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Timetable for Microwaving Meats

Timetable for Microwaving Meats

Follow this timetable for microwaving your meats.

Garlic-Basil Burgers (recipe on left)

Timetable for Microwaving Meats

Type of Meat Amount Power Level Time Doneness
Ground— Place ground meat in 1-qt microwavable dish; place meatballs or patties on microwavable rack or in shallow microwavable dish. Cover with plastic wrap, folding one edge or corner back 1/4 inch to vent steam, or cover with waxed paper.
crumbled 1 lb High (100%) 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 min; stir once Until brown
uncooked
meatballs
(24)
1 lb Medium-High
(70%)
6 to 8 min; rearrange after 3 min
Until no longer pink in center and juice is clear
uncooked patties
(3/4 inch thick)
1 lb Medium-High
(70%)
6 to 8 min; rearrange after 3 min Until no longer pink in center and juice is clear
Bacon— Place bacon slices on microwavable plate or rack lined with paper towels. Place paper towels between layers; cover with paper towels.
Bacon 1 to 8 slices
High (100%)
About 30 sec per slice Until crisp
Hot Dogs & Cooked Sausages— Place hot dogs or sausages on microwavable plate lined with paper towel. Pierce several times with fork. Cover with paper towel or napkin.
Hot Dogs
(10 per pound)
1 to 4 High (100%)
20 to 30 sec each Let stand 3 min

Sausages
(cooked)

Bratwurst, Italian
(6 per pound)
2


4
High (100%)

High (100%)
1 to 1 1/2 min


2 1/2 to 3 min, rearranging once
Let stand 3 min


Let stand 3 min
Uncooked Sausages— Place sausages in microwavable dish; add 1/2 cup water. Cover with vented plastic wrap or waxed paper.
Sausages
(uncooked)

Bratwurst, Polish
(6 per pound)
1


2


4
High (100%)

High (100%)

High (100%)
3 to 4 min


4 to 6 min


Increase water to 1 cup; 6 to 8 min, rearranging once
Until no longer pink in center (180ºF on meat thermometer)
Ham— Place ham slice in microwavable dish. Cover with vented plastic wrap.
Ham Slice
(fully cooked, smoked)
1 lb
(1/4 to 1/2 inch thick)
Medium (50%) 6 to 8 min Until hot

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