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Beef jerky made with ground meat sits in a clear glass cup on a cutting board. More strips of jerky are laid next to it. Behind the jerky is a black pitcher.
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How to make Beef Jerky from Ground Meat including Wild Game

A quick, simple jerky recipe that you can make at home
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 10 mins
Servings: 8 2 oz
Calories: 161kcal


  • 1 pound ground beef lower fat is better in this case
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp onion powder
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tsp beef bullion powder
  • 1 Tbsp liquid smoke


  • Preheat oven to 170 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Combine all ingredients in bowl and mix thoroughly including any optional ingredients you have have decided to add.
  • Divide mixture into flat strips. You can use a jerky gun for this or follow the directions in the post. The strips should be between 1/8 and 1/4 inch thick. For ticker strips more cooking time will be needed.
  • Place strips on baking cooling racks.
  • Place racks in oven and let cook/dry for 2 hours.
  • For a dryer jerky, increase cook time but do not shorten time to less than 2 hours. The jerky needs to reach an internal temperature of at least 160 degrees Fahrenheit for this recipe.
  • For best long term storage I refrigerate the jerky in FoodSaver Bags or in Ziploc.


Calories: 161kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 854mg | Potassium: 214mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 2mg