What is London Broil?

Very often in stores, you will find meat sold labeled “London Broil,” the most important thing to know is that this term does not refer to a specific cut of beef. The most commonly presented definition explains that London Broil is a beef dish where the meat is marinated, then cooked (usually using the broiling method), and cut into very thin slices to maximize tenderness.

London Broil is a lean and tough steak, usually from the round beef section. The primary advantage of this cut is that it makes an exceptional, flavorful meal for a low investment. Remember, you must marinate the meat ahead of cooking for satisfactory results.

Best Cuts of Meat for London Broil

Many sources claim that true London Broil was made from flank steak. And yes, it is the best cut for London Broil because it picks up marinades and this cooking style very well. Another similarly well-known cut and substitute is the top round steak. These cuts have many things in common, they are lean, tough, and pair well with marinades.

These days, many grocery stores label other similar, often cheaper beef cuts as “London Broil.” Most often, they come from the round (the rear leg of the cow). However, keep in mind that the best cuts are:

  • Flank Steak
  • Top Round Steak

London Broil vs. Top Round

The term “London Broil” is very often misunderstood and misused. In theory, London Broil is more of a cooking method, not the name of a specific cut of beef. When it comes to “Top Round,” it refers to a particular beef cut. It is one of the subprimal of the round primal cut.

If you want to compare London Broil versus Top round, you need to define what specific cut you want to compare. It would be best if you first found out what cut your London Broil is from. It is true that grocery stores most often label flank steak as “London Broil.” However, it could be Top Round Steak, for example.

What Does London Broil Taste Like?

The taste of London Broil depends mainly on the type of cut you use and the marinade. These are usually tough and lean cuts like flank steak or top round steak, so the meat is full of beef flavor and complements most sauces without stealing the show. Extremely important is the marinade. It is what makes the meat more tender and richer in flavor.

London Broil Nutrition Information

As mentioned many times above, London Broil is not a name for a specific cut of beef. For this reason, it is impossible to accurately answer the question of what nutritional value London Broil has. To know the answer to this question, you must first check what exact cut your London Broil is. Then check the nutritional values for that cut.

In the next step, add the nutritional values of the other ingredients involved in the dish’s preparation. We are mainly talking about the marinade, which in some cases can strongly affect the final results of the nutritional values.


London Broil prepared well is a very tender and flavorful piece of meat. Remember always to marinate London Broil and cut against the grain into very thin slices after cooking.

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Written by: Adam Wojtow

Adam is the founder of Steak Revolution. He loves sharing his knowledge of steaks with everyone, ensuring you get the perfect steak every time.