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Removing Fat from Ground Beef

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Removing the fat from ground beef will help cut the calories from fat and is good for your overall health. This is a guide about removing fat from ground beef.


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By 9 found this helpful
November 21, 2015

Whenever I browned hamburger meat for tacos, spaghetti, or whatever, I used to take the meat out of the pan, transfer it to a strainer to drain the grease and then return it to the pan to finish cooking.

I have found an easier way to handle the excess grease without all the work. This is so much easier and less mess to clean up. Just brown the meat, tilt the frying pan so the grease drains to one side.

Take a couple of paper towels and soak up the grease, the more grease there is the more paper towels need to be used.

Remove the grease soaked paper towels and discard on a paper plate or some other type of container. Then toss the paper towels in the trash. I use this method all the time now and it's so much easier.

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December 29, 20094 found this helpful

When using ground beef cooked for a soup, spaghetti or tacos etc., drain hamburger through a colander before adding to your soup recipe. This takes away the extra fat and tastes great, even in chili.


By 123helen from Senoia, GA

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By 2 found this helpful
August 20, 2010

I use browned ground meat a lot. I like to remove as much of the liquefied fat as possible after browning to make the dish healthier. To do this, I place the skillet on something so that it rests at a slight angle, and pull all of the ground meat to the upper side. The fat will collect in the lower side. Then I use a syringe (without a needle) to suck up the fat. This does a good job of removing the liquefied fat and enables you to squirt it out into a throw away container without making a mess. A medium to large syringe work well but a bulb-type baster can also be used.

By Beverly from Lambert, MS

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January 26, 20050 found this helpful

I have been buying cheap ground meat to save money BUT my husband just got a not so great cholesterol test result back. Instead of paying 3.00-4.00 a pound for 96/4 lean meat, I have been boiling the hamburger meat draining it, boiling a second time, then frying in the frying pan. For recipes that have crumbled hamburger meat in them. By the time the ground meat hits the skillet, it has hardly any fat in it.


The boiling water takes most of the fat with it when you boil it.

I have even convinced my husband that hamburgers don't have to be in patties so we can get the benefit of the boiled meat that is crumbly, we just put a little ketchup in the crumbled meat so it will stick and put it on the bun then add condiments on top of that.

By Annie

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April 22, 20010 found this helpful

After draining the fat from ground meat, place the meat on a brown paper bag lined with paper towels. Fold the bag over and squeeze. It's amazing the amount of fat that comes out!


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December 29, 20090 found this helpful

To keep ground beef recipes from being so high in fat, I brown the ground beef, then rinse the beef in a strainer using the hottest water I can. This allows the fat on the ground beef to run down the drain!


My family cannot taste the difference!

By Gina from Kentucky


Rinse Browned Ground Beef To Remove Excess Fat

Great idea! I'm going to try it! (02/02/2009)

By Dawn Rager

Rinse Browned Ground Beef to Remove Excess Fat

Great idea to remove as much fat as possible but here's how to dispose of grease properly and the reasons why:

This is a PDF file so if it's too small or too large to read when opened you can zoom in or zoom out ... (02/02/2009)

By Ann

Rinse Browned Ground Beef to Remove Excess Fat

I've been doing this forever and it works :) (02/02/2009)

By mindy

Rinse Browned Ground Beef to Remove Excess Fat

I would not pour grease down the drain as it can harden and then clog the pipes. I spoon out the grease out of the pan and then put it in a jar and it hardens and then I throw it in the trash that way. (02/02/2009)


By Robyn Fed

Rinse Browned Ground Beef to Remove Excess Fat

I do the same thing. I add a little water and freeze the cooked ground beef in a bag with no air. I do it in big batches. It is great to pull out a pound of precoked beef to start a meal. (02/02/2009)

By scott E.

Rinse Browned Ground Beef to Remove Excess Fat

Never put any type of grease or grease residue in your drain. As you know, it doesn't take much for that grease to solidify. It will coat the inside of your drain pipes and maybe even clog them up. Also, its not good for your septic tank or sewer connection. It's just not a good idea.

My family drains off grease and puts it into the garbage can. Thanks for sharing your good idea. (02/03/2009)

By Carol in PA

Rinse Browned Ground Beef to Remove Excess Fat


I have been doing this for years. Funny thing, I keep having drain 'issues' and clogs. The guy that works on it for me found out I was using hot water to make it go down the drain and he told me that really does not help it go down the drain at all. Long story short. It's not fun when it catches up with you and actually backs the grease up in your bath tub. Anyway, strain the grease... great idea! Just DO NOT RUN IT DOWN THE DRAIN. trust me! =o) (02/04/2009)

By Jenny

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