Discover everything you need for those sun-soaked days when you'd rather be outdoors than in the kitchen. We've handpicked barbecue-ready burgers, sausages, and dips, perfect for outdoor feasts. Our expert panel blind-tasted over 140 products to bring you the season's best supermarket buys.


For full lists of winners, including the products we awarded highly commended status, visit our hub pages for the best barbecue and best picnic food.

Good Food Summer Taste Awards 2024 winners: best barbecue food

Best sausages

Winner: Lidl Deluxe Sausages Honey & Mustard, £2.49 (400g)

Lidl Deluxe Sausages Honey & Mustard

These sausages were a hit with the crowd. They boasted a flavourful blend of mustard with a touch of honey sweetness.

Available from Lidl in-store

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Highly commended: Coop Irresistible Pork Sausages, £3.70 (400g)

The judges praised the flavour and texture of these sausages, noting a delightful peppery kick and satisfying bite.

Available from:

Coop (£3.70)

Highly commended: Asda Extra Special Pork & Chorizo Sausages, £3 (400g)/ 2 for £5

The chorizo infused in these sausages adds inviting, spiced flavour notes without being overwhelming.

Available from:

Asda (£3)

Highly commended: Tesco Finest 4 Signature Pork Sausages, £4.00 (440g)

The judges were impressed by the juicy texture of this sausage, ideal for a barbecue hot dog with its perfect size.

Available from:

Tesco (£4)

Highly commended: Lidl Deluxe Caramelised Onion Sausage, £2.49 (400g)

These sausages boasted a pleasant caramelised onion flavour, noted by the judges for their slightly sweeter twist on caramelisation.

Available from Lidl in store

Best vegan sausages

Winner: ASDA OMV! Deliciously Vegan Butcher Inspired No Pork Sausages, £2.95 (360g), 2 for £5

ASDA OMV! Deliciously Vegan Butcher Inspired No Pork Sausages

This irresistible meat-free summer grilling option will steal the spotlight at your barbecue. Its remarkably authentic sausage taste and texture might just make you doubt whether it's truly meat-free.

Available from:
Asda (£2.95)

Best burger buns

Winner: M&S 4 Japanese-style milk buns, £1.85 (300g)

M&S Japanese style milk buns

These burger buns delighted the judging panel, boasting a wonderfully soft and doughy texture accented by delightful sweet notes.

Available from:
Ocado (£1.85)

Best burgers

Winner: ALDI Specially selected The Ultimate Burger, £2.89 (340g)

ALDI Specially selected the Ultimate Burger

These burgers retain their juiciness while cooking and achieve a lovely colour. The judges commended their excellent texture and the perfect size for any burger bun at your barbecue.

Available from:

Aldi (£2.89)

Best veggie burgers

Winner: M&S Halloumi Quarter Pounders, £5 (240g)

Halloumi quarter pounders

This creamy and salty halloumi burger pairs perfectly with a dollop of relish or chutney.

Available from:
Ocado (£5)

Highly commended: Co-op Gro Bean Burger, £1.90 (227g)

These bean burgers impressed the judges, noting their ability to hold shape while maintaining a soft, thick bean texture.

Available from:

Co-op (£1.90)

Best vegan burgers

Winner: Morrisons Plant Revolution Vegetable Burger, £1.99 (454g)

Morrisons Plant Revolution Vegetable Burger

The judges were impressed by this remarkably meaty alternative and the charred texture achievable with these burgers. They noted that, unlike some vegan alternatives, these burgers didn’t taste overly artificial, offering a satisfyingly authentic experience.

Available from:

Morrisons (£1.99)

Best meat or fish kebab

Winner: M&S Grill British Caesar Chicken Breast Kebab, £10 (600g)

M&S Grill British Casar Chicken Breast Kebab

This ready-to-cook kebab boasts a robust marinade that caught the judging panel's attention. While they didn't anticipate the Caesar dressing and Parmesan as a pairing, they were pleasantly surprised by how well they complimented the kebab.

Available from:

Ocado (£10)

Highly commended: Sainsbury's Taste the Difference Texan BBQ King Kebab, £6.50 (700g)

Even after cooking, the panel praised this king kebab's succulent and juicy chicken. Some judges found it a tad too sweet, paired with a bold barbecue sauce.

Available from:

Sainsburys (£6.50)

Best BBQ hero for entertaining (meat or fish)

Winner: M&S Master Grill Outdoor Bred Tomapork, £10 (592g)


This Tomapork centrepiece really impressed the team with the quality of the meat.

