We all know it’s cheapest to buy ground beef with a coupon when it’s on sale. But what I like even more is when those huge packs of meat — I’m talking about five pounds or more — go on sale. Because I don’t have a lot of time when dinner rolls around, I like to cook my ground beef right after I bring it home from the grocery store, divide it into smaller portions and pop it in the freezer. This way at meal times, all I have to do is reheat and eat!

How to Freeze Cooked Ground Beef:

  1. Once ground beef is fully cooked, place in a bowl and cool in the refrigerator.
  2. Once completely cooled, remove beef from the refrigerator and place in a freezer bag. If desired, separate into smaller servings and place in separate bags. This is especially useful if you have cooked a large amount of meat or plan on only cooking for one or two people at a time.
  3. Squeeze out as much air as possible from the freezer bag and seal tightly.
  4. Label bag with a permanent marker, noting the date and contents.
  5. Store in the freezer for up to 4 months.
  6. Thaw ground beef in the refrigerator overnight when ready to use. With some recipes, like spaghetti sauce, you can use the meat while it is still frozen. Just throw the frozen ground beef directly in the sauce. Because it’s precooked, it just needs to be heated throughout. However, to be safe, make sure that all ground beef is reheated to a temperature of at least 165 degrees F

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10 thoughts on “How to Freeze Cooked Ground Beef”

  1. Carina Beck says:

    I do this all the time with the manager’s special ground beef. Our Walmart puts yellow stickers on it with a reduced price when it’s within a day or two of it’s expiration date. I will grab up a bunch of it, take it home and cook it, and then freeze it for later. The kids like Nacho’s as an after school snack, and this makes making those a lot faster.

  2. mh3rdwheel says:

    This is what I need to do the next time I buy ground beef and grind up my own. I have not had to buy ground beef or any meat for the last 2 months. My freezer is full as are my cupboards all from extreme couponing, we have been living off our stock pile. Thank you KCL.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I have been doing this for awhile because I don’t like to portion out raw hamburger. When I cook it I add chopped onion. If you are really daring try pressure canning it. It’s handy to have in the pantry.

  4. mjcomer1 says:

    I have a Food Saver vacuum sealer. I like to place the cooked meat into muffin tins for portion control and flash freeze. Then I can put serving sizes in bags and seal. This makes for a great way to use only what you need.

  5. Anonymous says:

    This saves so much time! We use it often in fast family favorites like spaghetti and tacos.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Great tip. I do this all the time and it makes dinner time so much easier!! I can make a lot of my ground meat dinners in half the time and so much cheaper by buying it on sale or in bulk and freezing 1# portions!!