Wednesday 13 December 2017

Shopping Around: Burger Buns

Break out the burgers and fire up the grill! This week we tasted five own brand varieties of burger buns. All are sliced in two for handiness and all have pretty similar ingredients; flour, water and yeast plus lots of stuff you wouldn't find in your kitchen. We scored on taste, nutritional values and price

Lidl Connell Bakery Burger Buns x 6, 300g

€0.89 (€2.97 / Kg)

Verdict: These tasted good and not too sweet. They contain the lowest calorie count at 252 per 100g, the lowest sugar content at 4.3g per 100g and the highest fibre content at 2.9g per 100g. These are cheapest when weight is taken into account and are made by Johnston, Mooney and O'Brien.

Score: 8/10

Aldi Ballymore Crust Burger Buns x 6

€0.75 (no weight given)

Verdict: No weight is indicated on the pack but assuming these are the same weight as the others they come in at the cheapest price. The taste was good. The calorie count was middling, as was the sugar and fibre content (5.2g and 2.5g per 100g respectively), while the salt content at 1g per 100g was pretty much the same as the others. These are produced in Ireland.

Score: 7.5/10

SuperValu Burger Buns x 6, 300g

€1.15 (€3.83 / Kg)

Verdict: These were lovely to taste and not too sweet, so we liked that. Middling on price, as was the fibre content and calorie count. Produced in Ireland, these surprisingly to us contained the highest sugar content at 6.1g per 100g.

Score: 7/10

Tesco Burger Buns x 6

€1.15 (no weight given)

Verdict: No weight was indicated but as the size of all appears similar, these are probably the same price as Supervalu's buns. Made by Irish Pride, we found them a bit sweet and the sugar content was second highest, the calorie count highest and fibre content the lowest at 1.3g per 100g.

Score: 6/10

Spar Burger Buns x 6, 300g

€1.59 (€5.30 / Kg)

Verdict: Produced in Ireland, these were the dearest going on weight and tasted a bit different to the others and we weren't that keen on them. Sugar content was highest at 6.1g per 100g, although on the plus side the calorie count was second lowest and the salt content was lowest at 0.5g per 100g.

Score: 5.5/10

Irish Independent

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