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First ‘Fresh’ Veggie Burger Hits Whole Foods Shelves

First ‘Fresh’ Veggie Burger Hits Whole Foods Shelves

Beyond Meat company has created a burger that supposedly tastes, smells, and bleeds like a meat burger

The Beyond Burger is being sold at a Whole Foods in Boulder, Colorado, with plans to expand distribution over the summer.

Los Angeles-based startup Beyond Meat has introduced its latest plant-based “meat” product, which made its debut at a Whole Foods in Boulder, Colorado.

The product, the Beyond Burger, is the first plant-based fresh burger to be sold alongside meat products in the refrigerator section, according to the company. The burger has 20 grams of plant protein per serving.

The Beyond Burger is being sold in two-packs of four-ounce burgers for $5.99, with plans to expand distribution to a handful of Colorado and D.C. Whole Foods stores and a broader expansion later this summer, reports Grub Street.

The veggie burger browns on the outside while remaining pink on the inside, like real beef, and even “bleeds” when it is cut into, which is made possible by the addition of pulverized beets.

Tom Rich, vice president of purchasing and distribution in the Denver region of Whole Foods Market, who is also a vegetarian, says the Beyond Burger, “tasted and felt and chewed like any other burger, and on some level, I just want to be able to eat the same way everyone else eats,” quotes The New York Times.

Interested in learning more? Click here to read more about Beyond Meat.


The 5 Best Store-Bought Veggie Burgers

Veggie burgers are one of those foods that are extremely hit-or-miss. There are some restaurants that pride themselves on the assortment of vegetables and grains that go into their house-made burger, and others that stick a frozen puck into the microwave and hope you'll be none the wiser. But when it comes to frozen veggie burgers sold in supermarkets, there are some that are clearly superior to others. We put seven of the country's leading brands to the test, and walked away with one clear winner.

Veggie burgers share a crunchy reputation with granola and other "health foods" that hit the market in the 1960s and 70s, but you don't need to be a vegetarian to see the benefit of eating these. They're a great way to get your vegetables, they're healthy, and we all know that everything tastes better when eaten on a bun with traditional burger toppings. And for all the love that beef burgers get, they're not something that you really want to be eating with extreme regularity. If there's an alternative that sends some of the same "happy burger place" signals to your brain, tastes pretty good, and has a fraction of the fat and calories, then why not do it?

There are dozens of meat-free burger options on the market, and the majority of them contain soy protein, wheat gluten, and other meat "alternatives" that usually form a tasteless base for a smattering of seasonings and a few token vegetable chunks. For today's purposes, we're not considering those for our taste test. The only burgers we tasted were the true veggie burgers, the ones that contain more vegetables than any other ingredient. And they needed to come in the freezer case, which excluded Whole Foods from the running (they only had frozen soy-based patties, with fresh veggie burgers in the prepared foods section). That said, we found a very solid assortment to choose from, with all the major brands represented: Boca, Amy's, Morningstar Farms, Trader Joe's, Gardenburger, Dr. Praeger's, and Green Way.

Related: Best Bread to Put a Burger On

We heated all of these burgers in the oven together and ate them unadorned, and judged them on the following criteria: taste, smell, texture, variety of identifiable vegetable flavors, aftertaste, and whether they held together as a patty. Some didn't pass muster, some were middle of the road, and one was the clear winner.

#5) Amy's Organic California Veggie Burger
These patties contain mushrooms, onions, bulgur wheat, celery, carrots, oats, walnuts, and potatoes, which resulted in a flavor resembling "stale Thanksgiving stuffing in a patty form," according to one taster. The smell and look were also off-putting, and it could have used some salt. The texture was passable, however. These were also the most expensive of the bunch.

