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Fast Bites Sliders Review – Advance Pierre

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Fast Bites Sliders Review Advance PierreI’ve reviewed a lot of products that I commonly call “gas station foods,” or ready to eat and heat and eat sandwiches.

Often these are from one of the industry giants, Advance Pierre, (hereinafter AP) which also recently acquired a sizable competitor, Landshire. Past reviews on this site include Advance Pierre’s Sausage and Cheese Biscuit, Big Az Cheeseburger, and their Pretzel Cheeseburger.

Today I checked out their cheeseburger sliders, which were found at Dollar Tree, packaged two in a box. These can generally be thought to compete with frozen White Castle sliders.

The Advance Pierre sliders are microwave ready, about a minute, but using the “old method” of removing the sandwiches from their plastic wrapping and tucking them into a paper towel.  This used to be White Castle’s instructions also, but now theirs are heating directly in their packaging.

In the case of either sandwich, it can be difficult to master the heating process.  One can end up with a part that’s rock hard or ice cold. Today, heating worked out pretty universally successful.

The AP‘s buns are much softer than White Castle’s, tho substantial enough to deal with the burger and any toppings you care to add. The burger has less flavor than White Castle, probably due to the latter having the equivalent of the restaurant’s flavor/method of being cooked on a bed of onions.

The AP ingredient list lists “cooked onion” but the flavor isn’t evident.  I was surprised, but happy about the fact, that AP’s patties aren’t bathed in liquid smoke, as a lot of heat and eat burgers are, a method to simulate outdoor grilling.

All in all, with condiments of my (or your choice), this is a pretty good product for a quick snack, or to pop something economical in your kid’s mouths. They aren’t terribly unhealthy in terms of fat, sodium, or carbs.

I’ll buy them again, and keep a few on hand. Why not?

Fast Bites Sliders Review Advance Pierre

Frozen out of package

 

Fast Bites Sliders Review Advance Pierre

After 60 seconds in microwave

 

 

 

 

Fast Bites Sliders Review Advance Pierre

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Circle A Ranch Country Fried Beef

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Advanced Pierre Country Fried Beef ReviewI’ve written a whole lot about  the products from Cincinnati-based Advance Pierre, the premiere “heat and eat” and “gas station sandwich” maker in the U.S.  Often, besides in vending and C-stores, you’ll find their frozen products at dollar stores.

You know how much I love chicken fried steak?  I’ve tried it all over the country, both from restaurants and the heat and eat varieties.

This product was made in the plant pictured below, and is comprised of beef, mechanically separated turkey, and, not kidding, about 150 other ingredients.  Nuke of 90 seconds, stir “gravy,” nuke another 30, let sit for 30, and then “enjoy.”

Now ordinarily, I’d put this product in the category of “I tried so you don’t have to.”  But I didn’t really “try” it.  I had one bite and it was so awful, I couldn’t go on.

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Advanced Pierre Country Fried Beef Review

Frozen, pre microwaving

Advanced Pierre Country Fried Beef Review

After microwaving

Advanced Pierre Country Fried Beef Review

Advance Pierre Plant, Amherst, Ohio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Circle A Ranch Country Fried Beef

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Advance Pierre Pretzel Cheeseburger Review

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Advance Pierre Pretzel Cheeseburger ReviewEvery time I think I have covered every single availability in the ‘heat and eat’ burger category, I run across a new one.  This week it’s the “Pretzel Cheeseburger” from Advance Pierre, arguably the largest manufacturer of heat and eat burgers, and I’ve tried a gaggle of them. While the Ohio company puts out a lot of product under its own brand names – to C stores, vending, institutions, it is also a contract manufacturer and makes products for others, like the new Steak N Shake frozen burgers.

Whereas many of these type of sandwiches call for nuking in their cello wrapper, this one reverts to the way that White Castle used to tout, namely remove wrapper, wrap in paper towel, heat 90 seconds, let sit 90 seconds.

Like many of the beef products in this category, the Advance Pierre patty has the smell and taste of the artificial smoke flavoring, added to simulate ‘grilled flavor.’ The meat patty also has corn starch and corn syrup solids added.

Curiously, even though this was at WalMart, it was priced quite a big higher than the company’s similar offerings at dollar stores and other outlets. The most I have ever paid for an Advance Pierre burger is nearly $3.00, tho, maybe more, for their C-store “Big AZ” burger.

The Pretzel Cheeseburger is relatively OK, tho the bun heated unevenly, as often happens with products in this segment.  My hack solution has always been to heat the burger patty and bun separately, but the first time, I always follow the instructions. The pretzel bun was soft in places and unchewably hard in other.  I don’t know what that happens. (Oh, go ahead, blame it on my microwave).  (But props for jumping on the pretzel bun fad).

