“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Vegetarians „
They've stopped selling them. Of course they may re-introduce them at a much higer price ! They seem to do that a lot at Tesco with bargain food. Shame. They were really good value; and wheat-free too !!
Me and my Hubby have been Veggies for over 20 years and I have always cooked my own meals from scratch. However, occasionally there is the need to put together a quick meal, when you have had a pretty busy day at work and can't be bothered to mess about too much, and we have found these burgers are ideal.
I oven bake them with home made spicy potato wedges, hoummus, salad and pitta bread. The taste of the burgers is a bit like I would imagine a lamb burger would taste and the texture is just like an ordinary burger and if you don't overdo them they stay juicy. They are also ideal for a barbie, just whack 'em on for a few minutes each side, serve in a bun with salad and mayo.
The fact is, Tesco used to do char grilled quarter pounders in the meat free range and they were way better than the thin ones. Apparently they are now permanently unavailable and we are very disappointed as we really preferred them and must admit I buy the 8 packs under sufferance! I would have rated the quarter pounders 5 stars. PLEASE Tesco bring them back - we used to buy around 52 packs a year!
I have been a vege forever and so this review won't really be comparing it to a meat thing because I dont know what it is like (although my meaty boyfriend willingly eats these when he comes over), I will just more tell you about them.
I get these from Tesco as they are ususally on an offer with the rest of their range as £3 for any 2. This is pretty good in my opinion, especially as you get 8 burgers in a pack and I really only can eat 1 or 2 at a time, and also they can freeze.
I keep mine in the freezer (they are in this section of the supermarket) and then just take them out when I fancy one and it is great. They take about 12 minutes to cook in my oven at a standard about 200 degree temp, so jobs a good'un as they say. You can also fry these or microwave them, but I'm more of an oven person myself. Nice to have options though. As they are frozen they also last forever. My pack here for example (I probably bought it in about December, will last untill Nov 2010 (well it would if I hadn't just finished it).
They are brown before you cook them but then when they are cooked they go nice and brown and smell pretty good too. They work well in burger buns or with veg on a plate just as a meat substitute.
I can't say what they taste like really because they are just like vege burgers to me. They are chewy and can be a bit tough if you cook them for a long time. They don't really taste much of anything apart from tasty. They aren't overly salty or anything, they are just really tasty and nice. When you bite into one it is like they break apart and are made of little bits of flaked protein/burger stuff.
What I like about these burgers is that they don't seem to ooze fat everywhere like my housemates meaty ones sometimes do. These are relatively healty for you and a good source of protein for us veges. Each burger has 10.1g of protein so this is pretty good. The fat is quite low too at only 2.8g (all of this is per 56g burger). The box also raves about how they are low in saturates and a super food.
The burgers are made of soya protein but they are not suitable for vegans as they do contain egg. I would say deffo worth a try if you are vege, dieting or just want to try something new!
I have been a vegetarian for many years now. In my time I have tried a very wide varoety of meat free products, in an attempt to find out what I like the most. I have tried products from The Linda McCartney and Quorn range and own brand products from Tesco, Sainsbury's and Asda.
I have come across many products I now buy regularly, and those I buy just occassionally, and those I will never buy again! Vegetarian food is generally spilt into two types: that that imitates meat and those which are completely different, and more normally vegetable based. These tesco meat free burgers and the sort that 'imitate meat'.
Firstly, the good thing is that they come in 100% recyclable packaging. One cardboard box is enough to keep them fresh. The burgers are frozen, and you can cook them from frozen. They have a really long shelf life if kept in your freezer.
The burgers are quite chunky, thicker and wider than the quorn burgers and look a lot more appetising when cooked as they don't dry out as much. They are much cheaper too, the price works out at about twenty pence per burger!
The burgers tatse of a starnbdy meaty equivalent, soft and chewy but easy to pick apart in your mouth. The texture is consitent all the way through there are no nasty surprises like you might get with meat.