Nutrition:
Fat: 5g
Calories: 150
Carbohydrates: 21g
Protein: 6g

#4) Dr. Praeger's California Veggie Burgers
These veggie-bombs pack in a ton of vegetables, including carrots, onion, string beans, soybeans, zucchini, peas, broccoli, corn, spinach, red peppers, garlic, and parsley, making them far and away the most veggie-full of the bunch. The flavor tastes just like that: mashed mixed vegetables, which was more appealing for some than others. There's not much in the way of binding agents in there so they fell apart. If you don't mind eating a patty of straight ground veggies and not much else, then this one's for you.

Nutrition:
Fat: 5g
Calories: 110
Carbohydrates: 13g
Protein: 5g

#3) Gardenburger Original Veggie Burgers
The classic Gardenburger was generally well-liked, even though the only major vegetable flavors we detected were mushrooms and onions. "It's surprisingly juicy," said one taster, and others agreed that the cheese in there really gave the flavor a boost, and it had the most umami flavor of the bunch. The texture was varied and a little chewy, and one taster thought that it was too firm and found the smell to be "a little funky."

Nutrition:
Fat: 3g
Calories: 100
Carbohydrates: 18g
Protein: 5g

#2) Trader Joe's Veggie Burgers
These veggie burgers were very flavorful, and some clear thought went into the seasoning mix, which had a slight hint of curry. The primary ingredients in these are freekeh wheat, carrots, onions, celery, eggs, and bread crumbs, and the only complaint was that the texture was a little mushy. "It tastes like lots of healthy vegetables and grains," said one taster, and that combined with "a rich and good" flavor helped it rise above most of its competitors. These were larger than the rest of the bunch, too, which did contribute to a higher fat and calorie content, however. The price was right, though.

Nutrition:
Fat: 11g
Calories: 230
Carbohydrates: 28g
Protein: 5g

#1) Morningstar Farms Garden Veggie Patties
The universal choice of favorite veggie burger was the one offered by Morningstar Farms. Containing mushrooms, water chestnuts, onions, carrots, bell peppers, olives, egg whites, olives, and rolled oats, it was loaded with veggies and also had a crisp, satisfying flavor. The texture was right in the middle ground between soft and firm and there was "a good mix of vegetables and natural fried crisp-ness," according to one taster, even though they're not fried. The seasoning blend used gave these patties an umami-rich meatiness that everyone agreed with. "I'd actually consider eating these regularly," said one taster, which is a high compliment for a carnivore to bestow on a veggie burger. They also were high in protein and low in fat and calories.

Nutrition:
Fat: 3.5g
Calories: 110
Carbohydrates: 9g
Protein: 10g


The 5 Best Store-Bought Veggie Burgers

Veggie burgers are one of those foods that are extremely hit-or-miss. There are some restaurants that pride themselves on the assortment of vegetables and grains that go into their house-made burger, and others that stick a frozen puck into the microwave and hope you'll be none the wiser. But when it comes to frozen veggie burgers sold in supermarkets, there are some that are clearly superior to others. We put seven of the country's leading brands to the test, and walked away with one clear winner.

Veggie burgers share a crunchy reputation with granola and other "health foods" that hit the market in the 1960s and 70s, but you don't need to be a vegetarian to see the benefit of eating these. They're a great way to get your vegetables, they're healthy, and we all know that everything tastes better when eaten on a bun with traditional burger toppings. And for all the love that beef burgers get, they're not something that you really want to be eating with extreme regularity. If there's an alternative that sends some of the same "happy burger place" signals to your brain, tastes pretty good, and has a fraction of the fat and calories, then why not do it?

There are dozens of meat-free burger options on the market, and the majority of them contain soy protein, wheat gluten, and other meat "alternatives" that usually form a tasteless base for a smattering of seasonings and a few token vegetable chunks. For today's purposes, we're not considering those for our taste test. The only burgers we tasted were the true veggie burgers, the ones that contain more vegetables than any other ingredient. And they needed to come in the freezer case, which excluded Whole Foods from the running (they only had frozen soy-based patties, with fresh veggie burgers in the prepared foods section). That said, we found a very solid assortment to choose from, with all the major brands represented: Boca, Amy's, Morningstar Farms, Trader Joe's, Gardenburger, Dr. Praeger's, and Green Way.

