After 3 long years of waiting for this plant-based burger to hit shelves in my area, I have finally been able to try it. The company ended up finding my Instagram page and enjoyed my photography so much that they wanted to send me a couple packs, even before the burgers came to grocery stores in Buffalo. So, lucky me, they sent them overnight along with an awesome hat that Alan the Vegan Chef wears every day and a cute shirt for myself.
As soon as we received them we were cooking them up and slathering on all the fixings. We went with the classic burger: Daiya cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, ketchup, and mustard. As they cooked, the entire room filled with the smell of delicious fat being simmered as we watched its juices drip out of the patty and sizzle. They looked and smelled just like a meat-based burger, an eerie sight for sure. The food scientists at Beyond Meat really hit that nail on the head. The taste and texture were incredible as well. You can get this burger as crispy or as rare as you see fit. The outside browns to form grill marks from its original pink texture.
I would recommend this burger to anyone. They’re vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO, and soy free…suitable for everyone. You will see me pushing this on new friends, urging them to try it because, before this, I was NOT a veggie burger kind-of-girl. I don’t want you to miss out! This is not one of those veggie burgers that was formulated in the early 70’s from kelp and mushed up beans. It’s perfect for anyone, vegan or not. It’s even perfect for those out there that are thinking about giving up on their vegan diet and need something like this to remind them why they should stay. It tastes a lot like meat but lacks all of the gross parts because it’s just peas!
For those of you that are going to say “but Jess, this is super high in fat?” I’d have to agree that it is very high for my liking but for those that are simply looking to have an occasional indulgence, enjoy it. It’s a great source of protein and iron yet has no cholesterol. It’s comparable in calories (290 kcal vs. 287 kcal) to a beef burger without the guilt. It’s a comfort food that shouldn’t be an everyday staple, especially if you are overweight or have cardiovascular disease. It’s simply the best tasting plant-based burger that I’ve ever had. For two patties, your going to pay around $5 but I have been know to make two patties into four or break them apart them and use them in other dishes as a faux meat crumble. So good!