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Tesco Finest Aberdeen Angus Burgers are advertised as being large meaty Aberdeen Angus beef burgers with salt and cracked black pepper and I cannot argue with that description, the ingredients are beef (99%) salt and cracked black pepper.
They are part of the Tesco finest frozen foods range and I have to say that they were decent cuts of meat that if cooked properly turn into rather tender burgers and they are especially good done on a BBQ.
My only worry with these is the fat content, nearly 25g of fat per burger and a huge 11.5g of that is saturated fat, this seems a bit much to me and when compared to similar products from Sainsbury it is in fact about twice the amount.
I wouldn't suggest that anyone didn't buy these because of their taste or quality because both were very good but the fat content is a real worrying point and each burger also has 365 calories so a real fattening product and all you need is to add cheese for a guaranteed heart atack.
I do of course understand that burgers are not meant to be good for you items but there are much leaner cuts of meat available from other places and you will find that buying steak mince from your butcher and making your own will give better all round results.
Like their 'Value' range of products, I find the 'Tesco Finest' line to be of very variable quality. Most of the 'Finest' range products I've tried recently I have unfortunately, thought were pretty bad and so I was not expecting too much from their Aberdeen Angus beef burgers. It currently costs £2.49 for two of these burgers which isn't particularly cheap, but then beef burgers - given all the mad-cow unfortunateness that's afflicted the UK over the years - are definitely not one of the kind of products you'd seek to pay less rather than more for, in my book.
There are cooking ingredients for the burgers on the back of the packet, which state that they should be put in an 180C oven for 25 minutes. Given that the first one of these burgers we tried we shallow-fried, and it then spattered grease over a blast radius of - well, effectively the entire stove top and then some - I was keen to try and contain as much of the mess as possible with the second. I was very pleasantly surprised to find that the oven-baked burger was nearly as good as the one we cooked on top of the stove - and this is bearing in mind that the one that was shallow-fried was absolutely excellent.
The edges of the burger browned off very nicely indeed, whichever way they were cooked. In contrast with the salty, slightly crunchy bits on the exterior, the centre stayed extremely moist even when the burger was properly cooked through - which is not surprising, as the things, especially for shop-bought burgers, are massively thick - a couple of centimetres thick at least, and then they contract a little on cooking so they're even thicker in the centre piece. The flavour is excellent. They taste of proper meat, rather than slightly going-off beef fat, which is what so many burgers made from minced meat end up tasting like. The seasoning is spot-on - they are exactly as salty as they should be and there is a proper black-peppery taste to them too.
The burgers are so large that one of these, served in a roll with (dare I say it) a portion of chips would be more than enough for me for a main meal, so while not exactly a budget product, with meat costs rising the way they currently are, these burgers while being marketed as a 'premium quality' product are not that uneconomical really.
The best beef burgers I ever had were at a village barbeque I inadvertently attended somewhere in Wiltshire (or possibly Oxfordshire) in 1996 (I'm not exactly sure what the village was called, so never managed to track down the butcher that supplied them) and for years I have been trying to find, buy or make burgers that are as good as the ones I had that day. I think with these Tesco Finest beef burgers that impossible search may finally be over. They are really that impressive and good.
My only slight, niggling fear is that the excellent Aberdeen Angus burgers we got the other day from Tesco represent some kind of fluke and that the next batch I buy from this range won't manage to pass muster. I will certainly be buying them again very soon to find out, however.
Tesco's Finest Aberdeen Angus Burgers are the "higher class" variety of Tesco's beef burgers, and as such come at a price premium. Whether this is worth it or not? Read on...
First thing you'll notice looking at the packaging is the high fat and salt content (besides the price tag), and that there isn't much more than in a standard beef burger pack. While its generally true that red meat products are higher in fat and salt content, you'd expect the "Finest" variety to be healthier, except they aren't by much.
