THE WORLD’S FIRST PLANT-BASED BURGER THAT LOOKS, COOKS, AND SATISFIES LIKE BEEF WITHOUT GLUTEN, SOY, OR GMOS.
The Beyond Burger is one of the first vegetarian burgers aiming to mimic the taste and texture of real beef, down to the most minute details. With lab grown beef around the corner, and more and more beef alternatives popping up daily, how does The Beyond Burger fair? As it turns out, remarkably well.
What Is It?
Beyond Meat is a Los Angeles based company making plant-based meat substitutes. They dub their meats as “the future of protein”. While I don’t know if that’s true, they definitely have taken a unique spin on plant based meats, and their innovation and willingness to push boundaries is much appreciated by vegetarians all over the world.
Beyond Meat’s Beyond Burgers are available in packs of 2 with each burger coming in at 3oz. We usually pay about $5.99/package at Whole Foods, but (as always) prices may vary per store and location. They can be purchased frozen or refrigerated. Burgers purchased frozen need to be thawed in the fridge before cooking, and must be consumed within 10 days.
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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?
How Does It Taste?
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. To cook the burger, simply put it in a preheated pan or throw it on the grill, cooking each side for 2-3 minutes. It’s very easy to get consistent, well cooked burgers, regardless of the portion size.
So, how do they taste? 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 pricing may seem high at $3.00/burger, but the good news is they do retain their size when pan fried or grilled. The better news is (if you’re as frugal as I am) that they’re quite easy to form into patties like traditional ground beef, and even little 1.5 oz patties leave you with a ridiculously filling and satisfying burger.
Despite claims from Beyond Meat, the Beyond Burgers do not bleed. Both before you cook them and after, it LOOKS like ground beef. When you take a bite, the meat it a little softer and less grissly than ground beef, but you will find it’s greasy meaty texture and umami flavor tricking your brain in no time. Honestly, we found that breaking the patties in half to make thinner burgers vastly improves the flavor. That charring you get from the grill or pan really helps balance the slight “off” flavor you get from the meat on 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.
Rating: 8.0/10 – Pretty Tasty
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Serving Size 1 Burger Patty (4oz)
- Amount Per Serving
- Calories 270
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat 20g31%
- Saturated Fat 5g25%
- Trans Fat 0g
- Cholesterol 0mg
- Sodium 380mg16%
- Potassium 340mg10%
- Total Carbohydrate 5g2%
- Dietary Fiber 3g12%
- Sugars 0g
- Protein 20g40%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Water, Pea Protein Isolate, Expeller-Pressed Canola Oil, Refined Coconut Oil, Contains 2% or less of the following: Cellulose from Bamboo, Methylcellulose, Potato Starch, Natural Flavor, Maltodextrin, Yeast Extract, Salt, Sunflower Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Dried Yeast, Gum Arabic, Citrus Extract (to protect quality), Ascorbic Acid (to maintain color), Beet Juice Extract (for color), Acetic Acid, Succinic Acid, Modified Food Starch, Annatto (for color).
All ingredients from Non-GMO sources