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I Just Tried A Beyond Burger & Here’s What I Honestly Think

I just made and ate my first Beyond Meat’s Beyond Burger and I felt compelled to write something about it. First of all, in case you missed it, Beyond Burger is a completely plant-based burger that, “looks, cooks, and satisfies so much like beef, it’s in the meat section of the grocery stores” according to the company’s website. But again, it’s not meat, it’s VEGAN. Their technology is part of a growing movement in food circles to make plant based products that can really compete with meat products in taste, smell, sound (sizzle), look (bleeding), and price. Why? Because there is a growing body of evidence to suggest that the meat industry is a huge driver of climate change and environmental degradation (and not to mention presents a host of animal treatment issues). If you could have your delicious, juicy burger and not have caused harm to the environment or an animal, wouldn’t that be a win-win? Obviously, vegetarian burgers have always been an alternative for all of us, but they’ve also always been… subpar.  I have tried all kinds of veggie burgers – from restaurants, to making my own, to store bought, and I’ll just say it – they always either suck or pale in comparison to the real thing.

I saw Beyond Burger at a grocery store the other day and decided to pick it up to try. I heard about it before, but never believed the hype. To be honest, I was preparing myself for it to suck or be disappointing as I put it in my basket. The last few times I’ve tried a product similar to this I’ve thought to myself, “I wish they’d just say they’re making the best veggie burger on the market, and NOT try to make something/market a product that promises to be just as good as a beef burger, cause that’s basically a lie or fantastical thinking.”

Well, guys – Beyond Beef burgers are different. Out of the box, they look like beef patties. It sizzled in the pan just like a beef patty (3 minutes on each side), it bled out fat, and kept a good char. The house didn’t fill up with smells of cooking beef, but it also smelled good – something was definitely  on the grill! I was still skeptical as I plopped the patty into my lightly toasted brioche bun, smothered in Hampton Creek Mayo and ketchup, and topped with a slice of heirloom tomato and a sliced avocado. I took my first bite, asking myself this question: If I had been served this at a restaurant or a friend’s BBQ, would I have any idea it was not beef? The answer: No, I would have NO idea. I’m serious. It was delicious and totally burger-y.

Then my skeptical mind slipped back in: Anything that delicious and “fake” couldn’t be good for me, right? Wrong. I looked up Beyond Burger’s nutritional facts and they have:

  • More protein than a beef burger (again, THEY’RE VEGAN).
  • Double the amount of iron (really good for me since I anemic).
  • Less saturated fat
  • No cholesterol
  • Comparable calorie count (just under 300 for both)
  • And, since it’s vegan, the Beyond Burger is also obviously antibiotic free and hormone free (and they’re gluten free and GMO-free too!)

There is a place around the corner from my house called Mullane’s and their burgers are TO DIE FOR. I dream about them, and my boyfriend has at least one burger from there a week – I am always so jealous! But you know what? I don’t have to be jealous anymore, because now I can have a vegan burger that’s just as delicious and not hurting anything, AND is better for me. Now, that’s what I call a better burger!!!

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  • Sueforfood

    We are pescatarians, so we decided to buy a package. Tried them and did not like the taste or smell – not sure what the hype is about??? Such a disappointment. Oh well, I’ll stick with veggie/bean burgers

    • Oh really? I loved them and thought they tasted fantastic! So did my bf, who was super skeptical. I guess not for everyone 🙂 Thanks for trying!

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  • I have been 99.9% plant-based (vegan nutritarian) for the past 12 years of my life (started at 24, now 36). Tried pretty much every veggie burger on the planet. Beyond Burgers are the ultimate “veggie” burger. I think our family has bought over 10 cases so far (8 in a case). We make burgers, tacos, and lasagna with them.

    Everyone who tries them loves them too.

    I don’t consider these a health food at all, we indulge on these just like we would vegan ice cream. I think beans and whole peas are a much better source of protein. But I do think these are much less harmful to humans and the planet than real beef.

    Once Beyond Burger meet becomes cheaper than beef ($8-$12/lb vs $3-$4/lb). I think many will switch away from ground beef even if they like real beef better. Beyond Burger beef will then be cheaper, safer, more humane and more environmentally friendly, but most importantly is cheaper and will “taste close enough” for many to choose it over real beef.

    When this becomes cheaper than ground beef it will be a victorious day for the planet as a whole!

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  • RapmasterD

    Had them for the first time last night. Way too much fat and saturated fat for me, and I also did not like the smell as they cooked up. I hope this company is successful in helping folks reduce the intake of animal foods. But my primary motive in going whole foods plant based is health. The multitude of ingredients and the high fat content from extracted oils in the Beyond Burger doesn’t cut it for me.

  • Angela Elizabeth Marie

    Thank you for sharing! I’m definitely going to give them a try, although I do hear they are high in fat, I don’t eat burgers or processed food all that much.

  • Nadia Daniel

    Ive had them and they made me so nauseous. I’ve only been vegan for a year but my body was telling me it taste too much like meat. The smell was also not pleasant for me. I feel like the creators of beyond meat thought to themselves, “how can we make this taste and smell like decaying animal”! Well they got it right! For some people thats a good thing but I’ll never eat them again. I’ll stick to veggie burgers.

  • Jonathan Sonnier

    I just tried the Beyond Burger, and I honestly think you could fool most people with this product. Add cheese and mayo and nobody would know the difference. It is greasy. After cooking they looked something on the rare side, but they tasted very good. I like this product, and I think it would make a great substitute for anyone shifting to plant based, even part of the way.

  • Phack Em

    Meat eater turned vegan here. Tried these this weekend. They are great, like really great but…in their uncooked state they smell like catfood and when they are cooking they smell like corned beef and hash. Get past that and they taste just like meat. I’m adding these to my arsenal of Fieldroast and Tofurkey sausages which are.both great too.

  • Adam

    Out of curiosity, I looked at a Colorado Springs grocery store: $7 for two 4oz burgers. WOW! That’s the price of fresh swordfish or halibut in Colorado. Based on price alone, I would rather have tuna steak or salmon, which is _still_ cheaper. Given the other benefits of the aforementioned sea creatures, I would still choose salmon.

    All other factors being equal regarding non-mammal food products, these are inaccessible to the average person. Isn’t the idea behind creating non-mammal meat alternatives to have a wide appeal? You know, aiming at the millions who patronize McDonald’s every day. Targeting a small minority (Maybe 5%?) of the upper-middle class (Let’s say a household income greater than $100k per year.) isn’t going to create a whole lot of demand. If anything, it just looks like another status symbol, not an attempt at effecting change.

  • beensickallnight

    I had a Beyond Burger last night. I was sick all night long with indigestion. It was like a poison that wouldn’t leave my stomach. Taste wise, it was not impressive, rather have a real burger. Never again with this garbage.