“ Brand: Snack Express / Type: Meat „
There is a lot of variety around when it comes to snack food, and a lot competition from various companies for your purchases. Whether is Rustlers, Snack Express, Snacksters, Micro Pizza's, Ginsters pies or whatever, there is always a huge choice. Personally, Im a cheeseburger. I'm not ACTUALLY a cheeseburger, but my preference for a quick snack is a nice cheeseburger, and have no doubt, the Snack express brand ARE nice cheeseburgers.
There is an old stigma around microwave meals that they're poor quality, the microwave burgers always have the 'Taste like rubber' stigma attached. Now I don't know about you, but I've never wanted to try eating rubber even for the sake of making such a comparison, and lets be honest, really, if you saw someone you knew actually eating rubber then I think a swift trip in padded van to a nice padded cell would likely be in order.
In truth, there is a somewhat valid reason for the whole 'taste like rubber' stigma to still permeate around microwave burgers. If you have ever stopped to feel the texture of the patty, they ARE quite springy, almost like rubber, and the flavours have been...less than stellar to put it mildly. However the Snack Express brand is different. These burgers taste good, really good, on their own add the bun, some cheese maybe a bit of salad and some ketchup and they become absolutely delightful. There's no other way to describe it.
Its tough describing the flavour of a cheeseburger, you either like them or you don't its up to you. However, for those of you who DO like cheeseburgers, whether they're your main food intake, a favoured snack, an occasional treat, or whether you like having them because you are always on the go, then these are a great option. Tastier than the competitors the pricing is pretty much even at around the £1.30 mark in my local Tesco. In my local Asda the Snacksters brand are £1 and the Rustlers between £1.30 and £1.40. Considering the difference is only a matter of pence, the superior quality of the Snack Express always wins out for me.
There is only 1 complaint I have, and its not to do with the product itself, rather, I'm thinking that a lot of other people also prefer these burgers as they can be quite difficult to find as my local Tesco doesn't give them a great deal of shelf space. Also, I can never find any other product in this brand, and I would love to find some Snack Express chips to try them to see if I can have a nice swift meal for those days I'm on the go, rather than just a snack.
My son likes to have a certain brand of microwave burger as a treat for his dinner on the weekends, but on one visit to Tesco to stock up on them there weren't any, so I just grabbed the Tesco own-brand version from the chiller shelf instead.
The packaging looks pleasant enough, a clear plastic tub containing two burgers with a peel off top that features a photograph of a cheeseburger on a purple background and large text saying 'Snack Express' in orange, and '2 cheeseburgers' underneath it in white text. The use by date is clearly displayed on the front of the packaging.
The product is described as '2 economy burgers with onion in sesame seeded buns with slices of processed cheese and ketchup.'
They contain 358 calories and 15.5g of fat per cheeseburger which a quick google tells me is about average.
Depending on the wattage of your microwave you cook them for between 50 to 65 seconds, leave to stand for 30 seconds, then garnish with a cheese slice and ketchup (provided). If you are only having one it's a good idea to store the other one in Tupperware as it would likely start to go stale in the open container.
My son has a real thing about 'bits' in any form, bits of pulp in juice, bits of fruit in jam, bits of onion or hard bits in burgers, there is always the risk of rejection with a new brand so I was pleased to see an empty plate and asked him what he thought. When pressed for an opinion he described the cheeseburger as "yeah, alright" and had nothing further to add. Obviously I can't make a review out of that so there was nothing for it but to try one myself.
Actually that's a bare faced lie. Erm, I am a vegetarian, usually, but I was really hungry one night and couldn't face the Gillian McKeith aduki bean recipe I had planned to attempt. And there was a solitary cheeseburger sitting in the fridge requiring only 100 seconds of preparation before it was ready to eat...
So yes, I caved in. I felt weird about it afterwards as I hadn't eaten red meat in nearly a year, but no regrets because actually it was really tasty! The bun was nice and soft, and the beef burger had a nice smooth texture with an onion-y taste, but as I said before no 'bits' at all. Even though they were standard cheeseburger size, so not very big, one was filling and I had no desire to eat anything else afterward (and it wasn't just my veggie guilt kicking in).
My son was definitely pleased as he asks for these ones now instead of his previous brand. They are a good budget-friendly choice, a branded burger like Rustlers costs £1.29 for one quarter-pounder burger, the Snack Express version costs the same amount, £1.29, but for two slightly smaller burgers.
So I shall keep buying them for his Saturday tea and just try to keep my hands off. Or give up vegetarianism. One or the other.