Question: How long can raw ground beef sit out? I went to a barbeque at a friend’s house and he left a plate of raw hamburgers sitting out for about an hour before he grilled them. I’m worried that the burgers weren’t safe.
Answer: The burgers were probably fine. You can safely leave raw ground beef out at room temperature for two hours — or one hour if the temperature is above 90 degrees Fahrenheit — says the United States Department of Agriculture.
The reason is that bacteria grow rapidly when raw ground beef is kept at temperatures between 40° F and 140° F. If ground beef has been left out of the fridge for longer than 2 hours (or 1 hour above 90° F), harmful bacteria can multiply to the point where the ground beef is no longer safe to eat and should be discarded.
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