Easiest 1 Hour Roast Beef Recipe

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 40-60 minutes (depending on size and desired doneness)
Resting time: 15-20 minutes


  • 2-3 pound beef roast (top round, bottom round, eye of round, or sirloin tip roasts are good choices)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary (optional)
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic, minced (optional)


  • Roasting pan with a rack
  • Meat thermometer


1. Preheat oven: Preheat your oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).

2. Prepare the roast

  • Remove roast from the refrigerator about 30 minutes before cooking to come to room temperature.
  • Pat the roast dry with paper towels.
  • If using garlic, make small slits in the roast and insert garlic slivers.
  • Rub the roast all over with the olive oil.
  • Generously season the roast with salt, pepper, and rosemary (if using).

3. Roast

  • Place the roast on the rack in the roasting pan, fat side up.
  • Insert the meat thermometer into the thickest part of the roast, ensuring it’s not touching bone.
  • Place the roast in the preheated oven.
  • Immediately reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

4. Cooking time

  • Cook for 40-60 minutes, or until the meat thermometer reaches the following internal temperatures for your desired level of doneness:
  • Rare: 120-125 degrees F (50-52 degrees C)
  • Medium-Rare: 130-135 degrees F (55-57 degrees C)
  • Medium: 140-145 degrees F (60-63 degrees C)

5. Rest

  • Remove the roast from the oven and cover it loosely with aluminum foil.
  • Let it rest for 15-20 minutes. This allows the juices to redistribute, resulting in a more tender and juicy roast.

6. Slicing and serving

  • Carve the roast against the grain into thin slices.
  • Serve with your favorite sides like mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, and Yorkshire pudding.


Roast selection: Choose a roast with some marbling (thin streaks of fat) for the best flavor and tenderness.

Don’t overcook: Use a meat thermometer for accurate results to prevent overcooking.

Customizable: Add your favorite herbs and spices to the seasoning rub.

Make-ahead gravy (optional): While the roast rests, use the drippings in the roasting pan to create a delicious pan gravy.

Enjoy your delicious and easy roast beef!


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