Secondly is that the burgers themselves look rather tiny compared to the normal beef burger patties. That is because they are quite a bit thicker, so you can press them down while frying to get them to be about the same size. Talking of cooking, patties are best shallow fried or flame grilled. I tried both with this particular variety and found the fried one to taste better. On the other hand, the normal beef patties were heavenly when flame grilled, so that was a bit odd. Overall taste-wise though, I did not notice the Aberdeen Angus to taste different from the generic beef at all, so I resumed buying the cheap variety in the end.
When getting this burger meat though, be sure to have soem friend onions, burger buns or potato mash as a side, and some rich gravy too, as otherwise it will taste rather dry.
These burgers are suitable for re-heating using a microwave (max power at about 3 mins) and will taste just as good.
Now Im not sure if you know this but i am one of burgers biggest fans. Theres nothing i love more than a big whopper burger from burger king or a double cheeseburger or big mac from McDonalds. But tonight was no night for fast food, tonight it was a night for some good old tesco's nosh!
It was my turn to make tea, and i was quite happy to discover TESCOS FINEST ABERDEEN ANGUS BURGERS, sitting there waiting to be cooked.
The burgers come in a packaging of 2. It is a plastic, oval shaped black plastic container with a cellophane top, making the burgers visible to the buyers. To the left hand side of the cellophane is the tescos finest label.. reading 2 ABERDEEN ANGUS BEEF BURGERS. Underneith there was a rather tasty looking picture of one of the burgers, served with potato wedge looking things and a little of the "green" variety of vegetables.
These burgers cost £1.79 out of tesco, however at the moment there is an offer on of, 2 for £3. At first i thought this was rather expensive, but i hadn't taken the taste test yet so couldn't judge.
Like i said i served these burgers with chips and baked beans, (good old baked beans!), and a good dollop of brown sauce. Though my brother, being weird as he is ate it with mayonaise.
The burgers looked delicious and they were definitly easy to cook and cooked right through without aproblem. Sitting on the plate, steam coming off it i coulnd't wait to tuck in, and so picked up my knife and fork and took the plunge. I cut a chunk of, it was pinkish brownish and looked yummy. I put it in my mouth, and wooow it was juicy and tender and it had a very "BEEFY" taste. It tasted of very high quality and when i had finished my burger i wished i had another one to chomp my way through.
Yum i'll definitly be having these again soon. X
Tesco Finest Gourmet Aberdeen Angus Beef Burgers
As a family we like the odd beef burger from time to time, but try to stay away from the fast food places. I decided to give these a try - the packet said 94% beef, which seemed good. I also thought that it would be a quick and easy tea.
Tesco had a massive range of burgers when I went in, some with Jalapeno peppers and shallots etc, but I just wanted a plain good quality burger. They come in a pack of two, in a black plastic packet, with usual silver packaging denoting 'finest'. The burgers looked very thick and were a dark red colour, with flecks of pepper in them.
I cooked them in a dry fry cast iron pan. They seemed to take ages to cook though; as the burgers were quite thick. In all, I think they took around 20 minutes, which is a little on the long side. As they cooked, bits stuck to the pan and by the end the pan was a real mess. The upside was that as it was a griddle pan, the burgers had the authentic black lines across them.
One major complaint was the amount of fumes that they produced. I had the extractor fan on, but still....The kitchen was full of smoke and also needed a lot of cleaning the next day. This is because I noticed a fine residue across all surfaces that showed up clearly in daylight the next morning - urghhhhhhhhhh!
The taste itself I would describe as ok. They tasted like a barbecue type of burger, with a peppery taste. I however, was a bit put off by the amount of fat left over on the pan, and also when I dabbed them with kitchen towel at the end.
I don't think that I would buy these again; in fact, I don't feel like eating a burger ever again, when the fat that comes out of them is so visible to see. However they taste, this really puts you off, as you know this is what you are putting into your body. The mess they caused was also a real negative point, as who want to have to do a major clean of your kitchen every time you cook? The pan also took ages to scrub clean. Perhaps they would be better cooked on grill, but I still think that the amount of smoke they produce is off-putting.
