Last Updated: Sep 4, 2020 @ 2:01 pm.

What is the best turkey jerky? Yes, turkey jerky is lower in fat and high in protein, compared to other types of jerky. But what tasted the best? Gluten-free? Low in sodium? We sampled 10 popular turkey jerky brands to find out. Here is what we'd recommend to you.

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Best Turkey Jerky Overall

No MSG or artificial preservatives
Nice balance between chewy and savory. Best taste of the brands we sampled. No sodium nitrates and low in sodium, carbs.

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Best Turkey Jerky Overall: Jack Links MSG Free Turkey Jerky

After sampling 10 brands of turkey jerky, we crown Jack Link’s MSG Free Turkey Jerky as the best overall. It had the best flavor profile overall—not too salty or too tough.

What We Liked

• Right chewy texture—not too tough or too salty.

• No MSG, artificial preservatives or sodium nitrates.

• Only 4 grams of carbs per serving.

• 99% fat free.

• Only 490 mg sodium.

What Needs Work

• Not gluten free. 

• Some folks think it is too salty. 

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Best Smoked Turkey Jerky

No added "junk"
Organic ingredients are the highlight here—very tasty, no nitrates, nitrites MSG. Sweetened with organic cane syrup and organic brown sugar. Loved it, but pieces could be a bit bigger.
$17.97 ($2.18 / Ounce)

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Best Smoked Turkey Jerky: Hickory Smoke Turkey Jerky by Country Archer

Country Archer won our taste tests for smoked turkey jerky, among the five brands we sampled. Their Hickory Smoke Turkey Jerky won us over not only with taste but also their ingredients: organic, no “junk.”

What We Liked

• Package is easy to open and close.

• Smoke turkey flavor profile hit the right spot, without being too salty. And yes, smoked turkey jerky can sometimes go overboard on that point.

• No Nitrates or nitrites.

• No MSG.

• No hormones or antibiotics.

• Gluten free.

• Organic brown sugar. 

• 99% fat free.

What Needs Work

• Texture was more chewy than our top pick. We thought it was fine, but we can see how others think it may be too tough. We wonder if the smoking process adds a bit to the chewiness.

• Pieces could be larger.

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Best Gluten Free

Tender and moist
Delicious turkey sausage snacks are about 25% less in sodium than other snacks we tried. Very tasty, but less protein than other turkey jerky we tried.
$42.07 ($1.59 / Ounce)

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Best Gluten Free: Perky Jerky Original Turkey Jerky

You’d think most jerky would be gluten free, but that isn’t the case—several jerky brands we tried used soy sauce with wheat as a flavoring.

Good news: we found a gluten-free turkey jerky that omits the wheat-based soy sauce but still tastes very good: Perky Jerky. Here’s more:

What We Liked

• No artificial preservatives.

• Tender and moist.

• No nitrates or nitrites.

• No MSG.

• 99% fat free.

• Gluten free!

What Needs Work

• Texture is somewhat different than regular jerky. We liked it, but some thought it was too moist and sweet. Others thought it was too bland. We disagree, but we know everyone has a different opinion on that.

• Pricey.

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Best Low Sodium

No MSG but does include nitrites
Delicious turkey sausage snacks are about 25% less in sodium than other snacks we tried. Very tasty, but less protein than other turkey jerky we tried.
$10.24 ($0.64 / Ounce)

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Best Low Sodium: Old Wisconsin Turkey Sausage Snack Sticks

We love jerky—but we know, there is a downside: sodium. A single serving of regular turkey jerky can have 20% to 25% of the the daily recommended sodium intake. And who can eat just one?

If you’d prefer a low sodium jerky, we’d recommend Old Wisconsin Turkey Sausage Snack Sticks. These sticks combine good flavor, yet 25% to 40% less sodium per serving than other brands we sampled.

What We Liked

• Delicious! These things are addictive.

• No MSG.

• No fillers or extenders.

What Needs Work

• Less protein per serving than other turkey jerky we sampled. These sticks have 5 grams protein per serving; our top pick has 13 grams per serving.

• Contains nitrites.

• Corn syrup as a sweetener.

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We’ve been rating and reviewing products for the home and families since 1994. We do hands-on testing—we buy the products with our own money and evaluate with an eye toward quality, ease of use and affordability.

Here's another key point: we don't take money from the brands we review. No free samples, no sponsors, no "partnerships." Our work is 100% reader-supported!

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