It’s so frustrating when you want to make a recipe at the last minute, and your hamburger is frozen, am I right?? Let me show you how you can cook frozen ground beef super quick in the Instant Pot!
How To Cook Frozen Ground Beef In Instant Pot
Once you know how cooking frozen ground beef in Instant Pot is so simple, you will also see how versatile it is. You are going to want to save these directions to use OVER AND OVER again! I promise! Okay, time to get into the details!
Why Cook Ground Beef In An Instant Pot?
There are several reasons to cook ground beef in a pressure cooker. But my number one reason is that the hamburger becomes so tender and is extra juicy. That flavor is hard to beat and makes all my recipes taste awesome!
Another reason I like to make it in the pressure cooker is that I can make really large batches and freeze them for later use. Then I just grab a bag of frozen ground beef out of the freezer, defrost it a little and toss it in the dish I am making. SO EASY!!!!
When I cook the ground beef from frozen, it is so fast and straightforward to do. Once in a while, I am not great at planning ahead and decide at the last second what to make. This causes problems when the hamburger is frozen solid! Putting it in the fridge takes overnight to defrost it, microwaving the meat sometimes ends up half thawed and half-cooked, and it’s really not safe to just leave it on the counter.
So, my best bet is to quickly brown it right in the Instant Pot.
Shopping For The Perfect Ground Beef
When you go to the market, and you see the hamburger section, it can be so overwhelming with all the choices. It’s like a field of options and if you don’t understand what all of it means you won’t know which way is best for you. Here is a breakdown to help guide you through the ground beef buying process:
- Regular Ground Beef – It can have up to 30 percent of fat content in it.
- Medium Ground Beef – The fat content in medium ground beef is not allowed to have more than 23 perfect fat.
- Lean Ground Beef – When making lean ground beef, it can’t be more than 17 percent fat content.
- Extra Lean Ground Beef – This has the least amount of fat content and isn’t more than 10 percent.
The choice of ground beef that you buy will depend on your preference for fat content. Low carb / Ketogenetic lifestyle followers will choose a higher fat content ground beef, whereas those who are following a lower-fat diet will obviously choose something closer to the lean or extra lean category.
A higher fat content usually results in more flavor, as the old adage goes “Where there’s fat, there’s flavor”. So most people will use more added seasonings to season up the lower fat ground beef.
Grass-Fed vs. Grain-Fed Beef
There is a lot of details that are involved when it comes to understanding the differences between grass-fed and grain-feed cows. It is very complicated to most of us. The basics are that grass-fed beef is typically more expensive, but it is much healthier to eat. It’s filled with vitamins like B6, vitamin E, and vitamin A. The cows start their lives by drinking milk off their moms and grazing on grass and other edible plants. Grain-Fed beef is much less expensive, but it doesn’t have the antioxidants and vitamins that grass-fed does. Grain-fed beef does eat grains and gets growth hormones. It’s basically up to you which one you prefer to eat.
What Can I Make With This Instant Pot Ground Beef?
That’s the beauty with cooking this meat in the Instant Pot this way. After the meat is browned, the world’s your oyster! (haha.. like food pun?)
You can use this beef for anything you need cooked ground beef for! You could make:
- Instant Pot Lazy Lasagna
- A quick Beef and Broccoli dish
- Beef and Barley Soup
- Easy Beef Mac n Cheese
If you are looking for more meats you can cook from frozen you should also try this shredded beef from frozen recipe. Not only is it handy, but mouthwatering as well!
Are you new to the Instant Pot pressure cooking? Are you a little hesitant working with it? Check out my Instant Pot for Beginners Guide to help you feel a little more comfortable around the appliance!
Also, are you looking for more Instant Pot Recipes? Try these scrumptious recipes to add some extra flavor to your life.
- Instant Pot Low Carb Spaghetti
- 20+ Instant Pot Soups
- Crazy Delicious Instant Pot 3 Packet Roast
- Instant Pot Corn On The Cob With Garlic Butter
I hope this answers your question on how to defrost ground beef. I love the Instant Pot for the “fast” factor on getting dinner together lickety-split!
Thanks so much for stopping by The Salty Pot today! If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below or you can shoot me an email at Joanne@thesaltypot.com. Have a fantastic day!!
- 2 lbs ground beef *see notes
- 1c water or broth
- as desired, salt (optional)
- Place to ground beef into the Instant Pot
- Add the water/broth
- Place the lid on and move the toggle switch to 'sealing'
- Press manual high pressure for 20 minutes
- When cooking time is done, carefully move the switch to "venting" and do a quick release
- Remove the lid and either drain the beef of the pot liquid or press saute to evaporate the pot liquid. (Or keep the pot liquid if it works into the recipe you are making)
- Alternatively, cool the beef and then divide into specific portions to freeze for later use.
The instructions are the same if you are using 1 pound of ground beef. You will just have a higher pot liquid ratio to ground meat for the end product.
Adding salt is optional and will depend on the recipes you are using the browned beef for.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 servings Serving Size: 1/4 cup
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 319Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 102mgSodium: 220mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 31g