They are obviously only available at Tesco and cost £2.79 for 2 (so not cheap). They have 225 calories and have a whopping 11.2g of fat (the standard burgers only contain 8.8g of fat).
I would not buy these again; I would perhaps try to make my own burgers or just give up altogether and eat something a bit healthier.
I ordered these from Tesco when I was in a hurry to get my shopping ordered. The description on the box sounded good:
'Large Meaty Aberdeen Angus beef burgers enhanced with salt and cracked black pepper'
The ingredients are: Beef (99%), Salt, Cracked black pepper
They are part of the Tesco finest frozen food range, so I assumed they would be good quality meat. Big mistake! Being in a hurry, I missed out on the one important thing I always look for with burgers - the fat content. I was stunned to find they contain a whopping 24.7g fat, and 365 calories per burger. Of that, a scary 11.5g is saturated fat.
I usually make my own beefburgers when I have time, using very lean steak mince, so there was no way I could face eating one of these. It looked quite big and thick, but fairly pale for something that should be 99% beef.
I put one under the grill for my husband and it spat and smoked as puddles of fat and frozen blood melted off. Even with the extractor on, my kitchen was filled with acrid smoke. I had to open the door to let it all out.
Finally it was cooked. However because it started off as quite a thick burger it was starting to get crozzled on the outside by the time the inside was cooked. It was at least a quarter smaller by then with all the fat that had melted off, but it didn't look too bad. My husband scoffed it without hesitation (he's made of tougher stuff than me) and then I interrogated him on his verdict:
Q: What was the texture?
Q: Was it pleasantly chewy?
A: Yes, because it gave it texture.
Q: Was there any gristle detectable?
A: Yes, there was visible gristle. It added to the chewiness.
Q: Was it moist?
A: It was.
Q: What was the flavour like?
A: Like cheap beef.
Q: Could you detect the cracked black pepper?
Q: Would eat another?
A: No thanks. Too much fat for me.
Q: How many stars would you give it?
From my own point of view as the cook and nutritionist of the household I would only give this 2 stars as it is not the best quality beef mince, and far too fatty. So combined with my husband's 2 stars for taste and texture that comes out as a final 2 on average. I would expect better from a premium label burger and won't be buying these again.
£1.29 for a 340g box.
~~Big Beautiful Beefy Burgers~~
I'm not fond of fast food in general and even less fond of greasy and cardboard-like beef burgers. You won't find me in any of the nation's most popular fast food joints or buying any in even the best of butcher shops. So why am I writing about these, when the last time I'd previously had a beef burger was about ten years ago?
(I do make exceptions for some lamb-burgers).
Well I was ordering my monthly online shop at Tesco.com last week and scrolling down through my favourites I came across some special offers on the frozen barbeque section which I'd previously visited for barbeque chicken.
For people who don't shop online I need to explain that Tesco stores details of those items you have previously bought and these can be instantly accessed as "My Favourites" when doing online shopping. Since I had bought from this section previously, I was shown what was currently on offer.
It was the words" Aberdeen Angus" that really caught my eye.
Many years ago I stayed in Scotland and ate the best steak dinner I have ever had in my life. For years afterwards I had tried steaks with the same name in restaurants, pub meals and in supermarkets without ever recapturing that succulent taste and mouth-watering meatiness.
Anyway, when I saw that this was an offer for two of Tesco's finest range beef burgers I was ready to pass it over. What did change my mind was the price and a longing for the taste I remembered from that long-ago holiday. I popped it into my virtual basket and forgot about my odd purchase until I got my delivery two days later.
