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1 WINNER: Lidl 2 Plant Based Burger Patties

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Lidl

Overall Score: 84/100

An authentic meat substitute with a thick and juicy bite, we loved the earthy beetroot and mushroom flavour and the subtle kick from the light spices. A substantial size, it had a lovely smoky aroma akin to being char-grilled on a BBQ.

In store only, Lidl, £1.99 for 227g

2 RUNNER-UP: M&S Plant Kitchen The No Beef Burger

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M&S

Overall Score: 81/100

With a deep red, crisp exterior this caramelised burger melts into a well-blended, smooth mix of vegetables. There is a rich, earthy flavour from the onion and beetroot and a char-grilled smokiness with a mildly spiced aftertaste too.

In store only, M&S, £3.50 for 320g

3 Biona Sweet Potato Buckwheat Burger

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Biona Organic

Overall Score: 80/100

Sat within a golden, crunchy outer layer, this vegan burger is well packed with vibrant vegetables, buckwheat and pumpkin seeds. Testers loved the balanced flavour of sweet red peppers and sweet potato with a rocket and onion savoury note but said the buckwheat was a little undercooked.

BUY NOW Planet Organic, £4.40 for 160g

Sample provided by Ocado

4 Aldi Plant Menu BBQ Jackfruit Burgers

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Danny Barnett

Overall Score: 77/100

A visually enticing, chunky homemade burger, testers loved the powerful sweetness of the jackfruit on the palate. Reminiscent of an onion bhaji with a sugary sweet fragrance from the caramelised red onion, it balanced well with the paprika, cinnamon and cumin spice but unfortunately crumbled too easily.

In store only, Aldi, £1.79 for 240g

5 Waitrose & Partners Vegan Jackfruit Burger

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Waitrose & Partners

Overall Score: 76/100

Exuding a sweet fragrance from the jackfruit and topped with a BBQ smokiness, this vegan burger is encased in a crisp and golden coating. We loved the salty, moreish starch casing paired with a deliciously moist pulled jackfruit filling though some testers felt it tasted slightly artificial.

BUY NOW Waitrose & Partners, £2.99 for 200g

6 Morrisons 4 Spicy Bean Burgers

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Morrisons

Overall Score: 74/100

There’s a spicy kick to this bean burger as the name suggests, though the strongest flavours on the palate are a savoury blend of kidney beans, carrot and herbs with an accompanied sweetness. The coating is well-seasoned and peppery, and a sweetcorn and tomato fragrance comes through with the spiced aroma.

BUY NOW Morrisons, £1.35 for 454g

7 Tesco Wicked Kitchen 2 Jalapeno Griller Patties

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Tesco

Overall Score: 72/100

With an overall savoury bite, this flavour is led by a jalapeno spice that gives a fiery kick though there is a muted sweetness from the red peppers too. A colourful patty with chilli chunks running throughout, the sweet and spicy aroma reminded testers of a Mexican chorizo. Several would have preferred a firmer texture.

BUY NOW Tesco, £3 for 226g

8 Vivera 2 Veggie Burgers

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Vivera

Overall Score: 71/100

A meaty appearance of soy protein that tastes somewhat too much like a traditional beef burger. It gives a well-seasoned savoury blend of garlic, onion, potato and salt and would be great with relish and tomato in a bun but is perhaps too light on the palate with some calling it bland.

BUY NOW Morrisons, £2.69 for 200g

Sample provided by Ocado

9 Aldi Plant Menu 2 Spicy No Chicken Burger

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Aldi

Overall Score: 71/100

We liked this tasty meat substitute as it gives a pleasant amount of heat from the paprika powder though some found it too overpowering. An unnaturally garish orange colour it still has a likeness to a chicken burger with its crisp and crunchy casing and a slightly chewy soy protein filling.

In store only, Aldi, £1.79 for 240g

10 Asda Plant Based Quarter Pounder

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ASDA

Overall Score: 70/100

Similar to a beef burger in appearance, this thick and chunky patty has a mild earthy aroma with a peppery note to it. Testers found the flavour to be quite muted. Overall quite bland with a firm but also rubbery texture.

BUY NOW ASDA, £1.50 for 260g

11 We also tested..

Best Meat-free Burgers

Aldi

Aldi The Deli Sweet Potato Burgers, 66/100, £1.59 for 230g

Waitrose & Partners Vegetarian 2 Broad Bean & Bulgur Wheat Burgers, 60/100, £2.50 for 200g

Iceland No Bull Burger, 58/100, £2.00 for 226g

Tesco Plant Chef 2 Meat-Free Burgers, 55/100, £1.50 for 226g

Co-op GRO Beetroot Burger, 52/100, £3.00 for 227g

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