Ball Park Beef Patties – Good as Grilled?

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Ball Park ® has been long known as the maker of an all beef franks that ‘plump’ when you cook them. I’ve had them – I can’t deny how good they are. But what about a hamburger; can they deliver the same, tasty results? Ball Park Flame Grilled Beef Patties promise you can “Give your guy the delicious, hot-off-the-grill taste” …without the grill.

“[…] New Ball Park Beef Patties are made with 100% beef and available in three flavors: Beef, Beef & Cheese, and Beef & Onion..” Sounds good. But I was a little dubious about the ‘hot off the grill taste’. My husband is a BBQ master (his words, not mine – but he’s pretty darn good) so he was eager to try Ball Park patties. That is, until he saw the word “microwave” on the directions. I might as well have said ‘they’re covered in flourescent slime’ – it would have gotten a better reaction. I asked him to just take a look and gave him the never-know-until-you-try pep talk as I opened the bag.

Before I could even say, “Well that’s not so bad…” he had left the kitchen. It was just me…and the burger. I’m not quite as picky as Mr. is, but I still wasn’t crazy about the idea of microwaving it. I like to use the microwave for popcorn, etc. I’m not so crazy about cooking meals in it because meat tends to come out ‘not right’. The back of the bag instructed me to see their website for other cooking methods. The patties are fully cooked already so I decided I could just wing it and pulled out my skillet. They’re ready in minutes – so I can agree with the fact that it’s faster than firing up the grill and cooking from raw. I was also pleased with how little grease there was after I set them on the rack.

They definitely looked like a grilled burger. They had that nice grilled smell as well. Taste wise, they are not as good as fresh grilled burgers, of course. But I’d have to say they are the best precooked patties I’ve tried lately. They have a natural, grilled flavor, they aren’t greasy when cooked on the stove or in the broiler, and they don’t shrink in size. One thing working in their favor is that they are 100% beef and only 2% of the ingredients are flavorings and oils.

Ingredients:

BEEF, WATER, CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF: SALT, DEXTROSE, BEEF STOCK, FLAVORING, MALTODEXTRIN, VEGETABLE OIL, PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED SOYBEAN OIL, MODIFIED FOOD STARCH, CORN SYRUP, YEAST EXTRACT, SODIUM PHOSPHATE, LEMON JUICE CONCENTRATE.

0.5% Trans Fat

Unfortunately, my conclusion is that I wouldn’t purchase these again. Obviously it’s going to be more expensive than buying fresh meat and making your own patties. I also don’t like that they use corn syrup and they contain 440 mg of sodium – compared to around 150 in the same amount of fresh ground beef. The taste is good. The appearance is attractive. But I think I’ll keep my home made burgers.

 

I received free product in order to facilitate this review as a BzzAgent. All opinions expressed are my own.

Kenda

I write stuff, drink too much coffee, and laugh at my own jokes. You can read more here or catch up with me on Twitter @RemakingJune

31 Comments to Ball Park Beef Patties – Good as Grilled?

  1. When it comes to hamburgers I don’t see the need to purchase anything other then beef, not see the need for the added ingredients to have them all neat in a patty. I will however purchase the fresh patties already for me in the meat section but these have nothing added to them.

  2. Renee White

    These are absolutely delicious! They aren’t thin. The taste is fantastic; smells and tastes like the burger just came off the grill. Is juicy and they have them at Walmart for $2.00 less than grocery stores. Also, they come with a $1.50 coupon right on the package to be used at the register when you purchase them.
    It takes a lot less time than going to a drive in to pick up a good “burger”. These are so delicious that I plan on buying one of each kind tomorrow when I go to Walmart. I have tried both the regular burger and also the beef and cheese burger. I’m looking forward to tasting the beef and onion burger. With mayo, mustard, pickles, onion, lettuce and tomato, I could eat these every day and my taste buds would be very, very happy!

  3. Thanks for the honest review. The picture of the frozen meat looks quite gross but the cooked meat looks okay. I’m not a fan of frozen beef anyway and would not haven given these a second look even before your post.

  4. Diane Young

    Will Ballpark charcoal-grilled frozen burgers ever be available in FarmVille, VA? I’ve spoken with managersin all three of my local grocery stores, and none of them have heard of this exciting new product. I cannot wait to try these!

  5. Ceejae Payne

    Cant find these anywhere but Sams club grrrrr Other then that no one around here has even heard of them..

  6. Homer Parish

    They are great. Ball Park has a hit. They come out juicy,not greasy. Good flavor;good taste. Love ‘em.

  7. Anytime you see something labeled soy protein you can be sure it’s about 90% soy. I’m sure there may be some beef in it somewhere I’ll stick to my frozen beef patties from Aldi’s…..

  8. I’m not goin tolie reading this made me go out and get some of my own. Here are the pros: calories are low, patties are pretty tasty with some american cheese ketchup and mustard, and its best made on a skillet. Cons ITS WAYYYYY OVERPRICED, only 6m patties for 10 bucks, and finally they’re microwaveable which is a big no-no. overall 6out of 10

  9. sara scarbrough

    I LOVE THEM AND SO DO MY 15 YR OLD AND EVEN MY 18YR OLD WITH aUTISM AND THAT SAYS A LOT SHE IS VERY PICKY EATER

  10. Why can’t I find these in my grocery stores, Food Lion, Ingles & Harris Teeter? I have looked everywhere in the frozen meat sections and can’t find them ! HELP

  11. I have debated on trying these for quite some time now. Last night I caved in and bought them. I have to say they are not half bad..i like them best in a skillet but from the microwave is good too. I got mine for $5.99 from walmart and had a $1 off coupon so $5 for 6 patties isnt a bad deal. I would definitely buy these again. My hubby liked them too

  12. Mike Morris

    By the time you by charcoal,lighter and the meat the cost for these burgers are not that much when you figure all that in my wife is going to pick some up today at the store to try them if they have the grill taste then why would any one want to waste there time to grill and the money if in a few seconds in a nuker you could get the same thing dont make no since to me and there 100% beef or you could go to burger king and get a Mr Ed burger if you like or some sea briskets and gravy.

  13. Have seen these advertised for almost 3 months but can’t find any in my
    local grocery stores or Wal-Mart. I’m in the Wichita,Kansas area. When
    are these going to be available in my area?

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  15. who the sells ballpark hambergers in my state food lion? cant find bilo? cant find ingles? cant find
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  16. I saw these last fall and I’ve eaten dozens of them since. They’re readily available at Walmart, usually $6.99 or $1.16 for a 3 oz. burger. They definitely taste grilled, to a medium- well doneness imo. VERY juicy, suprisingly so, and not gristly at all. For someone who can’t/ won’t cook a fresh burger they’re superior to any moderately priced fast food burger under $2.00. Better tasting than a McDouble. Love the grilled taste.

    Nolan Ryan Beef sells a similar product here in Texas at Krogers- 4 4oz. burgers per package. I got them on sale for $5.00 0r $1.25 for a 4 oz. burger. Tasted a little drier than the Ballpark burgers- didn’t like them as much. Just bought 4 bags of Ballparks at Krogers this week for $5.99 each. Might get a few more before the sale ends.

  17. I have twin boys that are in college and these are perfect for them to heat up in microwave and they love them!

  18. These burgers do have a good taste and are great for a quick burger, However, why only 7 in a bag. I hate when they only put 6 hot dogs or in this case 7 burgers in a package, buns always come 8 to a package.