How to Measure Four Ounces of Meat Using a Cup

by Anne Baley

Use a food scale to accurately measure meat for a recipe.

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Many recipes, including quarter-pound burgers and individual dinner portions, include 4 oz. of meat as one of the ingredients. Unlike liquid ingredients, meat is measured by weight, not volume. Four ounces of meat can be 1/8 of a cup or a full cup, depending on the meat, but they are all 4 oz. servings. Use a cup as a vessel on your food scale to get an accurate measure of meat for your recipe.

Step 1

Place a food scale on a flat surface. Turn the knob at the top of the scale until the needle points to zero on the dial. This is called zeroing out the scale.

Step 2

Place the empty cup onto the food scale platform. Zero out the scale again. This ensures that you will weigh only the contents of the cup, not the cup itself.

Step 3

Place meat into the cup, bit by bit, until the needle measures exactly 4 oz. Remove the 4 oz. portion of meat and add it to your recipe.

Step 4

Remove the cup from the scale and zero out the scale again, so it measures accurately the next time you use it.


  • If you are measuring a larger cut of meat, you might have to cut smaller pieces off it until you get the correct weight.

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About the Author

Working in sunny Florida, Anne Baley has been writing professionally since 2009. Her home and lifestyle articles have been seen on Coldwell Banker and Gardening Know How. Baley has published a series of books teaching how to live a frugal life with style and panache.