Beyond burgers

  • Felt like burgers today and I’ve wanted to try these for a while. Saw these at Coles and decided today was the day. Was a bit hard to pay $50 a kg for fake burger patties, but ultimately it was $12 total so I decided to give it a go.

    You’re supposed to cook them to 75c. I’m not sure if that is for food safety or because their plant based fats melt at that point. They zoomed from 65c to 85c real quick so I took slightly higher than planned.

    They were still pretty good.

    Browned nicely and had a good Maillard sweetness with an exterior crunch. Burger taste was great. Texture was fine. They didn’t have that oily mouth feel, which was unusual but not unpleasant.

    I think a lot of people wouldn’t know they weren’t meat if you didn’t tell them prior.

    I’d eat these again.

  • OK.......

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  • It says Bilda is a "" BBQ Expert".
    Pffftttt.... Closet Vegan, more likely. 8o

    But admittedly, as you say, good chance no-one would know if you didn't tell them.

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  • Good on ya, @Bilda, for having a go.
    I can understand that some people may want to change or supplement their diet with these types of products. I don't believe that they should be persecuted for what is essentially their choice. I have never tried it, so I don't have an opinion, but perhaps one day I will.
    One thing that concerns me with these type of product, is the amount of processing that I imagine they must go through to achieve the taste and texture of meat. Those concerns may be completely unfounded, I don't know, and at the moment I don't have enough interest to find out.

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    One thing that concerns me with these type of product, is the amount of processing that I imagine they must go through to achieve the taste and texture of meat. Those concerns may be completely unfounded, I don't know, and at the moment I don't have enough interest to find out.

    The list of chemicals in the ingredients just puts me off this kind of manufactured product.

  • What I don't get is why try to copy meat. If I feel like a vege meal I'll likely have a stir fry or a lental based Curry for example. I also quite like a mushroom burger from time to time.

    My personal opinion is they are trying to copy meat products because their religion is to eliminate meat products. They don't get we are omnivores.

    And isn't it healthier just to have the fresh product and not one highly processed with a heap of chemicals?

    Interesting write up Bilda, thanks.

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  • @Urban Griller @cjbfisher
    Yeah had a look at the ingredients and a quick google and wasn’t too worried.

    The Pea Protein would have taken a lot of processing, apparently acid stripping and washing but all protein powder does.

    Some people may have a strong view on coconut oil.

    The Methylcellulose is a thickener and is indigestible, non toxic and passes through (same as regular cellulose).

    The potassium chloride is a salt substitute and is used in medicine for potassium deficiency.

    All in all, I wasn’t phased.


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  • I don't think there's a problem with these products. They are probably priced too high though I think but that is likely cashing in on the current vegan fad.

    Even Vegans must crave a burger, and this would offer a good alternative to those terrible black bean and lentil burgers I've seen some eat... The only problem I have with these is some people seem to think they are a "healthy" alternative to meat. It's still processed junk and probably just as healthy as a burger from the golden arches. For this reason, I don't fall in its target audience but think they have a place in the market.

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  • They don't smoke particularly well because the fat comes out and dries them up. They work pretty good if you (very) hot and fast and eat immediately. Grill'd will veganise any of their burgers and use thinner versions of Beyond; and quite honestly, they taste pretty damn good. Plenty of others around the place, huge competition in the marketplace and Beyond domnt seem to have any defensible IP so I don't think they're going to be around long term.

    I avoid processed food at all costs and so leave these alone as a rule.

  • Been looking to try these. I tried the rebel whopper and found it tasted much better than the regular whopper... had a really good flavour profile from the seasonings vs the very bland whopper.

    I think beyond meat is huge in the US and has contracts with some of the fast food companies, so they're going to be around for a while.

    The ingredients in beyond burgers seem fine to me.... I still think it's high (added) sugar foods that are the cause of most health problems.

  • Yeah, we tried them and the snags...price is what put me off!

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