Summer Taste Awards best barbecue food

Best supermarket barbecue food 2021

Check out the results of our 2021 Summer Taste Awards – we taste-tested burgers, sausages, meat and vegetarian products to bring you our best supermarket BBQ buys.

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Our expert team of Good Food judges blind-tested products across 12 barbecue categories to bring you our definitive shopping list for summer 2021. From burgers and buns to vegan-friendly barbecue products and ice-cream, read on to discover which supermarket products came out on top in our barbecue categories

For more, visit our Summer Taste Awards winners page, plus read about which picnic products we loved.

Best hot dog buns

Hot dog bun 1

JOINT WINNER

Aldi Specially Selected brioche hot dog rolls

These buttery brioche buns have a lovely golden-yellow colour and nice shine on top. Soft yet still sturdy, they’d be lovely with a salty sausage.

Buy online at Aldi (£1.19) 

hot dog bun 2

JOINT WINNER

Lidl Deluxe brioche hot dog rolls

On equal par with the rolls above, these golden buns are also soft, sweet and well-balanced.

Available in-store at Lidl from June (£1.19)

Best sausages

Best sausages

WINNER

Aldi Specially Selected Monterey Jack and chilli cheese hot dogs

These generous sized bangers have a golden-brown exterior and soft, juicy interior. Jalapeños provide peppery, spicy notes, without being overwhelming, while Monterey Jack cheese gives a boost of extra savoury flavour – they’d pair excellently with a sweet brioche bun.

Available in-store at Aldi (£1.99)

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Lidl Deluxe Cumberland sausages

Prefer a more classic banger? Despite looking a little wrinkly once cooked, these were highly praised for their rich and salty pork flavour and strong peppery kick.

Available in-store at Lidl £1.99

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Morrisons The Best chilli cheese hot dogs

Another chilli-cheese sausage, these are well-flavoured with a strong chilli kick, cheesy savouriness and nice smoky notes, but have a slightly tougher skin than our winner.

Available online at Morrisons (£2.65) 

Best vegan sausages

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JOINT WINNER

M&S Plant Kitchen plant bangers

For those looking for a meat-like sausage substitute, this is the closest to a pork sausage in both texture and flavour of those tried.

Available in-store at M&S (£3)

Best vegan sausages 2

JOINT WINNER

Lidl Vemondo vegan sausages

If you prefer a more vegetable-led vegan sausage, these taste like a cross between a herby potato cake and sage & onion stuffing, with a nice crispy coating. Great in the oven, but we’re not sure how well they’d fare on the barbecue!

Available in-store at Lidl (£1.59)

Best burger buns

Best burger buns

WINNER

Sainsbury’s sesame-topped milk burger buns

The best all-rounder, not just for holding juicy burgers, but for making picnic baps too, these Japanese milk-bread-inspired buns are super soft and fluffy, with an attractive sesame seed topping.

Available online at Sainsbury’s (£1.20) 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Aldi Specially Selected sliced seeded brioche burger buns

Our favourite of the brioche buns we tried, these are soft and buttery, with a pleasant sweetness, a nice golden colour and sesame seeds on top.

Available online at Aldi (99p) 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Morrisons Ultimate sourdough burger buns

If you’re someone who likes your burgers heavily sauced and packed with toppings, this could be the best bun for you. Although slightly drier in texture than our winning buns, these large, dome-like buns were the most robust and substantial enough to hold even the most towering toppings, and they had a nice savoury flavour.

Available in-store at Morrisons (£1.45)

Best burgers

Best burgers

WINNER

Morrisons The Best Shorthorn burger

A unanimous winner, this thick, juicy burger made with British shorthorn has smoky barbecue notes and cooks to a perfect medium when following pack instructions.

Available online at Morrisons (£3) 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

M&S dry-aged beef burgers

If you prefer a slightly thinner burger, this one is flatter than our winning burger, but still super juicy and nicely seasoned. It has nice peppery notes and an extra beefy taste thanks to the dry-aging.

Available in-store at M&S (£4.50)

Best vegan burgers

Best vegan burgers

WINNER

M&S Plant Kitchen no beef burger

If you’re after a vegan burger that mimics meat, this was the best we tried – it’s well seasoned and has a nice firm texture which holds well when cooked.

Available online at Ocado (£3)

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Asda plant-based meat-free triple chilli burgers

For a more veggie-led burger that isn’t trying to mimic meat, this one is full of veg including mushrooms and beetroot, and nicely spiced with chilli and a hint of coriander. It’s soft and moist yet remains firm and holds together well when cooked.

Available online at Asda (£2.35) 

Best barbecue sauce

Best barbecue sauce

WINNER

Morrisons sticky Kansas-style BBQ marinade & sauce

This has a nice balance of treacle-like sweetness, vinegary acidity and a slight smokiness. Its thick enough to use in a burger without getting messy, but would make a great marinade for pork ribs too.

Available in-store at Morrisons (£1.25)

Best barbecue-ready chicken

Best barbecue chicken

WINNER

Birchwood garlic & herb spatchcock chicken

A resounding winner which is great for feeding families, this succulent spatchcocked chicken has a perfectly crisp, golden skin and sticky herby coating.

Available in-store at Lidl (£3.49)

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Sainsbury’s Summer Edition garlic & herb chicken thighs

These marinated chicken thighs are super moist and tender, with a subtle lemon and herb flavour on the skin.

Available online at Sainsbury’s (£4) 

Best kebab (meat or fish)

Best kebabs

WINNER

Aldi British minted Lamb kebabs

These British lamb kebabs are well-seasoned, with a good level of spice and a hint of fresh mint. Perfect for the barbecue but just as good in the oven, they char beautifully on the outside, while remaining soft and moist inside.

Available online at Aldi (£2.49) 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Morrisons tiger prawns with garlic, coriander & jalapeño dressing

Looking for a pescatarian-friendly barbecue option? Our judges loved these attractive skewers of super succulent tiger prawns, dressed in a sauce with subtle notes of coriander, citrus and a hint of chilli.

Available online at Morrisons (£4) 

Best vegan kebab

Best vegan kebabs

WINNER

Aldi Indian-inspired veggiebabs

These well-seasoned kebabs are packed full of veg and chickpeas and flavoured with mild, curry-style spicing – they’d be great in a hot dog bun with salad leaves, raita and chilli sauce or chutney.

Available in-store at Aldi (£1.69)

Best ice cream

Best ice cream

WINNER

Waitrose Scrumptious Summer salted caramel banoffee pie ice cream

Banana flavour can often be divisive, but this was a real hit with our judges. It combines creamy banana-flavoured ice cream with crunchy biscuit pieces and salted caramel – it really does taste like banoffee pie!

Available online at Waitrose & Partners (£3)

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Aldi Specially Selected salted caramel ice cream

This super-sweet, creamy ice-cream is swirled through with generous lashings of salted caramel sauce.

Available online at Aldi (£2.29) 

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This review was last updated in May 2021. If you have any questions, suggestions for future reviews or spot anything that has changed in price or availability please get in touch at goodfoodwebsite@immediate.co.uk.