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Ball Park Beef Patties – Good as Grilled?

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.



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.

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  1. Rita Mosher
    February 14, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    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

  2. Laura Marie
    February 15, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    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

  3. Mike Morris
    March 1, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    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.

  4. GENE
    March 3, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    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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  6. March 22, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    who the sells ballpark hambergers in my state food lion? cant find bilo? cant find ingles? cant find
    you dont sell in nc

  7. Ann a
    June 12, 2013 at 5:12 am

    I tried these on Saturday. Awful and full of gristle no flavor

  8. Carl N.
    August 2, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    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.

  9. Amy
    October 2, 2013 at 11:01 am

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

  10. Margaret
    November 11, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    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.