“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Vegetarians „
I am not vegetarian, in fact I eat a lot of meat and a majority of my diet contains meat but on the odd occasion when I fancy a change I turn to the supermarkets meat free ranges. I am very familiar with both Tesco's and Asda's meat free ranges and today I will be telling you what I think about Tesco's veggie quarter pounders! This is the first time I have bought this particular product in Tesco's meat free range; I noticed it whilst browsing what Tesco's had to offer in their freezer section and thought they looked quite tasty and putting that with the fact that the other Tesco meat free products I have tried have mostly been successful I thought I'd give them a shot.
~ About Tesco's Meat Free Range ~
Tesco's meat free range is a range of frozen food products aimed at vegetarians and bi-tarians, which are apparently people who eat meat but often opt for the veggie options. The aim of Tesco's was to re-create popular meals that would usually contain meat as veggie friendly and something that would still have the all the flavour for the non-vegetarians without the need for meat. Tesco's meat free range includes vegetable quarter pounders (which I'm reviewing), vegetarian mince, meat free Lincolnshire style sausages, Mexican style bean burgers, vegetable fingers, cheese and spring onion bakes, falafel balls, mushroom risotto bakes, meat free Glamorgan sausages, cauliflower cheese grills, Mexican style salsa bakes, nut cutlets, meat free style balls, meat free Mediterranean style sausages, chickpea and barley gumbo, meat free bacon style rashers and meat free chicken style and mushroom pies.
So as you can see there is plenty of variety on offer for vegetarians and non-vegetarians. I think It's nice that this range isn't just aimed at people who don't eat meat, they have considered the likes of me who are fans of flavour and often fancy a change from the usual meaty dishes.
~ Product and availability ~
Tesco's Meat free vegetable quarter pounders are only available at Tesco's stores, along with the other products from the meat free range. They are available to buy in a box of four quarter pounders for £1.99 (which works out at about 50p each) but seem to be on a continuous offer of any 2 of Tesco's Meat free products for £3.00 which gives you a saving of just under £1.00, so feel free to mix and match! I don't think £1.99 is a particularly bad price to pay for 4 decent sized quarter pounders in my opinion and the deal makes them even better value.
~ Packaging ~
Tesco's meat free vegetable quarter pounders come in a dark green, rectangular cardboard box, which has since been updated from the one Dooyoo are showing, but isn't very dissimilar. The image on the front is pretty much the same; two breaded quarter pounders on a plate with some new potatoes and green beans (serving suggestion). One has been cut in half to reveal its very fresh looking vegetable filling of what looks like peas, carrots and sweet corn. There is a very clear at a glance nutrition chart along with cooking time from frozen displayed on the front. Next to this there is a label stating that this product is vegetarian society approved. The back of the box tells me that these are a blend of vegetables, seasoned and coated in breadcrumbs. There is also clear allergy advice, more detailed nutritional information, heating instructions and an ingredients list.
~ cooking ~
These quarter pounders take 22-24 minutes in the oven. I left mine in for 24 as I wanted them nice and crispy. They can also be grilled for 18-20 minutes. Whilst they were cooking I got the odd wiff of fresh vegetables, which was pleasant. These are very simple to cook, they don't need turning over or anything so you can set your timer and come back when there done.
~ Taste, texture & appearance ~
Taking these out of the oven I noticed that they kept their shape very well, they were perfect circles just as quarter pounders should be and were about as thick as a meat quarter pounder. They looked lovely and golden on the outside and felt nice and crispy to touch. Cutting one in half they look exactly like the picture, quite fluffy and packed full of brightly coloured vegetables. These veggie quarter pounders taste very fresh, like the vegetables have been grown in your own garden sort of fresh. There's definitely no artificial tastes going on, they taste very natural. The texture of these is quite strange, there are some chunky bits of vegetables and some very mashed up pieces which I guess gives them a bit of an edge. I could definitely taste sweet corn, carrots and peas and perhaps some pepper? I know there was some red flecks in there. The breadcrumb coating was ok, could have perhaps done with a bit more seasoning but had a nice crunch to it and complimented the vegetable filling well, I would perhaps recommend adding a bit of salt and pepper to them.
~ Other information ~
Each quarter pounder contains, 205 calories, 2.8g of sugar, 8.9g of fat, 0.9g of saturates and 0.7g of salt. So they are pretty high in calories really considering there mainly just vegetables.
They contain no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.
They are suitable for vegetarians and vegans!
The actual veggies that are in these quarter pounders are carrot, potato, sweet corn, red pepper, onion, cauliflower, peas and green beans.
This product contains wheat, gluten and mustard. Cannot guarantee nut free.
~ Overall opinion ~
I served my quarter pounders with some vegetables and potatoes like the suggestion on the front of the box, however you could just as easily pop them into a burger bun as they are so versatile and go with practically anything. Perhaps this would be a good way to get your kids to eat more veggies, just tell them it's a burger! I think these are very tasty and a welcome and deserving product of Tesco's meat free range. I will be buying these again no doubt and would recommend them to anybody, vegetarian or not! It's just a shame that all the vegetables are not as detectable, I'd never have guessed there was onion in it and that's usually such a strong flavour as is cauliflower, I think if these flavours were stronger and there was more seasoning on the bread crumbs these would be worth 5 stars.
They don't take my top spot as favourite in my Tesco meat free range rating, cauliflower cheese grills still remain no.1 but these aren't far behind at all!
