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If you’re looking for an Easy Homemade Ground Beef Jerky Recipe that’s Paleo, Clean Eating, MSG-free, Gluten-Free, budget-friendly, AND STILL delicious, look no further, you’ve found it. This is my FAVORITE homemade jerky recipe!
Ground Beef Jerky Recipe
If you just want a tasty ground beef jerky recipe for a dehydrator this is it. You’ll feel good about eating or sharing this beef jerky with family and friends too. Anything you’re looking for in a ground beef jerky recipe is right here on this page.
We LOVE Ground Beef Jerky
I’m a huge fan of beef jerky, I love it for the simple fact that it’s just a nice chunk of protein that’s quick and easy to eat but also satisfying. Lately, the stuff from the store is feeling less healthy and more full of junk than I want to eat, so I set out to find or come up with a beef jerky recipe for something I can enjoy again.
I didn’t have to look far, I’d found a recipe a while back, pinned it and I started from there. The spices looked solid and I only had to tweak it a bit for our tastes, and I left out some beef broth.
Why ground beef jerky?
I have a couple of reasons for making ground beef jerky:
- I happen to have a lot of ground beef because our beef order came last month. It always feels like so much beef now but we have an entire year to use it up.
- And I bought a dehydrator last fall too, with it came 2 jerky guns. I was like what are these for?? Did some research and never looked back.
- Ground beef jerky is delicious
- It’s cost-effective
Game Meat Jerky
You can use game meat for this recipe as well. Try Ground Venison or Ground Moose! I bet Elk or even Bison would work too. Any game meat you use is probably going to be lean enough to make in your food dehydrator.
For game meats, the only adjustments you’d have to make will be to the spices. That will depend on your meat and how gamey it is. Keep reading for tips on how to figure out exactly how to adjust your spices.
How to know how much spices to add to your game meat jerky
You can use this method for ANY ground meat jerky. It’s a great way to try out spice levels and flavors without adding too much flavor.
What I recommend is starting with some of the spices in the mix. Then cook up a small amount in a frying pan. How does it taste? Remember it’s going to get stronger the longer it rests in the fridge.
If it needs more spice, add more and cook up another small bit. Add spices until it’s almost flavorful enough. Then figure it’s going to get more flavorful after resting. You’re recipe testing at this point, so be sure to slow down, taste, take notes, and keep working on it.
Ground Beef Jerky Video!
Wondering HOW I made the recipe? Here’s my video which walks you through it. And be SURE to watch my video about HOW to load the jerky gun, it’s linked below!
****Looking for help with HOW to load a Jerky Gun? Watch my quick and easy video to learn exactly how it’s done!
If you enjoy Making Jerky At Home
Then DEFINITELY try my other homemade jerky recipes! I’ve made Beef Jerky in the dehydrator out of steak. And I’ve made Beef Jerky in the Oven. And you KNOW I had to try making Beef Jerky in the Air Fryer, which turned out really well!
And I’ve EVEN made homemade pepperoni!
Easy Homemade Ground Beef Recipe
This Easy Homemade Ground Beef Jerky Recipe is Budget-Friendly to make, especially when you have teens and tweens who eat jerky like it's going out of style. Make a batch and see how easy jerky at home can be!
- 3 pounds lean ground beef, the very best you can afford
- 4 teaspoons salt
- 4 teaspoons smoke flavor, can sub smoked salt, if you do skip the regular salt
- 2 1/2 teaspoons black pepper
- 4 teaspoons dried minced garlic
- 4 teaspoons onion powder
- break up the ground beef in a mixing bowl
- sprinkle everything on top and mix thoroughly
- refrigerate overnight
- when ready to dehydrate turn the dehydrator on to about 145˚-155˚ full fan
- open the jerky gun, load it with meat, packing it down so it doesn't have too many air bubbles
- once filled and ready to go pull the trigger and squeeze out a line of meat
- 2-3 squeezes will make a line about 3-4 inches long which seemed about right for us, your gun may be different and so then will your results
- make them as long as you prefer, I made mine on the shorter side to make packing in lunches easy
- repeat with each tray of the dehydrator, in mine I used 7 of the available 8 trays
- I also put the meat directly on "clean a screen" tray liners not on the actual trays OR the fruit leather trays
- place the trays in the dehydrator and leave them alone for an hour or two then take the bottom tray and move it to the top and viceversa
- continue drying for another 3 hours or so, checking for doneness every hour or so
- to test I picked them up to see how flexible they were, after an hour or two I tried one to see if it was done it was not dried at that point but it was cooked through
- after 4 1/2 hours of total cooking time the jerky was done
- yours in your dehydrator may require more or less time so do plan to make this when you have the time to be flexible
- once the jerky is done wipe off any grease and let them cool depending on how lean your burger is you may need to wipe them off one more time
- store in the refrigerator consume within a week
- or freeze them for longer storage
- you will need a dehydrator AND a jerky gun both available on Amazon (and those are affiliate links!) and also available in most box stores
- the meat mixture needs to chill over night
- your results will vary depending on the meat you use and the salt level you choose, so plan to be flexible the first time you try this
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Serving Size1 servings
Amount Per Serving Calories 134Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 51mgSodium 452mgCarbohydrates 1gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 16g
This nutrition information was calculated using a computer program, results may vary.
12 thoughts on “Easy Homemade Ground Beef Jerky Recipe”
I never knew you could use ground beef to make beef jerky! Wish I had a dehydrator! PINNED!
I’m super intrigued by this. A lot of my family hunts, so they make deer jerky. I’m really intrigued that a “jerky gun” exists!
Has anyone tried this recipe?
Aleah, every time she brings it to food swap my daughter gets some. I have to be sure to get my own bag or I don’t get any…my 8 year old devours it like candy!
Just got a beautiful 6×6 bull elk here in Colorado!! Believe me, I love making this stuff and it makes great Christmas gifts!!!
Oh wow I bet that jerky tastes AMAZING! Thanks for sharing your results, I appreciate it!
Hoping to try this for first time with elk. The smoke flavouring in the recipe is that liquid smoke?
Can a person put in a smoker instead of a dehydrator?
I don’t see why not! Just make sure the temp gets up for a while to cook it.
If you want to eat it when it’s more “flexible” & cooked all the way through but not all the way dehydrated, is that okay? As long as it’s refrigerated?