~~Packaging and Ingredients etc. ~~
While I was putting my frozen food away, my eye was caught by an attractive looking box, some eight by four inches approximately. I had forgotten my impulse buy and looked at it closer. The main colour is black with the trademark streak of silver than denotes much of the Tesco Finest range. However, much of the box was taken up by a picture of a juicy looking burger on a plain brown bun with added salad. The words, "2 Aberdeen Angus Beef Burgers" were blazoned across the top of the box. Just slightly out of focus was a picture that suggested a spicy dip. Along the bottom of the box, the nutrition guide was marked out clearly, but I did turn the box over to check the actual breakdown of the calories, fat, salt etc. The ingredients are simple: Beef 99% salt, cracked black pepper 1%.
Each burger provides 285 calories, though it doesn't say before or after cooking. Of the 24.7g of fat, only 11.1 are saturated, though that's still quite high. What did make me wonder about the healthiness was that the list includes salt at the equivalent of 1.0g. Now I may not be a dietician, but that sounds high. Still, the daily guidelines for a typical adult say that this is only 16% of the average amount so I read on.
I always read the allergy advice as I have a dairy allergy, but didn't expect to find any in this product. What I did find confused me still further.
Recipe: No nuts.
Ingredients: Cannot guarantee nut free.
Factory: No Nuts.
Maybe I'm a bit dense, but do cows actually eat nuts? otherwise I suppose that they are just protecting themselves against any eventuality.
~~Cooking and Eating~~
The burgers come packed in thin clear wrapping and are about the size of a saucer and about ¾" thick. I only took out one as I was going to eat it with chips and beans. Each one looked a nice, healthy pink and didn't have that sickly odour that comes with some cheap burgers. Cooking instructions suggest grilling these for about 18 to 23minutes and to cook thoroughly until the juices run clear. Since these are 99% beef I followed the instructions, though I thought they would cook in about 15 minutes. I did expect them to shrivel so was surprised when I checked after six minutes. The inner ring of the burger was browning nicely, the outer was still pink. After another two minutes I had to use a spatula to turn it over, the edges were still a bit crumbly, though I put this down to the lack of binding cereal etc that goes into cheaper varieties. It did cook quite quickly after that, though it retained its size and thickness. The small amount of fat in the grill pan attested to this. When I cook the next one I think I will probably cook it on a small piece of foil to stop any bits crumbling off.
My oven chips were ready, my baked beans simmering nicely, now all I had to do was serve my meal up. For my first try I decided against all bar the lightest salad of lettuce, sliced purple onions and a few cherry tomatoes.
I was pleased with the way the burger smelt, much like a good beef mince, and the way it kept its juiciness intact. I do hate dried food of any kind. I admit that I was still looking for that elusive taste I had eaten just once before, but although I didn't expect that much from a burger, I was pleasantly surprised. Eaten without any relish, I could taste the beef in it and I didn't need to add either salt or pepper. Neither did I miss the onions that are normally a part of the recipe. In fact it was just right in every way, though next time I will probably add a touch of French mustard.
One thing it doesn't need is a bun with it, though I suspect that most people would eat it this way. I might add some fried onion with chopped mushrooms, but that would add to the taste, not distract from it.
A real surprise to me and well worth the price if it's on offer as I bought it for only 99p instead of the normal price of £1.98 for a box of two. I might even consider buying it occasionally as it really makes a cheap alternative to real steak. Also, at twice the size of a normal burger and with no added ingredients, then it does make a tasty snack on its own or as part of a main meal.
The one thing that did make me laugh I found on the small print. Now I am positive that Aberdeen Angus is as Scottish as Burn's night and Haggis, so why does it say the following:
Produced in the Republic of Ireland for Tesco Stores Ltd? Therefore I'm taking one star off for the confusing packaging.
N.B. I was about to post my review when I noticed that my product suggestion has a different picture. Mine were boxed and since I only bought them last week I don't expect they have changed since then. It does look like the same product though. Maybe my special offer was because Tesco are changing their packaging. The sell-by date on mine was June 2009, so I can't see any changes, though I do hope they get their ingredient list and information correct.
©Lisa Fuller 3/3/2008.