Best Greek Yogurt: The 8 Best Greek Yogurts for Breakfast and Beyond

Not long ago, Greek yogurt was the outlier in the yogurt section. It was seen as exotic and unique, with its high protein content and extra tangy flavor, and shoppers had only one or two choices of brands. Today, options abound.

It’s easier to find a container of elderflower Greek yogurt than it is to find a cup of plain old vanilla yogurt—yet that makes it harder than ever to choose the best tub. And quality matters, especially when you’re simply shopping for a plain Greek yogurt. So, the Sporked team sat down with Mythical’s senior prop master (and Greek yogurt lover) Lucas March Strader to taste through a sea of tang in order to find the best plain Greek yogurts for all your yogurt needs. 

This was an eye-opening experience for me. I came into it thinking these would all taste the same, give or take some differences in liquidity. But I was wrong. And now, the yogurt eating portion of my life has improved, because I have found my ideal Greek yogurt. Find yours.

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 Best of the Best

Wallaby Aussie Greek Style Plain

Who would have thought we’d have to go all the way to Australia to find the best Greek yogurt? The “Aussie Greek style” yogurt is ultra-smooth and not overly tangy. It almost has a faint vanilla sweetness to it with a touch of grassiness (that’s a good thing—think of really good, really fresh milk), and it leaves you with a wonderfully creamy sensation. There’s no denying there’s fat in this yogurt, but you deserve a full-fat yogurt. Put another shrimp on the barbie then dip it into a dollop of this yogurt, because the Aussies are doing it right. (Did that land?) I am holding back half a spork because it’s great but it’s not perfect. I want a little more acidity, that’s all.

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Rating:

10/10

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Best Artisanal

Straus Whole Milk Organic Greek Yogurt

Yogurt enthusiasts, take note. This tastes like homemade yogurt—like something rich with bacteria and enzymes. “I can feel my gut bacteria getting going,” Lucas said. It has almost a Jell-O-like consistency—that scoop will hold its shape. And the flavor is complex. Sporked’s Jordan Myrick said it almost tasted like there was olive oil in the mix. I called out the grassy undertones and mild salinity. (I’m fancy like that.) This yogurt is something to talk about. Get your hands on it, ASAP.

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Rating:

9.5/10

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Best Ricotta Replacement

Greek Gods Plain Traditional

You want Greek yogurt? No, I mean, do you want Greek yogurt? This brand uses sigmas instead of e’s and has a trident on the label along with a meander motif (look it up, I did). That is Greek. Luckily, it’s also good. It has a rustic feel and high milk fat, leading to an almost ricotta-esque quality. You can spread this Greek yogurt on toast. Or use it in place of ricotta in a lasagna. Or, of course, you can enjoy it for breakfast with a spoon. It’s your call. The brand has trademarked the description of “All taste. No tang.” And I agree it does have a great taste. But there’s definitely a little tang. It needs the tang, otherwise it wouldn’t taste Greek.

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Rating:

9/10

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Best Entry Level

Oikos Blended Greek Yogurt

“This tastes like the best parts of cream cheese,” Lucas said as he finished a spoonful. It’s a good description. The yogurt is light—it almost tastes like it was freshly whipped—but still very creamy. It’s actually surprisingly creamy for a non-fat yogurt. It still is undeniably Greek in flavor, but goes very light on the tang and the tartness. If you’re curious about Greek yogurt but are only just now making the move from standard non-Greek yogurt, this is a good place to start.

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Rating:

8.5/10

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Best Non-Fat

Chobani Non-Fat Plain

This is the old reliable. It’s the brand you’ll find in most grocery store fridges. And, guess what? It’s good! It’s worthy of that placement. It’s a solid, solid yogurt—perfect for stirring with granola (or avocado and soy sauce, my toppings of choice). But the best part about it is that you can’t tell that it’s non-fat. It’s tart and lemony and deliciously thick with just a touch of salt on the finish. It’s downright decadent for a non-fat yogurt.

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Rating:

8/10

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 Best Dessert

Great Value Greek Plain

There was a lot of talk about the flavor of chalk during this taste test. It was thrown around as a note in more than a few of the yogurts—and it wasn’t a negative. It seems to be how some people describe the signature tannic, mouth-drying quality that some yogurts have. Lucas describes himself as a “chalk guy,” so it’s definitely a plus for him. But Walmart’s brand was notably chalk-free. So if you aren’t a chalk guy, this is a great option. It’s mildly sweet and extra-creamy (apologies for the repetition of the word creamy, there’s just not a lot of words that mean the same thing—silky? Pudding-y?). It’s great for making desserts or breakfasts that feel like desserts.

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Rating:

7.5/10

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Best for Parfaits

Simple Truth Strained Non-Fat Greek Yogurt

Remember how I mentioned that Lucas said he was a “chalk guy?” Well, this one he described as “good, edible chalk.” It’s tangy, it’s smooth, it’s a classic, standard Greek yogurt. As Jordan put it, “It feels totally normal.” Add some berries, add some granola, and make yourself a fancy parfait with this pick. It’s a cushy white couch of a yogurt awaiting your decorative throw pillows of toppings.

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Rating:

7/10

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Best if There’s No Chobani

Fage Total 0%

What can we say? Fage is another reliably available brand and it is good—but it just doesn’t have the smooth creaminess of Chobani. It’s a bit lighter, a bit tarter, and a bit more obviously non-fat. If we were faced with the two major brands, we would probably pick Chobani. But if there was only Fage, it wouldn’t be a disappointment. If you’re looking for a lighter Greek yogurt that’s brighter on the palate with more of that classic, Greek yogurt zing, choose Fage. Just don’t ask us to try to pronounce it.

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Rating:

6.5/10

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About the Author

Justine Sterling

Justine Sterling is the editor-in-chief of Sporked. She has been writing about food and beverages for well over a decade and is an avid at-home cook and snacker. Don’t worry, she’s not a food snob. Sure, she loves a fresh-shucked oyster. But she also will leap at whatever new product Reese’s releases and loves a Tostitos Hint of Lime, even if there is no actual lime in the ingredients.

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  • I think it would also be interesting if you had a list at the bottom of the ones you tried but rejected (I
    i.e., the ones that weren’t good enough to make this original list) and your reasons for that.

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  • Hands down the best greek yogurt is Cabot’s 10% milkfat greek yogurt. It it the closest to what I use to make from raw cow milk. Super thick and very filling, this yogurt can be a meal.

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  • Chobani is horrible. It has a nasty aftertaste that just doesn’t belong there.
    I wonder if any Greeks were involved in your taste test because it seems that the results are based on an American palette and not what Greek yogurt is supposed to taste like. It’s supposed to be thick enough to scoop like ice cream, and very tangy. Oikos is very much an Anglicized version of Greek yogurt, like many ethnic cuisines in America. I have never come across the other brands you tested, but I live in an area where I can get authentic Greek yogurt, straight from the straining bag. Did you know that all of Oikos’s marketing ads mispronounce that word? It’s pronounced EEkos. Oi in Greek is pronounced EE.

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  • Please do a cottage cheese taste test and skyr taste test too! I recently discovered GoodCulture whole-milk cottage cheese and dream about its salty deliciousness.

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  • ive read/heard full fat is deemed “healthier”, helping you feel full. but on the contrary, it also means more calories. (0% 80c 16g protein, 2% 100c 15g protein, 5% 140c 14g protein [Fage, 5.3oz])

    just my 2 cents, if it helps anyone.

    I used to love Greek gods yogurt. but now my go-to is Two Good and Icelandic Skyr.
    I just wish there was a dairy free/nut based greek yogurt.

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