Related: Best Bread to Put a Burger On

We heated all of these burgers in the oven together and ate them unadorned, and judged them on the following criteria: taste, smell, texture, variety of identifiable vegetable flavors, aftertaste, and whether they held together as a patty. Some didn't pass muster, some were middle of the road, and one was the clear winner.

#5) Amy's Organic California Veggie Burger
These patties contain mushrooms, onions, bulgur wheat, celery, carrots, oats, walnuts, and potatoes, which resulted in a flavor resembling "stale Thanksgiving stuffing in a patty form," according to one taster. The smell and look were also off-putting, and it could have used some salt. The texture was passable, however. These were also the most expensive of the bunch.

Nutrition:
Fat: 5g
Calories: 150
Carbohydrates: 21g
Protein: 6g

#4) Dr. Praeger's California Veggie Burgers
These veggie-bombs pack in a ton of vegetables, including carrots, onion, string beans, soybeans, zucchini, peas, broccoli, corn, spinach, red peppers, garlic, and parsley, making them far and away the most veggie-full of the bunch. The flavor tastes just like that: mashed mixed vegetables, which was more appealing for some than others. There's not much in the way of binding agents in there so they fell apart. If you don't mind eating a patty of straight ground veggies and not much else, then this one's for you.

Nutrition:
Fat: 5g
Calories: 110
Carbohydrates: 13g
Protein: 5g

#3) Gardenburger Original Veggie Burgers
The classic Gardenburger was generally well-liked, even though the only major vegetable flavors we detected were mushrooms and onions. "It's surprisingly juicy," said one taster, and others agreed that the cheese in there really gave the flavor a boost, and it had the most umami flavor of the bunch. The texture was varied and a little chewy, and one taster thought that it was too firm and found the smell to be "a little funky."

Nutrition:
Fat: 3g
Calories: 100
Carbohydrates: 18g
Protein: 5g

#2) Trader Joe's Veggie Burgers
These veggie burgers were very flavorful, and some clear thought went into the seasoning mix, which had a slight hint of curry. The primary ingredients in these are freekeh wheat, carrots, onions, celery, eggs, and bread crumbs, and the only complaint was that the texture was a little mushy. "It tastes like lots of healthy vegetables and grains," said one taster, and that combined with "a rich and good" flavor helped it rise above most of its competitors. These were larger than the rest of the bunch, too, which did contribute to a higher fat and calorie content, however. The price was right, though.

Nutrition:
Fat: 11g
Calories: 230
Carbohydrates: 28g
Protein: 5g

#1) Morningstar Farms Garden Veggie Patties
The universal choice of favorite veggie burger was the one offered by Morningstar Farms. Containing mushrooms, water chestnuts, onions, carrots, bell peppers, olives, egg whites, olives, and rolled oats, it was loaded with veggies and also had a crisp, satisfying flavor. The texture was right in the middle ground between soft and firm and there was "a good mix of vegetables and natural fried crisp-ness," according to one taster, even though they're not fried. The seasoning blend used gave these patties an umami-rich meatiness that everyone agreed with. "I'd actually consider eating these regularly," said one taster, which is a high compliment for a carnivore to bestow on a veggie burger. They also were high in protein and low in fat and calories.

Nutrition:
Fat: 3.5g
Calories: 110
Carbohydrates: 9g
Protein: 10g


The 5 Best Store-Bought Veggie Burgers

Veggie burgers are one of those foods that are extremely hit-or-miss. There are some restaurants that pride themselves on the assortment of vegetables and grains that go into their house-made burger, and others that stick a frozen puck into the microwave and hope you'll be none the wiser. But when it comes to frozen veggie burgers sold in supermarkets, there are some that are clearly superior to others. We put seven of the country's leading brands to the test, and walked away with one clear winner.

