Ground Beef

I’m looking for some new things to do with ground beef. I am getting tired of meatloaf, sloppy joe’s, burgers, burrito’s, shepherd pie, etc. They are good for dinner, but I would really like some “new” recipes to add to my mix.

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Angela - August 25, 2009

My kids and I came up with this one day when we had to “find” dinner in the cupboards – it’s sort of a cornbread chili casserole. You take a pound of ground beef, cook drain and then mix in a can of corn, a can of kidney beans, two small or one large can of diced tomatoes in whatever flavor you like (the italian is good, or the rotel, we usually have one can of italian and one can of rotel). If you like a little thicker sauce, you can add a small can of tomato sauce. Add seasonings to your taste – I usually do some seasoning salt, garlic salt, fresh ground pepper, and a few spoonfuls of chili powder. (The chili powder is the key to the taste though.) Pour it in to a casserole dish and then make two boxes of jiffy cornbread, but add a little extra milk to make it thinner. Pour the cornbread mix over the top and cook at 400 degrees until the cornbread is golden brown. It’s delicious!

sharon in alabama - August 25, 2009

We like salisbury steak in mushroom gravy; hamburger steaks with fresh sauteed onions.

Another of our favorites is Taco Taters. Brown your beef; add taco sauce or seasoning….let simmer. Cut up lil red potatoes; season and cook til soft. Place taters in bowl; add meat and other favorite taco toppings—-lettuce, tomato, sour cream, olives, onions, etc. You can substitute rice for the taters.

Am looking forward to MORE ideas too!

Miranda - August 25, 2009

Here are a few of our favorite beef recipes.

Hamburger-Rice Casserole
Brown 1 1/2 lbs. beef, and place in bottom of casserole dish. Sprinkle 1 c. uncooked rice over top. Mix 1 can mushroom soup, 1 can chicken soup, and 2 cans water; pour over top. Bake at 350 for 1 hr. Yields 6-8 servings.

Sloppy Joes is also one of our favorites.

Brown 1 lb. beef; stir in 1/2 c. ketchup, 2 T brown sugar, 2 T vinegar, and 2 t. mustard. Simmer for about 30 min. and serve on buns or bread.

Cheeseburger Soup is my personal favorite.

Brown 1/2 lb. beef. In large saucepan, boil 3 c. chicken broth, 4 c. diced potatoes, and beef. Cover and simmer for 12 minutes. In small skillet, melt 3 T butter over low heat. Stir in 1/4 c. flour; add to soup and bring to a boil. Cook and stir 2 mintues. Reduce heat to low. Add 2 c. cubed American cheese, 1 1/2 c. milk, and some salt and pepper. Cook ’til cheese melts. Remove from heat. Blend in 1/4 c. sour cream. Yields 8 servings.

farmkat - August 25, 2009

RE: ground beef recipes request.

This is a recipe that I love making. I adapted it from a Taste of Home cookbook – very easy to make. If you want to have leftovers or are only cooking for one or two, keep the ingredients separate and you can mix small bowls as needed. Else the chips get soggy. If using leftovers, I warm the ground beef up again.

Easy Taco Salad

1 pound ground beef
1 package (1-1/4 ounces) taco seasoning
1 medium head lettuce, shredded
2 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1 cup bottled Catalina dressing
4 to 5 cups corn chips, crushed
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese

Brown ground beef on stovetop; drain off grease. Stir in taco seasoning.
Combine beef, lettuce, tomatoes, dressing, corn chips and cheese in a large serving bowl; toss well to mix. Serve immediately.

Yield: 6-8 servings.

K, Colorado - August 25, 2009

Stuffed Meat Balls

1.5 lb burger
1 can cream of mushroom soup
2 cups bread dressing (like you use with turkey, your own recipe or a box mix)

Divide burger into 4 balls, using wax paper press each ball into flat
circle about 1/2 to 1/3 inch thick
place 1/4 of dressing in the center of each burger circle
reform into balls, forming burger around the dressing

Place meat balls in 8X8 pan (larger if you make a bigger batch)
Take your can of soup and mix with 1 can of milk or water, pour over your meat balls, cover with foil and bake at 375 degrees for 1.5 to 2 hours. While they are baking be sure to at least 2 times ladle soup mixture over the meat balls. Remove foil last 30 minutes of baking so they brown up some. Serve with mashed potatoes (instant or home made), add a veggie and you have an easy economical meal using your favorite burger, be it beef, chicken or turkey.

