(Preface: USDA Prime steaks are always worth the extra money, in my opinion. My question is whether paying extra for Prime or Kobe ground beef is worth it... in your opinion.) The supermarket I've been going to for 12 years just got two new offerings of ground beef. 75/25 USDA Prime -and- 80/20 Certified Kobe Both are $9.99 / pound. I cook a whole lot of beef, chicken, and pork. When I get USDA Prime steaks, I can certainly say that it's "worth it" as the increase in quality is always evident. I've never bought and grilled Kobe steaks myself, but I've eaten a ton of them. Not sure I could taste the difference between Prime and Kobe. BUT!!!! I just bought a pound of the Kobe ground beef to try in my spaghetti tonight. Regular 80/20 is roughly $3 / pound... the Kobe was $10. I guess I had an extra $7 to waste on an experiment. Usually I make my spaghetti with 2 parts beef, 1 part sausage, 1 part veal. But the wife wanted turkey spaghetti tonight, so I made my own side dish with the Kobe beef... and ended up spending less in the long run actually. I'll post results after we eat, later tonight.