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Buyers’ Guide to Beef Patties

Fire River Farms delivers delicious ground beef, both bulk and patties, precooked and raw, with superior quality assurance.

  • August 21, 2019

Hamburger patties are one of the few food items that distinguish restaurants from its competitors. Over 42% of consumers have a preferred restaurant they go to for burgers, and with competition for every food dollar fierce, operators need to choose their beef patties wisely.   

Buying Burger Patties

Buying pre-formed beef patties, fresh or frozen, helps maintain consistent quality in burger offerings and also helps save labor costs. There is a wide breadth of ground beef patties available and many key factors to consider when purchasing burger patties: type of beef, lean point, size, shape and fresh or frozen.

Lean Points

The most purchased ground beef lean point for burger patties are 80/20 ratio meaning the meat is 80% lean and 20% fat. The leaner the meat, the less the patty shrinks, but the fat adds beefy flavor and juiciness. For many chefs, 80/20 is the ideal balance for a burger. There are other lean points to consider like 75/25 or 85/15. The 75/25 meat will be juicier but more greasy, while 85/15 is a little healthier but has a tendency to dry out. 

Grass-Fed Beef Burger Patties  

Another way to differentiate burger is by featuring premium patty options such as the grass-fed beef burger patties.

study from the Nutritional Journal reviewed decades of data, and found that grass-fed beef is higher in cancer-fighting antioxidants and has overall lower fat content. Also, differences in the fatty acid composition of grass-fed beef gives the meat a distinct flavor and unique cooking qualities.

Due to these nutritional benefits and unique flavor of the meat coupled with a surging demand in sustainable beef, consumers are willing to pay premium for menu items featuring grass-fed beef.  


Sysco offers a large selection of ground beef patties in Fire River Farms. From grass-fed beef to various sizes and shapes, Fire River Farms has the selection of ground beef patties you need to build a burger that elevates your menu.