Some operators may be reluctant to switch from raw to a fully cooked product if they believe it is more expensive.

However, if you start with raw sausage at $2 per pound and account for shrinkage and labor; the cost per pound after it has been cooked can easily be more than $2.50 per pound. After you take into consideration the cost of added spices, training, additional clean-up and slower throughput, it becomes clear that fully cooked products can translate into cost savings.

And don’t forget the value of the peace of mind that comes with food safety.


If raw ground meat costs:
Raw Cost* $1.70 $1.80 $1.90 $2.00 $2.10 $2.20 $2.30 $2.40
…it is roughly equivalent to fully cooked meat costing:
80% Yield* $2.13 $2.25 $2.38 $2.50 $2.63 $2.75 $2.88 $3.00
70% Yield* $2.43 $2.57 $2.71 $2.86 $3.00 $3.14 $3.27 $3.43

* Raw Cost: Estimated cost of raw ground meat
* 80% Yield: Based on 80% yield of raw meat
* 70% Yield: Based on 70% yield of raw meat

For more detailed information, check out our True Cost of Raw Calculator.