What’s A Beyond Burger? The Beyond Burger is a burger patty that has the texture and flavor of a traditional beef patty, but without any of the beef! I was first introduced to The Beyond Burger from my husband’s client and animal activist friend Maggie Q. She is my go to person on all vegetarian! She had been bragging about how good these non-meat burgers taste and she finally came over and made them for the whole family. They were absolutely delicious and I’ve been hooked ever since.
As you know, I’m not vegetarian or vegan, but I am a big fan of veggie burgers, particularly those that taste like, well, vegetables. The last few years have been exciting times for veggie burgers, with two extraordinarily well-funded companies—Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods—releasing plant-based burgers that claim not only to smell and taste like meat but look, handle, and cook like meat as well. And guess what? They absolutely do.
The Beyond Burger is about as close to meat as you can get. The animal-protein is replaced with a pea-protein and the burger gets it’s “bleed” from red beet juice. The LA Times call it, “a burger so similar to the classic American burger (and far more healthy). It’s become the first ever plant-based product sold in the meat department at Whole Foods.” While vegans are sure to jump on the bandwagon and start searching for this tasty little patty, it’s plain to see that it could be a great health-conscious option for meat-eaters, too. In fact, one of the most exciting things about the burger is that it packs way more healthy vitamins and nutrients than you might expect.
I make The Beyond Burger in place of our typical burger because it’s healthier. My kids couldn’t believe how good they are. “It was tasty and juicy, unlike most veggie burgers which can often taste closer to cardboard than beef.” “Undeniably fresh.” The Impossible Burger has been getting similarly positive reviews so I will definitely be trying it next.
While the patties may look just like meat, there’s bound to be some naysayers out there who think that they must be full of chemicals and toxins. Wrong. When pitted against a standard beef burger, described by the USDA National Nutrient Database, the 4oz Beyond Burger comes out on top in every single way.
What’s the Nutrients?
The Beyond Burger boasts 20g protein, 25% iron, 5g saturated fats and 22g of total fats. As though that weren’t enough, the patty is totally plant-based, hormone-free and GMO-free. When you compare that to the likes of an average beef burger patty, you will see a major difference. A standard burger contains 19g protein, just 12% iron, 9g of saturated fats and 23g of total fat. Yikes.
Where Can You Find It?
Are your taste buds tingling? If you want to try the new meatless burger for yourself, it actually couldn’t be easier. The patty is on the menu at TGI Fridays and Carls Jr. restaurants around the US right now. But you don’t have to just dine out to try them! You can also buy them in stores such as Whole Food, Walmart, Kroger, Safeway, Ralphs, and Vons. Basically everywhere! Beyond Meat also has a handy store locator, too!
I heated up the indoor griddle and decided to make my In and Out version of The Beyond Burger. I simply added my Essence Seasoning to each burger and they charred up nicely and then I added vegan cheese on top of each burger. Topping them off with lettuce, tomato, red onions, pickles and grilled mushrooms and special sauce, on a beautifully, toasted onion bun, these burgers did not disappoint.
So if you’re looking to go meat-less or just want to check out something new, give Beyond Burgers a try!
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Inspired by Emeril Lagasse…
2½ tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon dried leaf oregano
1 tablespoon dried thyme
Combine all ingredients thoroughly and store in an airtight jar or container.