I saw these at Whole Foods and decided to try them in hopes of getting my husband to really enjoy a plant based burger. I’ve made MANY versions and he likes them just ok, but I know he would prefer something that tastes closer to ‘meat’. I cringed when I read the nutritional label and could feel my arteries clogging up as read the ingredient list. I am more of a whole food purist so these are a bit more processed that I prefer…but at least there are a few plant based burger options out there. I brought a package home to try for the 4th of July.
They cook up like a regular burger-I cooked mine on a grill pan (we don’t have a charcoal grill). They would probably taste even more authentic on a grill. They are VERY oily as several of the ingredients are some sort of oil; again, this is something I’m not used to cooking with. They actually do smell kind of like meat when cooking and they are pinkish in color (thanks to beet juice) so they do look pretty authentic.
The verdict: my husband liked it, but would prefer it smashed down a little thinner and cooked on a charcoal grill. Me, not so much. I will not be eating these again in the near future for several reasons: 1) they are filled with oil, which equals FAT. Each burger has 22 grams of fat and 5 grams of saturated fat!!!! 2) They are full of processed stuff, the only thing resembling a vegetable I could find was pea protein isolate, potato starch, and the beet juice! 3) They contain quite a bit of sodium 4) They are lacking the wonderful spices and flavorings I’m used to in my plant based burgers.
Try them if you want a plant based burger that really looks and cooks like a hamburger (especially if you are vegan and what to surprise your Omni friends!). Me, I’ll keep working on perfecting my plant based burger recipe. Anyway…I hope you had a wonderful 4th of July!
P.S. I’m not dissing the Beyond Meat group. I think it’s great that they are trying to get plant based food more mainstream; I just wish it was filled with more whole plants and less oil!
Beyond Meat burger, plant based rendition of my mom’s potato salad and corn on the cob.