How much fat drips off your burger?

May 21, 2013 | By | Comments (4)

GrillingEvery cook knows about grill shrinkage—the tendency of burgers to lose juice and fat as they approach perfection. But we wondered: Do fattier cuts lose a higher percentage of their fat over heat, since fat melts and combusts easily? And if so, does a fattier grind of beef—say, the usually cheaper 80/20—end up close to the 90/10 grind that we usually recommend?

To find out, we sent samples, raw and grilled, to the lab for analysis. From the raw samples, we wanted to know if the fat-ratio labels were even accurate. The answer there was “sort of.” All grinds had slightly less fat than labeled; our 90/10 was actually 93/7. From the grilled samples, we wanted to know: How much gets lost over a fire? See answers below.

80/20 fattiest grind
Raw (4 ounces): 21.2g total fat, 9g sat fat
Grilled (2.6 ounces): 14.2g total fat, 6.1g sat fat
Shrinkage: 34% weight loss, 33% fat loss

This grade indeed lost the most fat, but the resulting burger was still left with almost double the fat of the leanest grind.

85/15
Raw (4 ounces): 16.8g total fat, 6.9g sat fat
Grilled (2.7 ounces): 12.4g total fat, 5.1g sat fat
Shrinkage: 33% weight loss (wow!), 26% fat loss

90/10 leanest grind
Raw (4 ounces): 8.3g total fat, 3.5g sat fat
Grilled (3.1 ounces): 7.5g total fat, 3.2g sat fat
Shrinkage: 22% weight loss, 10% fat loss

* Still our recommended grade—just as tasty but with much less fat. Less shrinkage, too.

What the Ratios Mean: The ratio is percentage by weight. Fat is higher in calories than protein, so a 4-ounce raw 80/20 beef patty has 285 calories, versus a 90/10 patty, which has 200 calories. And the 90/10 has 12.9 fewer grams of total fat.

Photo: Francesco Tonelli/Philippa Brathwaite

COMMENTS

  1. Maria D

    Metabolic Cooking will help you burn fat faster by boosting your metabolism in many ways.
    But now, what’s more important, is that our recipes taste great.
    They aren’t those tasteless meals that you actually start to avoid just because you can’t stand the smell of them.
    They’re meals you will look forward to, probably even start to crave.

    Please watch my video for more information on Metabolic Cooking:

    Metabolic Cooking

    December 5, 2014 at 10:18 am
  2. singing teachers

    Thanks on your marvelous posting! I really enjoyed reading it, you happen to be a great author.I will be sure to bookmark your blog and definitely will come back in the foreseeable future.
    I want to encourage one to continue your great posts,
    have a nice evening!

    November 25, 2014 at 8:31 am
  3. Best way to lose fat and gain muscle fast

    Women’s preference also changes as well. Before you can only see men carrying weights to build up muscles, but now women also engage their selves to weight lifting which is not a typical way a woman should want. The ideal figure of a woman is slender and graceful but now, a lot of women are doing some weight lifting not to shape up but to become coarse and bulky.
    Best Way to Lose Fat and Gain Muscles Fast

    November 12, 2014 at 9:36 am
  4. Jim

    Why didn’t you tell us the finished calories of the grilled burgers at the end rather than the raw hamburger calories? Those of us watching calories want to know what we consume, not what buy.

    May 26, 2014 at 2:39 pm

Leave a Comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s