• AJ Jordan

What's Up With Ground Beef Percentages?



Noticed that ground beef have different types of percentages on them? Do you know what they mean and which works best for you?

The percentages on ground beef packages are telling you what percent is lean and what percent is fat.


The types you'll see are:

73/27 (73% lean, 27% fat)

83/17 (83% lean, 17% fat)

90/10 (90% lean, 10% fat)

93/7 (93% lean, 7% fat)


Ground beef with more fat in it tends to taste better because fat makes food taste flavorful! (Think butter).


While ground beef with the most fat content tends to be cheaper than ground beef with less fat, which one you choose depends on your needs.


  • If you need to save money, you can opt for the cheaper meat and lower some of the fat content by draining it.


  • If you need to cut calories, you can opt for the leanest meat as it'll have less calories from fat in it.


  • If you need to watch your cholesterol, you can opt for the leanest meat as it'll have less saturated fat and slightly less cholesterol.


  • If you need to bind and have moisture, you can opt for the meat with most to moderate fat in it.

Know that you can always buy and play around with it and find out which one you like best if you don't have a preference.




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