There was a time, long ago, when the Aldi meat department — like a lot of Aldi — had a reputation for being cheap in cost but also cheap in quality. A lot has changed since then, and today a lot of Aldi meat is right up there with other, more upscale stores. Some have pointed out that some of Aldi’s more “premium” beef is also more expensive, so don’t be afraid to price shop with other places around you. Nevertheless, here are three of the big frozen hamburger patty options we’ve seen in our neck of the woods. If you have others around you, let us know in the comments.
So let’s go:
Extra Value Beef Patties
This Regular Buy is by far the cheapest of the Aldi burger options … and it is, honestly, one of the most disturbing. The ingredients list is a hodgepodge of stuff I can’t pronounce and things I wish I couldn’t, including parts of the cow that I didn’t expect to see in a burger. No one around here has taste-tested these burgers, and I’m not sure anyone plans to. If you are braver than one of us, let us know.
Beef Burgers: 100% Pure Beef
These generically named burger patties come in a plastic resealable bag. They are either 75% lean (in a yellow pouch) or 85% lean (in a blue pouch), and have only one ingredient.
And the taste? You know you’re onto something when a farmer’s daughter comes over for dinner and comments on how good they are. They occupy the midrange position in the local Aldi lineup but they are, in my view, competent for any large-scale cookout. They are our go-to burger for virtually all family events.
Cattlemen’s Ranch Angus Burgers
Cattlemen’s Ranch is one of Aldi’s more visible beef brands; some of their products are Special Buys, while others seem to be at least more frequent offerings, if not outright Regular Buys. Some of their beef is crazy-cheap; their 5 oz. bacon-wrapped filets have something of a cult status.
On the other end of the price spectrum, their Angus burgers are the most expensive we’ve seen in the Aldi frozen section. As advertised, they have one ingredient, Angus beef. I found them to be just as advertised: good burgers that cook easily. We’re not sure they’re worth the cost over Beef Burgers, but they’re good.
From a cost / value position, the simply named Beef Burgers is our pick among the options in our local store. The Cattleman’s Ranch Angus Burgers are also worth a look, although you’ll pay a little more. I’ll let someone else sort out the Extra Value burgers.