“ Brand: Bernard Matthews / Type: Meat „
Bernard Matthews have been around for a very long time and I saw these in my local Farm Foods freeze centre priced at just 50p for 4 Turkey burgers and so I just could not resist buying them since they were on special offer and so I bought more than one packet.
There are 4 round thin burgers coated in breadcrumbs and the Turkey inside is quite tasty and I usually grill them and they do not shrink and I find them a nice alternative to Beef burgers and to have in the freezer for when I need a snack, which is often for me as I love snacking and I have used these recently at my BBQ as a change and my family enjoyed them and I have often eaten these in a bread bun with mayonnaise or sauce but inside a bun I think they are a little on the thin side but with chips or other foods I think they are quite an adequate size.
They can be grilled, oven baked or fried and when they are cooked the breadcrumbs are nice and golden in colour and the texture of the outside is nice and crunchy with a softer middle of the meat and the meat is quite thin but although they are quite thin, I find them very filling.
My grandchildren quite like these and they are nice for lunch and a couple of my grandchildren are a little picky when eating some foods but they enjoyed these and although they do not eat a lot of junk food and are only allowed treats at the weekend mostly when they visit my home, these are fine for them to eat and they all found these very enjoyable.
Each burger contains 193 calories when grilled or oven baked and 13.1g of fat and 2.5g saturates.
I just love the texture of them when eaten with salad in a bun the quality is quite a good one for the low price on special offer but the higher price I do not think is a reasonable one for these burgers and although I did buy these for only 50p , for that price they are well worth it but I just think the usual price is a little steep for the size of the burgers in my opinion, I did not look at the usual price as I just gulped when saw these at 50p lol and placed them into my trolley lol and snack signs hit my eyes immediately lol.
I did buy more than one packet at the time and they are ideal to stock in my freezer for the times when I am at home and my wife is out for the day and I need to cook something for myself as I love cooking and these do not take that long to grill or fry.
Look out for the very good cheap prices and special offers at Farm Foods if you have one nearby as they are a good price for a nice tasty snack and for people on a low budget or have lots of children, and especially with the school holidays approaching us very soon, it is a good idea to stock the freezers for those days when the children are at home all day and eating more.
I rate these 5 stars.
There are certain things I like to keep in my freezer for lazy days when I really can't be bothered to make any great effort in the kitchen and when it gets close to payday and my funds are desperately low.
Bernard Matthews Turkey Burgers are one of those certain things.
I know a lot of people turn their noses up at the thought of a frozen turkey burger and the Bernard Matthews brand has received bad press in the past, especially with their Turkey Twizzlers but in my humble opinion these are of reasonable quality and good value for money. Also, I'm certain that they must be a little better for you than the beef burgers that retail for a similar price.
Only a tiny bit better though! Like a lot of people, I always tend to think of breadcrumbs being healthy and batter being the opposite. So when you come across a product that is battered then covered in breadcrumbs, it could be seen as a deliberate ploy to mislead all the naive, simple folk.... hang on, this could be my route to riches. Watch out for me on the next series of Dragons Den with my chocolate filled vegetables!
Generally they cost approx £1.30 ish for a pack of four substantial burgers and they often crop up as a BOGOF in most of the major supermarket chains, which is when I tend to purchase them.
The main advantage to me is that they are quick and easy to cook. Just throw them under the grill for 12 to 15 minutes. I like mine well done, as the golden breadcrumbs go all crunchy so mine are probably under for more like 20 minutes. It is of course a matter of personal taste and in my case a certain amount of paranoia that comes with cooking anything from frozen especially if it's a meat product.
I like mine in a burger bun with a little salad and a lot of ketchup, sometimes I stick in a couple of onion rings if I'm feeling particularly reckless. Otherwise they will probably be plated up with some homemade potato wedges, baked beans and maybe a floret of broccoli to appease the great goddess of health and vitality, or Mum as she is known in our house.
They are filling but don't leave you feeling bloated which is a bonus and just a handy bit of convenience cooking especially in the summer months.
Turkey (48%), Breadcrumb, Batter, Vegetable Oil and Seasoning
Nutrition Per Burger:
Fat 13.6g (5.1g saturates)
Contains gluten and soya
So, not exactly the healthiest meal but as part of a balanced diet, they probably won't do you too much harm if they are just an occasional indulgence.
I'm giving them 3 stars.
Thanks for reading.
I am a big fan of meat. I love it. I'm not fussy & I'll eat all kinds. I'm also very partial to a burger & with the exception of Beef Burgers, these are may favourite.
The price of these varies from shop to shop. You can get them for as little as £1.00 for a pack of 4 although from a Major Supermarket they can be £1.50 or higher. Each pack contains 4 burgers which consist of Turkey wrapped in breadcrumbs. They aren't very large but fit snugly in mos bread buns without leaving loads of empty space.
Produce wise they contain 48% turkey & just over 200 calories per burger. They do have some e numbers so if you are really health conscious you might be better with Turkey Breast.
The reason I continue to buy them is the taste. They do taste very nice. The meat is tender, juicy & very meaty. You wouldn't know they were only 48% meat. They don't have a very strong flavour so kids will be happy to eat them although they aren't very bland & do taste like Turkey. I always have them on a burger, with a slice of tomato & mayonaise. Yummy.
I would recommend them to anyone. They are great as a quick snack on their own or you can have a couple with some chips for a main meal. You could even put them out at a Barbecue. They are pretty versatile & great value too.
My mate eats these all the time because she doesn't like red meat and the other day she did me one in a bun with salad and sauce just like a proper beef burger.
I've always thought turkey was dry and never eat frozen food containing it, hardly ever anyway because it never seems to cook nice in breadcrumbs and never tastes like proper roast turkey.
These Bernard Matthews turkey burgers are quite nice though and even though it's not something I'd have very often, for a quick grilled snack it suprised me how tasty they were.
The burgers are dry so you'd need to have sauce with them, my mate said to tell you that they go wicked with gravy as well but I haven't tried it like that. Looking at the burgers though I can see why gravy would make them taste nice because the breadcrumbs are quite thick and I reckon they'd go nice and soft in the gravy.
The turkey meat inside the burger tastes a lot fresher than I thought it would, I remember them manky Turkey Twizzlers and they weren't turkey at all! lol These burgers actually do taste of turkey and they're not too salty either like a lot of these frozen poultry foods.
The breadcrumbs are very nice as well, they've got a bit of a greasy feel inside the breadcrumbs but that's ok because it helps the turkey burger itself not to be too dry.
I liked these burgers loads more than I thought I would and I can see why kids would enjoy them because they have got the sort of bland flavour that would appeal to children but can be dressed up for more grown up tastebuds. I added red onion, toms and cucumber to mine on the bun and that made them taste proper nice but I know the burger would have been too dry for me without that.
As a child I was an extremely fussy eater. Thankfully my parents never forced me to eat anything I didn't want to, otherwise I'd still be a fussy eater now. Therefore it was a hugely stressful experience for me eating at other people's houses (I would much rather have not been given anything to eat), unless it was at close friends whose parents knew what I was like. And at one such friend's house I discovered the delights of Bernard Matthews turkey burgers!
Turkey burgers are something which my mum never bought me (probably for the sole reason that the Co-op didn't sell them), but they bring back happy childhood memories, and I do sometimes have them in the freezer for comfort food occasions. So, when I saw them on special offer in Tesco the other day (a pack of 4 for £1) I chucked a pack in the trolley!
I'm sure that for the birds involved, having a miserable life in a cramped barn followed by being thrown around by Bernard Matthews employees before being made into a burger....well, it's just not very good really. I do usually get my birds from the butchers, or at least free range from Tesco - I have to say I am not happy with the lack of free range chicken available in Tesco, but that's another rant. I am really not happy about the condition which chickens/turkeys are kept in, which does make me a complete hypocrite for what I'm about to say!
---My dinner - again---
Hubby's deserted me yet again, and it's time to bring out the turkey burgers. Tonight I'm having 2 Bernard Matthews Turkey burgers in burger buns with salad, and er....oven chips. Not a healthy meal at all, but I'm trying to justify it to myself by having extra salad...and it has been a pretty bad week after all!
These burgers come in a plastic packaging rather than a box, with a picture of the burgers, claiming no artificial colours, preservatives or flavours.
Put under a hot grill for 8-10 minutes turning occasionally. Be careful to keep an eye on them, as they do go quickly from being cooked to being burnt!
Although I would generally write the nutritional side of the food in a review before actually eating it, this will not be possible today, as I really don't want to put myself off my burgers before I eat them.
So, I'm now going to go away, have my dinner, and come back later!
--- The Eating Experience---
There's something quite distinctive about Bernard Matthew's turkey burgers, they're very different from frozen chicken burgers, and the colour of the meat is a lot darker. I find it difficult to describe the taste. The smell is somewhat unusual too, but pleasant (to my nose anyway!)
The breadcrumbs are lovely and crispy with a distinct flavour - we just need to ignore the shininess of the fat on top of them. Actually it's a good idea to put them onto kitchen roll to absorb some of the fat before putting them in your burger buns!
The burgers don't really taste like turkey, just some sort of reformed bird (that expression does make me chuckle). I can imagine that that these aren't to everyone's tastes, and while they taste a bit different if you like chicken burgers then it can't hurt to give these a try.
---What's in them?---
I don't want to know....
Seriously though, turkey (48%), Breadcrumb, Batter, Vegetable Oil and Seasoning - the batter contains lots of things including E450 and E500 if people are bothered about E numbers (I'm not). For those with allergies, they contain gluten and soya. And it is possible that there might be some bones in the burgers - thankfully I haven't come across any yet, and when I do I'm sure I'll be put off them for a good few years!
In terms of nutrition, each burger contains 207 calories, 13.6g fat (5.1g saturates), 1.2g sugar and 0.8g salt. So these are not something you'll want to have every day!
---My concluding remarks---
At 25p a burger, the turkeys were never going to be happy.....but this is certainly lazy comfort food, and nice as an occasional meal!
My husband came home from the local shop with these, and I was first under the impression I didn't like turkey burgers so in typcal girl style, I said "no, I don't want any, you eat them". Somehow about half an hour later (cooking time is 8-10 minutes under the grill or 20 mins in a preheated oven), I found myself in the kitchen, slicing a strip off one and having a nibble.. which turned into half the burger.
It was nicer than I had expected. In a pack you get four burgers, when cooked these are a decent size, around 4.5 inches wide by 3.5 inches (they aren't round, they are oval shaped) and half an inch thick at the thickest point. (so they are quite flat which works as if they were fatter you would get more meat and personally a big slab of a think turkey burger doesn't appeal to me).
Each burger provides 207 calories and 13.6g of fat and 0.8g of salt. The fat content is high, but this is a breaded burger... When you look closely after slicing one of these you can see a small strip of turkey burger (the pack states 48% turkey, Batter, Breadcrumbs as the main ingredients) coated in a batter and then coated in a crumb. This explains the salty breadcrumby taste. But it is a lot nicer than the off-pink coloured slab of meat I had been expecting.
For this reason, I think these are actually tasty and not a bad buy. The pack has a briths flag on the front (indicating british turkey I am to assume) and states "no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives". They are really niced sliced up, good served with chips and beans or put in a burger with some lettuce or something light. A pack cost £1.70 in the Co-op which is normally a little more expensive than other places.