for browning any sort of ground meat, this is how you do it.

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