Veganism is taking off in the west. And in England we were recently treated to the arrival of the Beyond Burger. We finally got our hands on one as they’re tricky to come across in Tesco. Now here’s our rating of the vegetable burger.
Right, this thing caused a surprising amount of controversy in England. Butchers here really threw a wobbler about the arrival of the plant-based burger.
This is due to its arrival in supermarkets on the same aisles as normal burgers. And that threatens their livelihoods, which sent them into complaint mode.
The idea from Los Angeles based company Beyond Meat is to try and replicate beef burgers.
Documentaries such as Cowspiracy are making the public more aware of how the mass farming industry is not only adding enormously to the climate crisis, but also leading to terrible suffering for animals.
The veganism movement is bolstered by such films, but also the meat and dairy alternatives industries.
Whether it’s brown rice milk or these burgers, all manner of businesses are sprining up to build on an era of social awareness.
Sure, the meat eaters still baulk at this. Quite angrily so as well, as if the arrival of plant alternatives is somehow an affront on their lives.
But the success of Beyond Meat, the Beyond Burger, and the likes of Gregg’s vegan pasty show there’s a marked shift to a healthier, more environentally-friendly future.
Beyond the Beyond Burger
Right, our iPhone was so impressed by the sight of this the sound totally failed.
But just imagine the familiar sizzling sounds (plus Mr. Wapojif screaming a note perfect rendition of Under Pressure by Queen).
You get two burger patties for a slightly whopping £4.99 (the cost of vegan food is often enough to put many families off – especially in austerity-sticken England).
But these things are mega tasty. And there are cheaper alternatives, such as the Vivera brand from Holland.
Anyway, for the below… *deep breath* simply heat up your frying pan of choice and dump on the Beyond Burgers.
Each side demands three minutes of cooking and then you’re pretty much ready to go.
Add whatever bread and sides you want and it’s a case of eating the thing. The result? Very tasty! We like it a lot. Is it like a beef burger? Kind of. Beyond Meat claims on its site:
"The Beyond Burger is the world’s first plant-based burger that looks, cooks, and satisfies like beef. It has all the juicy, meaty deliciousness of a traditional burger, but comes with the upsides of a plant-based meal. The Beyond Burger packs 20g of plant-based protein and has no GMOs, soy, or gluten."
We must say, we prefer Vivera’s Veggie Steak and think it’s a bit more realistic.
But then we cooked Beyond Meat’s on an electric hob – over a proper BBQ and you’ve likely got a mighty treat. And it’s totally worth it as part of a happy and healthy you.