Feeling Salty? These Top-Rated Keto Beef Jerkies are our Favorites!

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Looking for the ultimate savory snack?

Beef jerky has the potential to be the perfect flavorful, filling, pre-meal keto treat, but we have to be careful when picking out our fave brands. It’s no surprise that a lot of packaged snacks are often full of suspiciously high amounts of carbs, and beef jerky is no exception. Those delicious seasonings are, unfortunately, sometimes just sugar in disguise.

But don’t worry, ‘cause we’ve rounded up a list of the top keto beef jerky picks so you can still enjoy this protein-packed snack on the keto diet! We picked out our favorites by taking into consideration both taste and pricing to bring you the best deals and best flavors. 🙌

But, before we move onto the goodness, a word of warning…

hand holding package of moldy smoked sausages

While researching the best prices, we noticed a super weird trend on Amazon where reviewers were getting their packages full of mold. 😖🤢 And this actually happened to our Hip teammate, Angela, who was looking forward to some keto smoked sausages and instead got an unpleasant surprise.

We love Amazon, but this seems to be a one-off problem they’re having with some of their jerkies. For that reason, we haven’t included any Amazon links on this list to save you the despair. But don’t worry, we’re still sourcing the best deals for you all! 😉

Keep in mind, some of these jerky options may not be squeaky clean keto, but we wanted to include a range of options for every reader’s keto journey. Happy snacking!

Here’s a list of our favorite beef jerky keto snacks!

1. Jack Links Zero Sugar Original Beef Jerky is deliciously seasoned and won’t break the bank.

hand holding package of zero sugar beef jerky

Where to buy:

While it’s tasty, filling, and pack with good-for-you fat and protein, beef jerky is probably not the cheapest snack out there. And that’s a shame because it’s such an awesome keto treat!

But luckily, at less than $9 a pop, Jack Links is a frugal option for our fellow beef jerky lovers who don’t want to pay a premium for their snacks. And the lower price doesn’t mean they skimp on quality either, as the ingredients list is pretty short and it’s not super high in sodium!

I’m far from a beef jerky connoisseur, but in my humble opinion, this jerky is awesome! I’m not a sweets fan but I do love some salty snacks, so I’ll sometimes pick up a package of Jack Links instead of other less-than-ideal savory eats (ahem… potato chips 🤣). They’re available pretty much everywhere I’ve looked and I don’t feel like I’m putting a giant dent in the grocery budget when I buy ’em.

Serving Size: 1oz / 28g (Original variety)

Calories: 80 | Fat: 1.5g | Total Carbs: 1g | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Protein: 15g | Net Carbs: 0g

Ingredients: Beef, Water, Contains 2% or less of Salt, Flavors, Yeast Extract, Soy Sauce (Water, Soybeans, Salt, Alcohol), Pineapple Powder.

2. Tillamook Zero Sugar Beef Jerky is a Hip team favorite!

tillamook zero sugar jerky

Where to buy:

This slow-smoked, keto-friendly beef jerky is packed with protein and makes the perfect on-the-go snack. It’s available right at Target…and it’s a super reasonable price!

My Hip teammate, Angela, says this is her favorite beef jerky!

“OMG y’all…this stuff is so dang good! Even better, it’s in almost every grocery store I go into and even in gas stations and convenience stores.” – Angela

Serving Size: 1oz / 28g (Original variety)

Calories: 90 | Fat: 2.5g | Total Carbs: 0g | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Protein: 16g | Net Carbs: 0g

Ingredients: Beef, Gluten-free Soy Sauce, Beef Broth, Flavorings, Vinegar, Cultured Celery Powder, Granulated Garlic, Salt.

3. Vermont Smoke and Cure Meat Sticks have a different (but tasty!) texture.

container of keto beef jerky sticks

Where to buy:

If you want to switch it up a little from just beef, Vermont Smoke and Cure Meat Sticks add in pork for a delectable texture and an extra kick of flavor.

They also have 0g of sugar per serving and, like Jack Links, they aren’t overloaded with sodium, which is something you often have to watch out for with other jerky varieties.

Here’s what one reviewer said about Vermont Smoke and Cure:

“These beef sticks are perfect for my husband’s long trips! They have none of the harmful chemicals/additives and all of the flavor & protein needed for a quick road snack. Small but mighty addition to the healthy snack quandary! I keep these on hand in the pantry, glad to have a healthy alternative that actually tastes good!”

