I’m a little leery about buying frozen burgers. Much like the mysteries of certain cheaper hot dogs, frozen burger patties immediately give me uneasy feeling – exactly what’s in this patty.
I recently put my preconceptions on hold to give these burgers from Sam’s Choice a whirl. Like much of the Sam’s Choice range, the packaging is smart and neat. Crucially – the ingredient section of the box lists just one thing: Angus beef.
Inside the cardboard box you’ll find six patties, a third of a pound each in their frozen state. They’re separated by freezer paper which makes pulling them apart even when frozen a cinch. A little nudge with a butter knife might be needed at most. A nice touch is that the plastic packaging is resealable too.
The burgers are intended to be cooked from frozen either on the grill or in the pan. My BBQ is out of commission for the time being so I took the pan route. The box instructs a total of 13 minutes of pan frying, turning throughout and cooking from frozen. I found that a little bit too long personally, but then I might have been cooking a little too high as well.
Adjust to your own cooking method and style but be careful not to overcook. If you see the patty starting to curl up at the edges it’s probably starting to dry out.
All things said, I was a fan of these burgers. The beef is relatively firmly packed and I like the fact that these are 100% beef and beef only. There’s no filler and they’re relatively juicy.
From scratch burgers would be better of course, but these patties offer the flexibility of having something on hand at all times right from the freezer. At $8 for a pack of 6 they work out to barely more than a dollar a patty which is a fantastic deal. That puts them alongside fast food prices – and they taste much better than a run of the mill drive-thru burger for sure.
An of course, home-cooking means you can craft your perfect burger on demand. My favorite way of course, with a runny egg…