Veggie burgers share a crunchy reputation with granola and other "health foods" that hit the market in the 1960s and 70s, but you don't need to be a vegetarian to see the benefit of eating these. They're a great way to get your vegetables, they're healthy, and we all know that everything tastes better when eaten on a bun with traditional burger toppings. And for all the love that beef burgers get, they're not something that you really want to be eating with extreme regularity. If there's an alternative that sends some of the same "happy burger place" signals to your brain, tastes pretty good, and has a fraction of the fat and calories, then why not do it?

There are dozens of meat-free burger options on the market, and the majority of them contain soy protein, wheat gluten, and other meat "alternatives" that usually form a tasteless base for a smattering of seasonings and a few token vegetable chunks. For today's purposes, we're not considering those for our taste test. The only burgers we tasted were the true veggie burgers, the ones that contain more vegetables than any other ingredient. And they needed to come in the freezer case, which excluded Whole Foods from the running (they only had frozen soy-based patties, with fresh veggie burgers in the prepared foods section). That said, we found a very solid assortment to choose from, with all the major brands represented: Boca, Amy's, Morningstar Farms, Trader Joe's, Gardenburger, Dr. Praeger's, and Green Way.

Related: Best Bread to Put a Burger On

We heated all of these burgers in the oven together and ate them unadorned, and judged them on the following criteria: taste, smell, texture, variety of identifiable vegetable flavors, aftertaste, and whether they held together as a patty. Some didn't pass muster, some were middle of the road, and one was the clear winner.

#5) Amy's Organic California Veggie Burger
These patties contain mushrooms, onions, bulgur wheat, celery, carrots, oats, walnuts, and potatoes, which resulted in a flavor resembling "stale Thanksgiving stuffing in a patty form," according to one taster. The smell and look were also off-putting, and it could have used some salt. The texture was passable, however. These were also the most expensive of the bunch.

Nutrition:
Fat: 5g
Calories: 150
Carbohydrates: 21g
Protein: 6g

#4) Dr. Praeger's California Veggie Burgers
These veggie-bombs pack in a ton of vegetables, including carrots, onion, string beans, soybeans, zucchini, peas, broccoli, corn, spinach, red peppers, garlic, and parsley, making them far and away the most veggie-full of the bunch. The flavor tastes just like that: mashed mixed vegetables, which was more appealing for some than others. There's not much in the way of binding agents in there so they fell apart. If you don't mind eating a patty of straight ground veggies and not much else, then this one's for you.

Nutrition:
Fat: 5g
Calories: 110
Carbohydrates: 13g
Protein: 5g

#3) Gardenburger Original Veggie Burgers
The classic Gardenburger was generally well-liked, even though the only major vegetable flavors we detected were mushrooms and onions. "It's surprisingly juicy," said one taster, and others agreed that the cheese in there really gave the flavor a boost, and it had the most umami flavor of the bunch. The texture was varied and a little chewy, and one taster thought that it was too firm and found the smell to be "a little funky."

Nutrition:
Fat: 3g
Calories: 100
Carbohydrates: 18g
Protein: 5g

#2) Trader Joe's Veggie Burgers
These veggie burgers were very flavorful, and some clear thought went into the seasoning mix, which had a slight hint of curry. The primary ingredients in these are freekeh wheat, carrots, onions, celery, eggs, and bread crumbs, and the only complaint was that the texture was a little mushy. "It tastes like lots of healthy vegetables and grains," said one taster, and that combined with "a rich and good" flavor helped it rise above most of its competitors. These were larger than the rest of the bunch, too, which did contribute to a higher fat and calorie content, however. The price was right, though.

Nutrition:
Fat: 11g
Calories: 230
Carbohydrates: 28g
Protein: 5g

#1) Morningstar Farms Garden Veggie Patties
The universal choice of favorite veggie burger was the one offered by Morningstar Farms. Containing mushrooms, water chestnuts, onions, carrots, bell peppers, olives, egg whites, olives, and rolled oats, it was loaded with veggies and also had a crisp, satisfying flavor. The texture was right in the middle ground between soft and firm and there was "a good mix of vegetables and natural fried crisp-ness," according to one taster, even though they're not fried. The seasoning blend used gave these patties an umami-rich meatiness that everyone agreed with. "I'd actually consider eating these regularly," said one taster, which is a high compliment for a carnivore to bestow on a veggie burger. They also were high in protein and low in fat and calories.

