Can You Defrost Beef Burgers In The Microwave

Thaw Hamburger in Microwave

For your reference, I’ve included a printable instruction sheet at the bottom of the post, but here’s a quick walkthrough of how it’s done. Simple and quick; there’s no need to wait for it to soften in a bowl of cold water that you have to replace when it reaches room temperature. Just takes about 3 minutes to thawed meat!.

  • Take off the original packaging from the frozen ground meat. Move the raw meat to a shallow plate that is safe to use in the microwave or a bowl with a lip to catch the liquid. Place the bowl inside the microwave and press the defrost button or adjust the power to 50% for the first minute.
  • At this point, break off any thawed bits on the edges, remove them, and transfer them to a dish outside the microwave. Turn the piece over and proceed on the defrost setting or at 20% 50% power for an additional minute. Again do the same thing for the last 60 seconds. This is the appropriate time to do it, unless it’s a massive chunk.

If it takes longer, take out the defrosted pieces once more, flip it over, and give it 30 more seconds to finish the process all the way to the center. If there is any liquid left in the bowl, drain it and proceed to cook the meat as desired.

Yes, ground beef can be cooked in a microwave. There are a ton of different ways to cook beef from this source. Brown in a pan to make inexpensive taco meat, add cooked to a casserole, or use to make our well-known, crowd-pleasing Ninja Foodi meatloaf recipe.

Can You Defrost Beef Burgers In The Microwave

Can You Defrost Beef Burgers In The Microwave

How many minutes does it take to defrost ground beef in the microwave?

In the microwave, defrosting ground beef properly takes about 8 to 10 minutes (per pound). This period of time is applicable to multiple varieties of meat. After defrosting, the ground beef must be cooked right away to prevent the growth of bacteria.

Thawing Ground Beef in Cold Water

Although defrosting ground beef in cold water is a great way to quickly thaw protein, it requires more attention than putting it in the refrigerator. According to Tracey Brigman, EdD, MS, RDN, LD, clinical associate professor and associate director of the University of Georgia’s National Center for Home Food Preservation, this technique should only be applied if the water is kept cold—below 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

According to Brigman, “the food must be in a leak-proof package or plastic bag for safe thawing.”

There are two methods for defrosting ground beef in cold water:

Run water over the protein bag continuously until it thaws, or submerge the ground beef bag entirely in a bowl of cold tap water.

The latter approach requires less hands-on work than running water over the package, but Brigman notes that “the water must be changed every 30 minutes as the food continues to thaw.”