“ Brand: Asda / Type: Vegetarians „
Being a vegan family we thought we would diversify our lunch menu a bit and instead of reaching for the nacho burgers from Asda, we bought this burger mix. On first bite I was reminded of my vegetarian phase as a child and munching on Quorn burgers, well these burgers have the same taste as Quorn burgers circa 1995.
They are currently in Asda at 82p for a packet - brilliant value compare to the frozen burgers you might buy otherwise.
On the packet there is a rather plump burger on a bun - well, these bad boys match up to their promise and plump up rather nicely. In saying that we make 4 burgers from this mix but I think they'd plump up regardless.
It's easy to make; open the packet, put into a bowl and add about half a cup of water to the mix. Stir it up and leave for 3-5 minutes, then shape into patties and cook in the oven or grill (cooking times vary and as we always grill I'll say 10 minutes under the grill and probably not too much longer in the oven.)
Dried Textured Soya Protein (50%) [Soya Flour, Barley Malt Extract] , Vegetable Oil , Whole Wheat Rusk , Yeast Extract , Stabiliser (Methyl Cellulose) , Rice Flour , Natural Flavourings , Soya Flour , Salt , Onion Powder (1.5%) , Dried Onion (1.0%) , Barley Malt Extract Powder , Garlic Powder .
If you're worried about non-GM foods then rest assured that Asda have a stringent policy on not using GM ingredients in their own brand food - I don't have a problem with it myself but felt it was worth mentioning - so the soy in this product is GM free. They are not nut, wheat or gluten free, however. But are suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
Overall I rate them 5/5 because they taste marvellous, aren't a lot of hassle to cook, are cheap and are completely vegan.
I have been vegetarian now for well over two years and although i do not tend to miss meat all that much i am always keen to try any meat substitute products, even more so as the barbeque season approaches. Having munched my way through several meat free products and being bitterly disappointed on may occasions, i have definately found a winner here.
You can find this mix in the general grocery isle alongside lentils and such dry items, and each 175g pack is priced at only 82p. It is so simple to make, simply requires 285ml of cold water which you mix in well and leave to stand for ten mins before forming into burger shapes and frying (or bbq) for 8-10 mins. Although sold as a burger mix i have used these mixes to make sausages, patties and meatballs and so it really is up to what shape you want. You may just have to adjust your cooking time slightly according to what you make it into.
The first thing i noticed was what a lovely smokey bbq smell it has, it really is very appetizing indeed. The made up mixture should be a little sticky but not wet and is very easy to mould into whatever shape you choose. Each pack can make up to 8 burgers (depending on your personal preference with size and thickness) and each serving is approx 234 calories which is pretty reasonable as part of a main meal. I have tried them barbequed and fried and whatever way you decide to cook them you just need to make sure they are well oiled so as not to stick (esp on the bbq grill).
They go a lovely dark chargrilled colour when cooked and most importantly it does taste very good. Its smokey and savoury with a hint of onion and actually quite close to the real thing. The finished product has a very appealing texture thats not at all dry or chewy and even my non-veggie friends enjoyed them.
These mixes are now a cupboard staple of mine because the mix is just so versatile.
An absolute bargain for something so yum!
Asda Chargrill Style Meat Free Burger Mix, is an excellent vegetarian burger mix, which offers great taste and even better value for money. At 78p for 8 small burgers (or 4 big ones - which is how I make them), it is much cheaper than other vegetarian burgers such as Quorn or Linda McCartney, and in my opinion tastes a whole lot better too.
The burgers are very easy to make. You simply pour out the mix (which consists in the main part of dried textured soya protein) into a bowl and add 285ml of cold water. Leave to stand for 10 minutes so the mix absorbs the water. Give it a quick stir when you come back and then shape the mixture into burger shapes. Easy! You can then either grill or fry the burgers, both of which takes between 6 and 8 minutes. I tend to grill to be healthier, but have cooked them both ways, and taste wise there's not much between them. I have also found that you can wrap the uncooked burgers in cling film (individually or they stick together) and put them in the refridgerator or freezer, cooking as and when you want them. This is a definite advantage if cooking for one!
Once cooked the burgers look and smell very enticing. I'd describe the smell as barbeque, and I certainly don't think the burgers would look out of place on one. They are thick and look very meaty, and are lovely and tender when you bite into them. They are quite moist, which is good, as I tend to find other veggie burgers quite dry. They are pretty filling and make an ideal lunch. I often serve mine in a burger bun, with tomatoes, gherkin, sweetcorn, onions and tomato relish! Although this is a very cheap product, when I am eating one I feel like I am having something quite luxurious, such is the quality of the burgers.
I would encourage anyone to try this product, as I don't think they would be disappointed. With such great tasting burgers, at such a good price, this really is an awesome product.