The burgers taste quite rich and deep and are suited to a lot of meals. I like them with potatoes and beans, or salad, or even in a bun in the summer BBQ season.
The burgers can be grilled or oven cooked (check the back of the box for more specific instructions). I think they taste good either way, although grill cooking is quicker.
Another thing worth mentioning is that these burgers are much better for you (in health and calorie wise) than meat burgers-and cheaper too!
When I became a vegetarian, just over 6 years ago, it was down to the fact that I did not want animals to die, to feed me. It was not bacause I did not enjoy the taste of meat. I was therefore disappointed at the thought of never eating another burger or hotdog ever again.
When I came across Tesco Meat Free Burgers, I was a bit dubious about how they would taste. I had by this time found and tried both, Linda McCartney & Quorn burgers and did not like the taste at all.
Tesco Meat Free Burgers, I am glad to say, taste great. They have a surprisingly 'meaty' texture and flavour. They are made from a blend of seasoned soya and wheat proteins ( I know it doesn't sound very appetising does it!) They have a lightly chargrilled flavouring and have became a firm favourite in my household.
I like to eat my burgers in two ways. I do like a basic cheese burger and although I am a penny-pincher, I have to have DairyLea cheese slices, a Warburtons bun to put them in and a nice dollop of Tesco's own tomato ketchup (back to penny-pinching!). All this together, makes the perfect cheese burger, which I have once a fornight, along with homemade chips.
The other favourite is when I have them with creamy, mashed potatoes and a couple of different veggies i.e. sweetcorn & peas. I then pour lovely onion gravy over my burgers. It's makes a delicious, easy and inexpensive meal.
Tesco's Meat Free Burgers, are advertised on the box as being a 'Super Food'. They are low in saturates, rich in protein and the soya helps reduce blood cholesterol.
These burgers come in a box of 8, at a cost of £1.58 but items in the 'meat free' range are regularly on offer at 2 for £3, which is great value in my opinion.
They are best cooked from frozen and take 10 - 12 minutes in the oven, at Gas Mark 4. They can also be microwaved, grilled and shallow fried.
Each burger (56g) contains 80 calories, which is low compared to a similar sized, Tesco meat burger, which has 120 calories.
As a vegetarian, I am glad these burgers are available, as they taste great. They would also so be great for anyone watching their weight or cholesterol levels.
Definately worth 5 stars
Firstly I would like to point out that I am not vegetarian, and up until a few months ago if someone mentioned "meat free burger" I would have baulked at the thought. My other half has an obsession with the fat content of foods and she never touches burgers because they are so full of fat. When we have a BBQ she will always opt for a meat free variety and I had never thought to try one.
A few weeks ago I was by myself and couldn't be bothered to cook. Hunting through the freezer for some type of quick fix convenience food I stumbled across a box of Tesco meat free burgers, obviously left over from the summer, and thought I would give them a go.
The ingredients used in manufacturing these burgers is vast and include soya protein (57%), wheat protein (20%), vegetable oil, dried egg white, potato starch, yeast extract, salt, pea fibre, barley, spices, stabilisers, onion powder, garlic powder and rusk.
Despite using some pretty powerful ingredients, I refer to the onion powder and garlic powder, it is not possible to identify any overpowering agent, which I find quite surprising. Overall, the ingredients fuse together to produce a pretty neutral product. I must admit that I never notice the onion or garlic content but my other half always comments the morning after eating these burgers that I taste of garlic, so it must be quite potent.
Each burger contains 80 calories, 10.1g of protein, 3.4g of carbohydrates, 2.8g of fat, 1.7g of fibre and 0.6g of salt.
Looking at the nutritional information one of these burgers, on its own, isn't actually that bad for you, and if you compare it to a traditional meat burger it is hundreds of times better for you.
