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1 lb package of ground beef hamburger in package
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How to Thaw Ground Beef

Have ham ground beef for the upcoming family dinners? You'll be thawing ground beef like crazy!
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time5 hrs
Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: How to Thaw Ground Beef, thawing ground beef
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 288kcal
Author: Wendi Spraker
Cost: $5


  • Refrigerator or large container
  • Towel or plate
  • Unscented garbage bags


  • 1 lb ground beef


Method 1 (Refrigerator)

  • Remove the beef from the freezer.
  • Place a plate in the refrigerator with a kitchen towel on top of it.
  • Lay the beef on top of the platter and towel.
  • Allow to thaw in the fridge for 1-3 days before cooking (depending on size of the package)

Method 2 (cool water)

  • Fill a large container with cool water.
  • Wrap the beef in a plastic bag
  • Lower the bag into the large container of cool water.
  • Change the water every 30 minutes.
  • beef will thaw at a rate of 1lb per 30 minutes.



  • Plan ahead and place the burger into the fridge for about 1-3 days before you plan to use it.
  • Be SURE to put a plate or towel beneath the beef to collect any dripping juices as it thaws in the refrigerator.
  • Use the cool water method if you will need the ham more quickly.
  • Use a VERY CLEAN cooler, sink or a plastic tub for thawing the burger with the cool water method.


Calories: 288kcal | Protein: 19g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 76mg | Potassium: 306mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 2mg