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A slow cooker full of browned ground beef being stirred with a wooden spoon
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4.72 from 7 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



  • 6 lbs Ground beef


  • I recommend a slow cooker liner for easiest clean up
  • 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.  


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