One of the things I’ve always professed is that as a vegetarian I’m not trying to find things that replicate the taste of meat. I basically just want things to taste good and convey great flavor and not have to mimic any sort of animal taste. The veggie burger industry is an ever-growing market with so many different flavors out there to choose from.
When I saw the news that a new veggie burger was coming from Beyond Meat that looked rather “sizzly” and juicy, I was intrigued and had to try it out. I bought the Beast Burger from the local Whole Foods and set to work to provide a review for you, my dear Veggin’ readers.
The frozen patties were stuck together right out of the package, but I let them sit for a few minutes (while doing some multi-tasking dishwasher unloading). After a few minutes, the patties popped right off each other.
I served the burgers on a toasted kaiser roll with lettuce, tomato and a bit of dijon mustard. And, the results are….
- I like the addition of the little grill marks. Kind of gives some veggie burger street cred to the patties when you throw it on the grill.
- Nutrient dense is an understatement. The nutritional content of these patties really pack a punch – 42% of your daily protein can come from one patty. You can also get 30% of your Vitamin B12 and 25% of your Vitamin B6.
- The sizzle! The patty sizzled on the pan. I get giddy when I can cook things that made noise – onions frying up give me thrill. So, when the patty sizzled and popped as it cooked I was in auditory heaven. And, the smell was really good, too, like a charcoal grill wafting through the kitchen on a cold winter’s day.
- The patties, while thin, are pretty dense and do fill you up.
- I think I had set my expectations up a little high because I was really hoping for a great bitey and “to the teeth” texture. Something juicy. But, it failed to deliver. The In-House Taste Tester also was a bit disappointed in the palate that the burger delivered. We were definitely thinking it was going to be “something more” but it delivered a flat patty with an okay taste. Was it bad? No. Was it awesome? Meh.
- The price. I bought the patties at Whole Foods which tends to be a bit high priced anyways, but the price per patty was a little higher than I wanted to pay. I think it was about $7.00 for a box of two patties. Fortunately, Beyond Burger has a $1.00 off coupon available on it’s website so that helps take the sting out of the price.
Final Judgement: If you’re looking for a mid-week meal to hit some of the nutrients you may be missing because you’re eating on the run, go for these burgers. And, the taste was okay. For the price, I was hoping for a better taste…but you can’t beat the nutritional wallop these patties bring. However, as far as I’m concerned, a veggie burger shouldn’t rely on the condiments to make it taste better – a veggie burger should be the main attraction. While I didn’t grill these in this taste-test, I think these would be good to bring to a backyard BBQ to slap on the grill and hear them sizzle.