One thing that surprised me was the fat content since I was always under the impression that meat substitutes and soya/quorn products contained zero fat. Personally, I am not bothered about the fat content, after all it is needed for a balanced diet. Besides, I am of the opinion that having some fat actually assists the cooking process as it stops food from drying out too much.
The only thing that is going to make these burgers bad for you is the additional extras you have with them and since these burgers are great in a roll with plastic cheese and lots of mayonnaise a somewhat healthy meal becomes quite the opposite for me.
As with most of these ready-made and convenience type foods there are numerous ways to cook these burgers, and since vegetarian foods require less cooking than meat products (which could be potentially threatening if under cooked) including microwaving, grilling, oven baking and shallow frying.
With a 650Wmicrowave these burgers are cooked using full power for one minute, turning the burger over and then cooking for a further 30 seconds. If using a 750W microwave the initial minute can be reduced to 45 seconds before turning the burger and then cooking for a further 30 seconds. These times are comparable to that of other microwave burgers, such as the Rustlers brand, so it is actually possible to have a quick snack to sort out the drunken munchies, or whatever that is fairly healthy. In addition you don't have to suffer the awful rolls of the Rustlers brand that either come out soggy or hard.
I have always been a bit sceptical about microwaves, and whilst I think they are a fantastic invention and great for defrosting and heating through, I am still undecided about actually cooking things from raw with one. I mean, is it really possible to cook something properly in such a short time? I appreciate meat substitute products really only need warming through but I am still not convinced, and I must admit I have never tried microwaving these burgers and can't comment what they are like straight out of the microwave.
Grilling these burgers takes approximately 8 - 10 minutes, although at the end of the day it is down to personal preference. Grilling is my cooking method of choice and I find the best way of doing it is to grill the burgers until they start to spit and then turn it over and do the same to the other side. One thing I have found is that these burgers go from cooked to overdone very quickly and one thing you don't want to do is over do one of these burgers as they are not very good once they are crispy.
I have to admit that I never oven bake or shallow fry these burgers so I cannot comment on what they are like cooked in this way.
****Smell and taste****
It is difficult to describe the smell of these burgers, or liken it to any familiar products. I find the smell neutral and bland, even considering the pretty powerful ingredients, but is this such a bad thing?
Just like the smell I am struggling to describe the taste of these burgers, and I can't think of anything familiar to liken it to. Personally I don't think these burgers are that tasty, don't get me wrong they are nice but they don't get my taste-buds tingling, but then no meat substitutes do that for me. You may well ask why I eat these burgers if the taste isn't that good.
The reason I buy these burgers, and all meat substitutes for that matter (including chicken pieces, quorn mince and sausages), is because of the texture. I find using meat alternatives is a great way of reducing the fat content and making a more healthy chilli, sweet and sour chicken dish although I will alternate between the "proper" meat and vegetarian varieties. In all of these dishes I find it is the other ingredients that provide the smell and taste and the meat or meat substitute provides nothing more than the texture and bulk.
One of these burgers in a roll with plastic cheese and lots of mayonnaise tastes great. I also like one of these burgers in a roll, with plastic cheese, thinly sliced gherkins and lots of American style mustard. This combination tastes just like a cheeseburger from a famous fast food joint.
These burgers are only available from Tescos, obviously, and cost £1.89 for eight which I think is great value.
I admit I was sceptical about these burgers but I have to admit that I am hooked on them. They are not the most versatile of food products and I would only ever eat them in a roll with lots of flavoursome extras. Eaten on their own they are not that good.
These burgers are great for those nights when you can't be bothered to cook, or those times when you want something quickly as they take no time to cook, and if you are brave you can have them out of a microwave as quick as you can a Rustlers, but this option is much better for you.
Even though I am a meat eater I would opt for one of these meat free varieties over a frozen meat burger every time as I find frozen meat burgers pretty disgusting and nowhere near as good as a "proper" burger, so I am glad I have found a frozen alternative in these burgers.
(This review has been posted on other sites under the name of yackers1)