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Taste test: frozen beef burgers

On a recent trip to Orlando, we ran into so much traffic we decided to skip dinner on the road and scour the freezer for ideas once we got home. Luckily, we always have frozen burgers on hand. I pick the same box from the grocery store out of habit, but I was curious about some of the other options on the market. I asked our Taster's Choice panel to do the picking. We tried 10 brands of frozen hamburgers, grilling the burgers first and finishing them in the oven.

Kathy Saunders, Times correspondent

Product/Score

(out of 100)
Fatburger 71Sam's Choice 65Great Value 56
Judges'

comments
Judges described this burger as a winner for its slightly chewy texture and large dose of peppery seasoning. "Wow!" said one judge. "I would serve these at my Super Bowl party." He added, "I like the texture and it's seasoned just the way I like them." Another described the look and feel of the burgers as "cafeteria-style." But, he said, "That's not bad, really." Overall, judges said this one seemed the most homemade of the options."If you are looking to feed a big, summertime crew, get this," said one judge. Another said, "This is a nice, plump burger. If it was seasoned with a slab of blue cheese you would never know it was frozen." A couple of other panelists said this thick and juicy burger needed no extras. "It stands on its own," said one.Flavor was what gave the Walmart store brand burger an edge. "It's a Burger King-styled patty," said one panelist. "It's a little thin but tastes good." Another judge said children would be especially fond of these burgers for their manageable size. "These don't have the usual frozen flavor and they would be great for a quick picnic," he said. A couple of judges said the burger would be even better with some added condiments. "It would be easy to stack, too," said one. "It is an excellent basic burger," said another.
Would

they buy?
All four judges said yes.All four judges said yes.All four judges said yes.
Shopping information$8.98 for a 32-ounce box of

six burgers from Walmart.
$8.48 for a 32-ounce box of

six burgers from Walmart.
$9.44 for a 48-ounce box of

12 burgers from Walmart.


Also Sampled: Bubba Burger ($10.98 for a 32-ounce box of six burgers from Walmart, 49 points); Flanders ($6.98 for a 64-ounce box of 16 from Walmart, 39 points); Ballpark ($6.98 for a 16.2-ounce bag of six from Walmart, 52 points); Market Pantry ($12.99 for a 48-ounce bag of 12 from Target, 38 points); Philly Gourmet ($9.49 for a 32-ounce box of eight from Publix, 29 points); Red Hot Ranch Angus Burgers ($11.69 for a 32-ounce box of six from Publix, 33 points); and Boulder ($10.25 for a 32-ounce box of six from Winn-Dixie, 55 points).

Panelists: Jeff Jensen, public information officer for the city of Treasure Island; Wayne Conery, retired restaurant manager; John Hehn, foodie and owner of All Brite Lighting & Power Design Inc.; and Mary Jane Park, executive director of the St. Petersburg Warehouse Arts District Association. All foods were tasted blind.

Send suggestions for product testing to: Taste section, Tampa Bay Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731 or email them to mstark@tampabay.com. Please put TEST SUGGESTION in the subject line. To read past Taster's Choice columns, go to

tampabay.com/things-to-do/food/tastetest.



Serving sizeOne burgerOne burgerOne burger
Calories440380340
Fat/Fiber38g / 0g12g / 0g28g / 0g
Sugars/Sodium0g / 560mg0g / 85mg0g / 60mg
Carbs/Protein0g / 24g0g / 28g0g / 19g

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