Thursday, October 11, 2018

Food Review: Dr Praeger's All American Veggie Burger

Since we've basically given up hope that the Beyond Meat Beast Burgers will ever be back in stock, we thought we'd try our hand at a few other ones we had our eye on.  (Okay, me because I'm sure the Mr doesn't spend any time thinking "gee, we should try new brands of veggie burgers.")  I've had my eye on these for a while so I grabbed 'em a few weeks ago.

(No idea why these pics were so blurry, I can only imagine cooking spray got on the lens.  I'm very professional)

Here's a peek at the nutritional info:

I really wish veggie burgers didn't have to have so much sodium in them but it's not too bad.

Here's what they looked like fresh outta da box.

I used the oven method which was listed as the preferred method and as you can see, they changed quite a bit while cooking.

(That was called sarcasm)

They looked pretty much the same except they were now cracked to show they were cooked.  This is going to be interesting.

So, how did they taste?

We both got through dinner without saying a word which usually doesn't bode well for whatever we're trying for the first time.  He asked what I thought and I said I thought they were dry and he agreed and said he thought that was weird.  So yeah, the cracks were dryness and I followed the directions.  I suppose it could be that we're now used to all of the oil Beyond Meat uses but on the plus side, there was no weird smell that made me want to retch like the other ones.  They were a pretty generous sized patty though.  We agreed they tasted like soy-free veggie burgers but just drier.  Given that textural turn off, I don't know if we'd have to get them again, I'd probably just get Boca.  But if I'm feeling adventurous, I might try the skillet method with a little oil and see if that yields better results.

Have you tried this brand before and if so, did you have the same experience?  Any cooking tips?

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  1. I have not tried this brand. In general, I'm wary of foods that try to masquerade as a different food. It's rarely successful and often comes with unexpected side-effects. I've not tried the beyond meat burgers but have had the impossible burger which I think is only available through restaurants. It was very good. Otherwise, if I'm having a non-meat burger, I want to see the beans or veggie pieces in it. Generally I don't eat them on a bun because the textures are too similar. I love doing an open-faced veggie burger on nan bread though. Aldi has started carrying a decent veggie burger and I love the occasional piece of corn in the plain version or water chestnut in the Asian version.

  2. I am not a fan of veggie burgers after trying a couple different brands. I just can't get beyond the smell and the hubs is all about texture and he doesn't like them.

  3. Lol. You totally had me looking at the before and after cooking pictures. I chuckled when I read the second caption. Veggie burgers are a hit and miss. Have you tried Morningstar's version?

    1. Yeah, big difference, eh? LOL I think I tried their corndog but I don't know that I've tried the veggie burgers, I'll have to give those a go!


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