Ultimate Showdown: Turkey Burger Versus Beef Burger
With New Year’s upon us, it’s maybe time to consider switching up your burger meat. Beef burgers are a staple to American cuisine, but in recent years, turkey burgers have put up a fight as the meat of choice. Turkey burgers may not sound appealing at first, but they have some health benefits that beef burgers can’t touch. On the other hand, beef burgers can be mouthwatering and juicy, which bring us to the ultimate showdown: turkey burger versus beef burger?
Turkey Burger Versus Beef Burger
Comparatively, beef and turkey burgers have the same levels of protein. The big difference between the two is the sodium and saturated fat contents.
Turkey burgers, especially fat-free ones, provide a cleaner source of protein that is also a healthy alternative to beef. However, if you are really looking for a healthy option with beef burgers, just try a leaner type of beef.
For example, with both turkey and beef burgers, a burger with 93% fat is better than a burger with 80% fat, as it has a lower saturated fat content.
According to the USDA, a beef burger with 80% fat is about 210 calories and has 5.1 grams of saturated fat and 70 milligrams of sodium.
A beef burger with 93% fat has about 165 calories, 3.1 grams of saturated fat and only 55 milligrams of sodium.
Again, according to the USDA, a fat-free turkey burger is about 115 calories with less than one gram of saturated fat and only 50 milligrams of sodium.
Now, the sticking point here is that the turkey burger should be made from only turkey breast. Dark turkey meat, leg meat and skin are not as healthy; it can actually raise the fat content above the beef fat content levels. Please note that some turkey burgers can also have a higher level of cholesterol compared to beef.
So Turkey or Beef?
Unfortunately, there isn’t a clear-cut winner when it comes to turkey burgers versus beef burgers. Turkey burgers have some advantages, such as a lower saturated fat content level, but it isn’t enough of a difference to be crowned the champion.
Plus, it all depends on what toppings you put on your burger. Cheese, lettuce, onions, tomatoes, ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise and more can raise the content levels and sway the balance.
No matter which you choose – turkey or beef – stop by George’s Burgers in Santa Monica. We sell both beef and turkey burgers so we can make any customer happy.
Stop by today and order your delicious burger at George’s!