Happy Monday! I missed work today, I have a terrible migraine. I have only been online today to change my introduction to this blog, the rest of the time I have been in bed. At least it’s less than two weeks til my holiday and Swansea Vegfest, and it’s my birthday soon so there’s things to look forward to, hopefully the migraine will shift today because I have so much to do.
Today I have a burger review for you, I’ve tried a couple of different brands recently and even though I don’t eat burgers very often I’m going to let you know what I thought.
First up is Fry’s quinoa and fresh cilantro falafel burgers. I thought they had a lovely taste, the cilantro was a nice touch. They are small in size but are fairly thick and I think they are a great size for buns. The flavour was mild, much like falafel that I would usually eat, and the texture was a little dry, also similar to falafel that I would usually eat. If you wanted you could just cut the burgers up and pop them in a pitta, they’d work just the same. The burgers were tasty and I’d eat them again. They were fairly expensive at between £3 and £4 for four burgers from Holland & Barrett so I wouldn’t make them a permanent fixture in my meal plans.
Ingredients: Water, Chickpeas (33%), Onions, Sunflower Oil, Sweetcorn, Garlic, Quinoa (1%),Cumin (1%), Ground Coriander, Fresh Cilantro (0.6%), Sea Salt, Bicarbonate of Soda, Mint, Black Pepper (0.5%), Parsley.
I also picked up a pack of vegan Quorn burgers (and lost the photo of them, somehow, so here’s their photo). I found them to have that same weird taste and dry texture as the Quorn pieces, something which instantly puts me off. The coating was spicier than I expected it to be and I could only really eat these if they were covered in baked beans. I paid £2.50 for four burgers from Sainsbury’s, so they were cheaper than the Fry’s but I’d be much less likely to buy these again. They also seem like the most processed and artifical burgers of this review, chock full of starches, flours and stabilisers.
Ingredients: Mycoprotein (54%), Wheat Flour (contains added Calcium, Iron, Niacin & Thiamine), Sunflower Oil, Water, Potato Protein, Pea Fibre, Wheat Starch, Wheat Gluten, Firming Agents: Calcium Chloride, Calcium Acetate, Natural Flavourings, Kibbled Chilli, Parsley, Salt, Yeast & Yeast Extract, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Tomato Powder, Spices (Cayenne Pepper, White Pepper), Stabilisers: Carrageenan, Sodium Alginate, Rice Flour, Spice Extracts (Black Pepper, Cayenne, Ginger), Colour: Paprika Extract, Raising Agent: Ammonium Carbonate.
My final burgers were the Amy’s Manhattan veggie burgers. These had a really lovely vegetable flavour. Their texture was soft but also crunchy in parts from the quinoa, which became especially crispy on the outside. They had both a savoury and sweet taste and I thought they were fantastic, on par with the Fry’s but for different reasons. I bet they would taste fantastic on the BBQ. I paid £3.50 for the four burgers at Tesco, which again is quite expensive and not a regular purchase.
Ingredients: Organic Quinoa (24%), Organic Mushrooms, Organic Onions (15%), Organic Celery (8%), Organic Carrots (7%), Gluten Free Oats, Organic Walnuts (Tree Nuts) (5%), Organic Tapioca Starch, Organic Chickpea Flour, Organic Tomato Purée (2%), Sea Salt, Sunflower Oil, Organic Garlic, Organic Sugar, Filtered Water, Organic Potatoes, Cider Vinegar, Organic Molasses, Organic Green Sweet Peppers, Hickory Smoke Flavour, Distilled White Vinegar, Ground Mustard Seeds, Black Pepper, Spices.
Have you tried any of these burgers? What did you think? Let me know your favourite vegan burgers (store bought or homemade) below.
Hope you’ve had a fantastic day