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You don't have to make a special trip to the butcher for top-quality meats. Truth be told, you don't even have to leave your house. Get everything you need with the click of a button from online meat retailers, such as premium beef, Maine lobster, heritage pork, and wild game—all delivered straight to your door. From monthly subscription boxes to one-stop-shops for memorable meals the whole family can enjoy, these are the best places to order meat online.
Items like the Chicken Drumsticks Box, Steak Craft Burgers Box, and Ground Beef Box come with 12 servings so there's plenty for the whole family. There are also gift box options that are perfect for holiday or corporate gifting.
Started as a one-room butcher shop in New Jersey, Rastelli's remains a family-run business. All of the meat is responsibly sourced and completely free of antibiotics, steroids, and hormones.
What was once a brick-and-mortar butcher shop in Nashville expanded into an online source for high-quality cuts made from pasture-raised, non-GMO-fed animals in Kentucky and Tennessee.
We love that the intuitive site design guides you through the ordering process, whether you're searching by type of meat, cooking time, or cooking gear. You can even subscribe to receive a custom delivery every two, four, or eight weeks.
You can find everything from premium Angus beef to wet or dry-aged beef to American Wagyu on this company's website. The variety of cuts is also impressive, from filet mignon to cowboy steaks. Steak assortments are also available, which are great for gifting or treating yourself to something special.
When it comes to seafood, the Fresh Fish Market section offers a variety of fish options. You can click over to the Maine Lobster House to order live Maine lobsters to make dinner extra special, whether it’s a quiet meal for two or the whole family.
With Butcher Box, you don't just get a meal or two worth of meat out of your order. This monthly subscription service delivers between 24 and 48 servings of meat to your door at a time. You can choose from one of their curated boxes: a beef and chicken box, a beef and pork box, an all-beef box, and a mixed box. You can also customize your own box, choosing from a wide variety of beef, chicken, and pork.
Classic and large-sized boxes are available to suit your family's needs and the box can be changed whenever you like, so you can customize each month’s selection to suit your menu.
For seafood, meat, and more, visit Thrive Market. The online store sells everything on your grocery list (yes, that includes wine), plus vitamins and supplements, bath and beauty products, and even apparel and toys for kids. We love the simplicity of a one-stop-shop, which makes meal-planning infinitely easier.
This website boasts a user-friendly layout. The meat market section of the site sorts the inventory by category (grass-fed beef, pasture-raised pork, organic chicken, sustainable seafood, and variety and bulk packs). You can also refine by diet (keto, AIP, raw, etc.) and filter only items that are preservative-free or sustainably caught.
Shopping the DeBragga website is like stepping into an old-school butcher shop, but with a lot more offerings. When it comes to beef, you’ll find naturally raised, dry-aged, prime, grass-fed, and Wagyu beef. If lamb is your preference, you can choose from meat from Australia, Colorado, or New York. Of course, there’s also poultry, veal, sausage, smoked meats, and even a few game selections, like venison and duck. For something really special, there are marrow bones, and for gift-giving, you’ll find some gift sets as well as a few non-food gifts.
Snake River Farms specializes in American Waygu beef, Northwest beef (in qualities from choice to prime), and Berkshire pork. You’ll find everything from burgers to roasts, including gift boxes with selected cuts of meat.
For something just a little different, you can order a variety of smoked hams as well as bacon, and for a real treat, you can order dry-aged beef. They don’t carry a lot of extras, but you can find salts and seasonings along with a few clothing items if you’re shopping for an interesting gift for your favorite meat-lover.
D’Artagnan prides itself on hormone-free and antibiotic-free meats from animals that live a stress-free life with plenty of space to move around. They have a wide range of beef, pork, lamb, and poultry (including four different breeds of duck), as well as more uncommon fare like rabbit, venison, and wild boar. Charcuterie items include rillettes, cured meats, bacon, sausages, and mousses, as well as charcuterie gift boxes.
For those who want something a bit more special, they also sell duck foie gras, fresh truffles, caviar, and (in season) ramps and fiddlehead ferns. A wide range of gift boxes are great for gift-giving or treating yourself, and the pantry section is worth a look for the demi-glace, duck fat, and fancy olive oils.
With a tagline of “Wild. Natural. Sustainable.” you know you’ll find some interesting meats on this site. From alligator to yak, you’ll find options here that you may not find elsewhere, including wild Scottish game, python, and kangaroo.
