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!
Servings Prep Time
24servings 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
8-10hours 24 hours
Servings Prep Time
24servings 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
8-10hours 24 hours
  • 3pounds lean ground beefthe very best you can afford
  • 4teaspoons salt
  • 4teaspoons smoke flavorcan sub smoked salt, if you do skip the regular salt
  • 2 1/2teaspoons black pepper
  • 4teaspoons dried minced garlic
  • 4teaspoons onion powder
  1. break up the ground beef in a mixing bowl
  2. sprinkle everything on top and mix thoroughly
  3. refrigerate overnight
  4. when ready to dehydrate turn the dehydrator on to about 145˚-155˚ full fan
  5. open the jerky gun, load it with meat, packing it down so it doesn’t have too many air bubbles
  6. once filled and ready to go pull the trigger and squeeze out a line of meat
  7. 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
  8. make them as long as you prefer, I made mine on the shorter side to make packing in lunches easy
  9. repeat with each tray of the dehydrator, in mine I used 7 of the available 8 trays
  10. I also put the meat directly on “clean a screen” tray liners not on the actual trays OR the fruit leather trays
  11. 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
  12. continue drying for another 3 hours or so, checking for doneness every hour or so
  13. 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
  14. after 4 1/2 hours of total cooking time the jerky was done
  15. yours in your dehydrator may require more or less time so do plan to make this when you have the time to be flexible
  16. 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
  17. store in the refrigerator consume within a week
  18. or freeze them for longer storage
Recipe Notes
  1. 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
  2. the meat mixture needs to chill over night
  3. 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