Today, I wanted to talk about a burger which you can buy from the frozen section of Tesco, and which I’ve eaten quite a lot of over the years thanks to the fact that it is convenient to buy and doesn’t taste bad. Although we try to stay away from the higher calorie vegetarian stuff when shopping these days, we do occasionally treat ourselves to something like the Tesco Mexican Style Beanburgers. Sometimes – like the time I’m reviewing today – we’ll eat them just normally as you would any burger, and sometimes we’ll cut them up after cooking into small bite sized pieces, which you can scatter over a salad to make the tastiest croutons available. This is a bit more of an interesting way to eat a veggie burger if you are just starting out as a vegetarian and struggling to find variety. It also brings a bit more flavour and means that you’re not just stuck with boring salad night after night!
First of all, the cooking method can really make a difference to these burgers. When done in the oven they have a nice crispy texture on the outside and are nice and soft within, though not too soft as to make a difference to the Mexican feel. When done in the microwave (and to be fair, the package does not recommend this) they can go a bit doughy and chewy on the inside, and a bit soggy too thanks to the condensation. If you’re in a hurry, though, it’s not too bad, and it will only take you a few minutes as opposed to more than 20. This is what they look like after being cooked in the microwave.
They are a little spicy, but this can easily be countered with some mayonnaise if you are worried about them being too hot for you. The sweetcorn is one of the main tastes that stands out as you eat it, along with the kidney beans, so there is a nice bit of texture in there. However, it can be a bit bland when you get a bite that has no sweetcorn or is all kidney bean, so this can be a problem from time to time. The spices are the only other flavour which really comes through, despite the fact that there are other ingredients in there. All in all they are not too memorable, just an average Mexican burger which goes nicely with something like chips or salad if you want a quick and easy meal. You can also cut them into strips and put them inside wraps along with salad and dressing for a nice alternative, particularly great for lunch times. Don’t expect a 5 star meal to include these, but keep them in your freezer for those times when you just don’t want to spend time and effort on making something more creative.
On the Vegburge scale, I give this…
Taste – 5/10
Price – 8/10
Rest of experience – 6/10