Unique Yo Yo Burgers from award winning farm business

IMG_0213Buchanan’s, the Great Taste Award winning free-range turkey business in Northern Ireland, has launched a range of innovative meat products including lamb burgers and mutton steaks.

The new products, which also include a range of pork sausages with original flavours, and bacon have been developed as part of a diversification project by the farm-based business.

Buchanan’s, based near Kilrea in county Derry, won Great Taste Awards from the UK Guild of Fine Food in 2013 and 2014 for its free-range bronze turkeys.

Jonathan Buchanan, managing director of Buchanan’s, commenting on the new products, says: “While our turkey business has been going well, especially around holiday periods such as Christmas, we saw an opportunity to build on our reputation for quality products and grow the year round business by moving into other meats particularly lamb and pork.

“We’ve named the lamb product a Yo Yo Burger. This is based on the traditional name for a female lamb, known as a Yo, in Northern Ireland. It’s a versatile, convenient and tasty way for consumers to enjoy lamb especially in season.

“The burger is made from lambs finished on our farm in county Derry. We believe the new burgers and pork sausages represent a substantial extension our retail offering. The sausages feature high pork content with different flavourings such as mango and curry along with pork and apple, pork and whole grain mustard and pork and leek.
“The new range also includes our own dry-cured bacon processed without any additives.

“All the products are made on the farm which ensures complete traceability and provenance. The mutton steaks are also attracting attention because of their rich flavour,” he adds.

Buchanan’s Turkey’s is a small family run business dedicated to quality turkey production for the Christmas market.

Jonathan Buchanan is a first-generation farmer who began as a food processor by rearing and developing free-range turkeys in 1990.

The company was awarded two gold stars for its turkey meat in successive years, 2013 and 2014.