“ Brand: Grassington's / Type: Vegetarians „
Grassington's vegetable quarter pounders are a convenient ready meal for vegetarians. They don't seem to be sold from most of my local supermarkets (presumably because they have their own versions), but the local whole-food supermarket sells them for £2.69 per pack of four. As the name suggests, each burger weighs a quarter of a pound.
This review is done on the pack I bought a week ago - it has a different set of nutrition statistics from the pack in the icon, so I guess the recipe has changed pretty recently.
These cost me nearly 50% more than the hypermarket's own-brand version that I usually get and they don't seem massively different, but they were tasty and, crucially, didn't involve a five mile round trip.
These are a crispy coated burger containing a blended mix of vegetables in a batter to hold it together. It's even possible to identify some of the actual vegetables - there appear to be sweetcorn, peas, and several kinds of root vegetables in it.
They can be cooked by grilling, baking, frying, BBQing and take about 20-25 minutes to cook. I have cooked them in a microwave, but it's very easy to make them go soggy or dried out that way, so it isn't a recommended way of cooking them unless you are really pressed for time. Be careful if you BBQ them - they have a bad habit of falling apart and into the hot coals.
They don't taste like the individual vegetable components - they have a savoury taste that I imagine comes from the onions and garlic. They definitely don't taste like any kind of meat, so they are suitable for people who don't like the taste of meat.
Each burger contains 228kcal, 4.5g of protein, 11g of fat, and 0.4g of sodium.
The burgers are 56% vegetables - carrots, broccoli, red pepper, sweetcorn, onion, potato and green beans. The batter contains a long list of flavourings and seasonings that sound like massively processed versions of things that may once have been natural - the pack says there are no artificial flavours and preservatives. Allergy-wise, the burgers have wheat, gluten, rye and celery and may have nuts. Dairy and eggs aren't listed, so vegans should look this product up.
A bit overpriced compared with the own brand versions, but tasty, quick and easy. I would buy these again.
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This is an odd one. These burgers scrore big points on the health side, they're low in fat and calories which is unusua for vegetarian food, and the fact you can cook them from frozen is a bonus for conveniance. They don't take too long to cook, and given the rather intense flavour they can be easily paired with plain veg and potatoes.
The overall flavour is very nice, a good mix of vegetables that each maintain a distinct impression in the burger as a whole, coated in crispy bredcrumb type things that seem a little unnecessary given the substatial quality of the veggie mix.
The texture is where the big let down is. Every time I have cooked these they have come out soft, squidgy and ultimately unapatising. Instead of cutting like a regular burger, they tend to 'squish' mixing in with anything else you've dished up and generally making a bit of a mess. They don't deliver on the crunch factor that the image on the box implies, as they have never turned out as crispy or as solid as the image depicts.
After a while they tend to taste a little sickly too, with the sweetness (I think it might be the squash) sometimes being a little itnense rather than an undercurrent as I feel I think it was intended.
To end on a positive they are quite filling and do make a substatial meal if you team them with the right accompaniments, they're just not something I'd buy again.
Even though I'm a student and like things as cheap as possible, I also like my comfort food. Stuff that reminds me of home. And this veggie burgers are one of those things.
Sunday lunch with my grandparents was a tradition every Sunday I stayed there ever since they moved to Scarborough. Yorkshire puddings, peas, boiled potatoes, roast potatoes, roast peppers and sliced beef. I'm getting hungry just remembering it! But when I turned vegetarian four years ago, the sliced beef had to go. So my grandparents started searching for a cheap, vegetarian alternative. And this is what they found.
At 2 for £3 in the majority of supermarkets, Grassingtons Vegetable Quarter Pounders became the replacement for meat not just for Sunday lunch but for a great deal of other meals at my grandparents. They can be oven baked or grilled (we always opted for the oven) and after cooking contain only 1.4g of sat fat and 5.9g of suger, rated green on the Food Standards Agency's traffic light labelling system. The salt content is a little high, coming in at 1.1g and yellow. But other than that, they can be a healthy alternative to meat.
The vegetables they contain are onions, broccoli, carrots, red peppers, green beans and cauliflower, many of which I would be reluctant to say the least to eat on their own. But the flavours work well together in this burger and I find it very tasty.
There are a few disadvantages of these burgers. The first is that when cooked in the oven, they tend to dry out. But this can be solved, as my grandma discovered, by pouring a teaspoon of vegetable gravy on the top and wrapping the burgers in tinfoil to cook. However, only put a teaspoon on. Don't do what I did and add half a cup or you will wind up with a soggy, though still tasty, mess.
Also, they are not the cheapest product on the market. Sainsbury's Basics vegetable burgers are a cheaper alternative. However, I haven't tried them yet as I prefer these burgers for the memories I have of them.
Another is that they don't actually taste of meat. I know that some people become vegetarian for health reasons and still want their food to taste of meat. Unfortunately, I don't have a solution for that and if that is an issue for you, you might be better off with Quorn products. But for vegetarians who don't mind products not designed to replicate meat, or those of us trying to get more of our 5 a day, this product is ideal.