Beyond Meat and The Beyond Burger was a darling of the media when it launched a few years ago, and became known as “the vegetarian burger that bleeds”. Their secret? Beet juice, coconut oil, potato starch, and some pea protein. Gluten free, soy free, GMO free – they’re checking all the boxes. But the question is, does it taste like a burger?
Before we get to that, I have to mention – it smells kind of like cat food. The first thing you’re likely to notice after opening a package of Beyond Burgers is the strange, decidedly NOT beef smell. It isn’t potent enough to be off putting, and is gone completely after cooking, but it is something you’ll have to get used to the first few times you cook a Beyond Burger.
The flavor of the burger does not perfectly imitate beef, but is very similar to the taste you’d find in a traditional frozen beef burger, or maybe even a REALLY good turkey burger. On its own, you’ll be able to tell that it isn’t beef, but add a few toppings to your burger and it will taste pretty similar to the real thing. In terms of over all taste and appearance, there really isn’t any other vegetarian burger that comes close to Beyond Meat’s Beyond Burger. The uniform texture and juiciness of Beyond Burgers is SO MUCH BETTER than the beans, mushroom, and veggie chunks you run into in other vegetarian burgers. Unlike a lot of other vegetarian meats, the Beyond Burger doesn’t taste like it was dunked in liquid smoke either, which is something I truly appreciate. Beyond Burger gets by on its own merits. It’s flavorful, somewhat juicy, and distinctly its own.
The Beyond Burger is a very impressive meat alternative. I could nitpick a few issues here and there, but the bottom line is if you’re a newly converted vegetarian craving a burger, you’d be hard pressed to find a better option currently available in grocery stores.
Beyond Meat started rolling out a new and improved Beyond Burger in June 2019. I’ve updated the nutritional info, ingredient, and allergen list to reflect the stats for the updated burger. The new burgers are marked with a red tab on the packaging that says “Now Even Meatier!”.
Honestly, I can’t tell much of a difference between the old and new versions. The new burgers smell a little less like cat food, and are a little juicier/greasier. The nutritional info is slightly better as well, which is impressive considering that they managed to do that while producing an overall greasier product.
(Note: Please excuse the lazily formed 1/2 patty below. We are monsters.)
Beyond Meat’s The Beyond Burgers are sold in plastic sealed packages containing 2 pre-formed 8oz “beef” patties. Since these burgers can be stored either refrigerated or frozen, we’ve also seen them sold both ways as well.
PERISHABLE – KEEP REFRIGERATED AND COOK THOROUGHLY BEFORE SERVING. USE WITHIN 3 DAYS OF OPENING. DO NOT REFREEZE. IF PURCHASED FROZEN, THAW IN THE REFRIGERATOR BEFORE COOKING AND CONSUME WITHIN 10 DAYS.
We purchased this product from our local Whole Foods for $5.99/package.
** I highly recommend splitting each preformed patty into 2 patties. You get more bang for your buck, and they taste better.
PRE-HEAT GRILL OR PAN TO HIGH HEAT AND COOK FOR 4 MINUTES PER SIDE.
DO NOT OVERCOOK. INTERIOR OF PATTY WILL STILL BE RED OR PINK WHEN FULLY COOKED.
FULLY COOKED WHEN INTERNAL TEMPERATURE IS 165F.
Water, Pea Protein Isolate*, Expeller-Pressed Canola Oil, Refined Coconut Oil, Rice Protein, Natural Flavors, Cocoa Butter, Mung Bean Protein, Methylcellulose, Potato Starch, Apple Extract, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Vinegar, Lemon Juice Concentrate, Sunflower Lecithin, Pomegranate Fruit Powder, Beet Juice Extract (for color)
NO Fish (e.g., bass, flounder, cod)
NO Crustacean shellfish (e.g., crab, lobster, shrimp)
NO Tree nuts (e.g., almonds, walnuts, pecans)
From Beyond Meat: *Peas are legumes. People with severe allergies to legumes like peanuts should be cautious when introducing pea protein into their diet because of the possibility of a pea allergy. Our products do not contain peanuts or tree nuts.
Serving Size 1 Burger Patty (4oz)
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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