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Which Is Better for Your Health: Ground Pork or Ground Beef? Find Out Now!

Beef and pork are both awesome meats.

They’re incredibly versatile and go great with almost every side dish imaginable.

They can be cooked in various ways and come out tender every time.

But how do you decide which one to cook?.

If you’re like me, sometimes it feels like the only thing that matters is what we want for dinner tonight — after all, beef and pork are pretty similar! But some specific differences between these two types of meat make them stand out.

In this post, we’ll look at each of them individually so you can decide which might be better suited for your next meal.

SimilaritiesBoth ground pork and ground beef are made from grinding meat
They can be used interchangeably in many recipes
Both can be found in different fat percentages (e.g. lean, medium, or high)
DifferencesGround pork is made from pork, while ground beef is made from beef
Pork has a milder flavor compared to beef’s stronger taste
Pork contains less fat compared to beef, which can affect the texture and moisture content of a dish
Pork is also a good source of protein, vitamins, and minerals, but it can also be higher in cholesterol than beef.


Ground beef is red, and ground pork is pink.

That’s because ground beef contains blood – the same stuff that gives us our color.

Blood is made of iron-containing proteins called hemoglobin and myoglobin, both of which can be seen as red or maroon under the right conditions.

Ground pork, on the other hand, contains fat instead of blood (duh).

Fatty tissue isn’t nearly as visible to our eyes as blood vessels are; instead of looking red or maroon like meat does when it has been exposed to oxygen in its raw state for too long (a process known as oxidation), cooked fatty foods appear white or cream-colored due to their lack of oxygen exposure during preparation (oxidation).

So what does this mean? Basically, it means that if you’re making burgers out of either one alone, then there won’t be much difference between them visually speaking because both contain significant amounts of protein which bind together very tightly when they’re heated up together at high temperatures while forming patties with uniform sizes/shapes despite being mixed randomly beforehand!

But if we were talking about using chicken breast instead, then yeah, definitely go ahead with ground pork… unless maybe someone told me otherwise?

Taste vs Flavor         

Ground beef is more flavorful than ground pork, but that doesn’t mean you should avoid pork altogether.

It’s really all about the taste and flavor of each meat–or lack thereof.

Pork tends to be less flavorful than beef because it doesn’t contain as much fat (which is why you can eat pork without heart disease). That being said, there are ways around this problem: marinating your pork before you cook it will help bring out its natural flavors!

If you want something with a lot of protein that’s also low-fat and high in nutrients, then go for ground turkey instead!


  • Calories: Ground beef has about 100 calories per serving, while ground pork is a bit higher at about 110.
  • Protein: Both types of meat provide about 21 grams of protein per 3-ounce serving. However, if you’re trying to boost your intake of iron or zinc (found in red meat), ground beef may be more beneficial because it has slightly more than ground pork.
  • Carbohydrates: Carbohydrates are generally considered “bad” carbs because they can raise your blood sugar levels quickly and lead to weight gain, especially when eaten in large amounts or without any protein or fat alongside them–so stick with minimal amounts of carbohydrates whenever possible!
  • When comparing these two types of meat head-to-head, you’ll find that there’s only 2 grams difference between them! This means you can still enjoy either one without worrying too much about whether or not they’ll cause any problems later down the line like diabetes or heart disease.

Cooking time vs method

Ground beef and pork are excellent proteins to cook with, but they have different cooking times and methods.

When you’re using ground meat in your recipes, here are some tips for getting the best results:

  • Ground beef is usually cooked shorter than ground pork (1-2 minutes instead of 2 minutes). This is because it has less fat than pork and therefore doesn’t need as much time to cook through.
  • Ground beef usually requires higher temperatures than ground pork (300 degrees F vs 250 degrees F). This is because more fat in the latter will cause the meat to sizzle when heated up too much–but this can also lead directly into burnt territory if not monitored closely! If possible, try lowering your heat if you see smoke coming off of any part of your pan or grill while cooking these ingredients together.

Side dishes to pair with

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.

” Well, in this case, it’s true.

If you want to win over your husband or boyfriend (or even make him happy), try cooking him some ground beef!.

The best part about cooking with ground beef is that it can be paired with almost any side dish imaginable. You can use it as an ingredient in tacos and burgers or eat it on its own–it’s up to you!

Ground pork has a more limited selection of side dishes that go well with it compared to ground beef due to its sweeter taste profile; however, if we were forced at gunpoint (and really, who wouldn’t?), we would recommend pairing either one with mashed potatoes because both have similar flavors and textures which makes them easy-to-eat together.

Ground pork and beef are great for making tacos, meatballs, burgers, and more! If you want to get adventurous with your cooking skills, try making some homemade pizza from scratch using the two types of meat as toppings.

You can also make them into meatloaf or serve them alongside a baked vegetable (like broccoli, carrots, or cauliflower).


They might look similar, but beef and pork have different textures, flavors, and nutritional values.

While beef is a good source of protein and iron, pork contains vitamins A and B12 and zinc.

To ensure your meal is balanced, it’s best to choose one over the other based on what you want! If you want something quick to prepare with less fat than ground beef (which has about 50% less), go for ground pork instead.

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Emily W.

Emily Wong is an Asian-American food writer the founder of With nearly 8 years of experience, she has a passion for making cooking accessible to everyone and sharing her personal experiences with food. Emily's vision for is to create a community of food lovers who are passionate about cooking, eating, and sharing their experiences with others. Read my story
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