Beef, Turkey, Buffalo – Which Is The Best?

Jerky has made a comeback in a big way during the past few years. It’s not just *beef* jerky anymore; we can choose from beef, turkey, or buffalo. So, how do you choose? Which jerky is best? Let’s talk jerky and help you discern between these three high protein meat snacks.

Beef Jerky

Let’s face it: beef jerky is salty. In order to preserve the meat properly and keep it safe for consumption, the meat must be coated in salt during the curing process. Some varieties pack around twenty percent of the recommended daily intake of sodium in just an ounce of beef jerky. Beef jerky contains good amounts of phosphorus, zinc, and other vitamins and minerals. Beef jerky is full of protein and can be found in many flavors. Beef jerky provides more iron and less carbohydrates than turkey jerky.

Beef Jerky at a glance

  1. High in protein (between 9 & 15 grams per 1 ounce serving)
  2. Wide range of flavors, ranging from basic to exotic
  3. Low in carbohydrates
  4. High in sodium
  5. Varieties can be found that are low in fat (less than 3 grams per 1 ounce serving)

Turkey Jerky

Turkey jerky is touted as a healthy alternative to beef jerky. The chewing texture of turkey jerky can range from meaty and fibrous, very similar to beef jerky, to crumbly, which is more typical for turkey jerky. Most turkey jerky does not offer the flavor of actual turkey breast. Depending on the recipe, most turkey jerky has little to no fat and low cholesterol. Turkey jerky does not offer zinc or phosphorus, which is lacking when compared to beef jerky. Turkey jerky has more protein and less fat than most beef jerky recipes.

Turkey Jerky at a glance

  1. High in protein (comparable to beef jerky)
  2. Wide range of flavors – not quite as many as beef jerky
  3. Low in carbohydrates
  4. High in sodium
  5. Most varieties have low to no fat

Buffalo jerky

Buffalo jerky tastes much like beef jerky, but is much leaner than beef. Some say that buffalo is a more tender and sweeter tasting meat than other meats on the market. Buffalo meat is a highly nutrient dense food due to the amount of fat, protein, mineral, and fatty acids to caloric value. Buffalo also has more iron and fatty acids than other types of jerky. Buffalo feed on grasslands, with little to no time spent in a barn or feedlot. Buffalo are not given drugs, chemicals or hormones. Buffalo is very low in carbohydrates. Overall, buffalo jerky is a heart healthier snack when compared to turkey and beef jerky.

Buffalo jerky at a glance

  1. Lower in calories, cholesterol & total fat than turkey or beef jerky
  2. Higher in protein than turkey or beef jerky (at least 15 grams in 1 ounce)
  3. Lower in sodium than other jerky options (depending on flavor variety)
  4. Flavorful without a “gamey” taste in most varieties