Reasons to Choose Ground Beef Over Ground Turkey

Ground beef vs. ground turkey – which comes out on top?

It’s myth-busting time. There are a lot of common misconceptions about beef, and we’re here to change that. When it comes to ground beef and turkey, people often assume one is the healthier option without doing their homework.

We hear and read that if we want to eat healthier, we should replace ground beef with ground turkey. It’s almost ingrained into our minds. But have you ever stopped to read the nutrition labels?

Before we get into this nutrition label showdown, let’s face it. Most folks don’t get very excited about putting a package of ground turkey in their shopping cart. It tends to be drier and less flavorful than ground beef.

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, here are the facts when comparing USDA’s data on  3 oz. servings of 93% lean/7% fat cooked patties:

Ground beef has more:

  • Essential micronutrients, such as Iron, Zinc, Selenium and Vitamin B12
  • Protein

Ground beef has less:

  • Calories
  • Total fat
  • Cholesterol

If you want to save a few dollars and buy the 80% lean/20% fat blend of ground beef, but would still like less fat and calories, check out our post on making ground beef leaner. It’s as easy as rinsing the fat off after browning!

Now that we’ve shared how the nutrition benefits of ground beef, let’s not forget its convenience and versatility. Most ground beef recipes can be done in 30 minutes or less and are super kid-friendly. Check out some of our favorite ground beef recipes to try in your own kitchen! It’s also fantastic for batch cooking.

For tips on shopping for ground beef, click here.

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