Is ButcherBox Worth It? | ButcherBox Review 2023

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I really feel that a meat delivery service like ButcherBox that delivers 100% grass-fed beef, free range organic chicken and heritage breed pork directly to your door is one of the best way to get high-quality meat these days.

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The meat that comes from farms that are transparent about their practices, so you can be confident about what you’re eating. And isn’t that what we’re all looking for?

If you’ve tried any of the beef or chicken recipes on this site, you know I’m always talking about ButcherBox. Whenever people ask me if ButcherBox is worth it, I say a resounding YES! Here’s why.

During the height of the pandemic, I was incredibly happy I had a membership, so I didn’t have to worry about getting to the store and finding meat that was scarce at times. My order was delivered regularly, just as I expected, and contained all the high-quality meat I needed.

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What is ButcherBox?

ButcherBox was started by Mike Salguero who wanted to make grass-fed beef (and now heritage-bred pork and organic chicken) accessible for everyone to purchase, not just those who have access to a farm, or a grocery that stocks it.

Did you know that only 1% of the beef consumed in the United States is grass-fed? ButcherBox’s meat is not just grass fed. All of their animals are humanely raised and free of antibiotics and added hormones. It’s a game changer for your health and your table.

ButcherBox believes in making the planet a better place, improving the lives of animals and the livelihood of farmers. If those are things you want too, then this is a great way to start making a difference.

All of their meat comes from animals that were humanely raised on a farm with sustainable practices.

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How Does It Work?

When you sign up for ButcherBox, you will get a box of meat delivered at the frequency of your choice (every 2 weeks, every 4 weeks, etc). The meat is delivered to your door, frozen and on ice in an insulated, recyclable box. Shipping is free.

There are 5 options to choose from currently. They are:

  • Custom box
  • Mixed box
  • Beef & pork box
  • Beef & chicken box
  • All beef box

Below is a picture of a mixed box I received, with steaks, ground beef, pork loin, and chicken.

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How Much is ButcherBox?

A curated box starts at $129 a month. A custom box starts at $149 a month. It “starts at” because you always have the option of adding on a few extras, which will increase the price.

This comes out to less than $6 per meal, which I think is a really great price for such high-quality meat. I’m hard pressed to find that price in the store for the same quality.

Curated Boxes

If you choose a curated box, the cuts of meat will be chosen for you. They select a well-balanced assortment of easy-to-cook items, like chicken breasts, and a few interesting cuts, like Denver steak.

  • Classic box with 8-10 pounds of meat (enough for 24 meals) – $129.
  • Big box with 16-22 pounds of meat (enough for 48 meals) – $238.
  • 12 additional items you can add on, if desired.

Custom Boxes

The custom box was created for those who want to choose their meats due to specific dietary restrictions, or you know, if you don’t like something specific.Select up to 21 different cuts of everyday items, like ground beef, and premium items like pork tenderloins.

  • Classic box with 9-14 pounds of meat ($4.97 per meal) – starting at $149 or a big box for $270.
  • 12 additional items you can add on, if desired, if you want.

What Cuts of Meat are Included?

Below is a sampling of the cuts you can expect to receive. Of course, you won’t get every cut of meat every time in curated boxes. You’ll receive a mix of things, depending on the options you choose. If you want to always choose your own cuts, be sure to go with the custom box.

  • Beef: bottom round roast, flat iron, filet mignon, ground, ribeye, steak tips, tomahawk steak, pot roast, meatloaf
  • Pork: bacon, pork chop, ground, butt, ribs (St. Louis and baby back), tenderloin, carnitas, bratwurst, pulled pork, Italian sausage, uncured hot dogs.
  • Chicken: breast, drumstick, tenders, thighs (boneless and bone-in), whole chicken, wings.
  • Turkey: Ground turkey, whole turkey
  • Seafood: salmon, scallops, sablefish, shrimp, lobster, cod, salmon patties, halibut
  • Addons: Crab legs, bone broth, ground bison, charcuterie, cheese, smoothies

Why Choose ButcherBox?

