Fat and Ground Beef

Quick tips on what to look for when buying ground beef

To accurately gauge the amount of fat in ground beef, look to the percentages. If the package is labeled “80% lean,” that means it’s 20% fat. Fresh ground beef goes through a number of natural color changes. The beef may look bright red on the surface, where it has been exposed to oxygen, while the inside remains purplish-red.

A. Ground chuck 20-25% Fat

B. Ground sirloin* 15-20% Fat

C. Ground round 15% or Less Fat

* What Cooking Light most frequently uses in recipes calling for ground beef. Our Test Kitchens staff considers 15% ideal.