Janice - August 25, 2009

I’m only going to give a list, I’m sure you can find most or all of these on the internet.
Hamburger and eggplant pie (, homemade pizza, stuffed peppers, lasagna, “fake lasagna” (this is like homemade hamburger helper- egg noodles, cottage cheese, sauce, etc.),5 bean casserole with hamburger, blue cheese burgers (2 patties w/ blue cheese in middle),swedish meatballs, stuffed cabbage leaves, hamburger “steaks” topped w/A-1,cheeseburger quiche,mexican rice, enchiladas, taco salad,nachos,beef pot- pie,stroganoff,beef and barley soup,hamburger minestrone soup. I once read a recipe where you made a meatloaf recipe, and wrapped it in pastry. It was a cheap version of something I think might have been called Beef Wellington? That same cookbook had you make “volcanoes” out of cooked hamburger, topped with mashed potatoes, and than cheese sauce poured over all for lava. Maybe you could hide some brocolli or cauliflower in the middle? :-) Hope this gets you going!

sarah - August 25, 2009

this is a recipe my daughter came up with,.
Taco Tot Casserole
1 lb ground beef
1 pkg taco seasoning
1 can corn
1 can cream of onion soup
1 bag shreded cheese
1 bag tater tots

brown ground beef, add taco seasioning and the water for it. the add the can of corn juice and all as well as the can of soup. mix well and put in casserole dish.sprinkle cheese over top and then cover with tater tots. bake at 350 for about 40 minutes ot till tater tots are done.

Donna Chapin - August 25, 2009

Beef Stroganoff:
Brown hamburger with some sliced mushrooms (fresh or canned). Drain grease and add brown gravy (I usually use two packages, mixed with appropriate amount of water or a few cups homemade). Cook for a few minutes and serve on top of hot egg noodles with a dollop of sour cream, chopped green onion, and dahs of pepper.

Cook plain elbow macaroni. Add browned ground beef, stewed tomatoes, and liberal amounts of salt and pepper. Canned green chilies are good with this as well.

Spaghetti and Hamburger: Brown one pound beef with a chopped onion until almost done. Drain grease. Add back to pan with liberal amounts of chili powder and garlic salt (can omit salt, if desired). Serve over hot spaghetti with ketchup instead of spaghetti sauce.

Cheap pizzas: Take slices of bread and top with spaghetti or pizza sauce. Add browned hamburger, whatever toppings you have in the fridge, and any kind of cheese. Even just parmesean works well with this. If you want, you can make homemade dough instead of the bread.

S.O.S: Brown hamburger and make a milk based white gravy with the drippings. Add lots of pepper and serve over toast or biscuits.

Tacos and Burritos: Most people can make these?

Cincinnati-style chili:
1 1/2 lb. ground beek
1 29 oz. can tomato sauce
1 can diced tomatoes (the kind with jalapeno are good)
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. allspice (can omit if you don’t have it)
1 tsp. salt
1 can or 1 cup beans (kidney, chili, whatever)
3 or 4 cloves garlic, minced
3 bay leaves
1 tbsp. cumin
1 tbsp. cocoa powder or 1 oz. semisweet chocolate (even chocolate chips will work)
1 tsp. sugar

Brown hamburger. Drain. Add all ingredients to large pot or crock pot and cook for 4-5 hours on low. Serve over hot spagetti with cheese for a three way. With cheese and onions for a four way. Five ways have cheese, onions, and beans. 6 ways have all of the above with fresh minced garlic. You can also take hot dog buns, add a hotdog, onions and mustard if you wish, and top with cili and cheese. 3 ways are good with oyster crackers and hot sauce as well. Cheese coneys (chili dogs) are good with hot sauce on top.

