The Ultimate Guide to Costco Ground Meat and Patties for Burgers

Are you craving a mouthwatering burger? Maybe it’s homemade meatballs or a savory spaghetti night that has you excited. Whatever the occasion, let’s dive into the world of ground beef and patties available at Costco, and discover which options deliver the best value for your money.

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When it comes to burgers, nobody does it better than Costco. In this guide, I’ll walk you through the wide array of ground meat and patty choices you can find at this beloved store, helping you create the perfect burger any day of the year. Whether you’re aiming for a budget-friendly option, an organic delight, or an alternative like ground bison or turkey, Costco has got you covered. So, let’s explore the delicious possibilities that await us!

Fresh Ground Beef

Costco offers two fantastic options for fresh ground beef:

Fresh Ground Beef

At an everyday price that is hard to beat, you’ll find 88% lean ground beef made right in the store from the trimmings. This means that it’s a blend of various cuts, ensuring nothing goes to waste. While the specifics of the cuts used remain a mystery, we do know that it contains 12% fat, making it leaner than traditional ground chuck. Keep in mind that lower fat content increases the risk of dryness, but this is less of a concern if you’re using it in dishes like spaghetti sauce, chili, or sloppy joes. For mouthwatering burgers, it’s crucial to focus on cooking to temperature rather than time, resulting in a juicy and flavorful bite.

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If you’re serious about burger perfection, I highly recommend investing in The Thermapen® ONE from ThermoWorks. Although not available at Costco, this top-notch thermometer is an invaluable tool that guarantees your burgers are cooked to perfection every time.

Frozen Beef

Heading to the frozen section, you’ll discover an assortment of pre-formed patties:

Frozen Beef

But before we explore these options, let’s ask an important question: has anything been added to these patties? The answer is a resounding no! These patties consist purely of beef, ensuring a high-quality and natural taste. It’s worth noting that the ground chuck and ground sirloin options are not exclusively composed of those cuts. The packages state “Angus Ground Chuck and Beef” and “Ground Sirloin & Lion of Beef,” indicating a blend of these cuts with other ground beef.

While buying frozen beef may cost a bit more, the price per pound remains reasonable. However, if you truly want to have control over the patty size and seasoning, I suggest sticking to forming your own patties. By doing so, you can ensure the seasoning reaches every nook and cranny, resulting in a burst of flavor with every bite.

If you’re in pursuit of grass-fed beef, you’ll have to opt for the frozen patties, as neither of the fresh ground beef offerings at Costco are grass-fed. Additionally, these frozen patties contain the highest fat content among all the ground meat options available.

🍔 My Burger Recommendation – You can choose between the excellent value of fresh ground beef priced at $3.99 per pound or indulge in the frozen grass-fed burger patties, which boast a higher fat content and are made from organic meat.

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Ground Turkey

Suppose you’re looking to add a twist to your burgers by using turkey instead of beef. In that case, Costco has just what you need:

Ground Turkey

The organic brand available varies from store to store and season to season, but you may come across familiar names like Diestel or Butterball. While going organic will cost you an additional $3 per pound, the taste and quality of the turkey will undoubtedly impress. If frozen options are your preference, you’ll find pre-seasoned turkey burgers in the freezer department. Keep in mind that these options may be slightly more expensive than Butterball.

Ground Bison

For those seeking something truly unique, Costco offers ground bison:

Ground Bison

In-store, you’ll find trusted brands like Great Range or Tender Bison, priced at $19.99 for a 2.5-pound pack ($7.99 per pound). This is a great deal considering that other stores typically charge closer to $9.99 per pound. Bison is known for its lean nature, so treat it similarly to lean ground beef or turkey when cooking. Although you may stumble upon the occasional bison-based product in the refrigerated section, such as chili or sausage, these are not everyday offerings.

If you’re interested in preparing your own burger patties ahead of time or exploring a cooking method like sous vide, check out our post on How to Vacuum Seal Burger Patties. These techniques work exceptionally well with lean meats like bison.

What Else to Buy at Costco

Now that we’ve thoroughly explored the world of ground meat and patties, let’s not forget about the other meat options available at Costco. If you’re on a seafood kick, check out our guides on Costco Shrimp, Costco Fish, and Costco Chicken. And if pork is calling your name, don’t hesitate to indulge in Costco Pork.

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I hope this guide proves useful when you’re in search of the perfect meat for grilling those juicy burgers. Remember, Costco has much more to offer in terms of steaks, roasts, and whole cuts, so be sure to take a peek at our comprehensive Costco Beef Guide.

Enjoy your culinary adventures at Costco, and may your burgers always be flavorful and satisfying! Happy grilling!

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