CAN you host a family barbecue this summer without breaking the bank?
With the cost of food rising, we’ve looked into which supermarket own-brand BBQ products are best value for money.
Today, we’ve tested supermarket own-brand burgers and compared them to see which are the best quality for the price
We bought the cheapest regular own-brand burgers available in Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Aldi and Lidl.
We scored them out of ten for taste, taking into account how much meat they contain and how healthy they are.
And we also rated them out of 10 for value, based on the price you pay per 100g of burger.
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Here’s how the burgers scored out of 20 overall:
WINNER: Sainsbury’s Quarter Pounders
- £3.49 for 8 (681g)
These burgers were thick with grease once they were cooked but they were really tasty.
They had a delicious meaty flavour and worked well on a BBQ. But they did contain the highest salt content of all the burgers we tried, at 0.95 per cent – almost double the salt in the Morrisons burgers.
One of the burgers we tasted contained a lot of gristle but another didn’t, so the quality was inconsistent.
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At 55p per 100g, these were in the middle on price.
Lidl Birchwood Beef Burgers
- £4.25 for 8 (681g)
Lidl’s patties were very thin and tasted like ones you would get from a burger van.
The texture was claggy and stuck to your teeth. They were the joint-cheapest, at just 51p per 100g.
Aldi Ashfields Grill British Beef Burgers
- £3.49 for 8 (680g)
We didn’t enjoy the Aldi burgers, which were quite bland and tasteless, with a mousse-like soft texture.
They also had a much higher saturated fat content than all the other own-brands we tested, at 11%.
But at just 51p per 100g, these were the joint cheapest.
Tesco Fire Pit Beef Burgers
- £4.55 for 6 (730g)
The Tesco burgers had a decent burger taste but lacked seasoning.
The texture was claggy and the burger stuck to your teeth when you bit into it, which was quite unpleasant.
At 62p per 100g, they were also the joint most-expensive burgers we tried.
Asda Succulent Beef Burgers
- £4.25 for 8 (681g)
Asda’s burgers were quite bland and chewy. They had a firmer texture than the Tesco ones but they did contain some bits of gristle.
On the plus side, they had the lowest saturated fat
content of all the burgers we tried.
At 62p per 100g, they were among the most expensive, but a family could get more portions out of a pack because the meat was divided into eight burgers instead of six.
Morrisons Global Grill Beef Quarter Pounders
- £4.25 for 6 (681g)
The Morrisons burgers were gluten-free, had good BBQ seasoning and tasted really strongly of pepper – but some people might find them too fiery.
They had the lowest meat content of all the burgers we tried, at 76 per cent.
Fans of pepper would rate these 8/10 for taste but we downgraded this to a 6/10 overall because not everyone would enjoy that taste and the packaging didn’t make clear the burgers would be intensely peppery.
Taste: 6/10 (or 8/10 for pepper fans)
Total: 11/20 (or 13/20 for pepper fans)
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