Available from:

Ocado (£10)

Best BBQ hero for entertaining (veggie)

Winner: Waitrose 4 Harissa Halloumi Kebabs, £4.25 (240g)

Harissa halloumi kebabs

While these kebabs aren't exactly showstopping in appearance, they're a guaranteed crowd-pleaser: the halloumi sticks are coated in a vibrant harissa dressing, making a moreish veggie option.

Available from:
Waitrose & Partners (£4.25)

Best ice cream

Winner: Co-op Irresistible Vanilla & Caramel Gelato, £4.75 (360g)

Co-op Irresistible Italian Vanilla & caramel biscuit gelato

The judges were delighted with this creamy, smooth gelato, which struck a perfect balance between saltiness and sweetness with its salted caramel flavour.

Available in store at Co-op (£4.75)

Highly commended: Aldi Gianni's Raspberry Sorbet, £1.99 (500ml)

This vibrant, fruity sorbet delivers a refreshing raspberry flavour with a subtle hint of tartness.

Available from:
Aldi (£1.99)

Highly commended: Co-op Irresistible Tiramisu Gelato, £4.25 (380g)

The judges observed that this ice cream caters to those with a sweet tooth. This gelato boasts a classic tiramisu flavour with caramel, featuring multiple layers for maximum flavour.

Available in store at Co-op (£4.25)

Highly commended: Morrisons The Best Madagascan Vanilla Ice Cream, £3.49 (500ml)

When it comes to ice cream, sometimes the classics offer a great option, and that’s what our judges thought of this ice cream's lovely classic vanilla taste.

Available from:

Morrisons (£3.49)

Highly commended: Aldi Gianni's Mango Sorbet, £1.99 (500ml)

This sorbet delights with its smooth, light texture and invigoratingly zesty mango flavour.

Available from:

Aldi (£1.99)

Good Food Summer Taste Awards 2024 winners: best picnic food

Best coleslaw

Winner: Aldi Specially Selected Creamy Coleslaw, £1.25 (300g)

Aldi Specially Selected Creamy Coleslaw

This coleslaw stood out to judges in the blind tasting, thanks to its tangy flavour that's balanced with a good level of sweetness, just the right amount of sauce and crunchy veg, plus some herbs for added interest.

Available from:
Aldi (£1.25)

Best dip

Joint winner: Co-op Irresistible Whipped Feta and Mint Dip, £2.50 (160g)

Coop Irresistible Whipped Feta and Mint Dip

This dip boasts a wonderfully airy texture from the whipped feta, enlivened with abundant dried mint and a generous swirl of olive oil. It’s great for adding some extra pizzaz to your barbecue spread.

Available in store at Co-op

Joint winner: Waitrose Creamy Pecorino & tomato pesto dip, £2.85 (170g)

Waitrose Creamy Pecorino & tomato pesto dip

The panel savoured the blend of tomato pesto and pecorino cheese in this dip and eagerly returned for seconds.

Available from:

Waitrose & Partners (£1.85)

Best sausage roll

Winner: Tesco Finest Pork Sausage Roll, £2.95 (188g)

Tesco Finest Pork Sausage Roll

This summer, indulge in a picnic-perfect sausage roll. Its buttery, glossy pastry encases well-seasoned sausage meat for a delicious treat on the go.

Available from:
Tesco (£2.95)

Best vegetarian picnic pastry

Winner: Tesco Finest 4 Cheddar & Caramelised Onion Rolls, £2.95 (188g)

Tesco Finest Cheddar & Caramelised Onion Rolls copy

The most classic sausage roll judges tasted, these have thick pastry, a nigella seed topping and cheesy, well-balanced filling.

Available from:
Tesco (£2.95)

Highly commended: M&S dinky cheese & marmite pinwheels, £2.50 (88g)

This runner-up really came down to the love-it or hate-it attitude toward Marmite. If you like marmite, this attractive spiral design with a neat filling of cheese and marmite will make a fun, tasty addition to any picnic.

Available in store at M&S

Picnic centrepiece/ show off item

Winner: Asda Exceptional quiche Lorraine, £3.50 (400g)

Asda quiche Lorraine

The judges found this quiche Lorraine had a soft, creamy filling – and recommend warming it up for optimal enjoyment.

Available from:

Asda (£3.50)

How we tested

We invited 12 supermarkets to submit their best summer products across 16 categories. Packaging was completely removed and judges tasted all items blind. Comments and a score out of 10 were submitted for each product in the category via anonymous online judging forms. The entire judging process was overseen by an independent adjudicator. This year, the team tested over 140 products.

For full lists of winners, visit our hub pages for the best barbecue food and the best picnic food.


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