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How to Cook Frozen Ground Beef in the Instant Pot

  • Author: Bethany Wright
  • Prep Time: 1 min
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 36 mins
  • Yield: 2 lbs 1x
  • Category: Basics
  • Method: Pressure Cook
  • Cuisine: American


Forgot to thaw your frozen ground beef before dinner? Have no fear. Let the Instant Pot do the work of thawing and cooking delicious ground beef for you.


  • 2 pounds ground beef (we recommend grassfed of course, and ButcherBox will deliver!)
  • 1 cup water (or whatever is your pressure cooker’s minimum liquid requirement)

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  1. Place a trivet or steam basket inside the liner of your Instant Pot. These don’t have to be the ones that come with your IP; it just has to fit.
  2. Add frozen ground beef on top of the trivet, in a big block.
  3. Add water beneath the trivet.
  4. Lock the lid, close the sealing valve, and select 25 minutes of pressure cooking on high (manual button).
  5. Once the program is done, release the pressure immediately (called a ‘quick release’) by opening the valve.
  6. Take the temperature of your meat, using a instant read meat thermometer. Aim for 160F or above. That thermometer is nice and long and FAST. 
  7. If the meat is undercooked, close the lid, seal, and cook for another 5 minutes — checking again.
  8. Repeat if necessary.
  9. Remove ground beef with tongs. Use a sturdy spoon or potato masher to crumble the ground beef.
  10. Use in your favorite recipe or freeze the meat in pre-portioned bags.


  • If you need to cook frozen ground beef without a trivet, the Instant Pot can still do it with this method!
  • Remember that the full cook time is really going to be about 40-50 minutes for your dinner planning purposes, because the IP will need at least 10 minutes to get up to pressure.
  • Need more Instant Pot recipes? Grab our totally free Instant Pot guidebook with recipes PLUS basic techniques that make life easier with the IP!
  • Check out all our ground beef recipes!
  • Keep reading below for some FAQs and a photo tutorial.


  • Serving Size: 1/4 lb
  • Calories: 211
  • Sugar: 0
  • Sodium: 75mg
  • Fat: 7.1g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.7g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 0
  • Fiber: 0
  • Protein: 34.4g
  • Cholesterol: 101mg

Keywords: frozen ground beef, Instant Pot, without trivet