NI firm launches hickory-smoked burgers

Northern Ireland-based Buchanan Foods has added an innovative burger solution to its growing portfolio. 

The Co Derry business has developed a beef brisket burger, slowly smoked over hickory chips. Available in packs of four x 4oz burgers at £4.40, the burgers are made using locally sourced beef. When formed into patties, they are rubbed in sea salt before being smoked slowly over hickory chips using the firm’s smoker.

“Our business focus is on using our experience with a range of meats to create innovative products as it’s the only way a small business can compete,” commented Jonathan Buchanan, owner of the company.

The burgers are the latest in a line of innovative products developed by the company. It has already produced a unique back bacon smoked over turf, smoked turkey breast, and turkey aged in the farm’s Himalayan salt chamber.

“We’ve already added value to our turkey, bacon and lamb meats to differentiate them in the marketplace,” explained Buchanan.

“The new hickory burgers are ideal, in particular because of their distinctive hickory flavour. We’ve been investing a lot of time in developing our expertise and knowledge in dry-curing, ageing and smoking of meat from our own turkeys and sheep and lambs.

“We source beef and pork from local suppliers, everything is totally traceable,” he added. “This has given us an extensive portfolio of unique meats, especially for sausages and burgers.”

Last month, Buchanan Foods won Great Taste Awards recognition for its turkey and bacon products. Its meats are available in its small farm shop, which also stocks other products from local artisan producers.

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