Nutrition:
Fat: 3.5g
Calories: 110
Carbohydrates: 9g
Protein: 10g


The 5 Best Store-Bought Veggie Burgers

Veggie burgers are one of those foods that are extremely hit-or-miss. There are some restaurants that pride themselves on the assortment of vegetables and grains that go into their house-made burger, and others that stick a frozen puck into the microwave and hope you'll be none the wiser. But when it comes to frozen veggie burgers sold in supermarkets, there are some that are clearly superior to others. We put seven of the country's leading brands to the test, and walked away with one clear winner.

Veggie burgers share a crunchy reputation with granola and other "health foods" that hit the market in the 1960s and 70s, but you don't need to be a vegetarian to see the benefit of eating these. They're a great way to get your vegetables, they're healthy, and we all know that everything tastes better when eaten on a bun with traditional burger toppings. And for all the love that beef burgers get, they're not something that you really want to be eating with extreme regularity. If there's an alternative that sends some of the same "happy burger place" signals to your brain, tastes pretty good, and has a fraction of the fat and calories, then why not do it?

There are dozens of meat-free burger options on the market, and the majority of them contain soy protein, wheat gluten, and other meat "alternatives" that usually form a tasteless base for a smattering of seasonings and a few token vegetable chunks. For today's purposes, we're not considering those for our taste test. The only burgers we tasted were the true veggie burgers, the ones that contain more vegetables than any other ingredient. And they needed to come in the freezer case, which excluded Whole Foods from the running (they only had frozen soy-based patties, with fresh veggie burgers in the prepared foods section). That said, we found a very solid assortment to choose from, with all the major brands represented: Boca, Amy's, Morningstar Farms, Trader Joe's, Gardenburger, Dr. Praeger's, and Green Way.

Related: Best Bread to Put a Burger On

We heated all of these burgers in the oven together and ate them unadorned, and judged them on the following criteria: taste, smell, texture, variety of identifiable vegetable flavors, aftertaste, and whether they held together as a patty. Some didn't pass muster, some were middle of the road, and one was the clear winner.

#5) Amy's Organic California Veggie Burger
These patties contain mushrooms, onions, bulgur wheat, celery, carrots, oats, walnuts, and potatoes, which resulted in a flavor resembling "stale Thanksgiving stuffing in a patty form," according to one taster. The smell and look were also off-putting, and it could have used some salt. The texture was passable, however. These were also the most expensive of the bunch.

Nutrition:
Fat: 5g
Calories: 150
Carbohydrates: 21g
Protein: 6g

#4) Dr. Praeger's California Veggie Burgers
These veggie-bombs pack in a ton of vegetables, including carrots, onion, string beans, soybeans, zucchini, peas, broccoli, corn, spinach, red peppers, garlic, and parsley, making them far and away the most veggie-full of the bunch. The flavor tastes just like that: mashed mixed vegetables, which was more appealing for some than others. There's not much in the way of binding agents in there so they fell apart. If you don't mind eating a patty of straight ground veggies and not much else, then this one's for you.

Nutrition:
Fat: 5g
Calories: 110
Carbohydrates: 13g
Protein: 5g

#3) Gardenburger Original Veggie Burgers
The classic Gardenburger was generally well-liked, even though the only major vegetable flavors we detected were mushrooms and onions. "It's surprisingly juicy," said one taster, and others agreed that the cheese in there really gave the flavor a boost, and it had the most umami flavor of the bunch. The texture was varied and a little chewy, and one taster thought that it was too firm and found the smell to be "a little funky."

