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Jan 26, 2011 02:20 PM

Substituting ground (what?) for ground beef

Hounds: I almost always use ground turkey instead of ground beef in recipes, mostly for the lower fat issue. I do realize that beef has better flavor, but make up for it with seasoning etc. I am making baked ziti for a casual get together (a gals night in), and thought about using 1/2 turkey and 1/2 beef. Someone (a chef, actually) suggested I try ground lamb, which I haven't bought in years.

So, any thoughts as to the mix I should use? 50/50 turkey/beef, 30/30/40, xxx/xxx/xxx? Add pork to the mix?



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  1. You could do pork, veal, sausage....sausage would add a nice little kick of flavor.

    3 Replies
    1. re: rizzo0904

      Chef did mention sausage but it always has too much salt. I'm trying to keep this healthy but still flavorful. So if I did sausage, I'd have to find the right ratio to pork/veal/beef.......hence my dilemna.


      1. re: rednails

        Buy or make ground pork and season it as you wish.

        1. re: c oliver

          Normally this would be a good idea but I don't think I'll have the time....

          thanks anyway

    2. I would use ground pork. It is lean, but still flavorful. If it were me, I would use half ground sirloin and half ground pork. I have never tried ground turkey and ground pork together, so I don't know if I would recommend it, but you can always try it if you're set on using turkey.

      1. Remember "beef" isn't some amoeba-like substance - what are you doing with it, what cut makes sense? For burgers, maybe get beef ground from the chuck, something with an 80/20 lean/fat mix..

        If you want to keep the food safe from risk of cross-contamination, buy a chuck roast and grind it at home.. a food processor does a decent job - just cut it into small cubes, chill them, and process them in smaller (half-pound) batches..

        And if you have any finicky eaters, just lie.. I have a friend whose girlfriend loves using Cooking Light recipes, but when she's looking away, in goes the bacon, salt-pork, heavy cream, etc...

        1. How about ground Taco Belle "meat"? :)

          1. I love ground turkey and I put it in everything. I never ever use any other ground meat and feel that combining ot with another ground meat really isn't necessiary when season properly and when there is a little bit of fat. I don't get the super lean. I do around 85- 90% otherwise it's very dry. But for years I had my teenage godsons eating turkey burgers and not even knowing it.