The reasons I choose a service like ButcherBox is convenience and quality. Those two things are my top priority, so this is absolutely the way to go for me.

You might be considering other reasons and want to know how ButcherBox stacks up. So I’ll go over the main reasons you might choose this service below.

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I have always been apprehensive about purchasing meat at the grocery when I don’t know where it comes from or how it was raised.

Perhaps you already have a source of high-quality meat that you trust, but if you don’t then ButcherBox is a great place to start. All of their products are humanely raised or wild-caught, and they’re never given antibiotics or added hormones.

I’ve also been very satisfied with the appearance and taste of the meat. The cuts are generous, the meat tastes good, and it cooks well. These are all important quality measures for me. I actually get really excited when I pull a ButcherBox steak out of the freezer.


There’s really no easier way to source meat that to have it delivered automatically to your door. I do still purchase some meat from the grocery or a local butcher, when I need something specific, but otherwise there’s no need to think about purchasing other meat.

Once you’ve ironed out the type of box that fits you best, and the frequency of delivery, you’ll be able to forget all about purchasing meat. It just shows up. If there’s a time when you don’t need the box (for vacation or something) you can always skip a delivery in your online account.


If price is one of your main concerns, you might want to do a bit of comparison shopping with the meat you’re currently purchasing to see if ButcherBox is a good deal for you.

For the quality of the meat, to me the price is worth it. It comes out to around $4.97 per meal on average. I’ve found that for the same quality (humanely raised, grass-fed, organic, hormone-free meat), the price is on par with what I can get elsewhere. Add in the time and gas it takes to go to the store to purchase it, and ButcherBox comes out ahead.

This might not be the case where you are, so you’ll have to do a little homework to see how the price looks to you.

One bit of good news: they don’t charge for shipping!

beef barbacoa recipe
Beef Barbacoa tacos


Taste is obviously one of the most important factors, too. I find a lot of meat to be lacking in flavor and either fatty or watery. These are not complaints I’ve ever made about ButcherBox meat.

  • The chicken I’ve received has always been tender and well-trimmed. It’s plump and juicy when cooked, but not fully of water that has to cook down.
  • The steaks from ButcherBox are one of my favorite cuts. They’re impressively sized, robust cuts. The flavor is restaurant quality, in my opinion.
  • The heritage-breed pork has a slow maturation process, so they develop the fine marbling and great flavor that nature intended them to have. If you like bacon, get ready for ButcherBox’s delicious bacon!

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butcher box packaging

I’ve recently been trying to avoid excess trips to the grocery store, so my freezer has been looking a bit like a Tetris game. It dawned on me how much I appreciate ButcherBox’s minimal packaging, because it’s very streamlined, with no extra bulk. This makes fitting things into the freezer much easier.

Yes, it’s still shrink wrapped in plastic, which I don’t love, but I also don’t think there’s an alternative at the moment, so I deal with it.

The box is recyclable and the other packing materials are biodegradable or recyclable.

You Can Cancel Anytime

With subscriptions, I think the main worry is that you might not be able to cancel at any time you choose, that you might be roped into more than you want, or that you can’t pause your subscription during vacation or when you don’t think you need it. None of that is a worry with ButcherBox.

There isn’t a set amount of time you must stay on the service, so if at any time you want to cancel, you can; even after your first shipment, if you find it isn’t for you.

You can also pause your subscription if you’re going to be away, or just need a temporary break. You do all of these things easily with one click in your account page.

The only thing you can’t do is shrink your order. My household only has 2 members. Sometimes I feel like we have too much meat from the previous box and wish I could get a half order instead. The classic box is as small as they come. However, when this happens, I just pause my subscription until I need it again.

Final Thoughts on ButcherBox

If you’re looking for meat that is humanely raised, antibiotics and added-hormone free, then I can’t recommend ButcherBox highly enough. The whole experience has been easy, reliable, and high-quality.

