Review: Trader Joe’s Turkey Jerky


You know, most people like to think they’re above impulse buying. “That’s for the morons with no self-control,” they say as they pick up their usual tin of Altoids by the register. I count myself among this hypocritical bunch after impulse-buying a pack of Trader Joe’s Turkey Jerkey (teriyaki flavor) while I was standing in the massive line of hipsters and shut-ins at the Union Square flagship store. And let me tell you, I did not regret my choice.

The jerky exhibited great texture, with a little artificial “tire tread” pattern making it easier to bite. Jerky should take some effort, but not work your jaw to exhaustion. It was hard to taste the smoke flavor that was added, but the turkey came through loud and clear. The teriyaki flavoring leaned heavily towards “sweet” and away from “salt,” a good thing if you enjoy devouring an entire bag at once. I’d say the taste had an almost cherry-like fruitiness to it, reinforcing jerky’s role as the true candy of the meat world.


For under five bucks for a big bag, this turkey jerky can’t be beat by your typical low-quality grocery store brands. Check it out the next time you’re buying a cartload of 2-buck Chuck.

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One Response to “Review: Trader Joe’s Turkey Jerky”

  1. We get the Turkey Jerky all the time. I like the Original. The Buffalo Jerky (sweet & spicy) is also great.

    The turkey jerky can almost seem too soft and moist at times. I like jerky that does have some chew, but isn’t too tough. Still a great snack!

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