These Are the Best Store-Bought Veggie Burgers – Info Computing
There are two types of veggie burgers: those that try to approximate meat, and those that really lean into the vegetables. Though you can make the latter at home to extremely delicious results, the former takes a bit more engineering, and the meat-abstaining people of this world deserve something they can heat and serve.
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Welcome to Burger Week! Grilling season is in full swing, and we’re flipping out over burgers. Whether it’s picking the perfect patty, stuffing those patties with molten cheese, or making a veggie offering that doesn’t suck, we’ve got the tips, recipes, and recommendations you need to build your best burger.
There are a lot of pre-packaged options out there, and every vegetarian and vegan I’ve met has their favorite, so I gathered up the most heavily suggested and gave them a little taste.
The Best Fake Meat: The Beyond Burger
The Beyond Burger, Impossible Burger, and FieldBurger all came highly recommended but, sadly, you can’t buy the Impossible raw for home cooking (reasons why are unclear). Though I liked the mushroom-forward flavor of the FieldBurger, I found it to be very chewy and a bit too thick. The Beyond Burger was, however, just as good as everyone had led me to believe. Would a beef connoisseur be able to distinguish it from a fancy steak burger? Of course, but the texture was uncannily similar to ground meat, and the flavor was pretty close to a fast food patty, particularly when dressed up with condiments and toppings. It looked so much like a real burger, it made me wonder if the meat-adverse would find it off-putting.
MorningStar Grillers Prime also had a strong fast food vibe with a smoky flavor and, while not as convincing as the Beyond Burger, I could see it scratching that itch. (The uncanny meat product I do not recommend even a little? Upton Naturals Classic Burger, which had a great, meat-like texture, but an odd, aggressively sour flavor.)
The Best Veggie-Forward Offering: Trader Joe’s Vegetable Masala Burger
I have never been anyone that even remotely resembles a vegetarian, but I have been eating (and craving) these Indian-spiced potato patties for at least five years. They are super savory, wonderfully spiced, and crisp and brown like any good potato-based puck should; they’re basically like the filling of a veggie samosa in patty form, and I love them. They keep their shape from pan to bun, and don’t need to be covered with condiments to be delicious. Dr. Praeger’s also makes a nice line of well-seasoned veggie-focused fare, but the burgers are almost impossible to keep together and, if you take them out of the oven a little too quickly, they mush out. I also tried Hilary’s Root Veggie Burger, which kept its shape and crisped up well, but was quite bland.
What kind of veggie burger do you prefer? Do you like a meat impostor, or do you prefer to let the vegetables shine? Leave your opinions in the comments, as well as any favorite brands. I doubt anything will replace my Vegetable Masala burger, but I’m always willing to taste test.
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