Ground beef. It’s like the Swiss Army knife of the kitchen, right? It’s the hero of so many dishes, from the zen-like Buddha Bowls to the classic bolognese, and let’s not forget the king of weeknight dinners: tacos. But hey, what if I told you that you can whip up this versatile protein in your microwave in just a snap? That’s right, cooking ground beef in the microwave is a total game-changer, especially for those super busy nights or when the stove is just an unreachable dream.

cooked ground beef in a white bowl.

This microwave method is my secret weapon for cranking out a hearty meal without the hassle. It’s like having a culinary superhero in your kitchen, ready to save the day when time is tight or you just totally spaced on dinner plans. Plus, it’s all about keeping things clean and simple. Goodbye, splattered stovetop and that mountain of dirty pans!

I’m all about that microwave life when it comes to ground beef. It’s perfect for those “oops, what’s for dinner?” moments. Just grab that trusty pack of frozen ground beef from the freezer, and you’re golden. Toss it into the microwave, and voila! You’ve got the building block for pretty much any meal, ready in minutes. Let’s dive into how to make this happen, shall we?

Why Zapping Your Ground Beef in the Microwave is a Total Win

  • Time-Saver Extraordinaire: Zap that ground beef in the microwave and watch the clock do a double-take. Seriously, it’s like fast-forwarding through the boring bits of cooking. We’re talking a handful of minutes here, people!
  • Prep & Clean-up? Practically Nil: Say adios to the pre-cooking hustle and the post-cooking scrub-down. This method is as low-maintenance as it gets. No greasy pans or stove top to wrestle with – just you, a microwave-safe dish, and your trusty beef.
  • Healthy Protein, Stat!: In less time than it takes to decide what Netflix show to watch, you’ve got yourself a batch of healthy, cooked ground beef. We’re talking under 10 minutes to protein paradise. It’s like a nutritional ninja move.
  • Keepin’ It Simple: All you need is your ground beef and a microwave-safe dish. And, for peace of mind, I recommend using a meat thermometer. You want that beef cooked to a perfect 165F degrees. It’s all about hitting that sweet spot of safety and deliciousness.

By the end of it, you’ve got yourself a versatile protein that’s ready to jump into any meal like a culinary superhero. Quick, clean, and cooked just right.

Ingredients for ground beef in the microwave.

Ingredients For Easy Microwave Ground Beef Recipe 

  • 1 pound Ground Beef 

How to Cook Ground Beef in the Microwave

  1. If ground beef is frozen, allow it to defrost in the fridge overnight. 
  2. Take the raw ground beef out of the packaging and place it in a microwave safe bowl or container. 
  3. Cover the plate with a microwave safe lid and microwave at 50% power for 5 minutes. 
  4. Remove the meat from your microwave oven and use a spatula or fork to break it up. 
  5. Put it back in the microwave and continue cooking for an additional 5-6 minutes at a 50% power level. 
  6. Remove from the microwave and stir again. Continue cooking in 1-2 minute intervals, stirring in between, until there is no more pink left. 

partially cooked ground beef.

Recipe Ideas to Jazz Up With Microwaved Ground Beef

  • Stir Fry Superstar: Dive into a stir-fry adventure with our house favorite, the Steamy Kitchen Baby Bok Choy and Ground Meat Stir Fry. It’s so easy and tasty, I could whip it up in my sleep! Just swap in your microwaved ground beef for a quick meal or an anyday dish.
  • Curried Beef Dumplings – A Fusion Fantasy: These aren’t your average dumplings. Imagine the lovechild of Siu Mai and pan-fried potstickers. That’s our Curried Beef Dumplings. Use your microwaved ground beef to cut down on cooking time, and you’ve got the best of both worlds, fast and delicious!
  • Braised Tofu with Minced Meat – Comfort in a Bowl: This Braised Tofu dish is all about cozy vibes. Picture crispy-edged tofu blocks floating in a rich chicken broth, peppered with juicy bits of your microwaved ground beef. It’s a hearty, heart-warming dish that’s ridiculously easy to make. Perfect for when you need a little comfort food without the excessive cook time.

ground beef dumplings in a brown bowl with herbs.


