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A slow cooker full of browned ground beef being stirred with a wooden spoon
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4.82 from 11 votes

Lazy Browned Ground Beef (or turkey)

Use your crockpot to brown ground beef in large quantities then freeze it in meal sized containers for use in future dishes. Little clean up, lot of time saved!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 5 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: browned ground beef, browning ground beef is a slow cooker
Servings: 24 servings
Calories: 288kcal


  • slow cooker 6 quart or larger if making 6 pounds
  • Large wooden spoon or potato masher
  • slotted spoon and/or fine mesh strainer For draining off excess fat


  • 6 lbs Ground beef


  • Place ground beef in to slow cooker, cover and cook on high.  Check in every half hour or so and stir/break up any clumps.  Sometimes a potato masher can be helpful
  • Continue until all meat is thoroughly cooked.  Time shown above is just a rough estimate.
  • Freeze in portion sized containers for future use!


calorie information based on lean ground beef.  
Ground beef is considered safe to eat when it reaches an internal temperature of 160ºF.
Ground turkey is considered safe to eat when it reaches an internal temperature of 165ºF


Calories: 288kcal | Protein: 19g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 76mg | Potassium: 306mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 2mg