ALDI’S buns and veggie burgers have scooped the top prize in BBC Good Food’s taste test, while Asda’s BBQ sauce has also nabbed victory.
The food magazine blind-tasted over 110 supermarket products across 18 different categories from 10 of the UK’s biggest supermarkets.
12 Asda’s £1 BBQ sauce was a firm favouriteCredit: Asda
And it’s now revealed the results so that shoppers can make sure they pick up the tastiest treats for summer BBQs and picnics.
There are even options for veggies and vegans.
So whether you want burgers, hot dogs or pork pies, here’s what you need to know.Best burger buns – Aldi
Aldi scooped the top prize in the baps category with its Specially Selected brioche burger buns, which cost 79p for a four-pack.
Judges praised their “soft”, “buttery” taste and added that they were sweet without being overly sickly. They also liked the fact they came conveniently pre-cut.
Best classic burger – Morrisons and Sainsbury’s
The judges couldn’t pick between two supermarkets in this category so they crowned Morrisons and Sainsbury’s as joint winners.
12 Morrisons’ beef burgers were a hitCredit: Morrisons
Morrisons for its best beef and bone marrow burger, which costs £3 for a two-pack (340g) and Sainsbury’s for its Taste the Difference steak and caramelised onion burger, which costs £2.50 for a two-pack (340g).
Judges said Morrisons’ burger was “beefy and well seasoned” while they loved the handmade texture of Sainsbury’s.
Best vegetarian burger – Aldi
The judges loved Aldi’s The Deli sweet potato burgers, which cost £1.49 for a pack of two (230g).
They enjoyed the slightly curried, dhal-like flavour and thought they held together well when barbecued.
Best vegan burger – Sainsbury’s
Sainsbury’s Love Your Veg! The smoky ‘Jack’ quarter pounder scooped the prize for the top vegan burger.
Judges said both vegans and meat-eaters alike will enjoy them.
They’re currently reduced from £2.50 to £2.25 for a pack of two (227g).
Best barbecue sauce – Asda
Asda’s classic BBQ sauce was the most balanced the judges tried and they thought it would go well with everything.
Better still, it costs just £1 for a 460g bottle.
Best hot dog buns: Tesco and M&S
12 Judges like M&S brioche hot dog bunsCredit: M&S
Tesco and M&S take the joint prize when it comes to the best hot dog buns – but Tesco’s significantly less.
Tesco’s four pack (280g) of hot dog brioche rolls cost 95p, while M&S’ six-pack of brioche posh dog rolls cost £1.90.
12 Tescos hot dog buns cost less than M&S at 95p a packCredit: Tesco
Best sausages – Sainsbury’s
Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference smooth pork sausages were the stand-out in this category with their “perfectly seasoned”, herby and peppery flavour.
They cost £2.50 for a pack of six (400g).
Best vegetarian sausages – Tesco
Tesco’s meat free Lincolnshire-style sausages were heralded as an “all-round crowd -pleaser”.
12 Tesco’s veggie sausages were an all-round crowd pleaserCredit: Tesco
They cost £1.75 for a six pack (264g).Best vegan sausages – Waitrose
Waitrose’s vegan whirls in Italian style & Spanish style came top trumps for their “distinctive, impressive flavours”.
But judges pointed out that their swirled shape does make them tricky to stuff in a classic hot dog bun.
12 Judges said these whirls were tasty but you wouldn’t fit them in a hot dog rollCredit: Waitrose
They cost £4 for a four-pack (400g).Best kebabs – Tesco and Waitrose
It’s a joint win for Tesco and Waitrose when it comes to the best kebabs.
12 Waitrose’s tandoori chicken kebabs were the joint winner
Tesco for its four Korean-inspired chicken kebabs costing £4 for a 305g pack and Waitrose for its four tandoori chicken breast kebabs also costing £4 but for less at 250g.
Do note that Tesco’s kebabs are currently sold out online.
12 Tesco’s Korean kebabs were also a popular choiceCredit: Tesco
Best vegetarian kebabs – Waitrose
Waitrose’s vegan tandoori kofta kebab costing £2.99 for a 280g pack takes the top spot.
12 Waitrose’s vegan kebabs proved popularCredit: Waitrose
Judges said it would go well in a hot dog bun or served with salad.Best barbecue fish – Tesco
Judges loved Tesco’s “vibrantly flavoured” salmon popsicles in chilli and lime.
12 Judges said these Tesco fish kebabs were “vibrantly flavoured”Credit: Tesco
They cost £4 for a 177g four-pack although they’re currently sold out online.Best barbecue joint – Co-op
Co-op took its one and only first prize for its ready-to-cook garlic and herb spatchcock chicken, which costs £6 (1,135g).
It has to be cooked in the oven first but judges said it “crisps up nicely” on the BBQ to finish.
Best sausage rolls – M&S
Who doesn’t love a sausage roll at a picnic? M&S’ handcrafted Wiltshire ham, pickle and cheddar sausage roll scooped the prize in this category.
Judges loved the addition of “smoky ham, slightly sweet pickle and full-flavoured cheese”. They added that the pastry is “golden and flaky”.
A pack of four (188g) costs £2.80. in this pork sausage roll.
Best pork pie – Tesco
Tesco’s large Melton Mowbray pork pie was said to have a “nicely seasoned” filling and a “lovely even coloured” pastry.
12 Tesco’s pork pie was “nicely seasoned”Credit: Tesco
It costs £2.50 (440g) although it’s currently unavailable online.Best scotch egg – Sainsbury’s
Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference scotch egg was the “clear winner” with its “well-seasoned” meat and “golden brown” bread crumbed-coating.
It costs £1.30 (140g).
Best vegetarian picnic snack – M&S
Judges said M&S’ handcrafted roast butternut and red onion rolls were a great example of a a veggie roll which isn’t trying to be meat.
A four-pack (188g) costs £2.80.
Best potato salad – Sainsbury’s and Waitrose
12 Waitrose’s potato salad proved popularCredit: Waitrose
Sainsbury’s came top with its Taste the Difference potato salad while judges also loved Waitrose’s yogurt-dressed Charlotte potato salad.
Waitrose’s version costs £2 (270g) while Sainsbury’s comes in at £2.10 (275g).
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