Asda triumphs in Good Housekeeping's annual BBQ taste test winning best burgers

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ASDA has been crowned the king of burgers after scooping first place in two categories in The Good Housekeeping Institute 2022 BBQ food blind taste test.

The taste test saw 121 products from a selection of brands and grocers put against each other at a central London test centre.

Having run blind taste tests for over 20 years, the panel of expert testers and consumers have built a reputation for giving a trusted verdict on each product while rating looks, smell, taste and texture.

ASDA’s Extra Special 4 Salt and Cracked Black Pepper Beef Burgers (£3.30 for 4) scored a whopping 77/100 as the panel applauded the beef burger’s bold, umami flavours and well-balanced yet simple seasoning.

Good Housekeeping 2022 BBQ taste test: The full winners

 BEEF BURGERS

Winner: ASDA’s Extra Special 4 Salt and Cracked Black Pepper Beef Burgers (£3.30 for 454g – 4 burgers)

Score: 77/100

Runner up: Farmison Hand Pressed Steak & Bone Marrow Burger £10.95 for 500g (4 burgers)

Score: 76/100

BEST FLAVOURED BURGERS

Winner: ASDA Extra Special British Beef Burger with Truffle & Parmesan Melt £3.00 for 300g (2 burgers)

Score: 86/100

Runner up: M&S Chilli Cheese Beef Burger £4.50 for 300g (2 burgers)

Score: 81/100

SAUSAGES

Winner: M&S Bacon & Cheese Sausage Swirl £4.50 for 300g (1 large swirl)

Score: 85/100

Runner up: Tesco Finest 4 Pork, Cheese & Jalapeno Hot Dogs £2.60 for400g (4 sausages)

Score: 77/100

MEAT KEBABS

Winner: Farmison Yakitori Chicken Skewers £10.95 for 500g (4 kebabs)

Score: 85/100

Runner up: Aldi Ashfields Grill Garlic & Rosemary Lamb Kebabs £2.99 for 320g (4 kebabs)

Score: 83/100

MEAT FREE SAUSAGES

Winner: Tesco Plant Chef 6 Cumberland Style Bangers £1.75 for 350g (6 sausages)

Score: 89/100

Runner up: THIS Isn’t Pork Sausages £3.00 for 230g (6 sausages)

Score: 83/100

MEAT FREE BURGERS

Winner: Beyond Burger £4.00 for 226g (2 burgers)

Score: 86/100

Runner up: Co-op GROW The Bhaji Burger £2.50 for 265g (2 burgers)

Score: 80/100

BBQ HEROES

Winner: Iceland TGI Maple BBQ King Pork Ribs £7.00 for 700g

Score: 90/100

Runner up: ASDA Ultimate Extra Special Tomahawk Steak £25 for 1kg

Score: 89/100

 

The Good Housekeeping Institute have revealed the results of their annual BBQ taste test. Pictured: WINNER: ASDA's Extra Special 4 Salt and Cracked Black Pepper Beef Burgers

The Good Housekeeping Institute have revealed the results of their annual BBQ taste test. Pictured: WINNER: ASDA’s Extra Special 4 Salt and Cracked Black Pepper Beef Burgers

WINNER: ASDA's Extra Special British Beef Burger with Truffle &Parmesan Melt (pictured) impressed in the flavoured burger category with it's succulence

WINNER: ASDA’s Extra Special British Beef Burger with Truffle &Parmesan Melt (pictured) impressed in the flavoured burger category with it’s succulence 

The supermarket also impressed the panel in the flavoured burger category, with their Extra Special British Beef Burger with Truffle &Parmesan Melt (£3.00 for 2) coming out on top. 

Scoring a high 86/100, the panel claimed that the burger was ‘succulent’ and ‘oh-so indulgent’ with a béchamel-like cheese topper, gaining top marks for taste. 

Farmison almost beat ASDA in the beef burger category with their Hand Press Steak & Bone Marrow Burger (£10.95 for 4), scoring a respectable 76/100. 

The tasting panel praised how the burgers were seasoned, noting the umami notes from the bone marrow. They liked that the burger was deep and complex, being described as both ‘meaty’ and ‘peppery’, with a kick of heat.

