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Best beef burgers

By Jon Barrow

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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.

Discover:

Best burgers 

Only logged in Which? members can view the rest of our results and tasting notes in the table below and our experts' views on meat-free burger alternatives. If you're not yet a member, you'll see an alphabetically ordered list of the best premium beef burgers on test. To get instant access join Which?.

 
Aldi – Specially Selected Aberdeen Angus Beef Quarter Pounders
  Aldi Specially Selected Aberdeen Angus Beef Quarter Pounders LO table Price Tasting notes Overall score
£2.49 for 454g (4 burgers) Subscriber only content Subscriber only content

If you're on a budget Aldi's 100% British beef burgers might be on your shopping list. They are produced from cattle sired by registered pedigree Aberdeen Angus Bulls and were one of the cheapest burgers we tested.  

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Asda - Extra-Special Seasoned Beef Burgers
  Asda Extra Special Seasoned Beef Burgers LO table Price Tasting notes Overall score
£3 for 454g (4 burgers) Subscriber only content Subscriber only content

Seasoned with sea salt and black pepper, Asda's British beef burgers are battling for a place on your plate.

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Co-Operative - Irresistible Hereford Beef Burgers
 Co-op Irresistible Hereford Beef Burgers LO table   Price Tasting notes Overall score
£3.19 for 340g (2 burgers) Subscriber only content Subscriber only content

These Hereford beef burgers might look great raw but do they taste good?

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Gourmet Burger Kitchen – Gourmet Beef Burgers
  Gourmet Burger Kitchen Gourmet Beef Burgers LO table Price Tasting notes Overall score
£4.50  for 342g (2 burgers) Subscriber only content Subscriber only content

Considering these are the priciest burgers in our shortlist, we were hoping they would pack a punch during the taste test.

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Lidl – Deluxe Scotch Beef Steak Quarter Pounders
  Lidl Deluxe Scotch Beef Steak Quarter Pounders  LO table Price Tasting notes Overall score
£2.49 for 454g (4 burgers) Subscriber only content Subscriber only content

The affordable supermarket chain calls its steak quarter pounders 'exceptionally succulent'. But did these Scottish beef patties impress our expert panel?

Find out how one of the two cheapest packs we used fared in our taste test. Log in now or join Which? to unlock our full table of test results.

M&S - Our Best Ever Burger
  M&S Our Best Ever Burger LO table Price Tasting notes Overall score
£3.50 for 340g (2 burgers) Subscriber only content Subscriber only content

With the name 'Our Best Ever Burger', the M&S offering has a lot to live up to. The supermarket promises 'succulent texture' and an 'extra special flavour' – but what did our expert tasting panel think?

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Morrisons – The Best 6oz Chuck Steak Burgers
 Morrisons The Best 6oz Chuck Steak Burgers LO table   Price Tasting notes Overall score
£3.50 for 340g (2 burgers) Subscriber only content Subscriber only content

These 6oz chuck steak burgers from Morrisons get their flavour from 100% British beef. But will they make for a juicy dinner?

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Sainsbury's – Taste The Difference 30 Day Matured Beef Burgers
  Sainsbury's Taste The Difference 30 Day Matured Beef Burgers LO table Price Tasting notes Overall score
£3.50 for 340g (6 rashers) Subscriber only content Subscriber only content

'Rich and robust', 'juicy' with a 'meaty succulence' are just a few of the words Sainsbury's uses to describe its 30-day aged beef burgers. But will this mirror our review?

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Tesco – Finest Beef Steak Burgers
  Tesco Finest Beef Steak Burgers LO table Price Tasting notes Overall score
£3 for 454g (4 burgers) Subscriber only content Subscriber only content

Tesco claims its lightly seasoned steak mince burgers offers up 'tender and succulent beef'.

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Waitrose – 1 Hand-Pressed Beef Burgers
  Waitrose 1 Hand-Pressed Beef Burgers LO table Price Tasting notes Overall score
£3.74 for 340g (2 burgers) Subscriber only content Subscriber only content

Waitrose describes its Hereford beef burgers as 'meltingly tender' and claims that its 30 day ageing process is what gives its burgers its 'characteristic rich, almost buttery flavour.'

At £3.75 its one of the more pricier packs but did our expert tasting panel think its worth it? Log in now or join Which? to unlock our full table of test results.

Table notes: Pricing for products above excludes special offers/deals and was correct at the week ending 6 April 2018.

Best accompaniments 

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 overly 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 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.

How we tested 

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.
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