“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Vegetarians „
I've seen these Mushroom burgers in my local Tesco's for months and months and have always failed to be tempted by them. As much as I love mushrooms the whole mushroom burger thing just didn't appeal in anyway. They also didn't look very appealing or tasty in their uncooked form. Recently however I have become increasingly bored of a lot of the quick veggie food on offer.
While I try not to eat this type of convenience food too offer, it is really handy to have in the fridge on nights when I have cooked a meat meal for the rest of the family and can't face cooking something from fresh for myself. I have been hugely disappointed by many other brands of veggie burgers though, some are really dry and also quite bland and lacking in flavour.
After passing these burgers by many time, one day I was feeling quite adventurous and I decided to give them a go. A pack of two hefty chunky burgers cost £1.31 so I decided they were worth giving a try...nothing ventured and all that. Ok, so I got them home and that lunchtime I decided to give them a try. I had a good look at the packaging and was really impressed and surprised to see that these burgers contain no artificial preservatives, flavours, colours or hydrogenated fat and that they are also low in saturates, a good source of fibre and are Vegetarian Society approved. It was great to see a list of ingredients where I recognised each one and that they contained no rubbish.
The main content for these burgers is - Mushroom, Chickpea, Potato and Onion. My original feeling of doubt was no being replaced with a feeling that I might of actually found something rather tasty here. You can either grill or oven cook these burgers, I opted for the oven option as I am far too good at burning thins under the grill and would rather rely on my trust oven timer. I cooked them at the recommended temperature of 190C/37F/Gas Mark 5) for 20-25 minutes and when the buzzer went I was ready to eat!!
The burgers looked fantastic, really moist and they had turned a lovely brown colour. They also hadn't shrunk in size and still looked really chunky. I was having lunch with my daughter and I served us up a burger each with some cous cous and salad and then was ready to tuck in. They tasted fab, so much better than I had expected. The burgers were just really tasty and moist, seasoned really well and they had a great flavour. I thought that they would have a really strong mushroom taste but they didn't, all the ingredients worked really well together resulting in a fab burger. They were slightly firm and had a slight crispy outside and a yummy suculent centre. My daughter also really enjoyed them and had her eye on mine when she had finished her own.
So a big thumbs up from me and I'm really pleased I gave them a go.
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I make no secret of the fact that I would love to be vegetarian but have no willpower! I can do it for a bit but then smell sizzling bacon and before I know it I've eaten it and feel bad so no longer do I try and be one, I simply try my best to eat healthy and if I can avoid meat for a bit and look for tasty alternatives. The other day I saw these priced at £1.31 a packet (for 2) and decided to give them a whirl!
Black oblong tray with the two burgers sat in it and a olive green sleeve that slides on/off it. On the front of that sleeve there is a photograph of the burgers with chips and I'm told they are Tesco Vegetarian 2 Mushroom Burgers' which are 'Mushrooms chopped with potato, onion and chickpeas and made into burgers' and they contain no artificial preservatives, flavours, colours or hydrogenated fat and that they are also low in saturates, a good source of fibre and are Vegetarian Society approved. At the bottom of said sleeve I'm told this product serves 2, there is an at a glance nutritional chart on there, I'm told they are suitable for home freezing and the best before date is clearly stamped on. On the back of the sleeve I'm told how to cook them (oven cook for 20-25 minutes on 190C/37F/Gas Mark 5) or to grill them on a moderate heat for 7-8 minutes), nutritional information is fully listed as are the ingredients and allergy advice, storage detail is given along with contact ones for Tesco and finally there is bar-code on there. Nice enough packaging which is informative enough.
Well I cooked mine on a hot grill and just flipped them occasionally for about 7 minutes. When I first placed them on there they had little smell to them, were a light brown, rough textured round looking burgers that were quite thick and felt rather moist to the touch. When cooked they had firmed up and gone a bit browner.
Taste wise I loved these! Harder on the outside through cooking, light brown and fluffy on the inside they just tasted really, really, good! I ate one on it's own and one rammed between some bread with some burger relish on it and I just couldn't stop murmuring yum as I ate lol. They are soft and moist on the inside and taste of fresh vegetables really. All the vegetables are really well blended into a paste and those vegetables that I could taste in the main was chickpeas and onion. The potato and mushroom were in there I guess but I couldn't taste those so much but like I say the mix of the burger is blended together. Well seasoned with a hint of parsley to them they were far too moreish and I couldn't stop at one!
Not greasy and only 155 calories per burger I think these are amazing and I shall definitely be purchasing these time and time again.....I wonder if they'd be good on a BBQ lol..
Highly recommended from me!
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