Are you a Sirloin steak fan? Want to try and get the best value for one? How much will it cost? Let us show you how to choose a top sirloin steak to get the best bang for your buck!
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I love Top Sirloin.
What is not to love? Good flavor. Not too expensive.
It's typically the cheapest, tender steak you are going to get before you start sacrificing flavor, tenderness, or both.
When I find myself at a steak house, which I don't go into often, I will order the Top Sirloin and be quite happy when my bill comes that I didn't order a more expensive cut.
This post is about is all about helping you find what a good price for a Top Sirloin steak is.
🥩 What is a Top Sirloin Steak?
The Top Sirloin steak comes from the sirloin primal of the cow. It is one section up from the round primal which is the back end of the cow. Beyond the sirloin is the short loin, rib, then chuck.
The sirloin is not as tender as beef from the short loin primal but it is more tender than from the round. This is why it makes for a good value steak. Top Sirloin is not quite as tender as the more desired cuts from the short loin.
The sirloin primal itself can be divided into 2 sections - top and bottom. Clearly the top sirloin is cut from the top portion of the sirloin. The bottom sirloin is where Tri-Tip comes from, a very popular cut in California.
Did You Know? Top Sirloin steaks can be cut further into Top Sirloin Filet steaks. These are the most tender parts of the sirloin and looks like tenderloin. It can be a good replacement for tenderloin, but I don't find it sold at too many places.
📛 Other Sirloin Steaks
There are other steaks that have the name sirloin in them - Petite sirloin, sirloin tips, etc. These cuts are not as tender and as prized as the top sirloin. They may require different cooking methods. For this post we are just taking about top sirloin steaks.
💲 Cost of a Sirloin Steak
Here are some prices I collected from stores in the winter of 2022. All cuts are USDA choice unless noted.
|Walmart||$11.47/lb (Grass Fed)|
|Whole Foods||$18.99/lb (Organic)|
🏆 What is a Good Price for a Sirloin Steak?
You can expect to pay between $7.99-$10.99 a pound for Top Sirloin steak.
You don't need to pay more than $10 a pound to get a tasty Top Sirloin steak. Yes, you can spring for USDA prime grade at Costco or organic at Whole Foods, but you can be happy with steaks even on the cheaper end.
Try to pick out the steak with the best intramuscular fat. And don't be hesitate to buy several when on sale. You can freeze them. Top sirloin can be a large steak, so if you are feeding just yourself, they can be cut in half to save one for later. Some stores carry family packs of steaks where they are cheaper to buy that way, another chance to use your freezer if you don't need that many.
I would avoid the ones at Trader Joe's. I don't think their steaks are that great, and neither is the price. I love them for a lot of things but beef isn't one of them.
♨️ How to Cook
Grilling a Top Sirloin Steak or any steak really is always a good idea. However there is a way I like to prepare a Top Sirloin that it often overlooked. Sirloins do really well broiled. Broiling a steak is like grilling, expect the heat is coming from above instead of below.
🍴 RECIPE - Broiled Sirloin Steak
🐄 Dry Aged Sirloin from Porter Road
Sometimes you may want to treat yourself or just splurge on a top of the line steak.
My suggestion for this is to check out the dry aged steaks (at least 14 days) from my good friends at Porter Road. I got to meet one of the co-founders James Peisker in Nashville and loved his passion for offering the best meat while making an impact in the life of small farmers.
Porter Road offers the Sirloin Filet steak. I had one before and it was a tasty piece of beef. Kind of like eating a tenderloin but at a cheaper price. The steak is not too fatty. It has the perfect amount of marbling throughout.
Pick one up for $13.
Also sign up for our Porter Road mailing list, to hear all about the great steaks, roasts, and more that can be shipped to your door.
🐮 Other Steaks
Check out these other steaks to see what a good price for them is.
If you are looking to try out some new steaks you may not even heard of yet, I specialize in writing about every steak I can find. Here are a few to try out: