Usually, when we have burgers at home, we eat Aldi Frikadellens, or make homemade burgers, but last night I saw Birds Eye Beef Quarter Pounders on offer in Tescos and thought we would try them for a change. I mean, birds eye is a brand name so surely you cant go wrong?
Well, I feel you can go wrong.
I mean seriously, have birds eye ever actually cooked one of their own products, because surely no manufacturer would sell something that is made almost entirely from fat.
I choose to cook these in the oven which is one of the recommended ways on the packaging, and supposedly they take 20 minutes in a fan assisted oven. Well firstly I dont like to eat meat that is grey - so I had to cook it for 26 minutes to make them looked like cooked meat. Secondly, you have to turn them half way through cooking so the other side becomes as grey as the other side. Thirdly, while they are cooking they smell foul as if you are cooking something rotten.
BUT - lastly, I have never cooked something that emits such a vast amount of fat! In a way, Birds Eye should be congratulated for compressing so much into such a small disc of food as it is akin to witchcraft - but the time they grey meat had something of a suntan, each burger was half the size but needed waders on as they were up to their middles in fat. Reluctantly, as we were chewing our arms off with hunger, we ate the burgers.
Consistency wise, they are weird - soft, floppy, no texture and limited taste - I mean they actually tasted grey. Skittles have 'taste the rainbow', Birdseye should have 'taste the drizzle' or 'taste the first tuesday of February' as they are that miserable.
You are all probably expecting me to never to buy these burgers again, and goodness me you are all correct!
Next time I want a quick meal, I will go outside and peel a rabbit off the road as it will probably do a better job for less money.
Maybe I am a bit fussy, as they do seem to get good reviews on here - but I was disappointed.
Review also on Ciao.
=Birds Eye 100% Beef Burgers=
I am fussy and will only eat Beef Burgers that are 100% proof, and although normally I have Iceland 100% Beef burgers, Mr Thrifty picked these up instead.
=Price and Availability=
I think he paid around £2.50 for a box of 4 Burgers, they are available from many retailers.
The Box, is clearly displayed as a Birds Eye product from the yellow of the box, the logo, there also a picture of a burger on the front of the box, as well as telling us that they are 100% Beef burgers as well as a extract of a nutritional chart.
On the reverse of the box, there is a lot of information, but it is all clearly readable, and not cutting over each aspect.
The information includes, hoe to cook the burger, the ingredients, allergy advice, a follow on from the information on the front - a full nutritional breakdown chart, and the weight of the box, 454g (for the four burgers) and contact details for the manufacturers are given.
Once you open the box, the burgers are wrapped in a see through plastic wrapper, and although the burgers are frozen, they are easy to seperate.
Each burger is a 1/4lb burger, and are a round shaped, and are suitable for home freezing.
They can be cooked under the grill, fried, or oven cooked from frozen. All the times are on the box .
I also cook beef burgers on a BBQ, when we eventually get good weather, my personal preference is to have the burgers slightly defrosted, as I always feel that you don't have as good control on the BBQ as an oven.
Generally I put mine in the George Foreman Grill as it allows any excess fat to drip away, as if I cook them in the oven I do find they can be a bit greasy.
=100% beef or is it??=
When you look at the ingredients list it says 89% beef and seasoned with Rosemary, - how can they advertise it as 100% beef, I appreciate that there is no onions or extra ingredients, but still there not 100% beef.
=Like mine with=
Chips and baked beans, or in a roll with cheese, bacon, and can't go without my daddies brown sauce.
They are a good burger, nice tasting, they hold their shape regardless of how they have been cooked, and are a 5/5
When I go to my parents and the weather is nice we love a good old knees up in the garden with tunes playing, a few beers to hand and a BBQ going full pelt. Usually my Stepdaddy likes to get all the meat he uses on said BBQ from our local butchers however the other day he forgot to get some burgers and ended up having to quickly dash in the car to our local Nisa Store where he picked up a box of 4 of these burgers for £3.00 which he thought was a very good price to pay and he is very fussy and was pleased these are called 100% beef.
he burgers comes sealed within a see through plastic bag and within a box where on the front of it we are clearly told what they are and who they are by there is a picture of one of the burgers and at a glance nutritional chart is show along with being told that they are 100% British Beef then on the back of the box other information given includes ideas on how to cook them, the ingredients and allergy advice is clearly stated along with a full nutritional breakdown chart, the weight is stated which is 454g (for 4 burgers) and contact details for the manufacturer are given.
Round and reasonably thin though not wafer thin these can be cooked from frozen or unfrozen so of course these are suitable for home freezing. You can grill, fry, oven cook or BBQ them and in the past I have fried and grilled these, the most recent way was having my stepdad BBQ one for me and it took literally a couple of minutes to flame grill it without it going black and when I got mine it wasn't one bit greasy or oily at all.
It is made from 89% Beef and seasoned with Rosemary and it is minced beef. It looks nice though however it is marketed as 100% beef course it is 100% British Beef not made all of beef, clever marketing ploy that and I take my hats off to them!
However this is a nice, meaty burger. I did find a little gristle in mine which I just disposed of in a bit of tissue and I can't complain really it tasted great on a bun with salad and onions and with tomato sauce and mustard and my family enjoyed them too!
A good buy, decent quality and I give my thumbs up to these and they are widely available in all good supermarkets etc.
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
When I purchase burgers I normally opt for fresh ones but spotted the Birds Eye burgers recently in my local Iceland store on a special offer and thought they would be ideal to keep in for a quick meal.
The burgers came in a pack of four from Iceland and were just £1.00, which works out at just 25p per burger.
These burgers are made by Birds Eye which is a well-known frozen food manufacturer. The burgers come packaged in a slim, rectangular cardboard box with the burgers wrapped in a clear plastic wrapper inside. The front of the box is quite bright and colourful and makes the burgers look very appealing with a lovely picture of a cooked burger in a bun with salsa and salad. On the front of the box it also states that the burgers are made with 100% British Beef from trusted farms. On the back of the box you can find more detailed information including ingredients listings, cooking instructions, allergy information and nutritional information.
These burgers contain 89% beef and also contain no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. I was surprised to see that these burgers also only contain 115 calories each which I thought was pretty good for a burger although they are smaller than the fresh ones that I normally purchase.
The burgers can be cooked from frozen which is very convenient to provide a quick meal. You can cook the burgers in several ways by grilling, oven baking or cooking on the BBQ with them taking a maximum of 12 minutes. As I live in an apartment I do not have a garden so unfortunately do not have a BBQ so instead I cooked my burgers in my griddle pan with a tiny bit of oil to stop them sticking to give them a nice lined look like you get from a BBQ.
The burgers were smaller than I expected them to be so all four easily fit side by side in my griddle pan. The burgers cooked quickly and evenly, I did notice that they shrunk a little through the cooking process which I believe to be from the fat that came out of the burger as it cooked. I served my burgers in a bun with some cheese and salad although I do admit to having two burgers per bun! The burgers had a nice meaty taste and were seasoned just right to allow you to taste the beef without the seasoning being too overpowering. I have been pleasantly surprised with the taste of these burgers but think they could be slightly bigger especially as they shrink when cooked. But if I spotted them on offer for £1.00 again I would certainly pop a box in my freezer to make a quick, easy, good value meal.
To be honest I didn't find these that much different compared to the other Birds Eye Burgers that are out there. Perhaps they tasted a bit more Meaty, but not a huge difference.
We had these in the freezer for a while before we dug out the remaining ones to have for a nice tea last night. These are frozen and I believe they are sold in packs of 8 Burgers. Since i didn't buy them i'm not sure of the cost of them, but think they normally cost around the £2.30 mark in my Supermarket.
They don't look that exciting when you first see them. All frozen, perfect round circles, not that large and not too thick. They look kind of brown, but in a gray way. They feel smooth as well, but I know these make some nice Burgers.
We cooked them in the George Foreman grill, which is how we normally cook things like these. Although they were frozen, and we turned them over a few times, they didn't take long to cook and looked nice when they were ready. They had shrunk a good bit, but not as much as the cheaper Burgers seem to do. They smelt nice and Meaty, and there was a scent of a bit of seasoning here as well.They also didn't seem to have an Oily greasy scent to them, even through there was a fair amount of grease that went into the grease tray.
I ate 2 of these Burgers in rolls with a good amount of Chips and that made a quite filling tea. These didn't fill the Rolls that well, and there was a fair bit of Roll without a bit Burger on it, but all in all these are tasty and nice.
I would probably reach for these before the other Burgers in the Birds Eye range, but that just because they tasted a tiny bit better and i'd like to think that the more Meat is better, which it is as far a quality goes.
I do like the odd burger, and although I like to grab a Burger King or McDonalds, most times I have to slum it and make my own at home. It's not that bad since I cook my Burgers in the George Foreman, and I think these ones are nearly as tasty as fresh Burgers.
Birds Eye range of food is nice. Their Chicken products are nice as well. I picked up a large pack of these, as it always works out the cheapest. I got 12 Burgers for £3, but this was on Asda Rollback, so a bit cheaper than normal.
Found in the freezer section, these can be defrosted, but most be cooked within 24 hours. I sometimes defrost Thick Burgers when I cook them, but since these aren't that large or too thick then I normally cook from frozen.
The packaging is alright. The Burgers are stacked on top of each other in wrapping, but they prise off each other easy enough. The box is a yellow colour and you can see the Birds Eye branding well. There is a picture of the Burgers cooked on the front and it all looks alright.
These shrink a bit after cooking, so I would say if you have a large Roll, then you may want to cook 2 of them to fill the roll up well enough.
So how do these taste? Nice. They taste lightly seasoned with a light Pepper and dash of Salt taste. Doesn't seem to be a Garlic or onion taste which I have found in some Burgers, but I don't mind that as I add my own Onions with a dollop of Sauce. They taste nicer without all the added seasoning I think, kind f more Meaty in my view. The Meat seemed tender and juicy without being greasy, and there wasn't any yukky, grizzly bits in this either. Just a nice bit of Meat.
Nicer than those brand names ones out there. These obviously have a higher Meat content and taste that much better for it.
I love Birds Eye products and one of their items I'm particularly fond of is their beef burgers.
They can be found in all supermarkets such as Asda, Tesco and Sainsbury's and I have also seen them in smaller shops and little newsagents. They are frozen products and can therefore be found in the freezers. In my local Asda they were placed in a freezer next to all the other beef burgers of different brands however sometimes they will be found alongside all the other Birds Eye Products.
The ones I am reviewing now are they original beef burgers. They come in a box that contains 16 of them and the box weighs 908g. The box costs £3.98, so almost £4. This therefore works out at 25p per burger. Personally I feel that this is excellent. Considering a normal burger in a roll from say McDonald's will cost a little over £1 this is brilliant! There are often offers on with these products too but not at the moment.
The 16 burgers come in an attractive box. It is mainly yellow in colour and looks really quite pretty. on the back obviously is all of the nutritional information and ingredients. On the front is the brand name, some product information, and a beautiful, mouth watering picture. The picture is of one of the burgers placed in a roll which is then filled with delicious looking bright salad. In the background there is a portion of chips so this is a lovely serving suggestion.
Taking them out the packet I noticed they were a nice size. They weren't overly large but they were a substantial size. They can be cooked in various ways including in the oven, on the grill and on the bbq. Personally we just did them in a pan on the grill. By the time they had finished cooking there was a gorgeous smell coming from the kitchen. It was a deliciously smoky smell!
We served them up on a roll with a slice of cheese and some salad. The beef burger was lovely. It had a fantastic meaty taste and was brilliant in texture. To me it really resembled a burger king burger, but it had slightly less grease and had absolutely no grissle bits at all. Overall the taste of the burger was amazing, especially for 25p!!
One burger contains 209 calories.
We often have bbqs in the summer and always buy Birds Eye beef burgers cos they are made from 100% beef and are the best quality frozen burgers.
I like it that they don't shrink when they are cooking cos when we used some from Asda last week the burgers ended up about half the size they were when we took them out of the box.
These burgers taste so meaty and I can taste the beef in them and this is good cos it shows they have not being bulked up with cereals and other nasty ingredients. They are greasy like all burgers but not too much and when I eat one I think the meat taste is there and the grease only comes through as a faint aftertaste. I can taste a bit of onion in them but not a lot so i put some fried onions onto my burger tonight.
My mom usually grills or bbqs the burgers so they are a bit dry but i just put a bit of tomato sauce or mayo onto them and then the burgers are perfect. I have fried them in oil and they are good like that but its not very healthy and my dad sometimes cooks them in the roasting tin and we have them for dinner with mash and peas which is yummy but very fattening.
The burgers dont fall apart when you are cooking them either and thats a good thing cos there is nothing worse that putting a burger on the bbq and have half of it fall off onto the coals.
They are quite dear and cost about £3 for 4 of the 1/4 pounder beef burgers but you can buy the normal sized burgers as well which are the same price for 8 so i dunno if youre saving any money by buying one or the other. Its worth paying it though cos the burgers are miles better than any others and have been going for years so they must be good.
Beefburgers are about the only food that the whole family like so I tend to buy them fairly regularly & usually opt for Birds Eye 100% Beef Burgers.
Why Birds Eye?
I've been disappointed so many times by cheaper brands - they've too thin/ too watery/ too fatty/ no flavour or an 'odd' flavour or sometimes leaving an aftertaste. Some have shrunk to half their size when cooked whilst others have had a horrible colour or nasty texture.
Birds Eye, however, seem to have got it just right. Their burgers are just the right thickness, have 100% beef (from what part of the cow I really don't want to know), they don't shrink much when cooking, don't disintegrate & the flavour, in my opinion, is just right - very tasty without the overpowering smell or taste of onion.
A box of 6 costs around £2.49 but it's worth looking for offers of you are a burger-lover. They come in the box as shown in the photo & are sealed with plastic inside but the burgers are easy to separate.
All the ingredients, cooking instructions & nutritional values are stated on the box - I won't bore you with the list. but, for those of us watching our weight. just to let you know each burger is only 207 calories.
They are good on their own in a bun or obviously you can garnish with onions, tomatoes, mayo etc - they don't taste like McDonalds though as I think they're a bit more sophisticated.
I've tried cooking them in several ways - on the BBQ (not a good person to be left in charge of cooking on a BBQ - any food get's spoiled when I'm around one!), popping them in the oven, under the grill or using a griddle. Personally I prefer them grilled if not BBQ'd by someone else!
Burgers needn't just be burgers though - I often make them go fiurther by making them into kebabs or meatballs. This only takes a few minutes & you can feed more people by doing the following -
1) Fully defrost a box of Birds Eye Burgers.
2) Put mixture into large bowl then add a grated onion, some grated carrot & I like to add loads of black pepper & a little mint..
3) Mix the extra ingredients well into the burger meat & either shape into balls or kebab shapes & pop under the grill.
4) You could meanwhile be making a salad & some rice & warming some naan or pitta bread ready to be served with the meat.
5) If you have time these (now) meatballs with a tomatoey sauce usibg a can of chopped tomatoes & a few Italian herbs & serve with pasta.
You can tell I was a poor student for many years can't you?!
- not the cheapest burgers around but in my opinion the best British ones.
- great taste & texture.
- don't shrink much nor disintegrate whilst cooking.
- can be a versatile food & be adapted to several different dishes.
- some Americans may not like them - but what the heck? - we do!
Think beefburgers, hot dogs, salad bowl, coleslaw, a glass of wine and a sunny evening, I can smell the Barbecue now!
When the children were small they used to love beefburger and chips for tea, it was among one of their favourite meals.
Beefburgers can be very hit and miss, some look like a sheet of cardboard, some are so cheap they taste like cardboard and others are acceptable.
Birds Eye do seem to come out near the top, I consider that on the whole they produce a very acceptable beefburger.
The homemade beefburgers are often excellent and if you have the time to make your own then it is even better!
But when the sun is shining and the whole family are out enjoying themselves in the garden then who wants to be a martyr?
A packet of six Birds Eye frozen beefburgers costs around £2.49, maybe that bit more expensive than supermarket own brands but at least they do have some taste.
The burgers are made from 100% British beef, they are seasoned and have a small amount of yeast extract added which adds richness.
The picture on the cardboard box depicts a double beef burger with salad, it looks appetising.
There are so many ways of `tarting up` a plain burger, we like to put them in the middle of a roll and add slices of smoked bacon and cheese, trim the plate with some mixed salad and you have a filling meal.
If time is on your side then caramelise some onions and when the burger is sitting in the middle of the roll, or even in between two slices of bread then add a heap of caramelised onions, delicious!
Other all time favourite accompaniments include relish or cheese, in fact I expect people have many ways in which they customise their beefburgers.
Birds eye beef burgers grill well and remain moist, they are delicious fried too!
They cook directly from the freezer, so there is no need for waste. Take out the exact amount you need for the meal.
When they cook they fill the kitchen with a good meaty aroma, many beefburgers shrink beyond recognition when they are cooked but these stay pretty much the same size.
One beefburger provides you with 120 calories, so if you put that into a bread roll and just add some fresh salad it isn't too fattening, unless of course you add chips!
As I am writing this review I am thinking of the local village fete, every year they have a stall that sells hot dogs and beefburgers. The gorgeous smell pervades the air and it is mouthwatering!
The proceeds all go to local charities so we feel that we just have to buy one!
Good old Captain Birds Eye, his products have come in very useful.
Before I go I have just remembered what my Mother used to do to make the beefburgers `go further`. She made shortcrust pastry and fried some onions, encased the burger and onions in the pastry, brushed it over with egg and baked it. I think it was a called necessity is the Mother of Invention!
Birds Eye Beef Burgers are one of the few burgers I actually eat. I know alot of people like bigger burgers, the bigger the better usually but I'm not much of a meat eater and prefer these partly because they are in fact not that thick. I don't like thick slabs of meat, you'll never fnd me eating a steak, and I usually insist any meat I eat is sliced rather than in chunks. I know it sounds weird but that's just how I am!
These burgers sell for 99p for 4 in our local Heron store and recently I bought a box. Last night I had one as part of my evening meal.
The box currently has a big blue banner across the top with white writing declaring they are "Great Value £1.19" which if course isn't the case at Heron. There is a picture of a burger in a bap with fries next to it and they contain fresh onions too.
The nutritional stats are 110 calories, 0.6g sugar, 7.9g fat, 3.3g saturates and 0.5g salt per burger which is listed on the front. Also no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives and they are to be cooked from frozen.
They also contain some wheat flour so not suitable for those with wheat intolerance.
I always cook these under the grill, you can also oven cook them but I use the grill as it removes some of the fat. In fact as you cook these they tend to puff up and if you slide a knife into them they spurt out fat so there is plenty of fat in there but this method removes lots of it.
I've never found any nasty bits of anything in these burgers which is another reason I stick with them, if I find something hard in a burger that's the meal over for me and I never eat that brand again.
They taste really meaty and one is sufficient for most people along with some salad and a roll. I add a mixture of ketchup and mustard to mine which is really tasty. You can taste the onions but not excessively and the texture is not overly chewy.
Overall I prefer these to any other brand of burger and recommend them, especially to anyone who doesn't like huge slabs of meat.
I am not very keen on beef burgers but because of the mini heatwave we have had this week I decided to get the barbeque out and a barbeque isn't right without a burger or two.
I always opt for Birds Eye beef burgers because I think this is the brand that is least likely to have hoof and intestines in it. Cheap burgers frighten me because the look greasy and grey and very unappetising.
Birds Eye 100% beef burgers are very nice. They taste meaty and I think they are very authentic tasting compared to the types of burger you buy from outdoor vans and cafes. I like them because they do not shrink down like cheaper burgers, I recently brought some Sainsbury's own burgers for my grandaughters and I ended up throwing them away after cooking because they had shrunk to almost half their size and looked horrible.
There are about 300 calories in each burger providing you do not use any extra fat to cook them. I cannot remember how much fat is in them but I have a feeling it was about 12g when I looked on the box. I think calories wise that is OK for a nice treat but do not forget this will bump up when you add your slice of cheese, spoon of mayo and a nice burger bun. There are 8 in the pack and they cost about £2.
There are little pieces of onion in the burgers which are too small to really taste on their own but the flavour of onion infuses through the burger to give it a real distinctive taste.
I cooked them on the barbeque this time and because they are quite thick I had to flip them 2 or 3 times to make sure they were cooked properly in the middle. I have cooked them in the oven, grilled them and put them on the George Foreman griller in the past and each method of cooking gives me the same results providing I flip them plenty of times.
Birds eye 6 beef grillsteaks are made with 100% beef, and are tasty too. They are in a chop shaped burger and have no artifical addatives. Picture above is the only link I could find.
Tasted ok. I am not a fan of burgers but these were quite good in comparison with other less meaty varieties. I have eaten quite a few in my time.
beef 88% not bad for something that is supposed to be 100% beef.
rusk contains wheat flour
*allergen whatever that is.
There is a footnote on the pack that say's :- Although great care has been taken to emove all bones some may remain.
Naturally they tasted of beef, a bit greasy even though we grilled them, quite salty too, but on the whole not unpleasant and quite meaty. I would not expect this product to be any less than a good product as Birds eye have been doing this sort of thing for quite a while now. With children in mind it is a good burger for them although a little less sugar and salt could have been added.
They have several suggestions on the pack on how to get the best results
1. medium grill for 12 mins
2. oven for 12 minutes on 230c 450f gas mark 8
3. charcoal barbque until cooked through.
With a bit of onion and a bun a nice bbq snack, with potatoes of some form and some veggies a nice teatime treat.