Mindy - August 25, 2009

Here’s one of my family’s (my 4 yo loves it!) favorites with ground beef:

1 T. olive oil
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb. Ground beef or lamb
1 medium onion, diced
4 oz. (5-6) mushrooms, sliced

1 head romaine lettuce, chopped
1 tomato, diced
1 avocado, diced
1 cucumber, sliced

3 cups rice, we use brown basmati
2 T dried dill
pinch of Saffron (optional)

1. Cook rice according to instructions with dill and saffron. Stir well.

2. Sauté garlic in oil for 1 minute.

3. Add ground beef and onions and sauté until almost cooked.

4. Add mushrooms and cook until tender.

5. Prepare vegetables.

6. Top salad with rice and meat. Serve with your choice of vegetables, cheese, and dressing.

Sara - August 25, 2009

Well there are alot of ground meat possibilities here. Homemade burgers fallow the recipie on the A-1 bottle and use the knock off brand. 3 of worsetire sauce 3 of the stake sauce and one dash of pepper sauce. Mac and cheese with hamberger with 2 types of veggies, Rice tomatoes beans and burger, and there are several others also. Have fun and always play harder.

gayle - August 25, 2009

You can make meat pies, pasties,macaroni bakes,and my families favourite


2 pounds mince beef(ground beef)
2 finely chopped onions
2 teaspoons curry powder
salt and pepper to taste
Half pound sliced green beans
packet chicken noodle soup mix
1 cup water
Quarter cup of rice
1 cup chopped celery
2 finely chopped carrots
Half shredded cabbage

Method: Fry onions until golden add meat and brown, add curry powder salt and pepper then chicken soup and water, bring to the boil add rice and simmer 15 mins then add vegetables and continue to simmer for a futher 20mins. Before servicing mix in soy sauce to your taste.

Donna Chapin - August 25, 2009

I just received a magazine of recipes in the mail right after I posted, so here are some more. There is a lot of velveeta in these, as the magazine is published by Kraft, but here they are:
Tex Mex Beef and Potatoes
1 lb. ground beef
1 red pepper, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 pkg. taco seasoning
1/2 cup water
4 cups frozen southern-style cubed hashbrowns
1 10oz. pkg. frozen cron
1/2 lb. velveeta, cut into cubes
Heat oven to 350. Brown meat with peppers and onions in a large skillet, drain. Return to skillet. stir in taco mix and water. Add potatoes, corn, and velveeta. Stir well. Spoon into 13×9 inch baking dish, cover. Bake 20 min. and stir. Bake 15 min, uncovered, until heated through.

2 lb. ground beef
1 pkg. stove top stuffing
1 1/4 cups water
2 eggs

Heat oven to 400. Line 2 15x10x1 inch pans with foil and spray with cooking spray. Mix ingredients until well blended. Shape into 32 balls, using 1/4 cup for each. Place 16 meatballs in each pan. Bake 16-18 minutes, until done. Combine half of meatballs with tomato-basil cream sauce or creamy brown gravy, and freeze the other half. Serve with sauce over spaghetti.

Tomato Basil Cream Sauce
Mix 1 jar spaghetti sauce, 2 oz. cubed cream cheese, and 2 tbsp. chopped fresh basil in a large skillet. Cook on med. low 3 minutes or until heated through.

Creamy Brown Gravy
Mix one jar (or 12 oz) beef gravy with 1/2 cup sour cream, and 2 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley in a large skillet. Cook over med. low 3 minutes, or until heated through.

Super Stuffed Potatoes
4 small baking potatoes
1 lb. ground beef
1/4 lb. velveeta, cubed
1 small tomato, chopped
2 green onion, sliced
1/2 cup sour cream

Prick potatoes in several places and microwave on high for 14 minutes ,or until tender, turning after 7 minutes. Meanwhile brown meat in large skillet, drain. Add velveeta, tomatoes, and onions. Cook until velveeta is melted and mixture is well blended, stirring frequently. Split potatoes, mash insides with a fork. Top with meat mixture and sour cream.

