Weight Watchers Mini Cheeseburgers
Pros of WW Cheeseburgers
There are two "servings" of Weight Watchers Cheeseburgers in this box, which makes it a bit more economical than some of the single serving Weight Watcher meals and entrees. It's nice to be able to make two meals out of one box. It will also help you fulfill your craving for a very greasy burger, if you happen to have one. The meat has a reasonably good flavor and texture, especially considering that it's a microwaveable meal and a diet meal. I've had worse experiences with pre-packaged microwaveable meals.
This burger was very small and not filling at all. The serving size is only one burger- just one TINY burger. Yes, I admit, I didn't read the package too carefully when I bought it and I can't blame Weight Watchers for that. However, now that I've tried it, it is a VERY small portion, especially for the point value that you are eating. I can't believe this tiny burger has a Weight Watchers Points value of 4! That's a bit rich for my Points budget. The Weight Watchers Smart Ones Cheeseburger was very, very greasy and tough. Especially the bun. After reading the nutritional information on the back of the box, I quickly realized that there is nothing soft, tender, natural or healthy about Weight Watchers Smart Ones Cheeseburgers. The nutritional content is very poor; there are much healthier alternatives out there.
Full Review on Weight Watchers Cheeseburgers
Since I started doing Weight Watchers, I've become a bit of a fanatic about the Weight Watchers brand of food. These pre-packaged meals are convenient, but can be a bit expensive to purchase, especially if you rely on them for your lunch or dinner meals. I know that I shouldn't, but I rely on these meals for dinner, as it can be hard to calculate points when I'm eating dinner at home with my family. I figured that since I already made the investment, it might be helpful if I shared my feedback with others.
As a New Yorker, I have always adored White Castle Burgers. Yes, I know that they are gooey and mushy and really, really bad for you (which is probably why I am doing Weight Watchers now!) but darn, they're good. So when I saw the red box in the frozen section with a picture of a mini burger on it, I just had to try it. My stomach said "White Castle Type Burger-yay!", while my brain said "Weight Watchers". I figured it was the perfect combination. The front of the box also had a picture of two small burgers next to each other, which led me to believe that, like White Castle Frozen Burgers, that they would come two in a package. It also said that the box contained 2 servings, which I figured would make my dollar stretch just a little bit farther, as the price was similar to the other diet entrees.
I decided to try the Weight Watchers Smart Ones Mini Cheeseburger meal for lunch the next day. I couldn't wait! Weight Watchers meals were usually pretty decent, and I was definitely looking forward to trying this one out. I went to the freezer, opened the box and pulled out two cheeseburgers. My husband laughed at me when I realized that those two cheeseburgers emptied the box. I already knew that this was a 4 point meal, and wasn't sure if just one tiny cheeseburger was worth 4 precious points. I sulked, read the box more carefully and saw that it said "Mini Cheeseburger", not "Mini Cheeseburgers". I was not thrilled, but I chose to proceed anyway.
The directions on the box stated to microwave the cheeseburger as is, in its plastic pouch, (no need to vent) for 45 seconds. As I pressed start, I had terrible visions of cheese and plastic lining the inside of my microwave and found myself in a bracing position behind the refrigerator door during the last 10 seconds of cooking. Surprisingly, there was no explosion and the tiny cheeseburger looked innocent enough in the middle of my microwave after the microwave beeped. I plucked the burger out using two fingers because it was so hot and sat it on a plate to cool. I opened the plastic wrap and found a toughened and slightly wrinkled Weight Watchers cheeseburger staring up at me. I gave it a gentle squeeze and it didn't give much. I was not looking forward to eating a rock hard burger, smaller than the palm of my hand.
My first bite wasn't as hard as I had expected, but the bun was still pretty tough. The cheese had mostly melted away, but the calories probably hadn't. I wondered if perhaps I could make this a 3 point meal, because the cheese had vanished during the cooking process. I decided against it. The taste of the meat was okay, it was flavorful and had a good consistency. However, it was probably one of the greasiest burgers I've ever eaten. By the time I got to the third or fourth bite, I was regretting eating the burger. The grease was really hard to deal with. Fortunately, the grease wasn't dripping out of the burger while I was eating it- I know this for a fact because with each bite I took, I was sure that the grease would be spilling out of the other end of the bun. It never did. I ended up getting a yogurt to finish my "meal", because I was still hungry after I had finished the burger. I know that portion control is an important aspect of dieting, but this was a bit ridiculous.
When I read the back of the box for the nutritional content, I was even more disappointed:
Nutrition Facts for Weight Watchers Smart Ones Mini Cheeseburger
Serving Size: 1 mini burger
Servings Per Container: 2
Calories from Fat: 80
Total Fat: 9g
Saturated Fat: 4g
Total Carbs: 20g
Dietary Fiber: 3g
Based on the nutrition information above, it doesn't seem that this Smart Ones meal is very smart at all. Actually, I find it rather shocking that Weight Watchers would even offer such an unhealthy food to its members. This is not a "meal" that I would ever purchase again. I realize that there is more to Weight Watchers profits than just weight watchers meeting fees, but I really expected something a little bit better than this. How can a company promote healthy eating and still put their name on this box? I don't get it, I must be missing something....
The Smart Ones Cheeseburger was worth a try; I'll try just about anything once and I have no regrets. Now that I've tried it, the taste wasn't great and I will not purchase this again. There are much better things that I can do with 4 Weight Watcher points. I'd love to hear any feedback that anyone has after trying this burger, maybe someone else will like it more than I did.