I don’t think you’ll regret giving it a try. Best case scenario, you fall in love with it like I did. Worst case, you’re out one order and a little bit of your time. You can cancel right away if you’re not happy. I’m pretty convinced you will be, though.

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33 thoughts on “Is ButcherBox Worth It? | ButcherBox Review 2023

    • Laura says:

      Hi Patrick. They do offer the option of a customized box where you choose what’s in the box. You could choose only ground beef.

  1. Shawn says:

    Butcher Box meat was pretty disgusting. Tasted freezer burned and water logged. Their customer service was also terrible. They also charged me for a shipment after I had canceled. Seems like a scam.

    • Laura says:

      I’m sorry you’ve had that experience, Shawn. We’ve never had freezer burned or water-logged meat in a Butcherbox. It’s always been very high-quality.

      • Vinny says:

        I would hope that that a customer service rep would provide their contact info and seek more info, rather than praising how great their product is and just leaving it at that.

      • Jennifer says:

        I purchased and received my first and only box about a month ago, we cancelled after how fatty the meat was. I really wanted this to be good because of it’s convenience but we did not get good quality cuts of meat. If you need me to show a receipt to prove I was an “authorized purchaser” I can do so.

      • Lrudolph says:

        I couldn’t agree more. It’s a shame but, unfortunately, it’s also very true. The one thing that this world will never have a shortage of is the type of person who values money over honesty and ethics. (How low can you go?… and all that.)

    • Barbara A Richards says:

      I’ve been concerned about this because I used to do Omaha Steaks and I got the same thing with them. Not sure if I want to go down that same path with a new company. Your review was helpful.

    • R G says:

      My wife and I are in the same bout. we used to order from them years ago when they 1st became known when we started keto. It was great but now in the past year or so the quality is undeniably a big step down. I personally wouldn’t recommend them anymore after many times of late getting poor quality and 1 time spoiled meat. We now get our meat from the local market since they started carrying grass finished beef.

  2. Judy says:

    I love Butcher Box and use it monthly. Just to update, they have recently raised the monthly price of their boxes by $10. My custom box went from $149 to $159.

    • Laura says:

      ButcherBox informed us that the custom box still starts at $149 and can go up in price based on what you’ve elected to have in it.

  3. Jessica says:

    We used BB for almost a year. Was not bad but in the summer all 3 boxes we ordered had cuts missing or completely damaged. Switched over to Good Chop recently, like it better so far

  4. Wesley Shank says:

    ButcherBox is not the place to go if you are looking for meat that is local. We asked them where their meats come from and the Beef is raised in Australia! I don’t think they said where the pork comes from but they did say the chicken was in US and linked to a website of who they get their chicken from. As you can see on the Farmer Focus site ( the chickens live in big industrial confinement barns and only a small percentage of them ever go out the little doors to walk on the grass.

    Ask questions and make sure you know the farmer…. not just some slick marketer.

    YourFamilyFarmer is a place that has foods raised with integrity.

    – A One Time ButcherBox Customer

    • LRudolph says:

      Good for you, Wesley! Finally I now know there’s at least one other person in the world who still has the ability to THINK and to look up information rather than just believing anything and everything they hear or see on TV. Bless your beautifully intelligent soul!

  5. LaNia Kehinde says:

    I recently subscribed to butcher box and on my fist order my free cracked lobster was missing. No big deal! The meats tasted great and I loved the way it was packaged. I moved my next order date up for the holidays. My box had shipped and an email was sent saying it was delivered on November 13th, 2021. I haven’t seen a box in site. When things like this happen I get very concerned as it pretrains to refund. They were excellent with customer service and getting me my refund however, delivery is not so great. I decided to cancel in order to avoid not getting my order on future orders. I just don’t have the time nor the patience.

