Posts Tagged ‘Frozen Hamburgers’
I have reviewed a good quantity of frozen “heat and eat” burgers, including these in the past. Other brands covered include Steak N Shake, Big Az, Fred Meyer (Kroger), Dollar Tree, Walgreens, and Ball Park. (Note, I am only referring to completely pre-cooked burgers, not frozen patties that need to be cooked in a traditional method).
I won’t tell you here which was my favorite, you’ll have to read all those older reviews!
My biggest “beef” with these sandwiches in the past, has been the lack of ability to heat them evenly, generally the bun would be hard or the patty still had cold spots or some combination of the two. I “solved” this for me by heating each element separately, but it still took trial and error.
In the White Castle restaurants, the burgers are cooked quickly on a steam table covered with grilled onions. “Steam” is the operative word here, and White Castle has goofed around with their prep method for the frozen burgers until they came up with a solution to my complaint.
The new instructions call for heating the burgers in their (two pack) plastic wrapper, with one end open. This creates a little steamer “environment” and after 60 seconds in the microwave (for hard frozen ones), the results are very satisfactory, and come very close to the in-store experience.
I dress my White Castles with pickle and a squirt of mustard. At the restaurants, the burgers are served with a dollop of the grilled onions and a pickle slice, other condiments are up to you. White Castle has a surprising variety of condiments available, just ask. There is no USDA establishment number on the packaging, so I can’t tell you where these little beauties are manufactured. The bottom line is that if you like the restaurant product, you’ll find these a satisfactory substitute to getting in the car, Harold and Kumar aside. And there are VERY FEW restaurant branded foods in the grocery aisles that can make that claim.
If you’ve never been to an actual White Castle Restaurant, put it on your bucket list. They are mostly located in the Northern portion of the Midwestern and Eastern United States. They’re small, they’re inexpensive, and it’s an experience that will stay with you! Menu. Locator for both restaurants and retail outlets for the frozen product.
White Castle Frozen
I’ve tested a lot of ‘heat and eat’ burger patties at home, from the frozen varieties like 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, and the 7-Eleven Cheeseburger,
With the exception of the mini mart burgers, the other patties all come frozen and uncooked. Ball Park Flame Grilled Beef Patties are frozen and fully cooked, and only have to be heated in a microwave, on a skillet or grill.
If you’re a regular reader, you know even if a product calls gives a choice of being microwaved or some other cooking method, usually I chose to heat on a stove top; tonight was an exception, and I followed the manufacturer’s instructions for microwaving: microwave safe plate, cover patty with a paper towel, heat 60-75 seconds.
Here’s what the patty looks like right out of the resealable pouch:
And in nearly less than a minute, “plated”, this burger looks like a hand-formed, quality hamburger:
I was quite surprised at both the taste and texture of this product. I liked it. I’d buy them again, and you should too.
Ball Park Beef patties come in three varieties, and are packed 6 to a bag, at my store they were $7.99.
Here’s their latest TV commercial to tell you the whole story.
Pretty standard: beef, water, salt, beef stock, flavoring, oil, starch, corn syrup and lemon juice concentrate. That last ingredient is a puzzler!
ball park beef patties
Omaha Steaks, arguably the largest purveyor of meat by mail in the US, was started in 1917 by a father and son from Latvia, as a supplier of premium cut meats to Omaha grocers and restaurants. Today, 1800 employees, two USDA plants, a distribution center and telemarketing operation supply home cooks, restaurants, food services with cuts of beef and other prepared food products.
I had a couple of different packages of burgers delivered to me, they were five days in transit with dry ice, and arrived still frozen solid. Omaha sells a “premium ground beef” patty and a “gourmet” patty, but I am unable to descern the difference from the descriptions on their website, other than price.
They are offering signficant price reductions at the moment, and as an example, you can get 12 4 oz burgers of $9.99, but shipping will probably add another $12, so it come out to $10 a pound plus.
Eight of the 4 oz “Gourmet Burgers” clock in at $13, well over 50% off.
I threw one of their regular burgers into a cast iron skillet this morning, sans any seasoning, and cooked it to medium, and it was definitely better than any other frozen patty I have tried.
My only issue would be that the grind is very fine, and I prefer my a little bit more coarse, but that’s not a deal killer, flavor and texture are very good.
As I said above, they have a really great promotion going on, and even the best steaks they carry are 50-64% off as well. The special offers page is online here, and they bonus you with free gifts as well, thereby further reducing the net cost of the meat.