Slow Cooker Lasagna
1 lb. ground beef
26 oz. spaghetti sauce
1 cup water
15 oz. ricotta cheese
7 oz. mozarella cheese, divided
1/4 cup grated parmesean cheese, divided
1 egg
2 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
6 uncooked lasagna noodles

Brown meat in large skillet and drain. Stir is sauce and water.In a seperate bowl, Mix ricotta, 1 1/2 cups mozarella, 2 tbsp. parmesean, egg, and parsley. Spoon one cup meat mixture into slow cooker; top with layers of half each of the noodles (broken to fit) and cheese mixture. Top with 2 cups meat mixture. Top with remaining noodles, broken to fit, cheese mixture, and meat sauce. Cover with lid. Cook on low 4-6 hours or until iquid is absorbed. Sprinkle with remaing chhses, let stand, covered 10 minutes or until melted.

Cheeseburger Mac
1 lb. ground beef
2 3/4 cups water
1/3 cup ketchup
1 tsp. onion powder
2 cups elbow macaroni, uncooked
1/2 lb. velveeta, cubed
Brown meat in a large skillet, drain. Add water, onion powder, and ketchup. Mix well. Bring to boil. Stir in macaroni; cover. Simmer on med-low heat 10 minutes or until macaroni is tender. Stir in velveeta, and cook until melted, stirring occasionally.

Sloppy Tacos
1 lb. ground beef
16 oz. salsa
8 hamburger buns
1 pkg. american cheese singles

Brown meat in alrge skillet, drain. Stir in salsa, stirring occasionally. Top buns with meat mixture and cheese slice.

Judy Geimer - August 26, 2009

I live in northern Indiana where there is a large Amish population. They have a meal called a “Haystack Supper”. I have had it made it at home. They Amish are well known for being frugal in their living but there food is excellent.

1 cup crushed soda crackers
1 cup cooked rice
1 head chopped lettuce
1 pkg corn chips (or for an extra flavor kick, try nacho flavored corn chips)
3 or 4 diced tomatoes
1.5 lb. ground hamburger (cooked and seasoned as you prefer)
1 small jar spaghetti sauce (heated)
1 can cheddar soup
1/2 can milk
Cook rice according to pkg directions. Mix soup with 1/2 can milk and heat. Chop lettuce and tomatoes keeping separate. Crush chips.

Place 1/4 cup crushed crackers in middle of plate. On top of crackers place 1/4 cup rice, then chopped lettuce, corn chips, tomatoes, spaghetti sauce, cheddar soup. Place each ingredient on top of the other adding as much as you like depending on size of person being served. Place each ingredient on top of the other just like building a haystack. You have your meat, carbs, veggies are in one stack. The nacho corn chips add a mexican flavor. Some recipes call for chopped olives and chopped nuts in addition to ones listed above. Meat can be seasoned with taco seasoning if you want to give it a Mexican flavor.

Amiyrah - August 26, 2009

make a “not-sagna” for dinner. Cook a short pasta, like macaroni, penne, or bowties. Save a half cup of the cooking water. Place 8oz ricotta cheese, half cup of shredded mozzarella, handful of parmasan, teaspoon of italian seasoning in a bowl. Put aside.

Brown some ground beef and add a jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce. Place half of the sauce and the cooking water in the cheese bowl and stir. Place the mixture in bowls and top with more sauce.

Easier than lasagna and only takes 20 minutes :o)

gayle - August 26, 2009

Heres an easy one

1 pound ground beef
1 large onion finely chopped
salt and pepper
2 eggs beaten
1 cup milk
3/4 cup raising flour

Mix altogether and drop teaspoonfuls into hot oil in frypan and fry till brown on both sides (You can add anything you like for variations)

Debbie in MA - August 26, 2009

You can make a list up of items with hamburger so you can just look over the list writing down which cookbook to find the recipe if need be. (The same can be done with chicken, etc.)
The library has many cookbooks it might have the 365 different ways to cook hamburger. After all there is more than one way to make meatloaf.
Or you might want to make some items with “mock Bisquick”. And don’t forget to check out crock pot recipes as well.
And the meat can be stretched many ways also for hamburgers & meatloaf: oatmeal, cooked rice, grated carrot, bread crumbs, grits, cornflakes, TVP (textured vegetable protein), cooked beans (ex pinto), wheatgerm, potato flakes, &/or cooked potato which will give it different flavorings as well.

Kelly (Australia) - August 27, 2009

Here are 2 recipes my family just love.