Of course, there are also more familiar meats, so you can pick up a rib roast or chicken breast and thighs. These won't be your average dinners, though. Fossil Farms offers meat that's antibiotic-free, hormone-free, and sustainable.
For many types of meats, from bison to chicken to alligator, you'll be able to order sausage in addition to whole cuts of meat.
Located in the Roaring Fork Valley of Colorado, Mountain Primal Meat Co. offers humanely raised, grass-fed American Highland Beef and American Berkshire Pork, as well as locally sourced bison and elk. Where this online meat supplier really shines is with its curated meat boxes, which are perfect for stockpiling your freezer. You can choose to make a one-time purchase or sign up for a subscription.
The Basic Stockpile Package includes 2 pounds of ground beef, 2 pounds of ground pork, 4 pounds of pork sausage, and a six-stick bundle of fuel sticks (100 percent American Highland Beef Meat Sticks packed with 7 to 8 grams of protein). And after you decide on your meat, don't forget to stock up on Mountain Primal's BBQ sauces.
If you shop in-store at Williams Sonoma, they might not be the first name you think of when you’re ordering meat. However, they partner with a variety of companies to offer delicious treats like bacon-wrapped filet mignon and Wille Bird organic turkeys online. Some items are holiday-only specials and supplies can run out. However, you can order ahead of time for delivery on a specific date range that works best for your holiday plans. No need to hire a caterer, you can even order a complete meal, including dessert, so all you have to do is heat and serve.
For non-holiday eating, you can order 3- or 5-day entrees, so when you’re too busy to cook, you can order your dinners and just heat and eat. The bar isn’t forgotten, either—there’s a wide selection of cocktail mixers, garnishes, and even coffee beans for an after-dinner drink.
This site was inspired by the concept of purchasing meat directly from a local farmer—only instead of having to buy, transport, and store an entire cow yourself, the animal is crowdfunded between a handful of customers. Shop by independent ranches handpicked for their practices and products, or choose a cut of beef (whether 100 percent grass-fed or pasture-raised grain-fed domestic or Japanese Wagyu beef), pork, chicken, lamb, or seafood.
There are also springtime and butcher's specials, as well as craft meat gifts to send to the meat-lover in your life. Subscribe for free shipping and 5 percent off every order.
Join the Carnivore Club to receive monthly boxes filled with cured meats or jerky and meat sticks. Whether you love building beautiful cheese and charcuterie boards or just crave the occasional protein-packed snack, this subscription service supplies unique selections of fine meats from around the world.
Sign up yourself or gift it to a friend or family member with an appreciation for flavor. Of course, you can also opt for a one-time purchase to test it out before committing to regular shipments. Beyond boxes, the marketplace stocks interesting gift sets, such as an exotic jerky bouquet, a wild game meats sampler, and a snacks sampler specifically designed for those on a ketogenic diet.
Stock Yards has been around for more than 120 years. It used to be a family-owned butcher shop in Chicago, but it now ships its USDA Prime and USDA Choice steaks all over the country under the umbrella of US Foods.
The company takes pride in the fact that for years, it primarily supplied restaurants, hotels, and clubs and developed a reputation for the “World’s Finest Steaks and Chops.” In the '50s, Stock Yards started delivering this same service to home cooks, and today you can shop everything from subscription boxes and gift sets to individual cuts of steak, veal, lamb, pork, poultry to be delivered to your front door. You can also stock up on seafood, appetizers, sides, and desserts for easy meal planning and buy burgers and hot dogs for your next cookout.
Despite the name, Omaha Steaks isn’t just steaks. You can find poultry, pork, lamb, bison, and even seafood. While you can certainly buy your cuts of meat individually, Omaha Steaks is best known for their packages that include a variety of different cuts, and offer a discount for these combos over buying everything separately.
Omaha Steaks also offers collections of full meals, including the meat and sides, as well as skillet or slow cooker meals. Gift boxes, including subscriptions, are available for every occasion. Can’t decide? Gift cards are also available.
What sets the Marx Foods site apart from its peers is the level of guidance you’ll get with your purchase. Between the test kitchen, the recipes, and the culinary techniques on their website, it’s a pretty sure bet you’ll find help cooking the food you buy, whether you’re looking for a recipe for wild boar or you’re wondering how to properly trim your meat.
