Best beef burgers
By Jon Barrow
Discover the best premium, chilled beef burgers as recommended by our expert taste test panel.
Britain's High Streets are now packed with upmarket restaurant chains selling top quality burgers. But you don't have to leave your home to enjoy a delicious burger, as good quality, fresh patties are now available from most supermarkets.
So to find out which ones you should opt for when you finally get to fire up your barbecue this summer, we assembled a crack squad of meat experts and asked them to choose their favourites.
All the premium, chilled burgers that we assessed are available from the major supermarkets, including own-brand options from Aldi, Asda, The Co-operative, Lidl, Marks & Spencer, Morrisons, Sainsbury's, Tesco and Waitrose, plus popular own brand Gourmet Burger Kitchen.
Our results show that there are real differences between the best and worst, from juicy burgers that are packed with flavour to over-priced options that left our tasters underwhelmed.
Which beef burgers are best?
The burgers to choose this summer are the Co-op's Irresistible Hereford Beef Burgers. These delicious burgers look and taste great and received the highest marks from two of our panel.
Costing £1.60 per burger, the Co-op patties were among the most expensive that we tasted. But our panel also praised a far cheaper option. Aldi's Specially Selected Aberdeen Angus Beef Quarter only cost 62p each – perfect if you're cooking for a large group.
In contrast, the two most expensive burgers our experts tried (Waitrose 1, Hand-Pressed Beef Burgers, £1.87 each, and Gourmet Burger Kitchen's Gourmet Beef Burgers, £2.25 each) were a real disappointment.
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Table notes: Price excludes special offers/deals and were correct as of the week ending 6 April 2018.
How we test burgers
We asked our panel of four experts to rate and assess nine supermarket own-brand burgers and one widely available alternative in a blind tasting. All the burgers were chilled, premium options that you can buy from your local supermarket.
Our experts blind tasted each burger and assessed their taste, texture, aroma and appearance. We combined these scores to give an overall rating based on:
- 50% taste
- 30% texture
- 10% aroma
- 10% appearance
Ryan Simpson is head chef and owner of award-winning restaurant Orwells.
Keith Fisher is a fourth-generation master butcher and chief executive officer of The Institute of Meat.
Alan Hayward is an award-winning butcher, and managing director of meat and game suppliers Vicars Game Ltd.
Jack Cook is a fourth generation butcher at Walter Rose & Son, a multiple award-winning store that supplies some of the country's top chefs.