Nutrition:
Fat: 3g
Calories: 100
Carbohydrates: 18g
Protein: 5g

#2) Trader Joe's Veggie Burgers
These veggie burgers were very flavorful, and some clear thought went into the seasoning mix, which had a slight hint of curry. The primary ingredients in these are freekeh wheat, carrots, onions, celery, eggs, and bread crumbs, and the only complaint was that the texture was a little mushy. "It tastes like lots of healthy vegetables and grains," said one taster, and that combined with "a rich and good" flavor helped it rise above most of its competitors. These were larger than the rest of the bunch, too, which did contribute to a higher fat and calorie content, however. The price was right, though.

Nutrition:
Fat: 11g
Calories: 230
Carbohydrates: 28g
Protein: 5g

#1) Morningstar Farms Garden Veggie Patties
The universal choice of favorite veggie burger was the one offered by Morningstar Farms. Containing mushrooms, water chestnuts, onions, carrots, bell peppers, olives, egg whites, olives, and rolled oats, it was loaded with veggies and also had a crisp, satisfying flavor. The texture was right in the middle ground between soft and firm and there was "a good mix of vegetables and natural fried crisp-ness," according to one taster, even though they're not fried. The seasoning blend used gave these patties an umami-rich meatiness that everyone agreed with. "I'd actually consider eating these regularly," said one taster, which is a high compliment for a carnivore to bestow on a veggie burger. They also were high in protein and low in fat and calories.

Nutrition:
Fat: 3.5g
Calories: 110
Carbohydrates: 9g
Protein: 10g


The 5 Best Store-Bought Veggie Burgers

Veggie burgers are one of those foods that are extremely hit-or-miss. There are some restaurants that pride themselves on the assortment of vegetables and grains that go into their house-made burger, and others that stick a frozen puck into the microwave and hope you'll be none the wiser. But when it comes to frozen veggie burgers sold in supermarkets, there are some that are clearly superior to others. We put seven of the country's leading brands to the test, and walked away with one clear winner.

Veggie burgers share a crunchy reputation with granola and other "health foods" that hit the market in the 1960s and 70s, but you don't need to be a vegetarian to see the benefit of eating these. They're a great way to get your vegetables, they're healthy, and we all know that everything tastes better when eaten on a bun with traditional burger toppings. And for all the love that beef burgers get, they're not something that you really want to be eating with extreme regularity. If there's an alternative that sends some of the same "happy burger place" signals to your brain, tastes pretty good, and has a fraction of the fat and calories, then why not do it?

There are dozens of meat-free burger options on the market, and the majority of them contain soy protein, wheat gluten, and other meat "alternatives" that usually form a tasteless base for a smattering of seasonings and a few token vegetable chunks. For today's purposes, we're not considering those for our taste test. The only burgers we tasted were the true veggie burgers, the ones that contain more vegetables than any other ingredient. And they needed to come in the freezer case, which excluded Whole Foods from the running (they only had frozen soy-based patties, with fresh veggie burgers in the prepared foods section). That said, we found a very solid assortment to choose from, with all the major brands represented: Boca, Amy's, Morningstar Farms, Trader Joe's, Gardenburger, Dr. Praeger's, and Green Way.

Related: Best Bread to Put a Burger On

We heated all of these burgers in the oven together and ate them unadorned, and judged them on the following criteria: taste, smell, texture, variety of identifiable vegetable flavors, aftertaste, and whether they held together as a patty. Some didn't pass muster, some were middle of the road, and one was the clear winner.

#5) Amy's Organic California Veggie Burger
These patties contain mushrooms, onions, bulgur wheat, celery, carrots, oats, walnuts, and potatoes, which resulted in a flavor resembling "stale Thanksgiving stuffing in a patty form," according to one taster. The smell and look were also off-putting, and it could have used some salt. The texture was passable, however. These were also the most expensive of the bunch.

Nutrition:
Fat: 5g
Calories: 150
Carbohydrates: 21g
Protein: 6g

#4) Dr. Praeger's California Veggie Burgers
These veggie-bombs pack in a ton of vegetables, including carrots, onion, string beans, soybeans, zucchini, peas, broccoli, corn, spinach, red peppers, garlic, and parsley, making them far and away the most veggie-full of the bunch. The flavor tastes just like that: mashed mixed vegetables, which was more appealing for some than others. There's not much in the way of binding agents in there so they fell apart. If you don't mind eating a patty of straight ground veggies and not much else, then this one's for you.

