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Instant Pot Ground Beef (Frozen or Fresh)

Instant Pot Ground Beef (Frozen and Fresh) is more than a recipe. It is a kitchen hack that comes in handy on busy days and especially when you forgot to thaw your ground beef one day ahead! So stop wondering whether you can cook frozen ground beef… go ahead and cook your hamburger in the Instant Pot for a delish and quick dinner.
Course:Main Course
Keywords:ground beef recipes, instant pot ground beef
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories262 kcal
Cost $ 0.75 per person


  • Instant Pot or pressure cooker


  • Water 1 cup (for a 6 qt. pot) or 1 ½ cups (for an 8 qt. pot)
  • 2 pounds ground beef fresh or frozen
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 oz taco seasoning or another seasoning blend of your choice (around 4 tbsp per 1 oz)
  • 2/3 cup broth beef or vegetable (for a saucy meat dish, use ¾ to 1 cup broth or more instead)
  • 3 tbsp lime juice or red wine vinegar or lemon juice
  • green onion chopped (optional)


  • Pour water over the bottom of the pot and then position your trivet. Place 1-2 pounds of ground beef on your trivet, piece the beef, lock the lid and turn the valve to sealing.
  • Set to high pressure and set the time as follows: For FRESH ground beef, cook for 6 minutes (if the meat is in a flat form) or 8 minutes (if it is in a tube form). For FROZEN ground beef, cook for 20 minutes (if the meat is in a flat form) or 25 minutes (if it is in a tube form)
  • When the cooking time comes to an end, let the pressure release naturally for about 5 minutes and then do a quick release. Check the temperature with a meat thermometer-- it should be 160 to 165 degrees F (71-74 degrees C). If it is not, seal the pot again and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.
  • Once your meat is cooked, transfer it to a place, remove the trivet and discard the water. Place the cooked meat back into the pot and break it up into small chunks.
  • Press the sauté button and let the pot heat for 3-5 minutes. Stir in the oil and then the seasoning and brown the meat for 3-5 minutes. Stir in the broth and let evaporate for 2 minutes. Mix in the lime juice and use it in many dishes such as hamburger helper, ground beef tacos, lasagne, and more.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Store Instant Pot ground beef in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Freeze for up to 2 months!


Calories: 262kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 721mg | Potassium: 381mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 668IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 3mg
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