Thursday, September 22, 2011

Product Review: El Peto Italian Style Hamburger Buns

A few weeks ago we had homemade tuna burgers for dinner and tried out these hamburger buns.  I picked El Peto buns to try because I haven't tried too many El Peto products before and thought it would be nice to try something new, from a Canadian company.  I also liked that there are 8 buns in a package, while most other brands only contained 6 per pack, for a similar price.  Like many gluten free baked goods, they need to be kept frozen until needed for use.

The frozen bun doesn't look too appealing, but to be fair, neither do most frozen gluten free products.

Frozen hamburger bun  

Although the buns can simply be thawed to eat, I liked them better toasted.  Toasting the buns gave them a nice crispy texture on the outside and a soft inside.  The texture is denser than a regular hamburger bun, but the taste was decent.  They held up well to the tuna burgers, without crumbling under the pressure of the burger and toppings.

I waited a while before writing this review for a few reasons.  The first reason is that I've never tried a gluten free hamburger bun before, so I don't have anything to compare it against.  The second reason is that I tested these with homemade tuna burgers rather than regular, commercially produced beef burgers, which are typically much larger than the little burgers I make at home. 

If you take a close look at the picture below, you'll see that the burger doesn't fill the whole diameter of the bun.  Still, I feel that the buns are a bit smaller than the average burger bun.  We still have four buns left, so the next plan is to put a bigger burger in there and see how it goes.

Overall, this is a good substitute for a regular hamburger bun.  It looks similar, if a touch smaller and much denser, but the flavour was pretty good.  My husband liked them better than I did, but I enjoyed them enough that I'm looking forward to trying them again with a burger I didn't have to make from scratch!

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