Grilling for Memorial Day? These are America’s favorite proteins

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Ah, grilling. Americans love going to the backyard, lighting up the grill and serving barbecue to their friends and families. If you’re daydreaming about summer barbecues already, you’re probably also thinking about what to grill. To help you in have the best grilling season possible, Statista surveyed Americans to find out what their favorite proteins were in 2020 (the latest data available). Here’s what they found.

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25. Other

Number of Americans who consumed this protein: 5.32 million

Grilled veal
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24. Veal

Number of Americans who consumed this protein: 38.61 million

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23. Fresh turkey parts

Number of Americans who consumed this protein: 39.02 million

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22. Frozen turkey breast

Number of Americans who consumed this protein: 49.95 million

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21. Lamb

Number of Americans who consumed this protein: 59.83 million

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20. Frozen turkey (not stuffed)

Number of Americans who consumed this protein: 60.23 million

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19. Cornish game hen (fresh or frozen)

Number of Americans who consumed this protein: 60.77 million

Fresh turkey breast
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18. Fresh turkey breast

Number of Americans who consumed this protein: 49.95 million

Grilled chicken breasts
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17. Frozen chicken with bones

Number of Americans who consumed this protein: 68.14 million

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16. Beef (other)

Number of Americans who consumed this protein: 79.64 million

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15. Pork (other)

Number of Americans who consumed this protein: 83.15 million

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14. Fresh whole turkey

Number of Americans who consumed this protein: 94.79 million

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13. Fresh chicken parts (boneless, not breasts)

Number of Americans who consumed this protein: 112.81 million

roast pork
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12. Pork roast

Number of Americans who consumed this protein: 126.68 million

Frozen boneless chicken
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11. Frozen boneless chicken

Number of Americans who consumed this protein: 130.90 million

Roast chicken
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10. Fresh chicken parts with bones (not breasts)

Number of Americans who consumed this protein: 135.65 million

Roasted whole chicken
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9. Fresh whole chicken

Number of Americans who consumed this protein: 136.37 million

Roast beef
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8. Roast beef

Number of Americans who consumed this protein: 149.26 million

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7. Frozen fish or seafood

Number of Americans who consumed this protein: 161.86 million

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6. Fresh fish or seafood

Number of Americans who consumed this protein: 180.41 million

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5. Beef -hamburger (fresh or frozen patties)

Number of Americans who consumed this protein: 201.54 million

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4. Beef steak

Number of Americans who consumed this protein: 203.79 million

Ground beef
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3. Beef (other ground)

Number of Americans who consumed this protein: 204.26 million

Pork chops
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2. Pork chops

Number of Americans who consumed this protein: 206.34 million

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1. Fresh chicken breast

Number of Americans who consumed this protein: 247.55 million

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Methodology

Statista used MRI-Simmons data to determine how much of each of the above proteins Americans consumed in 2020. Statista released its findings November 2020. For comparison, in 2020, the U.S. popular was about 332.64 million, according to the U.S. Census data and Simmons National Consumer Survey (NHCS). You can find more information here.

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