Cooking with Ground Beef

From hamburgers to meatballs, ground beef is a primary staple in many favorite foods.

Although beef should be enjoyed in moderation and as a part of a healthy diet, there’s no denying that it provides many great benefits.

And if you’re looking for an easy way to include beef in your life, look no further than ground beef!

Ground beef is a versatile way to enjoy this delicious meat - it’s easy to cook and can be used in a variety of delicious dishes.

Interested in learning more about cooking with ground beef? Keep reading!

Ground Beef at D'Arcy's Meat Market Edmonton

With our great selection of high-quality meats, you can rest assured that D’Arcy’s can fulfill all of your ground beef needs!

And if we don’t have what you’re looking for, we are more than happy to fulfill special requests.

Here are the ground beef options we have available in our Edmonton Meat Market:

Lean Ground Beef

D’Arcy’s offers individually wrapped lean ground beef sourced from local Alberta producers. This meat is ground in-house by our team of butchers and is available in fresh or frozen options.

Beef is an excellent source of protein and other valuable vitamins and nutrients. Choosing lean ground beef provides all of these benefits without the additional saturated fat.

Ground Chuck

Here at D’Arcy’s Meat Market, we make all of our ground chuck from scratch! This meat is sourced locally and ground and wrapped in-house.

While ground chuck is a bit fattier than lean ground beef, it provides an exceptional flavor and is perfect for top-quality burgers, chilies, and many more recipes.

Variety Freezer Packs

If you’re looking for a variety of meat, including lean ground beef, check out our freezer packs!

This is our most popular bulk box and is available all year long. You can choose between a full order or a half order and request substitutions (which are based on dollar value).

Ground Beef Cooking Temperature

Before we talk about how to cook with ground beef, let’s look at what the perfect ground beef cooking temperature is.

In order to ensure that your ground beef is safe to eat, you have to make sure it is cooked at the proper temperature.

When it comes to all ground meats, they must be cooked to 160°F. You can use a thermometer to check the internal temperature to make sure it is thoroughly cooked.

Cooking Frozen Ground Beef

Did you know that you can cook frozen ground beef? Gone are the days of waiting for your meat to thaw!

Freezing your ground beef is an amazing way to stock up on this delicious meat and have some on hand to make quick and delicious meals.

Cooking frozen ground beef is easy to do and doesn’t take much longer than if you were to cook it fresh.

You can cook frozen ground beef on your stovetop or in an Instant Pot.

Cooking Ground Meat From Frozen - Stovetop

On your stovetop, place the frozen ground beef in a saucepan, adding ¼ cup of water. Cover the pan and let the meat cook on low heat for 2-3 minutes.

Flip the block and scrape off the cooked meat. Continue cooking on each side for 2-3 minutes, continuing to flip and scrape.

If necessary, add a little bit more water.

Eventually, you will be able to break the meat block into smaller pieces and allow the entire thing to cook thoroughly.

Cooking Ground Meat From Frozen - Instant Pot

When it comes to cooking ground beef in an Instant Pot, this is a very simple way to cook ground meat from frozen.

Place the trivet inside your Instant Pot and add water. Place the frozen ground beef on the trivet.

Close the lid and set the steam release knob to the “Sealing” position. Press the “Pressure Cook” button to select the cooking time (one pound of frozen ground beef should take about 20 minutes).

Make sure not to overcook your ground beef in the Instant Pot. Even if it’s not completely cooked after 20 minutes, it will still be thawed enough for you to finish cooking it in a pan.

When the cook cycle is complete, turn off the Instant Pot and let it sit for 5 minutes before opening. Turn the knob to vent the pot and open the lid once the remaining steam and pressure have been released.

3 Recipe Ideas for Beyond Hamburgers

Although ground beef is a staple when it comes to making hamburgers, there are many recipe ideas that go beyond hamburgers!

Check out our favorite ground beef recipes:

Mexican Stuffed Peppers

These perfect meal-sized pepper bowls are easy to make and perfectly seasoned for maximum deliciousness!

While you can certainly add beans, rice, and cheese to this tasty Mexican dish, you really don’t have to. The combination of ground beef, tomato paste, diced green chiles, and spices is all you need to please your tastebuds.

These Mexican stuffed peppers are baked in the oven until softened and can be served with cilantro, pico de gallo, and guacamole.

Greek Meatballs with Tzatziki Sauce

Meatballs are quick and easy to make and taste amazing with the right seasonings and spices! These meatballs are made with lemon zest and feta cheese for extra flavor.

This recipe includes a delicious cucumber-filled yogurt tzatziki to add as a dip or a sauce.

You can make these Greek meatballs as an entire meal or an appetizer before the main course.

Want to get fancy? Use a skewer to create a meatball-kebob, or add these meatballs to a wrap along with some fresh tomatoes and lettuce.

One-Pot Chili Macaroni

You can use ground beef to balance out carb-heavy dishes by providing some healthy protein and other nutrients!

This one-pot chili macaroni combines ground beef with pasta, cheese, and some savory spices such as cumin, paprika, and chili powder.

And the best part? It only uses one pot! Easy clean-up!

We’ve Got the Beef!

D’Arcy’s Meat Market is dedicated to offering you high-quality ground beef options that are locally sourced and freshly prepared in-house.

For more information about our products and process, feel free to contact us today!

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