There are so many brands out there at a variety of price points, so I wanted to break down a few that I've tried out. I have a bunch more that I want to review, so I'm thinking there will be a part two on this topic! I didn't want to overwhelm everyone with this post :) I'm also thinking it would be fun to review some Pinterest veggie burger recipes as well as restaurant versions. What do you think?
Let's get started on the reviews!
#1- Season's Choice Veggie Burger
Quick facts:5g protein, 3g sugar, 290 mg sodium
Ingredients - carrots, peas, whole oats, zucchini, edamame, corn, string beans, spinach, corn meal, onions, potato starch, soy protein flour, tamari, chickpeas, dried onion, salt, canola oil, red peppers, broccoli, garlic, parsley
Found at - Aldi's
Taste - 4/10. Tastes very "green"...like a green juice that you know is healthy so you drink it, but don't really enjoy it. This is the only one Dan wouldn't finish and told me to never repurchase.
Texture - 3/10. It had big chunks throughout, which got a bit hard in the oven. It was nice to see that the burger was actually made with veggies, but I prefer mine blended better.
Would I repurchase? - No. Even though it's cheap, it didn't taste very good at all!
#2- Beyond Meat The Beyond Burger
Quick facts:20g protein, 0g sugar, 450 mg sodium
Ingredients - pea protein isolate, expellar pressed canola oil, refined coconut oil, water, yeast extract, maltodextrin, natural flavors, gum arabic, sunflower oil, salt, succinic acid, acetic acid, non-GMO modified food starch, bamboo, methylcellulose, potato, beet juice, ascorbic acid, annatto extract, citrus fruit extract, vegetable glycerin
Found at - Whole Foods
Taste - 10/10. Tastes just like a burger. It had a crumbly, meaty taste that reminds me of a real beef burger.
Texture - 8/10. It didn't have any chunks in it and had the same texture as ground beef. It even smelled like beef somehow!
Would I repurchase? - Occasionally. It's more of a splurge, and the ingredients aren't natural. But, I think it would be great after a long run since it's so high in protein. If I ever craved a real burger, I would reach for this. I also love the company's mission of changing the world and making good-tasting meat substitutes. The owner of the company was just featured on How I Built This if you're interested in learning more!
#3- Trader Joe's Thai Sweet Chili Veggie Burger
Quick facts:8g protein, 5g sugar, 270mg sodium
Ingredients - Cooked brown rice, carrots, cooked black rice, soy protein, expeller pressed canola oil, potato flakes, onion, water chestnuts, broccoli, red peppers, wheat gluten, sweet chili sauce, shiitake mushroom, soybeans, sugar, ginger, scallions, sesame oil, salt, arrowroot
Found at - Trader Joe's
Texture - 7/10. Kind of spongey and doughy. I wish it could get more crispy. Also has some chunks in it from the vegetables, but it isn't off-putting.
Would I repurchase? - Yes! I have before and will keep buying these. Can't beat the taste or price. I also like to add this burger, chopped up, into a salad or mixed into pasta for a quick meal! Plus, I love that the ingredient list is mostly all whole, healthy foods instead of a bunch of chemicals.
#4- Trader Joe's Vegetable Masala Burger
2g protein, 1g sugar, 390mg sodium
Ingredients - Potatoes, canola oil, carrots, green beans, bread crumbs, bell peppers, onions, corn, water, salt, sugar, spices, ginger, cellulose gum, green pepper, citric acid, turmeric, mustard seedsPurchased at - Trader Joe's
Texture - 8/10. Same as the other, with a few more big chunks of vegetables. It isn't quite as spongey though, so I gave it an extra point. I think this is mostly because the base seems to be pieces of potatoes, which doesn't sound that great but actually makes a wonderful patty base!
Would I repurchase? - Yes! For the same reasons as the other...it's cheap and makes for a simple and really quick meal. I like to keep a box of these in my fridge at all times just in case I don't have to cook a real dinner.
What are your favorite veggie burgers?
Are there any kinds you want me to try out next?
What is your favorite recipe for veggie burgers?