I now understand why this burger is called The Beyond Burger. It is BEYOND. Seriously. You will not understand until you try it for yourself, but essentially it’s a veggie burger made completely of plant protein, plus it’s gluten free (yay!), and it looks, smells, feels and tastes shockingly like a beef burger. To the point that I was actually nervous to take a bite because it reminded me so much of meat. And you don’t even have to take my word for it. My burger-crazy husband 100% agrees. This is an amazing product.
The Beyond Burger
So, The Beyond Burger comes from Beyond Meat, a company whose mission is to feed the planet without animal protein. The company also seeks to “[improve] human health, positively [impact] climate change, [conserve] natural resources and [respect] animal welfare.” Because why would you not?
I’ve said in the past that I have no problem with others who eat meat. My problem is with our food system. If I wasn’t just plain grossed out by meat I might be eating more sustainably farmed animal products at this point in my life, but for right now a mostly vegan lifestyle [no meat, no dairy, free range/organic eggs on weekends + local, sustainable honey] is the right choice for me. This Beyond Burger fits in perfectly with all of those things and it just so happens to be incredibly delicious too.
Before cooking (we’ve done them on the grill and in a pan on the stovetop with success) season with salt and pepper and your favorite spices. We do onion powder, garlic powder and smoked paprika!
If you’re gluten-free like me, I recommend serving this on Trader Joe’s gluten free hamburger buns warmed on the grill or stovetop topped with my honey-sriracha aioli, a slice of local tomato, fresh lettuce and homemade quick pickles.
The Best Homemade Veggie Burgers
If The Beyond Burger is not currently available in your area (it’s in my local Whole Foods, but I haven’t been able to locate it anywhere else yet) you can indulge in one of these other awesome veggie burger recipes. I’ve made both of these recipes more times than I can count. In fact, the black bean and quinoa burger from She Likes Food (pictured above) makes a regular rotation on our dinner menu. It’s super easy to make the night before and then just form into patties and pan-fry when it’s time to eat.
This beet burger from The Kitchn takes quite a bit of prep but it’s entirely worth the effort. I highly recommend prepping everything on a Sunday and leaving it in the fridge until you’re ready to cook!
If you have a favorite gluten free/vegan veggie burger recipe, I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!