500g Beef Mince
1/2 cup cooked rice
3-4 slices bacon diced
1 onion diced
1-2 garlic cloves crushed
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 egg
(grated vegetables eg zucchini or carrot)I don’t always put this in depends on what amount of time I have.

Cook onion, bacon and garlic until just browned. Into a bowl add all the ingredients plus the cooked bacon mix and combine well.
Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup (slightly wet it) pack in the mix and then just shake out.
Roll rissoles in plain flour and refridgerate until needed. Cook in a small amount of oil and place into oven to finish off. Great with mashed potato and veges and a brown gravy.

Porcupine Casserole – 190°C
1 x 420g can salt reduced tomato soup
1 x 415g can no added salt crushed tomatoes
1/2 cup finely diced onion
1 cup water
2 teaspoons salt reduced chicken stock powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon crushed garlic
Combine all ingredients into a oven dish. Leave to side and make porcupines.

500g lean beef or turkey or chicken mince
1/3 cup raw long grain rice
1 teaspoon salt reduce chicken stock powder
1 egg white
Combine ingredients. Shape into 12 round balls, add to sauce in casserole dish and bake for approx 1 hour.
Rice should be poking out of balls (hence the porcupines!)
Great recipe to make ahead and keep balls in fridge and sauce make up then add together. I sometimes do this the night before. Also great recipe to double.

sonesta - August 27, 2009

When I was a kid my dad would make a dish called Batchelor’s Stew. Basically it was browned hamburger, mixed in with fried potatoes and onions. Salad on the side. Also, you could take left over veggies and tomato soup- mix with browned hamburger and top with mashed potatoes and cheese. An new twist on Shepherd’s Pie. My favorite is pasta bake with hamburger, and my kids eat it without complaint.

    Annie - February 28, 2011

    Bachelor Stew- that’s funny! We call it “Mama’s sick again and Daddy’s gotta cook, dinner”.

Amanda - August 27, 2009


I know what you mean about being sick of the same old thing. Here’s a recipe for Pakistani Kima that comes from my More with Less cookbook. If you like curry, you’ll LOVE this recipe. It’s a great meal stretcher because you serve it over rice.

3T butter
1C chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1 lb ground beef
1T curry powder
1 1/2 t salt
dash pepper
dash each cinnamon, ginger, and tumeric (I like to also add garam masala if I have it)
2 C canned, diced tomatoes
2 potatoes, diced
2 C frozen peas or green beans

Saute onion and garlic in butter. Add ground beef and brown well. Drain fat. Add the rest of the ingredients, cover and simmer 25 minutes or until potatoes are done. Serve over rice.

Hope you enjoy this as mush as my family does!

Maurine - August 29, 2009

Here is a TACO SOUP that is good, makes a big amount but freezes well for use at a later time.
2# Ground Beef, 4 cloves garlic, minced; 1 large onion, chopped. Brown beef, onion and garlic. Add 2 pkgs. Taco Seasoning (or 1/2 cup) and 2 pkgs. dry Ranch Dip Mix. Stir into meat mixture. Put meat mixture in a large pot and add: 2 Cans EACH of the following with the juices: chicken broth, stewed tomatoes, whole kernel corn, diced green chilies, ranch beans (or chili beans) Simmer to let flavor go through, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Can serve with shredded cheese on top. FREEZES WELL.
This makes a BIG Pot of soup or you can cut the ingredients in half easily. This is wonderful in the winter time.

Amanda - September 2, 2009

Oops, I forgot to add with the Pakistani Kima to top it with a sprinkling of shredded coconut when serving. It adds a wonderful sweetness to the curry.

Suzanne - September 15, 2009

Hamburger Soup
Lg. can of V-8 juice, corn, about 5-6 potatoes, cubed to about 1 inch, 1-2 lbs. Hamburger, browned and drained, 2 large onions, small head of cabbage. Put it all in a big pot, tear the cabbage leafs off and drop pieces in the hot mixture. I like to add garlic powder, chili powder, salt and pepper to taste. Let it simmer for about 45 minutes or until the cabbage is tender. If you want to throw more veggies in, that’s great too!

