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Nutritional Difference Between Hamburgers and Turkey Burgers

Burger Battle: Turkey May Not Be Healthier Than Beef

With all the delicious eats served at the many end-of-Summer barbecues, you may opt for a turkey burger over the traditional beef patty because it's healthier. Before you swear off hamburgers forever, you may want to take a closer look at the two types of meat to see how they compare.

4 oz. raw ground turkey (85% lean) 4 oz. raw ground beef (85% lean)
Total Fat (g)
Sat. Fat (g)
Cholesterol (mg)
Sodium (mg)
Protein (g)
Calcium (mg)
Potassium (mg)

If weight loss or eating less fat is on your mind, the turkey burger is definitely the way to go. But if you're trying to get more protein or potassium in your diet, you'll want to choose the regular hamburger. Surprisingly the turkey burger is slightly higher in cholesterol, so if that's an issue, there's another reason to go for the beef. Whatever patty you decide to place in your whole wheat bun, make sure you go for extra lean, and here are some other tips for saving barbecue calories.

Which burger version do you prefer?

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Kevin2628110 Kevin2628110 5 years
turkey is good, but grass-fed beef is even better....and turkeys fed a natural diet of seeds and insects also make good burgers as well
glowingoasis glowingoasis 7 years
Jeannie-O turkey burgers
Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 7 years
Grass-fed ground beef = awesome! Ground turkey burgers (breast) are also very good but they dry out pretty quickly so you need to sort of under cook them, let them sit (to cook all the way)... and then they're good. I also really like to add sauteed spinach & onions & sun-dried tomatoes! :)
bowlergirl bowlergirl 7 years
I actually use both when I make burgers, or really anything else that calls for ground beef. I just make sure that they are the leanest versions, then you don't need to add any extra oil to brown.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
Chloe, how do you know what kind of beef was used in the comparison? I tried clicking both links, but am getting error messages. Anyway, I have burgers so rarely that I go for beef when I do. I completely disagree that a turkey burger has the "same basic taste as its beef counterpart."
wackdoodle wackdoodle 7 years
At this point when I want a "burger" I opt for ground turkey breast. Ever now and then I will go for a extra lean grass fed beef burger. That's maybe once every 6 months or so. And only if what I want is the taste of the meat to shine through and be the heaviest flavor. I like that turkey is fairly bland because I can flavor my burger however I want. I can add feta, garlic and baby spinach to one burger or jalapenos, cumin, chili powder and bell pepper for a completely different experience. Plus with my messed up gut the turkey seems easier on my digestive track than the beef.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
Note that in the comparison, she used only the leanest variety of beef. If you're debating between the two when eating at a restaurant, it's doubtful they're using the leanest beef possible as fattier beef is juicier and has more flavor.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
If I'm going to indulge in a burger, I'll choose a beef one. But you have to be careful when you buy ground turkey--the stuff that's just 85% lean is not that much better than ground chuck.
Hotlegs-Runner Hotlegs-Runner 7 years
@Roaring Silence: I also make spaghetti bolognese with ground tureky. Just used a lot of herbs. Not much need for salt when you do that. =) I posted the recipe on my site here if you're interested =)
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 7 years
Yeahhh that is a little disappointing. Hah. I think that the turkey meat is mixed white and dark meat though, right? If you ground your own all white meat, it should be better for you. I made spaghetti bolognese with ground turkey the other day, and had the feeling as though I had to add more salt than with beef. Not good for the sodium count.
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