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Difference Between Ground Beef and Ground Chuck

Ground Beef vs Ground Chuck

Beef comes in various types like; ground beef, ground chunk, ground round, and different steaks. However, ground beef is the most frequently purchased type of beef and the largest beef item sold in the food stores.
Ground chuck is the beef that comes from front beef shoulders. On the other hand, ground beef is the leftover pieces after cutting the beef into roasts and steaks. This means that ground chuck comes from a particular part or from a special cut whereas ground beef comes from many parts or from other different cuts.
As per the rule, ground beef should not contain any fillers, binders, and water. Ground chuck is mainly used for making meatballs or hamburgers.

Ground beef and ground chuck have many differences in their content, especially fat content. Ground beef comes with a little more fat than the ground chuck. When ground chuck comes with 20 percent fat, ground beef comes with 27 per cent fat.
A three-ounce portion of ground chuck contains about 209 calories, 14 gm fat (5 gm saturated), 20 gm protein, and no carbohydrates. The protein in ground chuck is readily absorbed into the body.

When considering the nutrients in ground beef, it mainly depends on the part from where the beef has been cut. A three-ounce portion of ground beef contains about 184 calories and 10 gm fat (4 gm saturated).

When comparing the price of the two, ground chuck comes a bit cheaper than ground beef.

Summary:

1.Ground chunk comes from a particular part or from a special cut whereas ground beef comes from many parts or from other different cuts.
2.Ground chuck is the beef that comes from front beef shoulders. On the other hand, ground beef is the leftover pieces after cutting it for roasts and steaks.
3.Ground beef is the most frequently purchased type of beef and the largest beef item sold in the food stores.
4.When ground chuck comes with 20 percent fat, ground beef comes with 27 per cent fat.
5.A three-ounce portion of ground chuck contains about 209 calories, 14 gm fat (5 gm saturated), 20 gm protein, and no carbohydrates. A three-ounce portion of ground beef contains about 184 calories and 10 gm fat (4 gm saturated).
6.Comparing the price of the two, ground chuck comes a bit cheaper than ground beef.
7.As per the rule, ground beef should not contain any fillers, binders, and water. Ground chuck is mainly used for making meatballs or hamburgers.


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4 Comments

  1. I hate to disagree with you but after 40+ years in the food industry, your explanation is not accurate. According to the USDA Meat Buyers Guide, the terminology is only based on the fat to lean ratio, not primal or sub-primal cut of the beef.
    Ground Beef: 73% lean 27% fat
    Ground Chuck: 80% lean 20% fat
    Ground Sirloin: 85% lean 15% fat
    Ground Round: 90%lean 10% fat

  2. Stephen you are both correct. Ground beef comes from what is put in a trim box, basically leftovers from cutting all primal. Ground beef can vary in fat content. It’s based on how much fat trim goes in the box. Ground round, sirloin, and chuck are all primal of a cow and each primal is used to make that particular cut of beef. Yes each primal has a different fat content which has to be correctly tried down for uses approval.

  3. Stephen you are both correct. Ground beef comes from what is put in a trim box, basically leftovers from cutting all primal. Ground beef can vary in fat content. It’s based on how much fat trim goes in the box. Ground round, sirloin, and chuck are all primal of a cow and each primal is used to make that particular cut of beef. Yes each primal has a different fat content which has to be correctly tried down for uses approval. So difference is the primal it comes from benefit is fat ratio.

  4. Okay… so-where to begin.
    Oh I know.. Good Try!!! 🙂

    1 Corey is the most correct. lol

    2 Both write and Stephen are not.

    3 Siding with ANYTHING that starts off with US___ is risky and KNOWN to be full of fallacy.
    Not to mention you stated ‘buyers guide’ which is ALWAYS listed in the plainest terms and scarcely accurate.. as most dont care where from- if they look at all its for fat content.

    ‘Beef’ is from trim-scraps let over when making chuck roast and rump roast and tenderloins and just basic butchering of the carcass and therefore, can contain many areas of the cow. While it still follows a fat ratio guideline- it is rarely leaner then 77…
    but with the ‘usda’ showing chuck starting at 80, theres room between it and the listed 73/27 of ‘beef’. (like- pay no attention to this 7 percent window… or any other windows 😉 )

    You can NOT have ground chuck from the hind quarter no matter how lean. Just as you can NOT have ground round from the shoulder.
    To be labeled as ‘chuck’ or ’round’ it must come from a “primal”cut.. or a particular area or cow when removed from the carcass.

    For instance.

    If you buy a rump roast or round roast or bottom round, it must be from the primal cut of meat off the hind quarter.
    Hence the word ‘rump’. This same roast is what is used to make ‘ground round’ ….only thing different is they ground the roast before you buy it.

    Obviously, same goes for a chuck roast. Same roast is ground to make ground chuck. As mentioned with ’round’, it must come from a particular or ‘primal’ cut of meat that was cut from the carcass in sections. In chucks case- the shoulder section.

    Then there is the fat ratio guideline that every cut follows-regardless of what part its from. That is for the ground cuts- to keep people honest-lol

    And while ground chuck and ground round can be labeled as ground beef (although I dont know why)….
    ‘beef’, from the trim box can NOT be labeled either ground chuck or ground round.

    And this article doesnt mention meat labeled as just ‘hamburger’ meat. Which like ‘beef’, can come from any area-but unlike ‘beef’ ‘chuck’ and ’round’ – meat labeled ‘hamburger meat’ can contain fillers, additives ( think pink slime here) and water.

    Lastly…. in original article is also states that ground chuck is cheaper than ground beef… That is highly inaccurate.
    Pre sale prices range from: hamburger, beef, chuck, round, sirloin from low to high.

    ps the usda dont care- as in the fda…lol

    Just Sayin

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