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GROUND BEEF FACTOIDS
While Hamburger is usually made only from tough meat scraps with extra added fat, Ground Beef can contain ANYTHING, this also includes scraps from even the most expensive cuts of Meat. If the label says it's Ground Chuck, Round or Sirloin, then those must be the ONLY cuts included in the grind. Admittedly, fat calories ARE lost due to the grease discarded in your frying pan and liquid being drained off before consumption. The amount lost according to a study done by Iowa State University, is approximately 50%.  The amount of fat content DOES indeed affect the juiciness and taste of Hamburger. A 4-oz. portion of ground Wagyu Beef contains 330 calories, or about 83 calories per oz. In comparison, a 4-oz. portion of 95 percent lean Ground Meat contains 193 calories. Like to make a guess as to which one tastes better?
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GROUND BEEF FAT CONTENT
USDA LABELING LEAN FAT CAN FAT BE ADDED
Hamburger N/A 30% Max Yes
Ground Beef N/A 30% Max No
Ground Chuck 80 To 85% 20 To 15% No
Ground Round 85 To 90% 15 To 10% No
Ground Sirloin 90 To 92% 10 To 8% No
Lean Ground Beef N/A 22% Max No
Extra Lean Ground Beef N/A 15% Max No

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NOTE: The USDA usually doesn't do stupid stuff like this; but, they accidentally left an overlap of percentages. Example:90 / 10 can be labelled as EITHER Ground Round or Ground Sirloin by your butcher, his choice. 

FAT CALORIES VS FAT CONTENT

1) The labelled fat / lean percentages are only measured by weight and NOT by volume or Calories. As we all know, fat weighs a lot less per cubic inch than does lean muscle.

2) According to the USDA, four ounces of lean ground beef (90 percent lean, 10 percent fat) is worth 199 calories, with 11g of fat. Given that there are nine calories in each gram of fat, 99 of those total calories, or 49.7 percent of them, come from fat.

3) Similarly, four ounces of extra-lean ground beef (95 percent lean, 5 percent fat) is worth 155 calories, with 5.6 g of fat, or 33.3 percent of its total calories.

4) But to put this into some perspective, four ounces of ground chuck (which is 80 percent lean and 20 percent fat), most commonly used in burgers, chili, and meatballs, contains 287 calories and 22.6 g fat, which comprises 71 percent of them coming from fat.

FACTOIDS

1) While Hamburger is usually made only from tough meat scraps with extra added fat, Ground Beef can contain ANYTHING, this also includes scraps from even the most expensive cuts of meat.

2) If the label says it's ground chuck, round or sirloin, then those must be the only cuts included in the grind.

3) Admittedly, fat calories ARE lost due to the grease discarded in the frying pan and liquid being drained off before consumption. The amount lost according to a study done by Iowa State University, is approximately 50%.

4) The amount of fat content DOES indeed affect the juiciness and taste of Hamburger. A 4-oz. portion of ground Wagyu beef contains 330 calories, or about 83 calories per oz. In comparison, a 4- oz. portion of 95 percent lean ground meat contains 193 calories. Like to make a guess as to which one tastes better?

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GROUND BEEF FACTOIDS
While Hamburger is usually made only from tough meat scraps with extra added fat, Ground Beef can contain ANYTHING, this also includes scraps from even the most expensive cuts of Meat. If the label says it's Ground Chuck, Round or Sirloin, then those must be the ONLY cuts included in the grind. Admittedly, fat calories ARE lost due to the grease discarded in your frying pan and liquid being drained off before consumption. The amount lost according to a study done by Iowa State University, is approximately 50%.  The amount of fat content DOES indeed affect the juiciness and taste of Hamburger. A 4-oz. portion of ground Wagyu Beef contains 330 calories, or about 83 calories per oz. In comparison, a 4-oz. portion of 95 percent lean Ground Meat contains 193 calories. Like to make a guess as to which one tastes better?
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GROUND BEEF FAT CONTENT
USDA LABELING LEAN FAT CAN FAT BE ADDED
Hamburger N/A 30% Max Yes
Ground Beef N/A 30% Max No
Ground Chuck 80 To 85% 20 To 15% No
Ground Round 85 To 90% 15 To 10% No
Ground Sirloin 90 To 92% 10 To 8% No
Lean Ground Beef N/A 22% Max No
Extra Lean Ground Beef N/A 15% Max No

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NOTE: The USDA usually doesn't do stupid stuff like this; but, they accidentally left an overlap of percentages. Example:90 / 10 can be labelled as EITHER Ground Round or Ground Sirloin by your butcher, his choice. 

FAT CALORIES VS FAT CONTENT

1) The labelled fat / lean percentages are only measured by weight and NOT by volume or Calories. As we all know, fat weighs a lot less per cubic inch than does lean muscle.