Nutrition:
Fat: 5g
Calories: 110
Carbohydrates: 13g
Protein: 5g

#3) Gardenburger Original Veggie Burgers
The classic Gardenburger was generally well-liked, even though the only major vegetable flavors we detected were mushrooms and onions. "It's surprisingly juicy," said one taster, and others agreed that the cheese in there really gave the flavor a boost, and it had the most umami flavor of the bunch. The texture was varied and a little chewy, and one taster thought that it was too firm and found the smell to be "a little funky."

Nutrition:
Fat: 3g
Calories: 100
Carbohydrates: 18g
Protein: 5g

#2) Trader Joe's Veggie Burgers
These veggie burgers were very flavorful, and some clear thought went into the seasoning mix, which had a slight hint of curry. The primary ingredients in these are freekeh wheat, carrots, onions, celery, eggs, and bread crumbs, and the only complaint was that the texture was a little mushy. "It tastes like lots of healthy vegetables and grains," said one taster, and that combined with "a rich and good" flavor helped it rise above most of its competitors. These were larger than the rest of the bunch, too, which did contribute to a higher fat and calorie content, however. The price was right, though.

Nutrition:
Fat: 11g
Calories: 230
Carbohydrates: 28g
Protein: 5g

#1) Morningstar Farms Garden Veggie Patties
The universal choice of favorite veggie burger was the one offered by Morningstar Farms. Containing mushrooms, water chestnuts, onions, carrots, bell peppers, olives, egg whites, olives, and rolled oats, it was loaded with veggies and also had a crisp, satisfying flavor. The texture was right in the middle ground between soft and firm and there was "a good mix of vegetables and natural fried crisp-ness," according to one taster, even though they're not fried. The seasoning blend used gave these patties an umami-rich meatiness that everyone agreed with. "I'd actually consider eating these regularly," said one taster, which is a high compliment for a carnivore to bestow on a veggie burger. They also were high in protein and low in fat and calories.

Nutrition:
Fat: 3.5g
Calories: 110
Carbohydrates: 9g
Protein: 10g


The 5 Best Store-Bought Veggie Burgers

Veggie burgers are one of those foods that are extremely hit-or-miss. There are some restaurants that pride themselves on the assortment of vegetables and grains that go into their house-made burger, and others that stick a frozen puck into the microwave and hope you'll be none the wiser. But when it comes to frozen veggie burgers sold in supermarkets, there are some that are clearly superior to others. We put seven of the country's leading brands to the test, and walked away with one clear winner.

Veggie burgers share a crunchy reputation with granola and other "health foods" that hit the market in the 1960s and 70s, but you don't need to be a vegetarian to see the benefit of eating these. They're a great way to get your vegetables, they're healthy, and we all know that everything tastes better when eaten on a bun with traditional burger toppings. And for all the love that beef burgers get, they're not something that you really want to be eating with extreme regularity. If there's an alternative that sends some of the same "happy burger place" signals to your brain, tastes pretty good, and has a fraction of the fat and calories, then why not do it?

There are dozens of meat-free burger options on the market, and the majority of them contain soy protein, wheat gluten, and other meat "alternatives" that usually form a tasteless base for a smattering of seasonings and a few token vegetable chunks. For today's purposes, we're not considering those for our taste test. The only burgers we tasted were the true veggie burgers, the ones that contain more vegetables than any other ingredient. And they needed to come in the freezer case, which excluded Whole Foods from the running (they only had frozen soy-based patties, with fresh veggie burgers in the prepared foods section). That said, we found a very solid assortment to choose from, with all the major brands represented: Boca, Amy's, Morningstar Farms, Trader Joe's, Gardenburger, Dr. Praeger's, and Green Way.

