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Demystify Ground Beef: Understanding the Grinds
We understand it can be confusing—there are a lot of choices when it
comes to Ground Beef. So let’s break it down and explain the common grinds
and what dishes and recipes they’re best for.
- 80% lean/20% fat Ground Beef is probably the highest fat
option you’ll find at your grocery store. This grind will make a delicious,
decadent burger on the grill. One beautiful thing about grilling is that
some of the fat will naturally drip away from the burgers while cooking.
- 90% lean/10% fat Ground Beef is a nice option for dishes
like meatloaf and meatballs, where you’ll be forming a ball or loaf, but
you’ll be cooking in a pan or skillet.
- 93% lean or leaner Ground Beef meets government
guidelines for “lean.” If you’re trying to choose lean meats, this is a
great choice for you. It works well in dishes that require crumbles, like
meat sauce, stuffed peppers (these are just the cutest things ever!) or
casseroles where draining fat away might be difficult.
Courtesy of the Cattlemen's Beef Board.