Easy Top Round Roast Beef Recipe (2024)

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This Easy Top Round Roast Beef Recipe is going to become a regular in your house after you see how easy it is to make. Our fail proof cooking method leaves you with a flavorful and tender roast that you prepared in five minutes.

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This recipe has become a huge family favorite in the two plus years since it was first published. My kids love how delicious it is and my husband and I love how easy it is to make, which makes it a true winner.

This easy top round roast beef recipe comes together in just five minutes with only five ingredients and that is counting salt and pepper! You will be shocked by how little it takes to make this oven roast beef absolutely delicious.

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How to Cook Roast Beef

The best way to cook a lean roast beef like top round is using a wire rack set in a roasting pan. This is actually key to this recipe because it lets the air circulate around the roast.

I bought my roasting pan (which you can see in the video) for $20 at a local department store and it is a great investment. You can also find one here.

How to Make a Tender Roast Beef in the Oven

In addition to the roasting pan, another key to this recipe is cooking the meat at a high temperature for 15 minutes before turning the heat down for slow roasting. This mimics searing the meat without actually searing it on the stove top. It works amazing!

  1. Season the beef. Rub the top round roast with olive oil. Then rub in the salt and pepper and the crushed garlic.
  2. Place the roast beef in a roasting pan fitted with a rack. This allows air to circulate around the roast, which is what you want.
  3. Start with the oven at 450 degrees. This will sear the outside of the roast beef, given it a nice crisp outside.
  4. After fifteen minutes, reduce the heat to 325. This will let the inside of the roast cook low and slow resulting in a tender roast beef.
  5. Use an oven proof thermometer to keep an eye on the internal temperature. Remove the top round roast right around 135 degrees for a nice medium rare roast like what you see pictured here. (See below for other temperatures to remove the roast at for different levels of doneness.)
  6. Remove the roast and tent it with foil. Let it rest for 10 minutes. This will prevent the juices from running out when you slice it.
  7. Thinnly slice the roast beef against the grain.

Using an Instant Read Thermometer

I can’t recommend investing in an instant read thermometer enough. While I can give you a general idea of how long this will need to cook, because the thickness of a top round roast varies greatly, the time it takes to hit 135 will also vary greatly.

I love this instant read thermometer. You can poke the roast as many times as you need until the middle reaches 135. This instant read thermometer has been recommended to me by readers as one that you can leave in the roast inside the oven.

What Temperature is Beef Done?

I recommend pulling this recipe out of the oven at 135 for the medium rare you see here. If you would like the beef more rare, pull it out at 125. Pull it out at 145 for medium, and 155 for medium well. I don’t recommend cooking it past 155.

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What is Top Round Roast

Top Round Roasts come from the back end of the cow and are an extremely lean cut of beef. It is sometimes labeled London Broil, which is a bit of a misnomer as that refers to the type of cooking, not the cut of meat.

The leanness of this cut of meat is the reason that it needs to be cooked low and slow as we are doing here. Additionally, you want to cut the meat into very thin slices to enjoy it more, even thinner than you see here.

Roast Beef Left Overs

Assuming you have top round roast beef left overs, though I would not be surprised if you don’t have any, there are so many great ways that you can eat it.

Storing

This roast can be kept in the refrigerator in an air tight container for three to four days.

Reheating

  1. Slice the entire roast before storing it.
  2. Put the sliced pieces in a 9×13 baking dish covered with tin foil.
  3. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  4. Put the meat in and turn off the heat.
  5. Warm in the oven for 15 minutes and then enjoy the left overs.

What to do with Leftover Roast Beef

  • Make a Roast Beef Sandwich. Layer the reheated thin slices on a French baguette, top with provolone cheese and put it under the broiler until the cheese is melted, watching it closely. Take it up a notch by adding horseradish sauce.
  • Make a Steak Salad. This roast beef is perfect on a simple green salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, and red peppers with some ranch dressing. It would also be amazing on this strawberry spinach salad. It would also be a great way to turn my Caesar Salad into a full meal.
  • Use it to make my Philly Cheesesteak Baked Tacos or my Philly Cheesesteak Cassserole.
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What to Serve with Top Round Roast Beef

There are so many great sides that would go with this roast beef!

  • Baked Potato Wedges
  • Oven Roasted Asparagus
  • Crispy Brussels Sprouts
  • Brown Sugar Roasted Sweet Potatoes
  • Broccoli and Rice Casserole

If you make this easy top round roast beef recipe or any of my other recipes, please leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

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Easy Top Round Roast Beef Recipe

Serves: 6 people

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Prep: 5 minutes minutes

Cook: 1 hour hour

Total: 1 hour hour 5 minutes minutes

This Easy Top Round Roast Beef Recipe is going to become a regular in your house after you see how easy it is to make. Our fail proof cooking method leaves you with a flavorful and tender roast that you prepared in five minutes.

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Ingredients

  • 3 pound top round roast
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic minced

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Fit a rack in a roasting pan and set aside.

  • Rub the top round roast with the olive oil. Then spread the salt, black pepper and garlic over it. Do your best to cover not only the top and bottom but the sides.

  • Place the seasoned roast on the rack in roasting pan. Roast (uncovered) in the oven for 15 minutes. Then reduce the heat to 325. Roast for another 45 to 60 minutes or until the a thermometer reads between 135 and 140. Please note that roasts that are less than 3 inches thick will take less time to roast. I highly recommend investing in an instant read thermometer so you know the exact moment to pull it out of the oven.