Besides a ridiculously wide range of meat products, including camel for the most adventurous, you’ll also find fruits, vegetables, cheese, and even edible flowers. If you’re looking for something really special, you can even find fresh truffles to finish off your perfect steak.
In addition to being able to choose from a high-quality selection of USDA prime beef, grass-fed beef, grass-fed chicken, pork, lamb, and seafood, Market House offers free next-day delivery on all orders over $99—so you can shop for tomorrow's night dinner today. Curated dinner packages, hot sauce, a great selection of spices and seasonings, and craft cocktail ice packs are also available.
Market House is dedicated to sustainable food production practices, partnering exclusively with farms and fisheries that uphold the strictest of standards, so you can expect grass-fed, non-GMO, and organic meat and wild-caught seafood. Lending even more credibility to this "modern marketplace" is James Beard Award-winning chef Tim McKee, who oversees the selection of meats and seafood.
What Do You Look for When Ordering Meat Online?
Most online meat retailers have a commitment to provide top-notch quality meats. You'll find many retailers promising to sell meat that's been humanely raised, supports sustainable agriculture practices, and/or is free of added antibiotics and hormones.
Many online butcher shops offer information, like the name and location of the farms and ranches, where they source their meat so you can be sure you're getting what's advertised.
If you're looking for meat that has been raised according to certain standards—say, cattle that if fed grass versus feed—you'll want to do your homework and look for this sourcing information to ensure you're ordering meat that meets your standards.
Fresh vs. Frozen
Some retailers ship all meat products frozen, while others ship unfrozen meat in vacuum-sealed packaging.
Frozen meats are convenient if you're buying in bulk and the majority of your order is going straight into the freezer. Fresh may be ideal if you're ordering more frequently for weeknight meals or a a dinner party so you don't have to worry about everything thawing by the time you need it.
It's a matter of personal preference, so look for a retailer who ships the cuts you want in the form of cold storage you prefer.
Reputable online meat retailers outline their shipping procedures on their websites. Most have a cut off day each week for same-week shipping so that perishable items aren't stuck en route over weekends.
In general, you can expect meat delivery to take 2-4 days, but check with your chosen retailer for specifics.
We recommend purchasing meat from a retailer that includes tracking information so you have an estimate of when your delivery will arrive and can plan accordingly to get your meat into cold storage ASAP.
Is It Cheaper to Buy Meat Online?
Not necessarily. Like grocery stores, meat is usually priced per pound. Online butchers and purveyors offer specialty cuts, heritage breeds, and meat and poultry that's been pasture-raised without added hormones or antibiotics—all of which cost more than the conventionally farmed chicken breasts and steaks you'll find in major grocery retailers.
The one caveat: buying in bulk. Some online meat suppliers offer bulk or autoship options that can help cut down on the cost per pound. There are also shipping fees to consider. Some online retailers offer free shipping or bonus proteins, like free bacon, with a minimum purchase.
Can You Order Meat From an Online Grocery Store?
Most online grocery stores offer meat and other perishable groceries available to ship directly to your doorstep. Just search for a virtual meat aisle at your preferred online grocer to check out their offerings.
Grocery delivery services can also deliver meat you order online from local grocery stores. However, these services do not package the meat to be temperature controlled so someone needs to be home at the time of delivery to place the meat into cold storage ASAP.
Where Can You Buy Beyond Meat Online?
Beyond Meat offers a direct-to-consumer shopping option on their website. Bulk packaged of their ground meat, sausages, and burgers can be shipped to your doorstep. You can also find some Beyond Meat products at certain online grocery stores, like Fresh Direct and Amazon Fresh.
Where Can You Buy Meat in Bulk Online?
Many of the retailers on this list offer bulk ordering options, including Rastelli's, Snake River Farms, Omaha Steaks, Butcher Box, and Thrive Market.
When the local butcher doesn’t have exactly what she needs, cookbook author and The Spruce Eats writer Donna Currie knows where to order online. She’s personally ordered from half of the companies on this list, and she’s compiling a shopping list for the rest.
This roundup was updated by Sharon Lehman, a home cook who happens to be a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. She's the resident small kitchen appliance expert for The Spruce Eats.
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James Beard Foundation. "Tim McKee." Accessed Sept. 10, 2021.