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Saving Money on Ground Beef

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Ground beef is so versatile and the basic ingredient of many inexpensive meals. This is a page about saving money on ground beef.


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By 5 found this helpful
December 3, 2008

Every few weeks the different grocery markets have London broil and top round roasts on sale for $1.79-$1.99 per pound. What I do is go to the butcher at the market and tell him/her that I want 10 or 15 or 20 pounds of the roasts made into ground meat. I do this all of the time. Sometimes you will see in the AD that the roast will be sold as roast only. Then you can't do it. However, if that isn't mentioned go ahead and have them grind to your heart's content. You will save a lot of money.

By Anita from Schenectady, NY

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By 9 found this helpful
February 1, 2010

A lot of recipes call for 1 pound of beef. Hamburger helpers, tacos, etc. To get an extra meal I use 3/4 of a pound of meat. I get the same flavor but more bang for my buck. So that way a 3 pound pack of beef will be good for 4 meals.

Then I'll include something else to supplement the meal. For example when I make hamburger helper. I'll make a salad (I'll get those bags of salad for 99 cents and add some tomatoes), for tacos since it doesn't make as much meat I'll make a can of re-fried beans so we layer meat and beans in our tacos.


My family loves it! With lasagna I'll add more cheese layers since meat is still more expensive than cheese.

By Brie from USA

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By 10 found this helpful
August 20, 2012

I have been shocked at how expensive ground beef has been lately. But I found a way around the higher prices! At my supermarket, ground beef is $2.69 per pound. So a 4 pound pack is $10.76. BUT, When I go to the freezer section, a 4 pound box of frozen hamburger patties is only $6.99 for the box.

I buy the box of patties, and then at home I thaw out 4 patties. When they are thawed, you can cook them just like you would a pound of ground beef. You can mix them together with herbs to make meatloaf of Salisbury steak, you can break the meat up for hamburger helper, or just cook them as burgers.


Using this tip saves a lot of money. I saved $3.77 for 4 pounds of ground beef, or $0.94 per pound!

By Shannon from Lakewood, OH

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October 23, 20045 found this helpful

A few weeks ago I came upon a ground beef bargain. The expiration date was nearing and my supermarket needed to get rid of 10 pounds of ground beef. I decided to try something different, albeit a little weird.

I put the entire 10 pounds of raw ground beef into a big stock pot. I added enough water to cover the meat and set the pot over high heat to let the water come to a boil -- no cover, no salt. After about 5 minutes, I gave it a stir to break up the big clumps, which were few. The hot water was doing all of my work for me -- no splatters, no mess. When all of the pink color disappeared I knew it was done, even though it had not started to boil.


I placed my large colander into a big bowl in the sink and poured the now cooked beef into the colander. I did this in batches because my colander would not hold all of the meat at once. With the colander I was able to drain off all the liquid into a bowl, including the fat, leaving uniformly fine-textured ground beef in the colander. No clumps! I could have done the same thing scooping the meat from the stockpot with a large sieve, transferring the drained beef into a large bowl. (When done draining, I put the beef broth in the refrigerator. Later I skimmed off the fat and will use the broth for soup.)

I measured 2 cups of cooked beef (the equivalent of about 1 pound of raw ground beef) into 1-gallon size, zip-type freezer bags, pressed out the air and zipped. Then I laid each one on the counter to flatten it thin, stacked them like sheets of paper and popped the stack into the freezer.

Because my bags of beef are flat, I can use them frozen. I take one of these flat, frozen packages of ground beef, whack it on the side of the sink to break it into pieces, unzip and pour the contents into a non-stick skillet. It's ready for all uses. Here's the best part: This method removes most of the fat, leaving the ground meat nearly fat-free.

By Kathy

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September 28, 20070 found this helpful

Tips for saving money on ground beef. Buy hamburger in bulk packages, divide into desired amount then put in freezer bags and mash flat. This is great for saving room in your freezer.

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September 13, 2011

Depending on the size of your family, thaw and brown a number of pounds of ground meat on a set day every week. It will stay good in your refrigerator and will make easy meals whenever you use it.

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By 1 found this helpful
August 24, 2006

For ground beef, substitute 3/4 lb for any recipe calling for 1 lb. It adds up to savings over time and no one will miss it.

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By 1 found this helpful
May 26, 2011

When I buy ground round, I buy ten pounds at a time and make twenty 1/4 pound burgers, freeze them with Press and Seal; the rest I freeze in one pound bundles with the Press and Seal and then a Ziploc bag.

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By 2 found this helpful
January 29, 2010

To save money on ground hamburger, turkey, etc. I buy it in bulk right before the 'best sold by date'. This way I get $2 to $3 off and often get hamburger for $1/lb!


Then I separate it into pound amounts and freeze them for use when I need it.

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By 0 found this helpful
June 3, 2013

When my grocery store puts ground beef on sale, I buy the larger size package and separate it at home. Using my kitchen scale, I weigh out about 3/4 pound chunks. I put each chunk into a plastic bag to refrigerate until it is time for that chunk to be browned.

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September 28, 2012

I wait till the grocery stores have whole sirloin tips on sale. They are usually less than $2.50/lb. I buy and have them ground up for hamburger. This is about half the price of regular hamburger.

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June 5, 2012

Being a busy mom I find myself trying to save time and money at the grocery store. Here is how I have saved money and time with ground beef or chuck:

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February 22, 20120 found this helpful

This is a page about freezing ground beef. When ground beef goes on sale it is a great time to buy extra and freeze some for later use.

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January 29, 20100 found this helpful

When buying ground beef, I usually buy a 10 lb. roll and bring it home and divide it up into my own freezer bags in whatever size package I want. Saves time at the grocery store as well as saving me a little money for buying the larger amount.

By Robin


Ground Beef Tip

I do that also and often brown a good portion of the meat with seasonings that I like and package it in sandwich size ziplocs for the freezer. What a timesaver when getting a meal on the table fast. (11/06/2004)

By pm omoth

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I also like to get a bulk amount of ground beef when on sale. I don't have a big family and while it was an initial investment the FoodSaver is a blessing. I have had ground beef in the freezer for months without any freezer burn. I either leave it raw or take the time to brown it off. That way it's ready for any seasoning you want to add once it's reheated.

By Vicky K

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