How Long To Boil Ground Beef?

how long to boil ground beef

I don’t know about you, but when I’m cooking up a big pot of ground beef, my first question isn’t how long to boil it.

Instead, I tend to ask: “why am I boiling beef?” I like beef for a lot of reasons—it’s tasty, versatile and can be used in lots of different dishes.

But boiing it?

Not so much.

That said, there are plenty of reasons why you might want to cook your ground beef by boiling (rather than frying or baking).

Maybe you’re trying to make meatballs or meatloaf or another dish that calls for cooked-through meat that has no hint of pink in the center.

Maybe you’re doing some low-and-slow simmering and want the umami flavor of meat in your dish but not the texture.

Or maybe you just have an itch to try this strange cooking method out and see what happens!

If any of these things sound like they might apply to you, then read on!

How long does it take to cook boiling beef?

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As with any meat, the exact time you’ll need to boil ground beef depends on how well done you want it.

If you want medium rare (about 125 degrees Fahrenheit in the center of your steak), cook it for about 20 minutes over high heat.

For well done, 40 to 50 minutes should do the trick.

If you’re serving this as part of a salad or other dish that calls for cold cooked beef, then there’s no need to simmer it at all; just remove from the refrigerator and let come up to room temperature before adding it into whatever dish you’re preparing.

How do you know when boiled ground beef is done?

The best way to tell if your ground beef is cooked fully is by using a meat thermometer.

They’re inexpensive and easy to use, and they take the guesswork out of determining whether or not you’ve cooked your ground beef thoroughly.

If you want to know how long it takes for boiled ground beef to reach 160 degrees Fahrenheit (that’s the temperature at which bacteria can’t grow), use this handy guide from

  • Rare = 120 – 125 degrees F (49 – 52 C)
  • Medium Rare = 130 – 135 degrees F (54 – 57 C)
  • Medium = 140 – 145 degrees F (60 – 63 C)
  • Medium Well = 150-155 degrees F (65-68 C)

If we’re talking about hamburger patties that have been formed into individual servings, then it’s recommended that they reach at least 160 degrees Fahrenheit before being served up at dinner time.

What is the best way to boil ground beef?

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Before we get into the meat of this topic, let’s make sure we’re all on the same page about what ground beef is.

It’s a mixture of ground meat scraps and fat, typically from cows or pigs.

It can be cooked in various ways—including frying and sauteing—to create dishes like hamburgers and tacos, or it can be used to thicken sauces and soups (think Guinness Stew).

So how long does it take to boil ground beef?

That depends on how you’re boiling it.

There are two main methods: one-pot cooking (also called simmering) and two-pan cooking.

One-pot boiling takes place in a large pot with enough water added so that when you add your meat, there’s still enough room for you to cover the top layer with more water if necessary; two-pan boiling uses two pots stacked together so that the meat is seared under direct heat while being boiled at a lower temperature in another pot filled with water below it

How to boil ground beef?

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Before you can cook ground beef, the first thing that you need to do is to get it out of its packaging.

It’s actually quite easy if you use a pair of kitchen scissors or even a knife.

Just cut open the plastic wrapping, then throw away any Styrofoam tray or paper covering that may be attached.

Now that your package has been opened, you can start cooking it!

Put it into a pot big enough for all of your meat and cover with water until it just barely covers the surface (don’t go over).

Then turn on your stovetop burner at medium heat and let everything simmer until all of the liquid has evaporated from around the edges onto the bottom of your pan; this should take about 15 minutes depending on how much ground beef was in there originally (if yours was fresh out of its packaging then this will probably take longer than usual).

Once most liquid has evaporated then turn off heat immediately so as not to overcook anything else within said pot–that would be bad news bears!


Ground beef can be a great ingredient to work with, and boiling it can help improve the texture of your meat.

Now that you know how long to boil ground beef, you can get cooking!

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