Oh Yum: Burger Palooza

Oh Yum: Burger Palooza

The Impossible Burger - Beyond Meat Burger Reviews


Suzanne and I assigned ourselves the tasty task of trying two of the newest non-meat burgers on the market. For those of you who want to eat animal free but love the taste of a good burger, one of these might make your taste buds happy.

The two burgers are: the Impossible Burger  and the Beyond Meat Burger. Both were designed to match the taste, texture, feel, and aroma of a meat burger. Before we taste-tested them, I researched each to discover why these burgers came about.

Background

There are many great bean burgers and veggie burgers on the market for vegans who want something to eat as a sandwich. However, neither of these companies set out to develop a non-meat burger to meet the needs of just vegans.

Rather, the developers of the Impossible Burger and the Beyond Meat Burger had a higher goal in mind.  

The New Audience

The scientists behind these burgers were aiming to develop a product for meat eaters with the taste, texture, smell, feel, and even the look of a burger. They wanted to convince meat eaters that it's possible to enjoy meat without it coming from animals.

The goal of Beyond Meat in developing the Beyond Burger, "...was to provide the full 360 degree mouth watering, juicy, and delicious experience of beef but without so many of the health, environmental, and animal welfare downsides of traditional animal-based meat."

Impossible foods says, "We're on a mission to save animals. And Earth."

They wanted to create a burger that would convince meat eaters to eat less meat. They mention in their mission that, "... using animals to make meat is a prehistoric and destructive technology. Animal agriculture occupies almost half the land on earth, consumes a quarter of our fresh water, and destroys our ecosystems." 

By making meat without animals, both companies intend to help the environment.

Regarding their missions, I found the companies about equal. So, let's move to  looks, feel, texture, ingredients, and taste.

The Burgers

Looks

The wonderful photo at the top of this post is of a Beyond Meat Burger. Suzanne prepared it and it does look just like a meat burger. One of the ingredients is beet juice extract, so they even bleed like meat burgers. When cooked, they are juicy and look like a burger.

We had Impossible Burgers at a restaurant (they aren't in grocery stores here). So, we couldn't control the cooking of the burgers as well. They are advertised as bleeding also, but the Impossible Burger was cooked a little longer than probably necessary and the red inside was not visible. But overall it looked like a burger, too.

Feel

Both burgers had the feel of a burger when I picked them up and when I bit into them.

Texture

I was surprised by the texture. When I took my first bite of the Beyond Burger, I couldn’t believe how close the texture was to biting into a burger. The Impossible Burger was a bit thinner and dryer, but the texture still mimicked meat quite accurately.

Ingredients

Beyond Meat Burger: 

  • pea protein isolate

  • expelled - pressed canola oil

  • refined coconut oil

  • water

  • yeast extract

  • maltodextrin

  • gum arabic

  • sunflower oil

  • salt

  • succinic

  • acetic acid

  • non-GMO modified food starch

  • cellulose from bamboo

  • methylcellulose

  • potato starch

  • beet juice extract for color


Impossible Burger

  • water

  • textured wheat protein (therefore, not gluten free)

  • coconut oil

  • potato protein

  • natural flavors

2% or less of

  • leghenoglobin (soy)

  • yeast extract

  • salt

  • soy protein isolate

  • konac gum

  • xanthan gum

  • thiamin (Vitamin B1)

  • zinc

  • niacin

  • Vitamin B6

  • riboflavin (Vitamin B2)

  • Vitamin B12

My first impression from the ingredient lists is that there are lots of ingredients for both and very few of them sound like food. Since I am not a nutritionist, I will not try to analyze them for you. But, I suggest that you contact their websites and analyze the food values for yourself and contact these two companies and ask your questions. Since I don’t eat much (if any) processed food, these lists definitely give me pause.

One thing that I should note is that the Beyond Burger is gluten free, whereas the Impossible Burger does have gluten in it.

Taste

For me, the Beyond Burger won out in the category of taste. To me, they both had a charcoal broiled burger taste which surprised me. They were both tasty and gave me the burger-eating experience I was expecting. They were pretty close in taste, and I may have thought them equal if the Impossible Burger hadn't seemed a bit overcooked.  

Summary

If you are looking for a burger alternative, these might round out your menu.

 As. a review, I feel I should point out a couple drawbacks for me. One was the number of ingredients and the names of the ingredients are difficult to decipher as I mentioned before.. Another drawback is that the Impossible Burger is not gluten-free, so those with gluten issues will want to pay attention to that.

All-in-all it was a fun assignment checking out the products from two companies that have great and innovative mission statements. We need more companies in the food industry to embrace the well being of customers, animals, and the environment.

Note: If you want to make the Crispy Sweet Potato Fries pictured above, go here for instructions

In case you want more information, here are their websites.

Beyond Meat Burger

Impossible Burger

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