I had a yearning for a spicy bean burger, so decided on a whim to give Mae’s Kitchen Spicy Bean Quarter Pounder Veggie Burgers a try. I think it was that magnificent word “quarter pounder” that sucked me in – such a filling sounding wording! I had high hopes.
The picture on the front of the box should’ve given me a clue really – they don’t look very “fat” or juicy at all. I think fat and juicy veggie burgers were what I had in mind. These cost £1.39 for a pack of four in the frozen section, which is 35p each.
The spicy bean quarter pounders cook from frozen in 24 minutes – with the box advising that oven cooking would take 22-24 minutes and cooking them under the grill would take 16-18 minutes. I cooked my first one in a mini oven, using a combination of oven and grill cooking. Firstly I turned on the top and bottom elements of the mini oven/grill and cooked them for 10 minutes, then I turned the spicy bean burger over and turned the top (grill) element off, cooking it for a further 10 minutes with just the oven setting on. After 20 minutes in total, the mini oven turned off and I left the bean burger sitting in there to stay warm while I cooked its accompaniments. I had run out of any bread or bread rolls, which would’ve been my preferred serving suggestion, but I did have some Jersey Royal potatoes, so I steamed those and served the burgers with new potatoes and beans – I’ll admit that’s an odd combination, but when you are shopping/cooking for one you often have to use what you’ve got and forgo “choice” as such 🙂
Spicy Bean Burger Ingredients:
The outside is green coloured – this is parsley mixed in with the breadcrumb coating. Inside, Mae’s Garden Spicy Bean Burgers contain 22% beans, made up of kidney beans (60%) and haricot beans (40%). There’s water, onion, potato flakes (8%), sunflower oil, sweetcorn (8%), tomato puree, carrot (7%), breadcrumbs, dried parsley, paprika, turmeric and green pepper (6%). Looking through, the spicy taste comes from combining onion powder, cumin, chilli, black pepper, ground coriander, dried oregano and red chilli.
Spicy Burger Review:
Looking at the Aldi website most people seemed to love the taste of these – and, to be honest, the taste of the spicy bean filling wasn’t too bad. It was spiced, more than spicy – so tasty rather than “hot”. But I thought that the size/shape, being wide and thin, took away some of the enjoyment of “biting into” a burger shape.
I felt that they didn’t brown enough (OK, I could’ve grilled them longer) … and the outer coating wasn’t “moist” – this is a product that would probably best be cooked by frying, or spraying with oil before cooking.
That said – the taste was fine – and they’re beans, two colours of beans, so that must count for something towards that 5/day (now 10/day) we’re supposed to aspire to.
I wouldn’t rush to buy another pack though, next time, given choice, I’d try another brand/shop and see how theirs compare – or make my own as it’s not difficult. In short, I didn’t feel I got my money’s worth with these…. but I still have another three to eat, so that’s tough really.
Can You Microwave Spicy Bean Burgers?
You know, that was actually my original intention – I only cooked them in the oven/grill as I wasn’t in too much of a rush!
Next time I cook one, which will be in the next 2-3 weeks, I will microwave it and report back. All it should lose would be any crispiness of the outer coating – and as that wasn’t anything to write home about it’s no great loss!
Spicy Bean Burger Served with Jersey Royal Potatoes and Baked Beans:
As you can see, the outer coating isn’t glistening and moist – and could’ve been browned more/longer. Inside the contents are still a little chunky/whole and not simply a spicy paste that’s all mashed up.