Is it safe to cook ground beef in the microwave? 

Cooking ground meat in the microwave is completely safe as long as it’s cooked to a minimum internal temperature of 165F degrees. Cooking at a lower power will allow the meat to cook from the center. If you cook it at full power, it will likely burn too quickly on the outside leaving you with a pink center. Make sure there is no pink left and always use your meat thermometer. 

Why do we have to cook it on medium power? 

Ground beef has a rather dry exterior for being a fattier cut of meat, Starting off cooking your ground meat on high heat can cause the microwaved ground beef to get too brown on the exterior while the interior isn’t cooked properly. 

Why is my ground beef so dry? 

If your ground beef is a little dry, add a dash of olive oil to reduce the chances of it drying out further. While you cook your beef, stir it constantly so that it will cook evenly and allow the excess fat in the beef to tenderize your ground beef. If you have a lot of fat in your dish once the beef is finished cooking, drain it.

Can I make different dishes with microwaved ground beef?

Absolutely! Microwaved ground beef is a great base for a variety of dishes. Think taco meat for Taco Tuesday, a hearty meatloaf, or even homemade microwave cheeseburgers. Just add in your favorite seasonings like garlic powder, chili powder, or Worcestershire sauce, and you’re all set for a quick and tasty meal.

How does microwave wattage affect the cooking process?

The wattage of your microwave oven plays a crucial role in how your ground beef cooks. Different microwaves have different output wattages, which means the cooking time may vary. Generally, for higher wattage microwaves, you might need less time to cook the beef thoroughly. Always check the model number or user manual of your microwave for specific wattage and adjust the cooking time accordingly.

What if I want to make a larger batch of ground beef?

If you’re cooking a larger amount of meat, like more than pound of ground beef, consider using a large bowl and increasing the cooking time. Stir the meat occasionally to ensure even cooking, and remember to check the internal temperature of the ground beef to make sure it reaches 165F degrees.

Can I add other ingredients to the ground beef while it’s cooking?

Definitely! Feel free to toss in ingredients like diced bell peppers, bread crumbs, or even a splash of tomato sauce for extra flavor. This can help in creating dishes like sloppy joes or a quick spaghetti sauce right in your microwave.

Is there a healthier way to cook ground beef in the microwave?

For healthier cooking, you could try using ground turkey instead of beef, which typically has less fat. Also, draining excess fat after cooking and adding a bit of olive oil can help keep the meat moist without adding too much extra fat.

Any tips for storing leftover microwaved ground beef?

Sure thing! Store leftover cooked ground beef in freezer bags or airtight containers in the refrigerator if you plan to use it within a few days. Otherwise, you can freeze it for longer storage. This is super handy for quick meals on the go.

Ground Beef in the Microwave

Ground beef is a great base for so many meals from Buddha Bowls, bolognese, to tacos, and so much more! Learn how to cook ground beef in the microwave in just a few minutes for a great protein all week long! 
This method is great for making the base of any hearty and healthy meal very quickly or when you don't have access to a stove top.
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Course dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 1 lb. Ground Beef fresh or frozen


  • If ground beef is frozen, allow it to defrost in the fridge overnight.
  • Take the ground beef out of the packaging and place it in a microwave safe bowl or container.
  • Cover the plate with a microwave safe lid and microwave at 50% power for five minutes.
  • Remove the meat from the microwave and use a spatula or fork to break it up.
  • Put it back in the microwave and continue cooking for an additional 5 minutes at 50% power.
  • Remove from the microwave and stir again. Continue cooking in 1-2 minute intervals, stirring in between, until there is no more pink left.


Serving: 4g
Keyword Easy Recipe, ground beef, microwave, microwave proteins, Microwave Recipes
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