Thursday, February 19, 2015

Food Review: Beast Burger by Beyond Meat

The Beast Burger and some oven-baked potatoes for a monster of
a dinner!

UPDATE: The New Beyond Burger from Beyond Meat has arrived! It's a real game-changer, and you can read my review and drool over pictures of it HERE!

Beyond Meat has unleashed its new creation, the Beast Burger, in stores nationwide! I've been excited about this burger since they announced it at the end of 2014, and I finally found the patties in the freezer section of my Whole Foods recently, so huzzah!

What's the big deal about the Beast Burger? Well, it aims to replicate the taste and texture of beef burgers to prove that there is a better, more sustainable, plant-based way to satisfy a burger craving! Beyond Meat shows us that there is no need to ruin the environment, our health, and kill animals for a juicy burger - all we need is a better vegan burger, and they think they have achieved this and even surpassed expectations by creating a more nutritious, more delicious plant-based burger!

Alright, let's get down to the details to see if this beast of a burger lives up to the hype!

Each pack of the Beast Burger contains two burger patties and will set you back about $7 at Whole Foods (please note your Whole Foods or other stores may vary on this price). A little on the pricey side for vegan burgers, but the patties themselves are pretty big - they are quarter pounder size. Plus, the nutritional value of the burger is pretty impressive - the Beast packs more protein and iron than beef (around 23 grams or 42% of the daily recommendation for protein!), more omegas than salmon, is packed with antioxidants, calcium and vitamins B-6 and B-12, plus a special nutrient blend. Not to mention the Beast is gluten-free, soy-free, cholesterol-free, and non-GMO!

Beyond Meat Beast Burger on a bed of spinach, topped with Daiya
Provolone and grilled onions, on an Ezekiel whole wheat bun

I prepared my Beast Burger on a cast iron skillet with some onions and a tiny bit of coconut oil. I've read some reviews online where people complained about the burger being too dry, so I made sure not to overcook it (which is also a warning about overcooking on the preparation instructions, so consider yourselves warned!). I cooked the patty about 3 minutes on each side, and it came out perfectly. Before putting it on the bun I took a little nibble and was amazed that the texture so eerily resembled ground beef burger patties. Kinda freaked me out to be honest! The taste on its own was good, a little smoky and surprisingly flavorful by itself.

As you can see, the Beast Burger is truly beastly, and didn't quite
fit in the bun!

I put the Beast on an Ezekiel whole wheat bun slathered with Chipotle Just Mayo, added some spinach and topped it off with Daiya's Provolone slices and grilled onions. Inside the bun with all the flavors melding together it was damn tasty! I kept taking bite after bite after bite it was so good, even when I got so full!

Truth be told, I had heard so many people say this burger was just ok, so I wasn't expecting too much. However, after tasting the Beast Burger all I can say is that those people were so wrong and I'm so glad I tried it myself! It was juicy, delectable, and really fills you up (it's a big burger and I had a hard time finishing it!)! The Beast definitely left a lasting impression on me, and I can't wait to grill it up on the barbecue this summer and serve it to omnivores! The Beast is truly a vegan powerhouse that packs a big punch, so it is sure to impress if cooked right!

Nom! Could barely stop long enough to take a quick pic after I 
started eating this delicious monstrosity!

Beyond Meat also has Beastly Sliders, which are smaller, snack-sized versions of the Beast Burger! Those would be perfect as appetizers at parties, horror movie nights, or just for a smaller snack sized burger for late-night cravings! YUM! Beyond Meat also has new Swedish Meatballs on shelves (I picked these up from Whole Foods, too, review to follow when I finally get to them), which I believe are the ones that will be served at Ikea this April (vegan meatballs at Ikea - it's a wonderful world we live in!).

Beyond Meat's Beast Burger (and other products) can be found at Whole Foods, your local health food store, and many more locations! Since Target is carrying their other products, I'm hoping they will start carrying the Beast Burger and Beastly Sliders soon, too!

Find out more at Beyond Meat!

19 comments:

  1. Glad to hear you liked it. Hope that price comes down and we see these in places like Red Robin. Those Boca burgers kinda suck in my opinion. I suppose everyone has their preferences.

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    1. I hope the price goes down too, but this is Whole Foods we are talking about. A friend in the midwest said she found Beast Burgers for $4, but I forget where and if that was a sale price. Still, pretty awesome price!! Boca burgers are ok, but not the best. Funny thing, I used to eat them ALL the time before I was vegan and loved them. Now I'm kinda meh on them since we have so many more rad vegan choices!

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    2. $3.49 Whole Foods Ann Arbor today

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  2. how does this product measure-up to gardein's ultimate beefless burger?
    i haven't tried the beast yet -- can't wait to find it -- gardein's beefless has been best in show up to this point.

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    1. The Gardein Beefless Burgers are good, I would say they are pretty similar to the Beast Burgers. Hope you can find some soon!

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    2. I agree with the blogger of Raleigh Gardein is the best

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  3. I can't wait to try it! I'm gonna replicate the Doomie's Big Mac!

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  4. I was beyond disappointed with Beast Burger. After all the hype, tastes just like other faux burgers that are already out of there. Its able to be grilled more easily, thats it,the only lead this has on any other veggie burger.

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  5. Had one last night for the first time and I thought it was very, very good. I'm coming from eating Boca's though which I don't mind, but the BB was much better.

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  6. yeah but 16 g of fat, that's a ton.. haven't had it yet, but that's why it's so good, fat always tastes good!

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    1. i agree....im worried to buy the item bc of this fatty fact! its bc of all the added oils. i NEVER cook with oil except PAM sray and even then its sparse

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  7. i tried them this weekend. they are delicious!! no joke.

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  8. Beast Burger are simply the best burger I ever tasted. Better yet no animal had to die for my tongue.

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  9. Under 5 bucks at Walmart. Delicious!

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  10. Found them at Walmart for under 5 bucks. Couldn't believe Walmart is carrying a soy free burger. I stopped eating soy so I was pleased to stumble on these. 23g of protein!!

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  11. $5.79 in the Prescott Whole Foods. I thought they were very good, but a bit bland and way too big (they don't shrink, people.) The 16 grams of fat makes me wonder how much healthier they are, though. I like them better than Boca or Gardein (although Gardein's "fish" fillets are awesome) but I think I prefer Morningstar's Grillers for size and price. They taste fine too. I'm looking forward to trying the Impossible meat also made from potato protein, coconut oil and a heme extracted from legume root nodules, but think that will be a high fat, high priced burger as well.

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  12. I have not eaten meat in about 35 yrs.. I eat a lot of veggie items.. but just can't try these as the name beast burgers is a turn off to me.. also from what I have read about these is they sort of look and feel like meat.. I like some veggie burgers and eat them often, but I do not want to feel like I am eating meat.. so these are not for me.. I am probably not this Co's target market.. It is probably meat eaters that may want to cut back on meat.

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  13. I agree I don't like the name Beast Burgers. But I recently found them at a local store and tried one. It was maybe a little dry but overall quite good. I will be buying them again I think. And I think some omnivores may enjoy them as well. I'm glad they are soy-free.

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  14. Girl! these look wicked good!ive been trying to get these at my local Wegmans which they have them, but the calories are a real fright fest. id be eating one, sans bun, with steamed mushrooms and spinach. do you personally find the calories too high? or the fat? im an ex Rick Owens model who needs to stay a 2 or under ☹🤔 are these super filling minus the bun? from a health goth, fashion freak and hipster health foodie....KEEP ROCKIN.!☺

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