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Thread: All Those Vegan Burgers Out There!

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    All Those Vegan Burgers Out There!

    One of the biggest food crazes this last year has been the vegan burger. Sure, Morning Star Farms has been selling them for years, but now the vegan burger has become really, really big business. The Beyond Meat company just went public yesterday on the stock market. The Impossible Burger is now available at Burger King and the Giants' stadium (yes!!!) They're all vying for the comsumer's dollar.

    Personally, I don't mind that at all. I've been eating at least one vegan burger per week for the last 10 years and I love them. I think that it's one of my favorite foods. My go to brand is Field Roast, (with a slice of Field Roast Chao, catsup, vegan mayo, pickles, grilled onions and a splash of mustard on top.) Field Roast is a small company and I've not heard of any plans for them to go public. I hope that they don't get swallowed up by the other guys.

    I also make my own burger patties from time to time, using a seitan recipe. They're pretty good too, but take some effort in the kitchen. What's your favorite vegan burger out there?

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    The ones made with meat.

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    I'm with Tartan and want beef in my burger. It's great that everyone has choices in their daily menu.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    The ones made with meat.
    I second this! Either a meat burger, or no burger.

    I'm sure the vegan ones taste okay, just not for me, and certainly not for my hubby! He would probably be caught dead rather than eat a vegan burger, lol!
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    I’m a farm raised girl and we ate good old beef, pork or chicken every day. Turkey, goose or duck on Holidays. Never had a vegan burger, but I’ll try one someday.

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    Totally Beef Burger, all the way for me!


    What I don't get is why do they call it "vegan burger"??
    ....... when there is no burger in it, and as a vegan/vegetarian that they are against burger and meats.

    Call it whatever you want but do not use the word burger!
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    I was a vegetarian myself in my younger years before I became more comfortable being an omnivore. My hubby has always been a carnivore even before he discovered keto. But my son and dear daughter in law are full vegan which always complicates the holidays a bit.

    Son is 30 now, went vegetarian about 12 years back (they've been full vegan about 3 years now) so I've had a lot of the different offerings over the years. Some are definitely better than others. When I was vegetarian I didn't care for analogs (term for foods meant to look/taste/replace meat) and the technologies of living in Alaska during the 70s probably didn't help. But one of our favorite places now is a Vietnamese vegetarian restaurant run by a buddhist nun. Even my hubby would swear many of the dishes you would just never know it wasn't meat.

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    I wouldn't turn one down if it were offered as the only meal choice, but, my first choice would be meat. Some of them are tasty, but, as a completely separate thing. Not as a burger.
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    My SIL is vegan, which makes it hard for me to cook for him. I eat the vegan dishes he prepares, and they are good, but I feel like I have only eaten from one food group. The hardest part of the vegan diet for me is not eating any dairy products. I hate fake dairy substitutes. I can do without meat, but not fish. We eat a ton of fish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    Totally Beef Burger, all the way for me!


    What I don't get is why do they call it "vegan burger"??
    ....... when there is no burger in it, and as a vegan/vegetarian that they are against burger and meats.

    Call it whatever you want but do not use the word burger!
    ive always wondered why it's called Hamburger...there's no ham in a burger.
    Last edited by QuiltnNan; 05-04-2019 at 02:58 AM. Reason: shouting/all caps

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    What is in a vegan burger? Doesn't sound inviting to me but I'd try it.

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    They might be good.

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    Two of my boys are vegetarian and vegan (1 of each) and they both said the choices of non-meat items are better than ever. I don't know the brands but they both said they like them.
    Both of these guys are long-time in their ways of eating and look and feel terrific. I could ditch the meat but my husband couldn't and since he's the cook.........

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    I enjoy vegan burgers from time to time. There is a local restaurant here that has an amazing vegan burger. A good beef burger is one of my favorite foods. Their vegan burger is one of the best burgers I have ever had. It is better than beef.

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    Black Bean Burgers are really good. I still like meat burgers. Either or is fine with me.

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    An interesting thread but I am all for real food, bacon and eggs for breakfast if cereal then half and half, whole milk and real butter. we buy a half a beef a year so real hamburger, pork and chicken from a local butcher so again real, no frozen or canned just look at the recalls and if you wonder what is in some of that fake food here are some things to google, fake food, HEKcells and HEK293 sorry if this ruins your appetite

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    I understand some of your replies about not even wanting to eat a vegan burger. It's a cultural thing, depending on which part of the country you're from. I lived for 30 years in, "ranch" country, where there were nothing but cattle and horse ranches, not to mention, plenty of steak houses, so I get it. But times have changed and I've moved on, gotten older and my nutritional needs are different now.

    Personally, I really like the new wave of vegan burgers that have come out lately. Honestly, I don't think that anyone could tell the difference, once all of the fixins are on the bun with it. So now, I can enjoy my burgers guilt free and even have the will power to pass by an In-N-Out without having to stop. (Californians, you know what I"m talking about...LOL.)

    In answer to the question of what the commercial burgers are made of...every company has their own recipe. Some use a soy base, others use wheat gluten base, usually there are some beans, or other legumes in there, along with mushrooms and other mixed vegetables. There's also the quinoa burgers, but they have a whole different texture. There are also lots and lots of homemade recipes like the lentil burgers mentioned above. You just have to read the labels and try them out.