  • Remove from the oven, loosely tent with foil, and allow the roast to rest for 10 minutes. Slice thin, and enjoy.See post for details about reheating and left over ideas.

Calories: 384kcal (19%) Carbohydrates: 1g Protein: 50g (100%) Fat: 20g (31%) Saturated Fat: 7g (44%) Monounsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 150mg (50%) Sodium: 701mg (30%) Potassium: 21mg (1%) Vitamin A: 100IU (2%) Vitamin C: 2.5mg (3%) Calcium: 10mg (1%) Iron: 3.8mg (21%)

Author: Lisa Longley

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: American

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  1. Catherina A Fitzgerald says

    Do you bring the meat to room temperature before you cook?

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    • Easy Top Round Roast Beef Recipe (16)Lisa Longley says

      I do not.

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  2. Joy says

    Do you leave it in the pan or take it out to rest

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    • Easy Top Round Roast Beef Recipe (17)Lisa Longley says

      It can rest either in the pan or out. If you are worried about it continuing cooking (like if you prefer your meat a little less well done), I would take it out.

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FAQs

Does top round get more tender the longer you cook it? ›

Essential Tips for a Tender Top Round Roast

More specifically, we mean to cook it using low heat and over a long period, both of which work together to break down fat and tenderize the meat. If you cook it too fast, the natural tenderization process won't have time to work its magic.

What is a top round roast good for? ›

Cut from the inside of the hind leg, top round roast is the cut that's most commonly used for deli roast beef. It's also the same area that London broil is cut from. As far as cheap cuts of beef go, top round roast is relatively lean and flavorful since this muscle isn't as heavily worked.

How to cook top round tender? ›

Directions
  1. Trim beef; cut into two portions and flatten to 1/4-in. thickness. ...
  2. In the drippings, saute the celery, carrot and onion for 3-4 minutes or until crisp-tender. Add tomatoes and Worcestershire sauce, stirring to loosen browned bits from pan. ...
  3. Cover and bake at 325° for 1 hour or until meat is tender.
Oct 22, 2023

Which method of cooking would you typically use for the top round? ›

Oven roasting is the usual method of cooking a Top Round roast. It gives you control over the temperature so you can avoid toughening the meat with too much heat. Aim for a temperature of 300 degrees F or below and a longer cooking time.

How to tenderize a top round roast? ›

How to Tenderize a Tough Cut of Meat
  1. Pound it out. Pounding softens and tenderizes meat, making it easier to cut and eat. ...
  2. Use salt. ...
  3. Use an acidic marinade. ...
  4. Use kiwi, papaya, or pineapple. ...
  5. Score it. ...
  6. Slow cook it.
Jan 17, 2024

Why is my top round roast tough? ›

High temperatures cause the meat fibres to contract, thus squeezing moisture out of the meat. So, the best way to avoid tough, dry, chewy roast beef is to watch the cooking temperature. If it's a good cut of beef, that means you cooked it too long or at too high of a temperature.

What is another name for top round roast? ›

Top Round Roast

Top round is often mislabeled and sold in supermarkets as London Broil, which is not an actual cut of beef but a method for cooking tough cuts. Top round roast can also be braised, roasted, stewed or cooked in a slow cooker. You can even slice it for use in sandwiches.

Is it better to cook a roast at 325 or 350? ›

When roasting meat and poultry, set the oven temperature to 325°F (163°C) or higher. Explore the charts below to learn how to get great results every time you cook.

Do you cover roast in the oven? ›

When cooking a roast in the oven, keep it uncovered until roasted to the desired doneness. After removing from the oven, tent with foil and let stand 15 minutes before carving. This allows the juices to redistribute, preventing them from draining out during carving—and preventing dry, disappointing meat.

What is the difference between top round roast and chuck roast? ›

Unlike chuck roasts or tri-tips, top round doesn't have a lot of fat to it. That's because it's cut from the back leg of the animal, so it's a muscle that's asked to do a lot of heavy lifting. In addition to braised pot roasts, it's also a popular option for roasted beef and beef jerky.

Can you overcook a top round roast? ›

I recommend pulling this recipe out of the oven at 135 for the medium rare you see here. If you would like the beef more rare, pull it out at 125. Pull it out at 145 for medium, and 155 for medium well. I don't recommend cooking it past 155.

Can I cut a top round roast into steak? ›

This cut comes from the inside of the rear leg and is very lean. It can be fabricated into steaks, which benefit from tenderization or marination, but is commonly roasted and sliced for Roast Beef.

Can you braise a top round roast? ›

To paraphrase Juliet in Shakespeare's wonderful love story, “A braised beef roast by any other name would taste as good.” Call it a pot roast if you like. Brown the beef well, add some vegetables and a cooking liquid in which to simmer the meat, and you will have a braised beef roast.

How long to cook top of the round? ›

To start, roast the meat for 15 minutes at 425 degrees. After that, leave the roast in the oven and lower the temperature to 325 degrees. From here it will take about 1 hour to reach medium-rare. I've made both a 2 ½ pound and a 4 ½ pound roast, and I found they both took almost the same time.

Does roast beef get softer the longer you cook it? ›

But after time the collagen will break down making it tender, especially if the meat is cooked with moisture. If you take a 2″ thick steak and put it in a 350° oven for 20 minutes it will toughen up. If you put some water in there and leave for another hour it will get tender.

Is top round roast tender or tough? ›

The top round roast is cut from the upper thigh of the hindquarters of the beef cow. The top round is not a heavily worked muscle, which results in a roast that's more tender and flavorful than other cuts from the round.

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