“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Meat „
Before I get stuck into this review I must point that I am not reviewing the lamb burgers but the lamb steaks here. Dooyoo have refused to add another link for my product and told me to write it here so here I am!
The other day I was mooching about in my local Tesco store looking for a few bargains. Being on a budget and having an empty freezer is never good and I don't half eat me! I was really pleased though when I spotted, in a freezer their 'BBQ' range of products of which there was many different things available to choose from including chicken, ribs and prawns and things like that marked down from £2.00 to a £1.00 and believe me I stocked up big time and I really did fancy these!
The box these comes in shows a photograph of the lamb steaks on it and we are told that they are Tesco BBQ '4' Rosemary & Mint Lamb Steaks 'A delicious reformed rosemary and mind flavoured lamb steak' and that they contain no artificial preservatives, flavours or colours, that they can be grilled from frozen in 25 minutes or on the BBQ (again from frozen) in 25 minutes, there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown, the weight is stated (which is 320g) and then on the back of the box other information listed includes ingredients and allergy advice being given, again we are told how to cook them and a full nutritional chart is shown and contact details for Tesco are listed. Nice enough, informative box this is.
All half moon in shape and the same thickness (which is pretty thick) these are dark brown in colour steaks with bright red bits all over them. To cook them is simple, I simply pop mine in the oven for about 25 minutes however you can of course BBQ them or grill them if you prefer.
I find in the time stated that these cook really well, look moist and don't shrink really. The outside through oven cooking firms them up on the outside well without drying them out at all and the inside is really moist without being gooey.
Appearance wise then they look nice. Taste wise though these are weirdly too sweet for me. Yep I can taste the lamb and its soft and succulent and made with 83% lamb which is a good meat content. You can also taste mint, rosemary and garlic though I personally find the mint in these a little too much in flavour and feel there should be a bit less. The dried red pepper bits are scattered on the inside and outside of the grill but in my opinion only gives colour and no real flavour at all.
What gives these a weird sweet taste is the added spearmint extract which is on the ingredient list. It lingers in the mouth like toothpaste well after these are consumed which is just strange to me!
Yep I can taste the meat and its decent quality with no tough, gristly bits in it at all and I can really tell its lamb meat however the mint flavouring is all too much for me sadly and its weird to eat and have minty fresh breath after-wards lol!
Nutritional Information Per Cooked Steak:
Only available in Tesco stores.
I found these in the freezer the other day, god knows how long they've been in there.... probably since last time we had a bbq last summer! lol My mate was coming round for a quick something to eat but hadn't got long so I thought I'd cook these and stick them on a bun, we could have them with some potato wedges for a meal that would only take about 20 mins to cook.
I've had lamb burgers before but not these from Tesco, their burgers can be a bit hit and miss though so I wasn't sure what to expect. It says on the box that they can be grilled or done on the bbq but it wasn't bbq weather yesterday so I grilled ours.
They're quarter pounder burgers and didn't take long to cook, I did ours so they was starting to burn on the edges because I think lamb always tastes best when it's a bit over cooked! lol
The burgers are delish. You get shedloads of fat come out of them into the grill pan and that put me off a bit because even though loads had come out you could still tell there was going to be a load of fat IN the burgers because they even LOOKED greasy! You've got to expect that a bit with lamb though because of it being such a fatty meat.
They don't taste madly greasy though and have got a wickedly strong lamb flavour, I've just looked at the ingredients and there's 39% mutton in the burgers. That's weird because these burgers don't taste cheap and mutton is just lamb off older sheep so it's not as tender as young lamb...... I didn't even think they put mutton in stuff any more! lol There's a lovely mint flavour to the burgers and that brings out the meaty flavour and also makes them taste a bit sweet. I think the amount of mint is just right and it tastes dead fresh, not like the fake tasting mint you get in some burgers and kebabs.
They don't need sauce or salad or anything on the bun because the burger is greasy and the inside is lovely and moist , actually I reckon the grease would ruin anything you decided to put on top of your burger anyway so you're best off to leave it.
Recommended..... delish burgers that might be dripping in fat but at least they taste nice!!!
My fiancé's Mum bought these Lamb Quarter Pounders as they were on special offer at only £1 per box of 2 burgers (until 28 July 2009, I think their normal price is £2). She wanted to have a selection of ready-prepared BBQ food just in case we got some nice weather and these are kept in the freezer and can be cooked from frozen, so they're very handy to have in your freezer.
On the day we decided to have a BBQ there was some rain, but we persevered with our BBQ and got the umbrella out. If a downpour does stop your BBQ then you can always cook these under the grill for 20 - 25 minutes. On the BBQ they take the same amount of time and for best results they should be cooked from frozen.
I do like a nice lamb burger and these were pretty tasty. There was a good flavour of both mint and lamb, plus they were nice and moist. The mint flavour wasn't too synthetic, so it didn't taste like chewing gum or toothpaste! The ingredients list says they contain 45% lamb and 40% mutton, which explains why they have such a good flavour, as mutton generally has a stronger flavour than lamb. I don't think I've ever eaten mutton before, but it is definitely something I'd look out for in the future.
They held their shape well after being cooked on the BBQ and they weren't really greasy, which is a benefit of cooking on a BBQ as any fat drips away. Surprisingly they did end up looking just like the picture on the box!
Although I did really enjoy these burgers, reading the rather long ingredients list does put me off a little bit. There are quite a few additives which I'm sure aren't good for you. Burgers are so easy to make from scratch and I would rather make my own, so I know what's going into them. But as a standby for the BBQ or even just a quick meal they're perfect.
Wheat, Gluten & Soya
Lamb (45%), Mutton (40%), Wheat Flour, Onion, Soya Protein Isolate, Sugar, Lamb Fat, Salt, Wheat Glucose Syrup, Acidity Regulators (Sodium Diacetate, Malic Acid), Corn Starch, Yeast Extract, Mint (0.1%), Tomato Powder, Garlic Powder, Malt Vinegar Powder, Cornflour, Onion Powder, Spearmint (0.03%), Colour (Paprika Extract), Black Pepper, Barley Malt Extract, Natural Flavouring (Spearmint Oil, Mint Extract), Turmeric Extract, Yeast.