    Vegan sausages are on a similar topic...again Field Roast's Italian sausage and their frankfurters are probably my favorites, but the new Beyond Meat Brats are also amazing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iceblossom View Post
    I was a vegetarian myself in my younger years before I became more comfortable being an omnivore. My hubby has always been a carnivore even before he discovered keto. But my son and dear daughter in law are full vegan which always complicates the holidays a bit.

    Son is 30 now, went vegetarian about 12 years back (they've been full vegan about 3 years now) so I've had a lot of the different offerings over the years. Some are definitely better than others. When I was vegetarian I didn't care for analogs (term for foods meant to look/taste/replace meat) and the technologies of living in Alaska during the 70s probably didn't help. But one of our favorite places now is a Vietnamese vegetarian restaurant run by a buddhist nun. Even my hubby would swear many of the dishes you would just never know it wasn't meat.
    Sorry...I'm slightly off topic here, but I had to reply to this post. We also have a Buddhist restaurant near us and their food is amazing! Our place is located inside a Buddhist "university" and is staffed by the students. It's totally vegan, but you would never miss the meat. They have some very unique dishes. Our whole family loves the place. Cheap too!

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    I have had both and either is ok with me - the way I Like to eat them and you can't do that eating 'out' is to put the burger on a couple large leaves of lettuce then top with all your fixings and wrap the lettuce up around it in lieu of a bun; I think there is probably more fat and calories in the bun than in all the rest of the burger mix. I wish one could get it that way in a fast go place like Wendy's or some of these other new and up coming burger places. So it's home fixing for me.
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    I like veggie burgers better than meat. My husband and I eat way less meat than we did when we were younger. Partly because our appetites have changed and partly because I believe it’s healthier and better for our planet. We have several plant based protein meals with tons of vegetables each week. We rarely eat red meat so a good veggie burger hits the spot.

    I think it’s great that companies are coming out with tasty meat alternatives. It’s puzzling to me that so many people won’t even give them a try.

    sewnclog,

    There are several fast fast foods in Canada that will replace the bun with lettuce. Now that so many are going low/no carb the restaurants are accommodating. Maybe you just have to ask.

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    Since my hubby has gone keto and I have to stay low carb anyway we've found a number of restaurants that have lettuce wraps. Our favorite and what we think is best done is Jimmy Johns subs. For a fast food burger, Carl's Jr offers lettuce wraps.

    They don't even blink when he orders a Double Quarterpounder with no bun at McDonalds! They have special clear trays they serve it in instead of a lettuce wrap.

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    PS...I'll try to post my vegan burger recipe. It's always changing and evolving, but I'll give you the basics and you can modify it however you please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    The ones made with meat.
    Me too!
    If you are eating vegan why are you wanting something that imitates meat? Can't wrap my brain around it. I've tried the vegan burgers and even made a black bean based one at home. They were fine but I get my beef for free (DH was "on call" for every time a farmer friend had issues with his cattle for the course of our marriage and helped with harvest and planting. He did it as a form of relaxation which you can do when its not your $$$) so hubby's "fun" is still helping me now.
    And I prefer to eat as natural based as possible so very little processed food for me.

    I'm not opposed to eating meat-free though. I have several main dishes that are meat-free and I'll try lots of things in restaurants as well. Just don't care to eat imitations....
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    Quote Originally Posted by SuzzyQ View Post
    Me too!
    If you are eating vegan why are you wanting something that imitates meat? Can't wrap my brain around it. I've tried the vegan burgers and even made a black bean based one at home. They were fine but I get my beef for free (DH was "on call" for every time a farmer friend had issues with his cattle for the course of our marriage and helped with harvest and planting. He did it as a form of relaxation which you can do when its not your $$$) so hubby's "fun" is still helping me now.
    And I prefer to eat as natural based as possible so very little processed food for me.

    I'm not opposed to eating meat-free though. I have several main dishes that are meat-free and I'll try lots of things in restaurants as well. Just don't care to eat imitations....
    I can’t speak for vegans or vegetarians as I’m not one, but I’ll try to explain my point of view. I like burgers. I like chicken burgers and fish burgers. I no longer want to eat red meat for health and environment reasons. I find the veggie burgers a good alternative as it satisfies my desire for a burger. I don’t think of it as imitation meat; to me it’s a tasty, healthy vehicle for all the condiments that I enjoy.

    tropit, please post your recipe when you can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuzzyQ View Post
    Me too!
    If you are eating vegan why are you wanting something that imitates meat? Can't wrap my brain around it. I've tried the vegan burgers and even made a black bean based one at home. They were fine but I get my beef for free (DH was "on call" for every time a farmer friend had issues with his cattle for the course of our marriage and helped with harvest and planting. He did it as a form of relaxation which you can do when its not your $$$) so hubby's "fun" is still helping me now.
    And I prefer to eat as natural based as possible so very little processed food for me.

    I'm not opposed to eating meat-free though. I have several main dishes that are meat-free and I'll try lots of things in restaurants as well. Just don't care to eat imitations....
    I don't eat a veggie burger because I want something that imitates meat, I want to eat it for the same reason meat eaters want a burger. You want an easy sandwich type of meal that is a good source of protein. I haven't eaten beef for almost 40 years and don't miss it; I also don't try to make recipies that have something as a substitute for beef. That said, I do eat chicken and fish, so when I want meat, that's what I eat.

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