Jerky is lean meat that has been trimmed of fat, cut into strips, and then dried to prevent spoilage.
Normally, this drying includes the addition of salt.
This is to prevent bacteria from developing on the meat before sufficient moisture has been removed.
The word “jerky” derived from the Quechua word ch’arki which means “dried, salted meat”.
All that is needed to produce basic “jerky” is a low-temperature drying method, and salt to inhibit bacterial growth. (source)
So can hamsters eat jerky?
Yes they can in small amounts due to its salt content so be careful how much you feed them as too much may make them sick.