Best High-Protein Meats, Per Dietitians

Chicken breast

Chicken breast is high-protein. Chicken breast is minimal in fat, calories, and protein. Chicken breast helps build, repair, and maintain muscle.

Canned tuna

For easy, healthful protein, canned tuna is a great choice. Canned tuna packs 27 grams of protein per 3-ounce serving.

Elk steak

Elk is flavorful, lean, and nutritious. It has the lowest cholesterol and maximum zinc of beef, turkey, and bison.


Turkey is protein-packed and Thanksgiving's meat. Turkey contains B6, B12, choline, and niacin and is low in fat.


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I love protein-rich bison! Bison burgers are wonderful for GERD sufferers since they are lower in fat than beef yet have a delightful gamey flavor.


Salmon is a nutritious powerhouse with 20 grams of protein per 3-ounce dose.

Beef liver

Grandma's liver-and-onion advice is wise. Beef liver provides protein, vitamin A, and vitamin B12.


A 4-ounce portion of canned mackerel—a flavorful, satisfying, and handy omega-3-rich fish—has 26 grams of protein.

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