How-to Purchase & Cook Ground Beef

Ground beef is often labeled using the cut of meat that it is ground from, such as ground chuck or ground round. (Ground beef comes from a combination of beef cuts.) Ground beef can also be labeled according to the fat content of the ground mixture or the percentage of lean meat to fat, such as 85% or 90% lean. The higher the percentage, the leaner the meat. Select ground beef that is bright red in color and is in a tightly sealed package. Purchase all ground beef before the “sell by” date. Purchase the amount you need: 1 pound of ground beef serves 3 to 4. Handle the mixture as little as possible when shaping hamburgers, meat loaves or meatballs to keep the final product light in texture.