Roast Beef Cooking Times: {Timetable & Tips}

Temperature settings and times can fluctuate depending on the cut and size of the meat so it’s nice to have a quick guide to refer to.

With VegetablesHere’s a simple kitchen chart listing assorted cuts and how long they should be cooked for (at varying levels of doneness).

These are based on thawed beef roasts kept chilled in the refrigerator, if they have been sitting at room temperature before being placed in the oven, time will need to be lowered/adjusted.

First, here are a few suggestions to help you get the best results possible…

  • Preheat the oven first.
  • Remove from heat when the internal temp is about 10°F lower than what you want and allow the meat to sit for about 15 minutes before carving. This will make it juicier, the internal temperature will still rise as it sits on the counter.
  • To measure internal temp, insert a meat thermometer in the thickest part (without touching the bone, if any).
  • Roast on a rack inside a shallow pan, uncovered. This will cook things evenly and keep the meat out of any juices.
  • Position with the fat side up, this will baste the meat and add more flavor.


Cut Oven Temp. Weight
(in lbs.)
(per pound)
Rib Roast
(chine bone removed)
350°F 4-6 lbs Medium-Rare: 22-26 mins
Medium: 28-34 mins
Medium-Well: 34-36 mins
Rib Eye 350°F 4-6 lbs Medium-Rare: 20-22 mins
Medium: 20-24 mins
Medium-Well: 22-24 mins
Eye Round 325°F 2-3 lbs Medium-Rare: 35-45 mins
Medium: 45-53 mins
Medium-Well: 45-60 mins
Round Tip 325°F 3-4 lbs Medium-Rare: 30-35 mins
Medium: 38-45 mins
Medium-Well: 45-48 mins
Sirloin Tip 325°F 3-4 lbs Medium-Rare: 35-37 mins
Medium: 37-39 mins
Medium-Well: 38-40 mins
Rolled Rump 325°F 4-6 lbs Medium-Rare: 25-27 mins
Medium: 27-29 mins
Medium-Well: 28-30 mins
425°F 4-6 lbs Medium-Rare: 50-60 mins total
Medium: 60-70 mins total
(center cut)
425°F 4-6 lbs Medium-Rare: 35-40 mins total
Medium: 40-50 mins total


Rare Medium-Rare Medium Medium-Well Well-Done
140°F 145°F 160°F 165°F 170°F

These are just general guidelines, if you have a recipe advising something different, follow the directions. Looking for new ways to prepare it? You’ll find over a dozen mouth-watering recipes here.

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    • momawake

    I know this isn’t gourmet at all, but I just put any cut of roast frozen right in the crock pot with some water, spices, onions and turn if on low for 12-14 hours. Turns out every time.

      • TipNut

      Maybe not gourmet but still delicious ;). Thanks momawake!

    • Sheryl at Providence Acres Farm

    Good, handy tip! That roast looks delicious!

    • shirley

    I have a 12.39 pound boneless NY Roast – how long and at what temp should I cook it?

      • juanita

      30-40 minutes per pound on LOW heat (325).

    • Shelly Hockenberry

    I have a 2.89 lb rump roast what temperature do I cook it on for medium well

    • Jeanne

    I have a 1 1/4 roast beef. How long in oven and what temperature for medium rare

    • Kennet

    I have a chuck roast that weighs 2.93 lbs. How long to cook in oven for well done? Thank you.

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