natural angus beef cuts

How to Perfectly Cook 4 of the Most Versatile Cuts of Natural Angus Beef at Home

May 12, 2020 | 

Whether you’re firing up a charcoal or gas grill, or cooking indoors, getting your meat “just right” can seem like an art. At Aspen Ridge® Natural Angus Beef, we believe it’s more of a science, and everyone can prepare their beef to perfection with the right instructions. So, we’ve put together a guide on how to prepare some of the most versatile cuts of Natural Angus beef.

Before you get started, use these tips for food safety:

  • Refrigerate or freeze as soon as possible after purchasing.
  • Keep raw beef and its juices away from other foods
  • Use two cutting boards: one for beef, one for vegetables
  • Never thaw frozen beef at room temperature
  • Make sure your beef isn’t undercooked (beef temperature guidance below!)

Turn These Classic Beef Cuts into Chef-Level Dishes

beef round steak on a plate 

How to Cook Beef Tenderloin

Also known as filet or filet mignon, beef tenderloin is the “go-to” steak for many people. Tender and lean, this versatile cut pairs well with a variety of sides and beverages. The finished internal temperature for a medium rare steak should be around 145°F, and 160°F for medium. For general grill times, follow these guidelines:

Cut Size                                Charcoal Grill Time                          Gas Grill Time                      

.75”                                            7-10 minutes                                          7-10 minutes

1”                                                10-14 minutes                                       11-15 minutes

1.5”                                            14-18 minutes                                       16-20 minutes

Once grilled to perfection, transform that delicious Natural Angus beef into this satisfying salad.

ground beef burgers cooked to temperature

How to Cook Ground Beef

Ground beef is extremely versatile. Whether using it to make juicy burgers, a savory taco filling, or meatballs for spaghetti, ground beef is simply delicious in any form it takes. Follow our guidelines to grill your ground beef patties to perfection. Ground beef should always be cooked to an internal temperature of 160°F for optimal flavor and food safety.

Cut Size                                   Charcoal Grill Time                             Gas Grill Time                      

.5” (4oz)                                   8-10 minutes                                          13-14 minutes

.75” (6oz)                                7-9 minutes                                             11-15 minutes

Want another great way to cook with ground beef? Turn up the heat (spiced to taste) by making chili from scratch.

ginger soy marinated steak

How to Cook Top Round Steak

Also called Beef Round or London Broil, this lean cut of steak is often marinated and sliced thin. Because it’s from the muscly hind legs and rump, it should be cooked a bit longer for optimal tenderness. It can be enjoyed with a vegetable side, as part of a salad, or even with pasta. We suggest the following grill times for hitting the medium rare (145°F internal temperature) or medium (160°F internal temperature) sweet spot.

Thickness                                Charcoal Grill Time                             Gas Grill Time                      

.75”                                            10-11 minutes                                       10-11 minutes

1”                                                12-14 minutes                                       16-19 minutes

Savor the flavor with this Ginger-Soy Marinated Top Round Steak recipe.

tri tip roast beef cut into dinner slices

How to Cook a Tri-Tip Roast

Perfect for roasting, Tri-Tip Roast is a Bottom Sirloin cut that’s lean, boneless, fairly tender, and full of flavor. Oven roast to internal temperatures of 135°F for medium rare or 150°F for medium per the following specs:

Thickness                                Oven Preheat Temp                         Oven Roast Time                                 

1.5-2”                                        425°F                                                           30-50 minutes

2-3”                                           425°F                                                           40-60 minutes

For a simply special dinner, roast up this Pesto-Rubbed Tri-Tip Roast with Warm Tomato Sauce.

Cook to Perfection

Avoid the disappointment of under-and over-cooking your beef by using our suggested cook times to get the most enjoyment from your Natural Angus beef cuts.

Cooking may be the science part of preparing your Certified Humane Natural Angus beef, but the recipes are really where the art is. Visit our recipe page for more steak, sandwich, stew, salad, and other beef-centered dishes to take your Natural Angus beef preparation skills to the next level.