I had been recommended Birds Eye Green Cuisine Meat-Free Burgers as a pretty good substitute for beef burgers. So I bought a pack to try. Now I have this site up and running, I thought it would be good to review them.
Before I go on, here’s a quick recap about me and my old eating habits. Before the 2nd week in January 2020, I was predominantly a meat eater. And not good meats, most of it was processed. In fact, the only vegetables I ate were raw carrots and potatoes in a variety of forms. It was a terrible diet, and a scare has forced me to try and change. You can read more about it here. But TL;DR, I’m very fussy, so am looking for genuine meat free alternatives. I decided to write reviews of my findings just in case there’s anyone who wants to try this stuff, but are unsure.
First impressions of Green Cuisine Burgers
From the packaging, there’s no missing the fact that these are meat free. The box is splashed with a variety of green colours, along with meat-free and suitable for vegans messages. There is an image of the burger in a bun, and it kind of looks like a burger cooked on a griddle, of only a little flat and lighter in colour. It looks quite nice packaging, nothing offensive there, and 100% recyclable. Opening the box reveals two frozen burgers. There’s nothing special to note here, they’re just frozen burgers.
How do they taste?
Before I go in to review the Green Cuisine Burgers, I have to say I’m not the biggest fan of beef burgers. Some are great, I used to love the Tesco premium Angus burgers. But, I used to find other burgers very dry, and not particularly great. So, I’ll be basing my comparison on the succulent Angus burgers that I liked. The Green Cuisine Burgers taste pleasant. They have a hint of sage and onion, with a subtle sweetness. My review and focus on this site at the moment is do they taste like meat? No, they don’t taste like beef burgers. The texture is much softer and the taste is just not like a burger. Don’t get me wrong, they’re nice. But they wouldn’t pass a blind taste test. But, I’d quite happily eat them again.
For this comparison, I’ll review the Green Cuisine burgers against Tesco’s Finest 1/4 pounders (the Angus weren’t available for comparison). All metrics, including the price, is based on 100g of the product.
|Green Cuisine Meat-Free Burger (100g)||Tesco Finest 1/4lb Beef Burger (100g)|
What I find really interesting here is that the meat free burger has the same amount of protein as the beef burger! This is not something that I expected. It has less fat and massively less saturates. You even get added fibre and a similar level of carbohydrates. The only real let downs are the sugar and salt, which is almost double in the meat free burger.
If you liked this review, please check out my others for more meat free alternatives.
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