Would I buy this again, hunt it out?  No, not when there is comparable product available for substantially less money.

For other heat and eat burgers I have tried, check out   Fred Meyer Frozen Mini Cheeseburgers, Private Selection Angus Beef Patties, and Trader Joes Kobe Style, White Castle,  to the convenience store types like Big A Angus Charbroil, the 7-Eleven Cheeseburger, Fatburger, Walgreens,  AM/PM Mini Marts, and Ball Park, to mention a few.

I think my favorite is Ball Park, but they are awfully spendy.

Advance Pierre Pretzel Cheeseburger Review

Advance Pierre Pretzel Cheeseburger Review

 

 

 

 

Advance Pierre Pretzel Cheeseburger Review

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Advance Pierre Sausage and Cheese Biscuit

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Dollar Tree Breakfast BiscuitContinuing in a series of economical foods, the Advance Pierre Sausage and Cheese Biscuit can be yours for a buck from Dollar Tree and other outlets. I’ve written about Advance Pierre quite a bit, they are the largest supplier of prepared sandwiches to c-stores, vending,  the military, schools and institutional users. They now offer fresh sandwiches as well, through the acquisition of Landshire Foods.

My introduction to them since I started building this site was about five years ago, via their “Big Az” Angus Charbroil, which I found stuck in the freezer section of my neighborhood c/liquor store.

“Fast Bites” is not listed as one of their brand names on their own website, so I am guessing it is the name they have developed that applies solely to their products at Dollar Tree – burgers, chicken, sliders – even their dollar “fishwich” is respectable, certainly as good as any of the fast food ones.

I rarely….ok…never get a breakfast sausage product at fast food places, just don’t care for it.  Much prefer any bacon / egg concoction, with my preferred still being the ‘toaster’ at Sonic. Breakfast ‘stuff’ between two slices of Texas toast.   Recently had a BK bacon egg biscuit, and even that seemed a step up from McDonalds. Of course, if you’re in the hunt for the best fast food biscuit, you won’t be disappointed by Hardee’s or Bojangles (the latter being the only fast food chain in America that serves a slice of REAL ham!). (Sadly, you’ll only find Bojangles in 12 eastern states).

So, back to the dollar store biscuit, 90 seconds in the microwave in the plastic wrap (vent one end), let sit a minute before consuming, and consume.

OK, odd, didn’t notice until I removed from the package that this sandwich doesn’t have egg.  Taste/texture?  Sausage doesn’t really taste like anything, but the melted processed American cheese-food substance rings true.  The biscuit, microwaved in its little steam bath plastic chamber, is anything but flaky….gummy would be a better word.  I thought maybe when it went through the one minute post cooking holding pattern, it would crisp up, as some microwave foods do, but no such luck here.  I’m always astonished that microwave foods have been around for more than half a century and nobody has figured out “crisp” yet.  What’s the deal?

Finally, if you come anywhere near following the government’s guideline for healthy eating, you’ll want to pass on this at 500 calories, 43 carbs, and 27 grams of fat.  The sausage patty contains corn syrup solids, protein concentrate and caramel color.

I’m gonna keep buying the Dollar Tree’s other sandwiches, but this one won’t be on my list.

Dollar Tree Breakfast Biscuit Review

Sausage and Cheese Biscuit

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Dollar Tree Frozen Sliders Review

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Frozen Sliders ReviewI have previously wowed you with my reviews of other products from AdvancePierre, like the Big Az cheeseburger.  We’ve also taken a look at “Dollar store”  (generically using the name) foods like cheeseburgers, fish sandwiches, and empanadas.  I actually preferred the fish sandwich to any of the fast food outlet offerings.

AdvancePierre, based in Cincinnati, is a leader is providing products to food service, vending, and c-marts. They have eleven factories across the U.S.

So these are  a buck for two sandwiches, which ends up being about 25 – 33 % less than White Castle six packs.  Instructions call for wrapping in a paper towel, heating for 60-70 seconds, and letting sit for 30 seconds prior to consuming.

The only curiosity (to me) was that in the manufacturing process, the two burgers share a single slice of cheese. (see pic).

Verdict?  If you like frozen White Castles, you’ll find these OK. They have a “grill flavor” in place of W.C.’s “onion flavor.”  They taste beefy  and are parked on ultra soft-buns.  Load them up with condiments however you like, and enjoy.

I have to admire AdvancePierre, frozen heat and eat foods has got to be one of the toughest segments in the industry, and they do a bang-up job.

Frozen Slider Review

Frozen, Out of Carton

 

Frozen Slider Review

After 70 seconds in microwave

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frozen Sliders Review

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