How to Drain the Moisture from Ground Beef After Cooking

If you are a beef lover, I’m sure that you have had your fair share of ground beef dishes. Whether it was tacos, spaghetti, or sloppy joes, how to drain the moisture from ground beef is something that we all need to know how to do! Draining the moisture out will make for a more flavorful dish and less mess in your kitchen and on your plate.

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The easiest way!

After cooking ground beef, draining the moisture from ground beef is something that you will want to know how to do. If you don’t, your dish might be too wet or more difficult for you and your guests to eat.

A very simple way to get rid of any excess liquid is by using a colander:

  • A colander is a helpful tool when draining moisture or crease from ground beef. Just place your colander or sieve over a bowl or plate.
  • Take the ground beef and place it into the colander. Allow it to sit for some time so that the cooking liquid will be able to drain through the small holes of the colander. Be sure not to overfill your colander with meat.

2 other methods

To cook ground beef, the best way to drain it is by using a colander. If you don’t have one on hand though, there are two other solutions that can get your beef ready for its delicious fate!

Taking the juice out of you pan

Place the meat into a corner

Using a fork or spoon, pile the meat on one side of the pan while tilting it so that all of its grease and juices can pool in an empty corner.

3 ways to take out the juices

  • Spoon the grease into a bowl. Use your large spoon to remove all of that greasy and juicy goodness from your pan and transfer it carefully in an airtight container!
  • Sucking up grease and juices with a turkey baster will help you get it out of the pan quicker and easier. The bulb is squeezed to suck in the liquid!
  • The best way to clean up that spilt grease is with some paper towels! Take 2-3 sheets and dab away the greasy and juicy mess.

Evaporate all the juices out of the pan

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Reduce the ground beef juice by boiling it out of the pan. This will cause some of the fat and juices to evaporate.

  • After your ground beef is cooked, turn the stove to medium-high heat.
  • This will cause a higher temperature to cook the ground beef.
  • When you turn on the heat of the stove, stir consistently and constantly scrape up the ground beef from the bottom of the pan with a spatula.
  • Keep cooking the ground beef untill the juices are evaporated.

For those of you who are wondering if ground beef doesn’t overcook this way, there is no need to worry. Overcooking ground beef can take a while and the juices will be evaporated before the ground beef is overcooked.

Kitchen tools

Who doesn’t need a good set of kitchen utensils? What good is a spaghetti pot if you don’t have a spoon for stirring? It’s not that fun to eat soup with your hands, so how handy does it feel to have a ladle? And there’s no point in having the perfect pan for frying steaks if you don’t have tongs!

Here are some kitchen tools you’ll absolutely need to whip up a delicious meal:

  • Classic Kitchen Towels 15-Pack – 100% Natural Cotton Dish Towels
  • Bounty Quick-Size Paper Towels
  • 3-Piece Stainless Steel Mesh Micro-Perforated Strainer Colander Set 
  • T-fal Ultimate Hard Anodized Nonstick 8-Inch
  • Utopia Kitchen Stainless Steel Cooking Utensil Set
  • Turkey Baster (Stainless Steel) w/Advanced Set


As you can see, how to drain the moisture from ground beef is a topic that most people don’t know how to do or how it should be done. I hope this article helps you make your dishes more flavorful and less messy for you and your guests.

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