“ Brand: Goodlife / Type: Vegetarians „
So, what do you feed the vegetarians at your next barbeque?? You feed them these! And there will be smiles all round!
I've been a veggie my whole 38 years. I know we can be a bit of a trial, but really, you can't go wrong with these. They are really tasty, a bit different and good to eat however you cook them. At £2.49 for a pack of 4 they are good value. Each quarterpounder is a good size and really filling. I can only eat one in a sitting.
The burgers themselves are chunky in appearance with a crumb coating. Inside is a mixture of haricot beans and red kidney beans along with sweetcorn, green pepper and carrot. This is all blended with spices including cumin, coriander and chilli. Needless to say, they have a bit of a kick.
Each quarterpounder provides you with 289 calories, 15.66 g of fat (0.96 g saturates) and 1.59 g of salt. Although the fat content looks quite high, the saturated fat is actually really low.
The burgers can be oven cooked or grilled, but they are really good cooked on the barbeque. Be careful when turning as they can break up if you are not careful....still taste as good though! The burgers are frozen and should always be cooked from frozen.
I have used these burgers cut up into strips in pasta dishes and also in wraps. They really are a good alternative for the veggies as they are filling unlike some vegetarian products.
In the summer I love to go into the garden and have a barbeque. I haven't got a real one as I know they can be lots of work to clean. I just go cheap and buy those throw away ones, which are brilliant incidentally for camping. We spent a wonderful few days a couple of years ago camping in Tiree in the Hebrides.We watched the sun set with a disposable barbeque and a couple of veggie burgers sizzling on an icing sugar beach sprinkled with shells, the air filled with the sound of new born lambs. The burgers I bought in the local Co-op there were Quorn, they were ok but not exciting, and I wish I had access to Goodlife Bean Quarterpounders because these are the best.
Made by the ethical company Goodlife and available in many supermarkets and health food stores these are some of the most packed with ingredients, ready made products I have ever bought. I bought mine from Waitrose where they sell for £1.75 for 4 giant Quarterpounders.They are packed with a trio of adzuki beans, kidney beans and butter beans, and are flavoured with chipotle chilli (smoke-dried jalapeno pepper) and jalapeno peppers, and they are then blanketed in a crispy coating of wholemeal breadcrumbs. They also have sweetcorn, onions, tomato puree and carrots and peppers as well as potatoes and a myriad of flavourful herbs including oregano and cumin.
Each burger is 250 calories and 12.7 g fat and will cook in the oven in about half an hour at 400F/200C/Gas6 and of course you can cook them my favourite way in the outdoors. Cook them slowly, make sure they don't burn and that the filling inside is thoroughly cooked and serve them with relish, onions and lettuce in a giant bap-heaven!
The taste of these burgers is really amazing. They are spicy and so full of the flavour of the beans, they have a Mexican spicy nature to them but it is just the right amount and not too much that you need to drink constantly to negate the effect. They are probably my favourite veggie burger although Goodlife also make a nut cutlet which is outstanding too. Just making a cut into them and revealing the filling is a delight as it is a colourful array of dolly mixture sized dice of carrots and bright yellow sweetcorn nestled between the bedrock of the trio of beans.
As these are made in the same factory as the nut burgers they cannot guarantee them to be free from contamination by nuts so sadly you can't eat them if you have this allergy.
As these are frozen when you buy them they are just the thing to make if you have emergency guests.
The company have a great website which is to be found at www.goodlife.co.uk
I love this company because they pride themselves on making healthy food, never including anything in their recipes which you wouldn't find at home, so you will never see an E number or an ingredient you won't know. This also goes for nasties like hydrogenated fats or colours.
They have removed palm oil from all their products which you may know is in some areas threatening the habitat of major species such as the orang-utan in Indonesia, and they are also supporting an organisation called The World Land Trust who are involved in the conservation of the rain forests.
These are giant thick chunky bean burgers bursting with flavour, and are as good as anything you could make yourself. I do make my own sometimes and they are lovely too, but really I tend to buy these now in preference as they are perfect for a summer afternoon barbeque with no work needed to prepare them.