      • Carroll hambleton says:

        My chicken came in little pieces like left over pieces from something else. Dont even know what to do w these pieces of thighs?? We owned our own grocery store/ butcher shop for 30 yrs in Calif. I know what quailty meat is…this isnt

      • Laura says:

        I’m sorry to hear that Carroll. Not all of their chicken is done that way. They do have diced chicken thighs, but also whole chicken breasts. I’ll pass along your feedback to the company.

    • LTR says:

      You should’ve asked if they have other delivery options. Maybe a neighbor or nearby friend? Amazon will actually place your delivery in your car (or the car of your choosing) in cases such as yours, when things ‘go missing’ or areas where theft is an issue for packages left on doorsteps. If you still want the stuff it can’t hurt to ask. Just a thought….

  6. William Pembroke says:

    I have been a customer in North Texas for 2 years. Laura is spot on with her review. However, ButcherBox must be experiencing growing pains and shipping problems. My last box arrived late in the evening only to remain on my porch until the next day, good news, the meat survived. Currently waiting for my November box which is several days overdue. Given it contains the Thanksgiving turkey and a frozen chunk of bird flesh is not on the menu for Thursday, I have requested a refund or a new box. Who knows, may have to cancel my subscription. A true measure of a company is how they handle problems like these.

  7. Mercedes says:

    I have been a subscriber for four months first three boxes great. Fourth box missing meat. Had great choices but now for beef only hamburger hamburger patties sirloin tips and a few roasts in the beginning u had choice if sirloin filet mignon rib eye etc now if u want them they are add one so u have to pay additional Also found bone in my boneless chicken breasts I had my daughter use her email address and wow she could choose different steaks which I’m no longer allowed I also asked if they were running out of meat since I can no longer have steak in my boxes snd was told to check back later it always changes It seems like I’ve lured in with great selection and they slowly decrease u down to hamburger Looking for other options bummed because their meat tastes great

    • Laura says:

      I’m sorry to hear that Mercedes. I haven’t had that experience with the steak. I will ask Butcherbox what they say about this.

    • LTR says:

      Don’t worry too much about it. From the reviews I’ve been reading, this business doesn’t look like it’s going to be around long. Their QOS appears to leave a lot to be desired. Have a good day and thank your blessings for seeing what a bunch of “shrewdies” these folks obviously are. Have a good one!

  8. Janet Marhefka says:

    I have been trying to cancel my subscription to Butcher Box. When I placed my first order I thought it was only a one-time order. Then I received a second order and I have been on Vacation since January but my neighbor told me there was a second delivery in Feb. I am still in Fl. And will be for another 3 months. How can I cancel my subscription? I have tried to call your company but can’t find a phone #. Please, I don’t want another delivery coming this month.

  9. Kim B says:

    I don’t have a single complaint. I barely even have to season any of the meat. Fresh tasting and tender. I love butcher box.

  10. NE Damm says:

    My experience has been frustrating … communications with BBox are only via chat, customer service rep or email. As an extra charge was erroneously applied to my box I tried to contact them immediately. There was no means to resolve the erroneous charges. I ried all avenues and have gotten no response as promised. Deliveries come and product is OK – not better than store bought. It’s expensive.

    • Laura says:

      I’m sorry to hear that. I’m surprised they aren’t being more helpful actually. I don’t agree that the meat is no better than store bought though. It’s definitely higher quality.

  11. Tim says:

    We have had Butcher Box for a few years, putting up with the meat packages that aren’t sealed, causing freezer burn, weights of meats which they admit are only estimates, a lot of grizzle, non-traditional cuts (I suspect they are left over from the good stuff sent elsewhere). We stayed with them because of a reasonable price and because of periodic promotions that were reasonable….but recently I received and email on a promotion that when I opened it within an hour, it was no longer available. Customer service (contacted immediately) didn’t care and refused to help. They didn’t care if they lose me as a customer. This company has lost it’s customer focus clearly. Find a different company.

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