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Asda triumphs in Good Housekeeping’s annual barbecue taste test by winning the best burgers

ASDA has been crowned king of burgers after taking first place in two categories in The Good Housekeeping Institute Blind BBQ taste test 2022.

The taste test saw 121 products from a selection of brands and grocery stores go head-to-head at a test center in central London.

After conducting blind taste testing for over 20 years, the panel of expert testers and consumers has built a reputation for giving a verdict of confidence on each product while evaluating the look, smell , taste and texture.

ASDA’s Extra Special 4 Salt and Cracked Black Pepper Beef Burgers (£3.30 for 4) scored a whopping 77/100 as the panel applauded the bold, umami flavors of the beef burger and the well seasoned balanced yet simple.

Good Housekeeping BBQ Taste Test 2022: The Big Winners

BEEF BURGERS

Winner: ASDA Extra Special 4 Salt & Cracked Black Pepper Beef Burgers (£3.30 for 454g – 4 burgers)

Score: 77/100

Finalist: Farmison Hand Pressed Steak & Bone Marrow Burger £10.95 for 500g (4 burgers)

Score: 76/100

THE BEST BURGERS TASTED

Winner: ASDA Extra Special British Beef Burger with Truffle & Parmesan Melt £3.00 for 300g (2 burgers)

Score: 86/100

Finalist: M&S Chilli Cheese Beef Burger £4.50 for 300g (2 burgers)

Score: 81/100

SAUSAGES

Winner: M&S Bacon & Cheese Sausage Swirl £4.50 per 300g (1 large swirl)

Score: 85/100

Finalist: Tesco Finest 4 Pork, Cheese & Jalapeno Hot Dogs £2.60 for 400g (4 sausages)

Score: 77/100

MEAT KABOBS

Winner: Farmison Yakitori Chicken Skewers £10.95 per 500g (4 skewers)

Score: 85/100

Finalist: Aldi Ashfields Grill Garlic & Rosemary Lamb Skewers £2.99 for 320g (4 skewers)

Score: 83/100

MEATLESS SAUSAGES

Winner: Tesco Plant Chef 6 Cumberland Style Bangers £1.75 for 350g (6 sausages)

Score: 89/100

Finalist: THIS is not pork sausages £3.00 for 230g (6 sausages)

Score: 83/100

MEATLESS BURGERS

Winner: Beyond Burger £4.00 for 226g (2 burgers)

Score: 86/100

Finalist: Co-op GROW The Bhaji Burger £2.50 for 265g (2 burgers)

Rating: 80/100

BARBECUE HEROES

Winner: Iceland TGI Maple BBQ King Pork Ribs £7.00 per 700g

Score: 90/100

Finalist: ASDA Ultimate Extra Special Tomahawk Steak £25 per 1kg

Score: 89/100

The Good Housekeeping Institute has revealed the results of its annual barbecue taste test. Pictured: WINNER: ASDA’s Extra Special 4 Salt and Cracked Black Pepper Beef Burgers

WINNER: ASDA's Extra Special British Beef Burger with Truffle and Parmesan Melt (pictured) impressed in the flavored burger category with its succulence

WINNER: ASDA’s Extra Special British Beef Burger with Truffle and Parmesan Melt (pictured) impressed in the flavored burger category with its succulence

The supermarket also impressed the jury in the flavored burgers category, with their Extra Special British Beef Burger with Truffle & Parmesan Melt (£3.00 for 2) taking the lead.

With a high score of 86/100, the jury said the burger was “sumptuous” and “so indulgent” with a bechamel-like cheese filling, earning top marks for taste.

Farmison nearly beat ASDA in the beef burger category with their Hand Press Steak & Bone Marrow Burger (£10.95 for 4), scoring a respectable 76/100.

The tasting panel praised the way the burgers were seasoned, noting the bone marrow umami notes. They liked that the burger was deep and complex, described as both “meaty” and “peppery,” with a hint of heat.