Serving Size: 1 stick / 28g (Cracked Pepper variety)

Calories: 90 | Fat: 7g | Total Carbs: 1g | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Protein: 6g | Net Carbs: 0g

Ingredients: Beef, Pork, Sea Salt, Less Than 2% of: Spices, Sugar, Cherry Powder, Celery Powder, Lactic Acid Starter Culture (Not from Milk), Garlic Powder. Encased in Colored (Beta-Carotene, Caramel) Beef Collagen Casings.

4. CHOMPS Grass Fed Original Beef Jerky is a great choice for those who like a little spice.

variety pack of keto jerky sticks

Where to buy:

You can feel good eating these handy, 100% grass-fed keto beef jerky snack sticks! They’re the perfect pick-me-up after a workout.

Plus, they come in a ton of different flavors, so you can switch up your snack routine! Whoever said the keto diet was boring huh? 😉 We love the Cranberry Habanero and Jalapeno flavors, but they also have the classics like Sea Salt if that’s more your speed.

My Hip teammate Angela is also a fan! Here’s what she says about ’em:

“I love that I can get a high dose of protein in just a few bites. Protein bars aren’t always easy on my tummy so these have been an excellent replacement. You really can’t beat how low carb they are, too!” – Angela

Serving Size: 1 stick / 32g (Sea Salt variety)

Calories: 90 | Fat: 6g | Total Carbs: 0g | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Protein: 9g | Net Carbs: 0g

Ingredients: Grass-fed Beef, Water, Sea Salt, Encapsulated Lactic Acid, Celery Juice, Black Pepper, Red Pepper, Garlic Powder, Coriander.

Hip Savings Tip: You can score 10% off your first order when you subscribe to their newsletter!

5. Wicked Cutz Traditional Beef Jerky is some of the best keto beef jerky around!

bag of wicked cutz beef jerky on deck

Where to buy:

When you try a jerky with over 7,000 5-star reviews, you know you’re in for some legit keto snacking! Their original beef flavor is delicious, but Wicked Cutz is also a great choice for folks who like to branch out from traditional beef jerky. They also have bacon, turkey, and chicken jerky + other unique flavors to keep things exciting. Just be careful, because some of the flavors do have >1g of sugar per serving.

Our Hip sidekick, Stetson, tried these out and loves them!

“I’m now a huge fan of these – what an awesome, healthy, and convenient snack to have on hand! To be honest, I have had some really bad jerky in the past, and so I was stoked after my first bite of this yumminess. No after-taste, packed with protein, gluten-free, and more. I thoroughly enjoyed each package of Wicked Cutz jerky and all the tasty flavors.” – Stetson

Serving Size: 1 oz / 28g (Traditional variety)

Calories: 60 | Fat: 1g | Total Carbs: 1g | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: <1g | Protein: 11g | Net Carbs: <1g

Ingredients: Beef, Tamari Sauce (Water, Soybeans, Salt, Sugar), Water, Brown Sugar, Garlic, Liquid Hickory Smoke Flavor, Worcestershire Sauce, Lemon Juice, Granulated Garlic, Ground Black Pepper.

Hip Tip: If you’re a big fan of jerky, you can buy an 8-pack and get 11% off & then an additional 10% off when you choose to subscribe!

6. People’s Choice Beef Jerky is one of the cleanest keto snacks.

hand holding a people's choice jerky package

Where to buy:

Not only is this keto beef jerky sugar-free, but it’s also made without soy, gluten, MSG, preservatives, or nitrates. In fact, the ingredients list is pretty darn short: Beef, Water, and Spices…it doesn’t get much cleaner than that!

Stetson also tried out People’s Choice!

“This is seriously some of the best beef jerky I’ve ever had, and I am not kidding. A word of caution though: People’s Choice isn’t messing around when they say ‘flamin’ hot.’ Even though the Flamin’ Hot Beef Sticks were really hot, I could NOT stop eating them. They are SO good.” – Stetson

Serving Size: 1oz / 28g (Original variety)

Calories: 90 | Fat: 2.5g | Total Carbs: 0g | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Protein: 16g | Net Carbs: 0g

Ingredients: Beef, Water, Seasoning (Sea Salt, Spices, Garlic).

Hip Savings Tip: You can score a FREE $6 bag of jerky just by signing up for their VIP access (which also gives you a bunch of other cool perks)!

Check out all our other favorite keto snacks & products here!

About the writer:

Brandi has an Associate's Degree and 5+ years of experience writing and creating online content for local businesses.

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