Best beef burgers
By Jon Barrow
Discover the best premium, chilled beef burgers as recommended by our expert taste test panel.
Our experts taste tested premium, chilled burgers from the major supermarkets for the June 2018 edition of Which? magazine.
These included 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.
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Table notes: Price excludes special offers/deals and were correct as of the week ending 6 April 2018.
Our experts give their tips for the putting together the perfect burger.
The bun To enjoy your burger to the max you need to eat it in a bun. All of our experts agreed that this must be soft, so that it can soak up all the juices, but while some preferred traditional rolls, others swore by brioches. Avoid any that are over sweet though.
The toppings Smoky bacon and oozing cheese are classics, much loved by our experts. Sharp goat's cheese, brie and Stilton were popular for cutting through the beefy taste but, a tad surprisingly, all were fans of cheap, processed cheese slices. Soft, hot onions and tangy gherkins complete the deal.
The crunch As a contrast to the soft roll and tender, juicy burger (and as a polite nod towards healthiness), you should also add in iceberg lettuce. To make it extra crunchy, soak it in icy water for 15 minutes beforehand before draining and patting dry. All that's left is to add your favourite condiments - our panel recommended Heinz Tomato Ketchup and French's Classic Yellow Mustard.
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
Our experts were:
- Ryan Simpson head chef and owner of award-winning restaurant Orwells.
- Keith Fisher fourth-generation master butcher and chief executive officer of The Institute of Meat.
- Alan Hayward award-winning butcher, and managing director of meat and game suppliers Vicars Game Ltd.
- Jack Cook fourth generation butcher at Walter Rose & Son, a multiple award-winning store that supplies some of the country's top chefs.