WINNER: M&S Bacon and Cheese Sausage Swirl (pictured) was praised by testers for its

WINNER: M&S Bacon and Cheese Sausage Swirl (pictured) was praised by testers for its ‘touch of smoke to finish’

WINNER: Tesco's Plant Chef 6 Cumberland Style Bangers (pictured) was chosen as the best meatless sausage

WINNER: Tesco’s Plant Chef 6 Cumberland Style Bangers (pictured) was chosen as the best meatless sausage

Meanwhile, the M&S Chilli Cheese Beef Burger (£4.50 for 2) came second in the flavored burger category with a score of 81/100.

Testers noted that the burgers had “a really nice hint of chili that pairs well with the cheddar”, noting that they looked “indulgent and more indulgent”.

The supermarket redeemed itself by winning the battle of the bangers with their Bacon & Cheese Sausage Swirl (£4.50 for 300g) which scored 85/100.

Lean chipolatas are loaded with herbs and black pepper, then topped with a brilliant barbecue-style sauce.

The panel praised the “cheesy notes in the foreground, with a hint of smoke to finish”, adding that the barbecue sauce was “sweet and appetizing”. It was praised for being “like a decadent cheesy hot dog in a bite, perfect for a big white bap”.

Tesco Finest 4 Pork, Cheese & Jalapeno Hot Dogs (£2.60 for 400g), came second with 77/100.

The sausages have light spice and a jalapeno flavor that builds. The panel liked the light touch of chives, which adds freshness to the pork and red Leicester.

The Beyond Burger (pictured left) was selected as the best meatless burger

TGI Iceland Maple BBQ King Pork Ribs (pictured) have been labeled a 'hero' product

WINNERS: The Beyond Burger (pictured left) was selected as the best meatless burger, while the TGI Maple BBQ King Icelandic Pork Ribs (pictured right) was named a “hero” product.

Meanwhile, the panel also tested 35 meatless alternatives for vegetarians at summer barbecues.

Beyond Meat’s The Beyond Burger (£4.00 for 2) took the crown for best meatless burgers, with a rating of 86/100.

The panel unanimously agreed that the burger was an excellent meat substitute, praising the overall flavor for being well balanced with a slightly smoky aroma.

Co-op GRO The Bhaji Burger (£2.50 for 2), loaded with vegetables and bold bhaji spices, scored 80/100 as the panel loved aromaTesco’s Plant Chef 6 Cumberland Style Bangerstics at stake in the vegan patty.

For those looking for a meatless sausage, Tesco’s Plant Chef 6 Cumberland Style Bangers (£1.75 for 6) scored an impressive 89/100, with the panel commenting on the texture as the perfect balance between a melty filling in the mouth and a crispy skin.

THIS Ain’t Pork Sausages (£3.00 for 6) scored 83/100 in second place and was hailed for its rich, meaty and ‘marmite-like’ flavour.

Farmison's Yakitori chicken skewers (pictured) have been praised for being like a 'classic, spicy, umami-rich chicken dish at a good quality Japanese restaurant'

Farmison’s Yakitori chicken skewers (pictured) have been praised for being like a ‘classic, spicy, umami-rich chicken dish at a good quality Japanese restaurant’

Elsewhere, Farmison’s Yakitori chicken skewers (£10.95 for 4) impressed kebab lovers and scored 85/100.

The Asian influence was highlighted by the panel, with testers praising the meat for being like a “classic, spicy, umami-rich chicken dish at a good quality Japanese restaurant”, adding that the sauce pockets had a great caramelized depth.

The chicken is corn-fed and sold pre-marinated, with skewers provided so customers can thread the meat at home.

Aldi Ashfields Grill’s Garlic and Rosemary Lamb Skewers (£2.99 for 4) scored 83/100, just behind Farmison.

The panel loved that the skewers had a natural initial sweetness from the lamb, with the mint sauce adding a well-rounded flavor.

Angela Trofymova, who is responsible for food and beverage testing at the Good Housekeeping Institute, commented on the results, explaining: “With summer fast approaching, the Good Housekeeping Institute has been working hard to find the best products from barbecue on the market this season.

“There’s an incredible array of burgers, sausages and value-added products in store this year, not to mention an impressive increase in meatless alternatives.

“It was great to see so many tasty yet affordable options this year. Our panel was incredibly impressed with the thoughtfulness, innovation and quality of the entries.