Browning Ground Beef in the Oven

‘Easy peasy’ method for browning ground meat. And always have browned ground on hand for tacos, spaghetti, soup, etc.

Hate standing over a skillet browning ground beef? And even worse, the MESS! Here’s a “no watch” “no hassle” “no mess” method for browning ground beef in the oven.  And, with this easy method, you can always have browned ground on-hand in the freezer.

  1. Line large shallow pan with heavy duty aluminum foil
  2. Press 3-5# of ground beef (I prefer lean ground beef) in bottom of pan.
  3. Always wash your hands after handling raw meat.
  4. Place in 450 degree oven on bottom rack for about 30 minutes.
  5. Set a timer and go do something else.
  6. Remove from oven, allow to cool slightly, and chop meat by hand or in a food processor.
  7. Portion meat into plastic freezer bags, label, and freeze. 
  8. Use for recipes calling for browned ground meat.

Note:  Use this same method for browning sausage or bacon.  

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