I have been a vegetarian for 11 years and I'm only 21 and I do see it as a challenge in my everyday life.
I don't like the texture of meat and the fact it was forced on me as a child. I still eat dairy food but not any meat or fish as I'm allergic. So my diet is made up of vegetarian substitutes, vegetables and lots of junk food too.
These vegetable 1/4 pounders are lovely. I usually cook them in the frying pan so the breadcrumb coating goes nice and crispy and i can add some onions into the pan to go with my meal.
The are found in the freezers in the vegetarian section and are £1.69 for a pack of 4. For a long time now Tesco has been offering their meat free products for 2 items for £3 which usually saves you a little bit.
I often prefer Tesco's meat free options to the better known brand Quorn as the have much better choices and they are much cheaper too.
When cooking them, they suggest oven cooking which i sometimes do, but i find they need longer cooking than the packet states. The inside is rather mushy and if you cook it 5 minutes longer than they say, you will harden it up a bit making it much nicer to eat.
Batter,Breadcrumb , Carrot (11%) ,Dried Potato , Sweetcorn (8%) , Red Pepper (8%) ,Vegetable Oil , Onion (6%) , Cauliflower (6%) , Peas (6%) , Green Bean (6%) ,Potato ,Salt ,Onion Powder ,Mustard Powder ,Wheat Flour ,Yeast Extract ,Black Pepper. ,Batter contains ,Water ,Wheat Flour. ,Breadcrumb contains ,Wheat Flour ,Yeast ,Dextrose ,Salt ,Paprika ,Turmeric.
The Nutritional content per burger:
All in all i would highly suggest this product to anyone, even if they do eat meat they are a healthy and fun way to eat vegetables and even give to the children. Put them in a roll with some salad and they will be too excited with having a burger to notice it's full of lovely veggies.
I noticed a review on here about these vegetable burgers, and always keen to find something new and seemingly healthy to give to my kids, I thought I would give them a try.
It is a while ago I actually bought them so I can't remember the price for 4 burgers exactly, but I believe that it was around £2, and you can get 2 boxes for £3.
I myself quite like eating vegetarian food. I often pick it as a choice in a pub, and I actually lived with 2 vegetarian housemates for a year, so apart from the odd tin of tuna or takeaway, I was actually vegetarian for most of that year as it was easier to cook together. It was an eye opener in eating lentils and pulses.
My kids are quite good at eating veggies so I thought this was something that would quite appeal to them. The first time I cooked them I did them as a lunchtime meal for us all, so I stuck these in the oven at gas mark 6 alongside some oven chips. About 20 minutes later the burgers were starting to look really tasty and just like the picture on the front of the box.
The topping is a very crunchy golden breadcrumb layer. It gives a satisfying crunch when you cut into it with a knife. The filling is very much like mash potato in texture, which I believe is actually mashed cauliflower. You can also see whole peas and sweetcorn, and little shredded bits of carrot and red pepper evenly throughout the burger.
Tastewise - well this is where the product let itself down a lot. It is actually rather bland. My children don't like these at all. I have actually purchased these for myself and my husband to have as an accompaniment to some other meal. As well as being bland they are quite dry in your mouth. I find that I need to have some sort of juice (beans) or sauce to make it easier to eat.
Myself and my husband have just eaten these for tea tonight, and we were talking about if we could eat these as a veggie alternative to a burger in a bun, and both of us think it could be done but you would need a lot of sauce. Personally, i'd rather stick to a meaty burger and save these as a side dish. I'm glad that I am not veggie and relying on these to be my main meal.
Nutriotionally speaking, although they appear to be good for you with 35% of the ingredients coming from vegetables, they are actually very calorific. One burger is 105 grams and contains a whopping 225 calories, with 10.7g (96 calories) from fat. While quite filling, I find that the taste is not good enough to warrant eating this many calories. You could eat big spoons of each of the vegetables in there for the same calories which would be much better for you.
I can see me buying them every now and again because I fancy something different, but they won't feature regularly on our menu.
Doing the weekly shop at Tesco's has never been one of my favourite things in life, as i have to also drag my two children along with me!
I am quite lucky though in the fact that my 4 year old is really in to healthy food and veggies etc!
So while wondering aimlessly around the frozen aisle's of my local store i came across these, they are basically veggie burger's that have a slight kick to them.
They come in a cardboard box no other packaging and the packs weighs 454g.They cost me around £1.30 for 4.
The nutrition side is ok they contain 225 cal's bit high but the sugar salt levels are quite low.
The allergy advice says they contain wheat gluten and celery and NO nuts.
Anyway i got them home and decided to cook them for tea for the kids and see how they went down.
They go into a pre-heated oven for 10-15 mins no need to turn them over.
When i got them out of the cooker i couldn't believe how good they smelled a kind of spicy yet aromatic smell which filled the ki9tchen and made my 4 year old very hungry.
As i was chopping them up i could see proper chunks of vegetable in them including sweetcorn,peppers,peas etc the coating was crispy but didn't look fatty at all.
Well i served them up with some chips and i have to say that the veggie burgers went first-the kids LOVED them!!!
I asked my son what he liked about them as he said (as follows)- "they are very yummy and have green giant in them!!!" (green giant being sweet corn to you and me).
I later tried some and i have to agree they were very Moorish the crumb coating has a slight spicy-ness to it with really sets off the veggies inside, even my husband who hates veggies liked them!!!
They are now a constant feature on my weekly shopping list!!!