Hello. My name's Nathan, and I love Trader Joe's. My wife Sonia does too. She's a great shopper, has excellent taste and knows good value when she comes across it. As many of you know, Trader Joe's is unsurpassed in the world of good-value grocery stores, so we spend a lot of our time and money there. Although the store fairly consistently delivers great taste with its own unique line of food products, there are definitely some big-hits, and unfortunately, there are some misses...

After doing a couple of internet searches for reviews of TJ's food items, Sonia discerned an apparent dearth of good, quality reviews for the store's offerings. So, at her suggestion, we decided to embark on a journey of systematically reviewing every Trader Joe's product, resulting in the blog you are about to read...

A couple of months into our Trader Joe's rating adventure, an old college friend, Russ, who unbeknownst to me had been following our TJ's blog, decided that I had been slacking in my blogging duties (which, of course, I was) so he decided to contribute his own original TJ's reviews to the blog, thus enhancing it, making it more complete and adding to it a flavor of his own. He and his wife Sandy are also avid TJ's fans and, as you will soon discover, he is an excellent writer and is nearly as clever, witty and humble as I am.

Seriously though, Russ: You go, boy!

So here it is: "What's Good at Trader Joe's?"

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Trader Joe's Mahi Mahi Burgers

Ever see what a mahi mahi looks like? As in the actual fish? I sure as heck hadn't, and since I have a sick sense of humor in which I like to put a face to whatever animal I'm currently eating (sorry, vegans), I Google image searched one the other night while standing out by my grill and came across this. Um, wow. Like, I'm not sure what I exactly expected a mahi mahi to look like, but it wasn't quite that. Big ol' paint dropcloth looking thing. Um...yumm?

Well, in burger form...absolutely.

There's many fine and wonderful and fancy ways to enjoy a good slab of mahi mahi, but for a quick, easy, and convenient preparation, it may be hard to be beat Trader Joe's Mahi Mahi Burgers. These frozen fish pucks are yet another example what draws me to TJ's seafood products - it's overall fresh and clean vibe. So many other frozen seafood I've had is salty or mushy or overly fishy or just off.

But nope, not here. The fish itself has a very mild, clean flavor, with a couple spices like paprika and rosemary put on for a little character, but there's not much standing in the way of the actual fish flavor. One thing both Sandy and I particularly liked: these actually really hit the "burger button." The texture and mouthfeel approximate that of a regular beef or turkey burger - a little softer, yes, but as close as a fish can get to a burger, these do. We're impressed. And even our kiddos love them - our just-turned-four year old M grins with delight every time we tell her fish burgers our on the menu.

Put anything on these burgers you like - we particularly enjoyed some salsa or slaw or (as pictured) the chile lime powder. It's light, good eating. The box of four runs about $6, which isn't awful for some decent quality fish, and as a pro tip, they even reheat well without stinking up the joint (so says Sandy, I'd be too chicken to try that). Great summer time pick up to toss something a little different on the grill, so we're going with some high marks here. I took awful pics of the nutritional stats so see them here.

Bottom line: Trader Joe's Mahi Mahi Burgers: 8.5 out of 10 Golden Spoons






10 comments:

  1. Love these!... should I assume u grilled these (photo)? mine are done in the oven and aren't as dark...I put these way above the salmon burgers...

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  2. Oh yes, definitely grilled...and on a grill that needed a good cleaning too

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    1. TMI (on the grill cleaning)....I know u were testing your immune system.. eh? lol :-)

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  3. I throw these in a skillet and cut them up for some protein on a salad! Yum!

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  4. I'm not a big fan of fish specifically fish that are fishy tasting. Are these really fishy tasting or more like Cod or Pollock?

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    1. I buy these regularly... they are not fishy at all

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  5. We have these burgers pretty often. We like them with a slice of TJ's Havarti cheese, sliced avocado (or TJ's guacamole), and sliced red onion. Delicious!

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  6. TJs was giving samples of these a summer or two ago and my son (then 7 yrs old) loved them & begged me to buy them. We've been hooked ever since! A staple in our house during the summer

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  7. i cooked them in irish butter on the stove top and put a slice of cheddar cheese on it, ate one on no-carb "oopsie" bread. #ketogenic

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  8. After seeing that you gave them an 8.5 and reading these comments, I bought a package. I didn't cook them for a couple of weeks as I was really nervous about them being fishy. Had them tonight and they're AMAZING! I'm so glad I read your dependable review and the comments. Finally, a delicious "fish burger".

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