Tom W. - September 18, 2009

OK, I’m not a housewife, I’m a single Dad, but I figured you’d like this recipe:

Sweeney Todd Meat Pies

Get a bunch of meat ground up fresh for you.
I used about a pound of fresh ground beef
I also dragged my kids to the Sahara supermarket (where you get the freshest meat in Cleveland) and showed them where meat REALLY comes from (they’ve got whole lambs hanging up in the freezer) and I had them grind up some lamb for me. You don’t have to use the lamb if you don’t want to.
I also used about a pound of pork sausage. This is not necessary if you don’t like it.
I browned all this meat up with onion and garlic and garam masala. You can spice it however you like.

I drained it well (though there wasn’t very much fat, actually, one of the benefits of having it custom-ground for you).

Then, I popped open a pack of crescent rolls from Aldi (generic store). On each triangle, I put a spoon of meat and a little bit of shredded mozzarella cheese, then folded the triangle over and pushed the edges together. I stuck it in my electric oven for 14 minutes, until it got brown.


My son loves them and has been eating them as fast as I can make them!

kim gutschick - February 11, 2010

When I was first married we were grad students with not much money so we decided to have ground beef every other night. We made out a menu for a month so we wouldn’t have the same dish all the time. We also wanted recipes that we could freeze so that all we had to do in the morning is pull the right dish from the freezer. These are 3 of my favorite ‘out of the ordinary’ ground beef recipes:

Pastitsio Serves 6-8
1/2 lb. pasta(ziti or elbow macaroni)
6 Tbsp. butter
1 med onion, chopped
1 lb. ground beef
8 oz. can tomato sauce
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. oregano
Pinch of nutmeg
2 Tbsp. flour
2 C. milk
1/2 C. heavy sweet cream
2 egg yolks, beaten
1/2 C. grated Parmesan cheese
salt, pepper to taste

Cook pasta until al dente. Drain pasta, rinse under cold water, set aside. Heat 3 Tbsp. butter in skillet and saute onion until translucent. Add beef and cook about 15 min.(usually less). Add tomato sauce, salt, pepper, cinnamon, oregano, and nutmeg. Cook stirring, 5 min. Melt 3 Tbsp. butter in saucepan. Stir in flour. Add milk. Cook, stirring, until mixture is thick and smooth. Combine cream and egg yolks, mixing well. Stir cream-yolk mixture into sauce over low heat and let warm through. Place a layer of cooked pasta in casserole or baking dish then a layer of meat. Alternate pasta and meat. Finish with cream sauce poured over top. Sprinkle on cheese. Bake in pre-heated 375 degree oven for 45 min.

Beefeater Pie Serves 6.

From a 6 oz. package of Onion & Garlic Croutons, set aside 1 C. croutons. In small bowl, add 1/2 C. hot water and 1 egg to remainder of package, stir to combine . Press crouton mixture into greased 9 in. pie pan. Combine 1 lb. extra lean ground beef, 1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese, 1/4 C. BBQ sauce, 1 egg, 1 tsp. instant minced onion and 1 C. croutons. Press into crouton crust. Place 6 thick tomato slices on top. Bake at 400 degrees for 25-30 min. Top with 1/2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese, bake for 2 minutes longer.

A friend served this for our rehearsal diner:

Swedish Glop Serves 10

8 oz. noodles
2 lb. ground beef
2 8 oz. cans tomato sauce
1 Tbsp. green pepper, chopped(optional)
1/3 C. onion, chopped(optional)
1 C. cottage cheese
1 C. sour cream
8 oz. cream cheese
2 Tbsp. dill weed
2 Tbsp. Beau Monde seasoning
salt, pepper to taste

Grease large casserole. Boil noodles 10 min., drain. Brown ground beef with green peppers and onions, add tomato sauce. Remove from heat. Combine cottage cheese, sour cream, cream cheese, dill weed, and Beau Monde. Place 1/2 of the noodles in casserole and spread all the cheese mixture over the noodles, then the rest of the noodles and then finally the meat mixture. Bake 20-30 min. at 350 degrees. May be stored 1-2 days in the refrig before baking.

kim gutschick - February 12, 2010

I forgot to mention that the cheese mixture is a great dip with pretzels or raw vegetables or Wheat Thin crackers.

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