WINNER: M&S's Bacon & Cheese Sausage Swirl (pictured) was praised by the testers for its'touch of smokiness to finish'

WINNER: M&S’s Bacon & Cheese Sausage Swirl (pictured) was praised by the testers for its ‘touch of smokiness to finish’

WINNER: Tesco's Plant Chef 6 Cumberland Style Bangers (pictured) was chosen as the best meat-free sausage

WINNER: Tesco’s Plant Chef 6 Cumberland Style Bangers (pictured) was chosen as the best meat-free sausage 

Meanwhile, M&S’s Chilli Cheese Beef Burger (£4.50 for 2) came second in the flavoured burgers category with a score of 81/100.

Testers noted that the burgers had ‘a really lovely hit of chilli that pairs well with cheddar’, noting that they looked ‘indulgent and moreish’.

The supermarket redeemed itself by winning the battle of the bangers with their Bacon & Cheese Sausage Swirl (£4.50 for 300g) which scored 85/100.

The skinny chipolatas are packed with herbs and black pepper, then topped with a glossy BBQ-style sauce. 

The panel hailed the ‘cheesy notes at the fore, with a touch of smokiness to finish’, adding that the BBQ sauce was ‘sweet and mouth-watering’. It was praised for being ‘like a decadent cheesy hotdog in one mouthful, perfect for a big white bap’.

Tesco Finest 4 Pork, Cheese & Jalapeno Hot Dogs (£2.60 for 400g), came second scoring 77/100.

The sausages have light spicing and a jalapeno tang that builds. The panel liked the faint hint of chives, which adds freshness to the pork and red Leicester.

The Beyond Burger (pictured left) was selected as the best meat-free burger

Iceland TGI Maple BBQ King Pork Ribs (pictured) were labelled a'hero' product

WINNERS: The Beyond Burger (pictured left) was selected as the best meat-free burger, while Iceland TGI Maple BBQ King Pork Ribs (pictured right) were labelled a ‘hero’ product

Meanwhile, the panel also tested 35 meat-free alternatives for vegetarians at summer BBQs.

Beyond Meat’s The Beyond Burger (£4.00 for 2) took the crown for best meat-free burgers, scoring 86/100. 

The panel unanimously agreed that the burger was an excellent meat replacement, praising the overall flavour for being well-balanced with a lightly smoky aroma.

Co-op GRO The Bhaji Burger (£2.50 for 2), packed with vegetables and bold bhaji spices scored 80/100 as the panel loved the aromaTesco’s Plant Chef 6 Cumberland Style Bangerstics at play in the vegan patty.

For those seeking a meat-free sausage, Tesco’s Plant Chef 6 Cumberland Style Bangers (£1.75 for 6) scored an impressive 89/100 with the panel commenting on the texture as the perfect balance of melt-in-the-mouth filling and a crispy skin.

THIS Isn’t Pork Sausages (£3.00 for 6) scored 83/100 coming in second, and were hailed for their rich, meaty and ‘marmite-like’ flavour.

Farmison's Yakitori Chicken Skewers (pictured) were praised for being like a'classic, spiced, umami-heavy chicken dish in a good quality Japanese restaurant'

Farmison’s Yakitori Chicken Skewers (pictured) were praised for being like a ‘classic, spiced, umami-heavy chicken dish in a good quality Japanese restaurant’

Elsewhere, Farmison’s Yakitori Chicken Skewers (£10.95 for 4) impressed kebab lovers and scored 85/100. 

The Asian influence was spotlighted by the panel, with testers praising the meat for being like a ‘classic, spiced, umami-heavy chicken dish in a good quality Japanese restaurant’, adding that the pockets of sauce had a great caramelised depth. 

The chicken is corn-fed and sold pre-marinated, with skewers provided so customers can thread the meat at home. 

The Aldi Ashfields Grill Garlic & Rosemary Lamb Kebabs (£2.99 for 4) scored 83/100, coming in a close second to Farmison. 

The panel loved that the skewers had an initial natural sweetness from the lamb, with the mint sauce adding a well-balanced tang.

Angela Trofymova, who is Head of Food & Drink Testing at the Good Housekeeping Institute commented on the results, explaining: ‘With summer just around the corner, the Good Housekeeping Institute has been working hard to source the very best BBQ products on the market this season. 

‘There’s an incredible range of burgers, sausages and added value products in store this year, not to mention an impressive uptick in meat free alternatives. 

‘It’s been brilliant to see so many great tasting yet affordable options this year. Our panel has been incredibly impressed with the thought, innovation and quality that’s gone into entries. 

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