While in Asda, looking for some quarter pounder burgers, I randomly picked up a box of four Chilli & Lime Beef Quarterpounders. I think the package design drew me in with it’s splash of lime green.
I’m currently in an “eat a lot of burgers” phase, probably due to the current unexpected heatwave.
Inside the package the four quarter pounders are wrapped in a pack of four in cellophane. I’ll be eating just one at a time, so, once opened, I’ll use a plastic clip to reseal the cellophane.
This pack of four quarter pounders is usually priced at £2.00, but they were on a Rollback price of £1.75, making them just 44 pence each!
How to Cook:
The cooking instructions say: For best results cook from frozen. If allowed to defrost, adjust the cooking times accordingly.
To Grill: Remove all packaging. Pre-heat the grill. Grill on a medium heat for 18-20 minutes, turning occasionally during cooking.
To Oven Cook: Pre-heat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Fan 180°C/Gas Mark 6. Place beef burgers on a baking tray in the centre of a pre-heated oven and cook for 25-27 minutes, turning occasionally.
To BBQ: Always wait for the flames to die down and the coals to turn white before cooking. Oven cook or grill as suggested above, then transfer immediately onto a barbecue and cook until browned. Turn frequently to give a chargrilled effect.
Microwave: Not suitable for microwave cooking.
Microwave Cooking Frozen Burgers:
I will completely ignore the last instruction, to be honest – but you probably guessed that. I fully intend to cook all of these burgers in the microwave. The cooking instructions are a guide – and I cook all burgers in the microwave.
Nutrition, Calories and all that …. :
Ingredients: Beef (82%), Onions (1%), Fortified Wheat Flour, Potato Starch, Red Chillies, Salt, Dextrose, Lime Zest, Paprika, Tomato Powder, Yeast Extract, Paprika Extract, Parsley, Flavouring. There’s a whole raft of other ingredients too, such as Garlic Oil, Lime Oil, Orange Oil, Pepper and Cayenne.
No artificial colours, flavours or hydrogenated fat. I don’t care/mind, to be honest 🙂
Notice that tractor mark – they’re supposed to be good aren’t they. I didn’t look for the tractor, I buy based on what it is, how much it is – and how pretty the photo on the box looks 🙂 Don’t we all!
Burger Weights & Calories
The whole pack is 454 grams, so each burger weighs ~114 grams. The nutritional information is provided “per 100g”, which his always annoying as you have to work it out ….
- 100 grams of these burgers are 218 calories, so 114 grams would be ~250 calories per burger, but fat is lost during cooking, so the box tells us it’s 191 calories on the front panel.
- 13 grams of fat per 100 grams of burger equates to ~15 grams of fat per burger, some will be lost during cooking.
- 0.75g of salt per 100 grams is about 0.85grams of salt per burger, some will leach out during cooking.
- 4 grams of carbohydrates per 100 grams means ~4.6 grams of carbohydrates per burger, again, some will be lost during cooking.
I only focus on one figure, to be honest, I’m just interested to know how many calories there are in one Asda Chilli Lime Quarter Pounder – and the answer is 250 calories, and actually only 191 calories after cooking – hey, that’s practically a diet burger isn’t it 🙂
My initial review of these quarter pounders, having got them home and read the box, is that they seem like a good buy. I’m looking forward to eating these. Unfortunately, when I looked them up online Asda appear to no longer be selling them! It’s possible I bought the last ever box, I hope not….
Update: they are appearing again on the Asda website, hurrah!
If I’d bought them for a BBQ I’d be disappointed that the instructions said they needed to be cooked first – but that’s just the company protecting themselves against people undercooking them. I’d quite willingly toss these onto a BBQ as I’d trust my own cooking/checking that they were 100% cooked through! As it is, I don’t intend to cook any of these on a BBQ because BBQs are a rare event in my life.
I’ve written this after I ate my first burger – and I can report back that they were tasty, moist, really lovely and I’d not hesitate to grab a box of these again, except they look like they might be discontinued, I’ll have to keep an eye on that.
Update: I have checked again and they are listed again on the Asda grocery shop online.