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Top round roast of beef on a carving board
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Top Round Roast

This Top Round Roast is a delicious beef dinner that's lean and flavorful. This budget-friendly cut is easy to prepare in the oven or crockpot using a few simple tips.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 10 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef top round roast, top round roast, top round roast beef
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 311kcal
Author: TipBuzz


  • 4 pounds top round roast
  • 1 tablespoon oil high-temperature oil such as canola oil, refined olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt or sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper freshly ground
  • 1 teaspoon paprika optional
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder optional


  • Optional: Remove the beef from the fridge an hour ahead of time. This promotes even cooking for more tender meat.
  • Preheat oven to 450°F. Fit a shallow roasting pan with an ovenproof wire rack and set aside.
  • In a small bowl, mix the salt, pepper, paprika and garlic powder.
  • Pat dry the meat with paper towels. Rub it on all sides with oil. Then rub the seasoning mix all over.
  • Put the top round in the prepared pan and insert a wireless thermometer if you're using one.
  • Place the pan in the preheated oven and roast for 10 minutes. Then lower the heat to 325°F.
  • Roast for 50-60 minutes more or the meat reaches an internal temperature of 125°F or medium rare (see note). Optional: halfway through baste the meat by spooning the pan juices onto the meat.
  • Remove from the oven and tent with aluminum foil. Rest for 10-15 minutes to let the juices redistribute through the meat. (During this time, you can collect the pan drippings and make gravy.)
  • To serve, slice thinly against the grain and drizzle juices/gravy on top.


  • Beef: Sirloin tip is a good substitute when you can’t find top round.
  • Doneness: Medium rare is the recommended for top round, as cooking longer runs the risk of getting tough meat.
  • Slow Cooker Method: Follow steps 1-4 above. Then place in the slow cooker on “Low” for 8-10 hours or until tender.
  • Leftovers: Use leftover top round to make roast beef sandwiches or beef vegetable soup. Note: this cut can become tough when reheated.


Serving: 6oz | Calories: 311kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 53g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 138mg | Sodium: 727mg | Potassium: 856mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 123IU | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 5mg