2) According to the USDA, four ounces of lean ground beef (90 percent lean, 10 percent fat) is worth 199 calories, with 11g of fat. Given that there are nine calories in each gram of fat, 99 of those total calories, or 49.7 percent of them, come from fat.

3) Similarly, four ounces of extra-lean ground beef (95 percent lean, 5 percent fat) is worth 155 calories, with 5.6 g of fat, or 33.3 percent of its total calories.

4) But to put this into some perspective, four ounces of ground chuck (which is 80 percent lean and 20 percent fat), most commonly used in burgers, chili, and meatballs, contains 287 calories and 22.6 g fat, which comprises 71 percent of them coming from fat.

FACTOIDS

1) While Hamburger is usually made only from tough meat scraps with extra added fat, Ground Beef can contain ANYTHING, this also includes scraps from even the most expensive cuts of meat.

2) If the label says it's ground chuck, round or sirloin, then those must be the only cuts included in the grind.

3) Admittedly, fat calories ARE lost due to the grease discarded in the frying pan and liquid being drained off before consumption. The amount lost according to a study done by Iowa State University, is approximately 50%.

4) The amount of fat content DOES indeed affect the juiciness and taste of Hamburger. A 4-oz. portion of ground Wagyu beef contains 330 calories, or about 83 calories per oz. In comparison, a 4-oz. portion of 95 percent lean ground meat contains 193 calories. Like to make a guess as to which one tastes better?

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The Recipes and information contained in these pages are for private use only. They are NOT to be used commercially or published.
GROUND BEEF FACTOIDS
While Hamburger is usually made only from tough meat scraps with extra added fat, Ground Beef can contain ANYTHING, this also includes scraps from even the most expensive cuts of Meat. If the label says it's Ground Chuck, Round or Sirloin, then those must be the ONLY cuts included in the grind. Admittedly, fat calories ARE lost due to the grease discarded in your frying pan and liquid being drained off before consumption. The amount lost according to a study done by Iowa State University, is approximately 50%.  The amount of fat content DOES indeed affect the juiciness and taste of Hamburger. A 4-oz. portion of ground Wagyu Beef contains 330 calories, or about 83 calories per oz. In comparison, a 4-oz. portion of 95 percent lean Ground Meat contains 193 calories. Like to make a guess as to which one tastes better?
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GROUND BEEF FAT CONTENT
USDA LABELING LEAN FAT CAN FAT BE ADDED
Hamburger N/A 30% Max Yes
Ground Beef N/A 30% Max No
Ground Chuck 80 To 85% 20 To 15% No
Ground Round 85 To 90% 15 To 10% No
Ground Sirloin 90 To 92% 10 To 8% No
Lean Ground Beef N/A 22% Max No
Extra Lean Ground Beef N/A 15% Max No

BACK TO TOP 

NOTE: The USDA usually doesn't do stupid stuff like this; but, they accidentally left an overlap of percentages. Example:90 / 10 can be labelled as EITHER Ground Round or Ground Sirloin by your butcher, his choice. 

FAT CALORIES VS FAT CONTENT

1) The labelled fat / lean percentages are only measured by weight and NOT by volume or Calories. As we all know, fat weighs a lot less per cubic inch than does lean muscle.

2) According to the USDA, four ounces of lean ground beef (90 percent lean, 10 percent fat) is worth 199 calories, with 11g of fat. Given that there are nine calories in each gram of fat, 99 of those total calories, or 49.7 percent of them, come from fat.

3) Similarly, four ounces of extra-lean ground beef (95 percent lean, 5 percent fat) is worth 155 calories, with 5.6 g of fat, or 33.3 percent of its total calories.

4) But to put this into some perspective, four ounces of ground chuck (which is 80 percent lean and 20 percent fat), most commonly used in burgers, chili, and meatballs, contains 287 calories and 22.6 g fat, which comprises 71 percent of them coming from fat.

FACTOIDS

1) While Hamburger is usually made only from tough meat scraps with extra added fat, Ground Beef can contain ANYTHING, this also includes scraps from even the most expensive cuts of meat.

2) If the label says it's ground chuck, round or sirloin, then those must be the only cuts included in the grind.

3) Admittedly, fat calories ARE lost due to the grease discarded in the frying pan and liquid being drained off before consumption. The amount lost according to a study done by Iowa State University, is approximately 50%.

4) The amount of fat content DOES indeed affect the juiciness and taste of Hamburger. A 4-oz. portion of ground Wagyu beef contains 330 calories, or about 83 calories per oz. In comparison, a 4-oz. portion of 95 percent lean ground meat contains 193 calories. Like to make a guess as to which one tastes better?

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The Recipes and information contained in these pages are for private use only. They are NOT to be used commercially or published.