I’m not going to lie. Some of the vegan meat products currently out on the market can be downright heinous in terms of taste or texture.
Let’s be honest here: no one fancies a vegan “burger” that looks and tastes like a piece of grilled condensed carboard. No. We want flavor, we want “meatiness”, and we appreciate a burger that actually looks like a burger sometimes. (Do you really want to be that vegan that brings a speckled, mossy green burger to the neighborhood cookout? DO YOU?)
I’ve already been let down plenty of times with these fake-beef imposters lurking in supermarket freezers. But, in a spur of the moment decision, I decided to go with this 2-pack from Beyond Meat. Apart from being vegan, they’re also soy, gluten, and GMO free with a whopping 23 grams of protein.
My first impression: (of the raw patty)
It looked like cooked beef. I actually double checked the labels to make sure I hadn’t made a mistake a bought real meat!
Cooking it was a breeze as I just spray some canola oil on both sides and tossed it on the grill for a few minutes.
I went to town on the toppings and also whipped up some cashew cheddar to give it that sensational “all american” look. In the second burger, I also fried some onions that had been breaded in panko crumbs and served it alongside roasted red potato wedges.
Final verdict: I’m a convert. It was love at first bite.
It’s almost reminicent to bacon in taste (again, I rechecked the label because I couldn’t believe a vegan burger could have that much flavor and texture.), the chew is gratifying, and my mother, who is not a vegan, was absolutely delighted when she had a bite herself.
Would I buy it again?
Oh heck yes. And I can’t wait to try out Beyond Meat’s other products as they also look incredible.
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