Saturday, January 8, 2011

Ground Meat Breakdown: In Case You Care...

We eat a lot of ground meat at our house because it's cheap.  I've also been craving a cheeseburger for days (a bacon cheeseburger to be exact) so I thought I'd research out the different fat and calories in burger.  I have all five of these types of meat in my freezer so I thought before I made myself a big old hamburger for dinner (and it's gonna be good!) I'd figure out which type of meat to thaw.

4 oz Ground Turkey 97/3

Fat: 3.5g
Calories: 140
Protein: 26g

4oz Ground Beef 85% lean/15% fat
(this is an average type beef, a lot of premade patties have 28+ grams of fat in them)

Fat:  16.95g
Calories: 243
Protein: 21.01g

4oz Ground Pork

Fat: 20.64
Calories: 300
Protein: 26.72g

Ground Lamb

Fat: 26.55
Calories: 320
Protein: 18.78g

Ground Chicken

Fat: 8.09g
Calories: 142
Protein: 16.24g

Turkey is the winner!  I'm going to make myself a nice double-decker turkey burger tonight with homemade sweet potato homefries.  I still don't have any whole wheat bread, so I'm going to drag my butt out of bed (It's 1pm LOL!) and go buy some.  The meat will only be 7g of fat and I'll serve it up with 2 slices of whole wheat bread with a 70 calorie slice of cheese.  This BETTER get rid of my dang craving!


Kim said...

Wow, who would have known that lamb is so bad!! Your burger sounds like it will be yummy! You could put a little bit of bacon crumbles on it to get that bacon flavor and not use up too many calories I bet.

Kim said...

Oh! I just had another idea. Out here at winco I can find bacon salt in the bulk section. It doesn't have any fat in it and the calories are low too. You might like that!!