“ Type: Meat „
Searching through the freezer compartment for inspiration recently, I came across Tesco's Homestyle beef burgers with cheese. I noticed them firstly as they have an appetising picture on the box and secondly, they were on offer at only 49p for two, when they are usually £2.49. If they usually cost that much for two burgers, I figured that they must be of sound quality, so I threw two packets into my trolley.
The burgers come in a box that is 25cm long, 13cm wide and 3cm deep, so I was expecting the burgers to be of a good size (so I went and bought large burger buns!) but once you take the burgers out of the box and unwrap the cellophane wrapping, the burgers are only 9cm in diameter and 2cm deep. Still a good size for a burger, so my disappointment was short lived. The burgers are well shaped, and not at all cheap looking like some cheaper burgers can be.
I was planning on putting these burgers in the oven along with some chips, but it says on the box that these burgers can only be grilled or barbecued (best cooked from frozen) and I find this unusual and inconvenient, however, I did as instructed and put them in the grill at the correct temperature. Within ten minutes they were starting to burn, so I flipped them over, and ten minutes later they were starting to singe and spit again, but when I cut into one it was nowhere near cooked as they are so thick. It states on the box that they will be cooked in twenty three minutes, but after 35 minutes of constant flipping, they were finally ready - completely mangled as I kept cutting into them to see if they were cooked! A lot of fat had come out of them, and my grill was in a complete mess from all of the spitting, so this was not the quick and easy meal that I had expected - they were quite high maintenance!
On the box there is an attractive picture of a burger oozing with mozzarella and cheddar cheese in the middle, and with cheese dappled generously on the top, but I think that this is somewhat misleading. I couldn't see cheese on top of any of the burgers, and it certainly isn't obvious inside the burgers. I came across about four bits of cheese, but I couldn't taste it as the burgers were so meaty. If you want a really cheesy burger, then this isn't it, but if you just want a burger, then this will pass. They have a substantial texture and a very meaty taste (90% irish beef), which is only compromised by the occasional hard crunchy bit (shudder!). They are well seasoned with salt, pepper and also mustard powder which leads to a very subtle spicy flavour that works well.
Nutritionally speaking, each burger (130g) has a whopping 355 calories in it, and I can think of a lot of better ways of putting that many calories in to my body! Per burger you are looking at 22.6g of fat (10.7g of which is saturated) and 0.8g of salt so this burger is practically a heart attack on a plate, and it isn't even that enjoyable. I won't be buying these again, even at the bargain price 49p, but if you really are a burger loving person there are plenty of worse ones out there!
I love Burgers, and now it is meant to be BBQ Season, then I have been looking for Burgers to stock up on. Since the weather is so unpredictable it is not always practical to buy fresh Meat, so i've been buying some frozen food, and this way you kind of have instant BBQ food if you just want to have 1 at last minute.
These are in the frozen section of Tesco and is next to the other Burgers/Chicken/Sausage items. They normally cost £2.49 for 2 burgers, which seems quite pricey for Supermarket brand goods, but they were on a half price offer for £1.24 the last time I bought them.
The box is quite slim line and the 2 Burgers are side by side. There is a nice large picture on the front of the box, and I have to say the Burger looks nice and tasty. There is a small blurb on the front, describing the product, and all the other information is on the back suce as the nutritional content, ingredients and so on.
This burger looks pretty big when you take this out frozen, but you know it is going to shrink when cooked. Since it is large to start with, it's not too bad when it shrinks and still nearly fills a roll alright. This has got Cheese mixed though it, so it is a nice change than a Cheese slice on top. The Cheese tastes light and Creamy, and although it isn't really Cheddary, it is more a Dairylea/Cheddar, which is lovely. The Burger was nice, tender and juicy when cooked, and I didn't get any tough, grizzly bits in it.
When cooking these on a BBQ I found them quite thick so I imagined they would take a bit time to cook. I always pat Burgers down more when they are quite thick, so that way they cook quicker and also I think they are nicer to eat. The Burger tasted nice with the smoked taste of the BBQ, the Milkyness of the Cheese and the meaty/peppery tang of the Burger.
I will buy these again. I don't quite think they are worth full price, but if they cost the £2 mark, then I would say they were priced good.
When doing the shopping I always look for bargains as I am sure most of us do! When doing the last monthly shop I came across a variety of beef burgers in the Tesco 'home-style' range that were all reduced in price. Not wanting to miss out and pass upon an offer I grabbed one of each in the range that I could find! The one I will review now is the beef burgers with cheese.
The box is pretty much standard fare for these types of products with a picture of the burgers on the front lay on a barm and bed of lettuce. The box is quite long and tells me the brand name along with the type of burger it is. It also has the 'new' logo in red in the top corner too.
The burger itself:
I don't know about anyone else but, I love it when my burger is big and juicy and doesn't shrink too much when you cook it - the type you can serve on a really large burger bun! These are those types and as the packet only has two in it you can see before you even open it that they will be large. The thing that actually made me pick this one first out of the range to eat is that the cheese isn't just simply a slice on top like with a normal cheese burger but, actual bits of cheese already inside the burger.
Cooking the burger:
It actually took me quite a while to cook the burgers under the grill due to them being thick. However they retained their size and started to look very appealing as the cheesy bits started to melt! It does say to take up to 23 minutes to cook fully but I had them on the grill for about ½ hour to fully cook them.
I couldn't wait to try these burgers! Normally I would put some kind of condiment on the burger such as a chilli sauce but I decided to eat just as it was in the burger bun so that I could fully appreciate the taste! The burger was very juicy and the cheesy bits were nice - lovely and melted and not too strong a cheese however I think after finishing it I would have like more cheese to have actually been in the burger. I think though some of the cheese that was nearer to the edge leaked out during the grilling and this is why there wasn't as much cheese as maybe I'd expected inside of it!
When I bought these I did so because they were on offer at just £1.24 for the pack. As I do my shopping based on a strict budget this was a huge bonus for me which is why I ended up buying three different varieties of the range! I have had a check online at Tesco's site and they are currently showing at £1.49 per pack which still isn't too bad though especially as the burgers were filling!
I thought these tasted nice and for me it was a bonus that they were reduced and also retained their size even once cooked. There didn't seem to be as much cheeses as I'd expected but generally I was pretty pleased with the product and so would buy it again. The packaging states that each burger contains 355 calories which probably means if you are dieting they would be no good! However they taste good to me but, as I am not one for counting calories anyway I would enjoy these regardless of how many calories are in them!