The search for the holy grail for vegans who want a ‘real’ beef burger is finely over, thanks to Beyond Meat, a food manufacturer in California. (Ok, where else? Certainly not Texas.) I’m frequently asked by meat eaters how can I resist a good, juicy, beef burger right off the grill. And truthfully as much as I enjoy a vegan diet, I still yearn for a bite of a ‘real’ burger every now and then at a cookout or when I take my son to Shake Shack. I don’t succumb for a variety of issues including health issues, animal rights to environmental concerns.
My daughter wanted to try the Beast Burger but unfortunately our local Whole Foods was all sold out, but we found two packs Beastly Sliders in the frozen food section. The sliders are the same nutrient blend as the burgers so we bought them.
The problem with most vegan burgers is the texture but Beyond Meat has the texture of ground beef. It’s also juicy, provided you don’t over cook. I found about 3 minutes per side on the grill yielded the perfect burger. The taste does not exactly mimic beef but it does have a smokey meat-like flavor due to the added spices, mesquite and shiitake mushroom. Nutritionally beastly sliders and burgers hits the ball out of the ballpark. They contain spinach, broccoli, carrot, tomato, shiitake mushroom, beet juice, mesquite and pomegranate seed. It also is loaded with B vitamin, calcium and protein.
The Beast burger has 260 calories, 16g fat, 0 cholesterol, 480 mg sodium, 7g carbohydrates, 4g dietary fiber and 23g protein.
A beef burger (80% Lean / 20% Fat) has 284 calories, 22.4 grams of fat, 80 mg cholesterol, 75 mg sodium, 0 carbohydrates, 0 fiber and 19.23g protein.
On the plus side, Beast Burger has more protein and fiber and less cholesterol than a beef burger but on the negative side it has 405mg sodium more. Calorically they are about the same.
Next time, when I go to Whole Foods I’m definitely buying the sliders again and hopefully the store won’t be sold out of Beast Burgers and I can get them, too!