Related: Best Bread to Put a Burger On

We heated all of these burgers in the oven together and ate them unadorned, and judged them on the following criteria: taste, smell, texture, variety of identifiable vegetable flavors, aftertaste, and whether they held together as a patty. Some didn't pass muster, some were middle of the road, and one was the clear winner.

#5) Amy's Organic California Veggie Burger
These patties contain mushrooms, onions, bulgur wheat, celery, carrots, oats, walnuts, and potatoes, which resulted in a flavor resembling "stale Thanksgiving stuffing in a patty form," according to one taster. The smell and look were also off-putting, and it could have used some salt. The texture was passable, however. These were also the most expensive of the bunch.

Nutrition:
Fat: 5g
Calories: 150
Carbohydrates: 21g
Protein: 6g

#4) Dr. Praeger's California Veggie Burgers
These veggie-bombs pack in a ton of vegetables, including carrots, onion, string beans, soybeans, zucchini, peas, broccoli, corn, spinach, red peppers, garlic, and parsley, making them far and away the most veggie-full of the bunch. The flavor tastes just like that: mashed mixed vegetables, which was more appealing for some than others. There's not much in the way of binding agents in there so they fell apart. If you don't mind eating a patty of straight ground veggies and not much else, then this one's for you.

Nutrition:
Fat: 5g
Calories: 110
Carbohydrates: 13g
Protein: 5g

#3) Gardenburger Original Veggie Burgers
The classic Gardenburger was generally well-liked, even though the only major vegetable flavors we detected were mushrooms and onions. "It's surprisingly juicy," said one taster, and others agreed that the cheese in there really gave the flavor a boost, and it had the most umami flavor of the bunch. The texture was varied and a little chewy, and one taster thought that it was too firm and found the smell to be "a little funky."

Nutrition:
Fat: 3g
Calories: 100
Carbohydrates: 18g
Protein: 5g

#2) Trader Joe's Veggie Burgers
These veggie burgers were very flavorful, and some clear thought went into the seasoning mix, which had a slight hint of curry. The primary ingredients in these are freekeh wheat, carrots, onions, celery, eggs, and bread crumbs, and the only complaint was that the texture was a little mushy. "It tastes like lots of healthy vegetables and grains," said one taster, and that combined with "a rich and good" flavor helped it rise above most of its competitors. These were larger than the rest of the bunch, too, which did contribute to a higher fat and calorie content, however. The price was right, though.

Nutrition:
Fat: 11g
Calories: 230
Carbohydrates: 28g
Protein: 5g

#1) Morningstar Farms Garden Veggie Patties
The universal choice of favorite veggie burger was the one offered by Morningstar Farms. Containing mushrooms, water chestnuts, onions, carrots, bell peppers, olives, egg whites, olives, and rolled oats, it was loaded with veggies and also had a crisp, satisfying flavor. The texture was right in the middle ground between soft and firm and there was "a good mix of vegetables and natural fried crisp-ness," according to one taster, even though they're not fried. The seasoning blend used gave these patties an umami-rich meatiness that everyone agreed with. "I'd actually consider eating these regularly," said one taster, which is a high compliment for a carnivore to bestow on a veggie burger. They also were high in protein and low in fat and calories.

Nutrition:
Fat: 3.5g
Calories: 110
Carbohydrates: 9g
Protein: 10g


The 5 Best Store-Bought Veggie Burgers

Veggie burgers are one of those foods that are extremely hit-or-miss. There are some restaurants that pride themselves on the assortment of vegetables and grains that go into their house-made burger, and others that stick a frozen puck into the microwave and hope you'll be none the wiser. But when it comes to frozen veggie burgers sold in supermarkets, there are some that are clearly superior to others. We put seven of the country's leading brands to the test, and walked away with one clear winner.

Veggie burgers share a crunchy reputation with granola and other "health foods" that hit the market in the 1960s and 70s, but you don't need to be a vegetarian to see the benefit of eating these. They're a great way to get your vegetables, they're healthy, and we all know that everything tastes better when eaten on a bun with traditional burger toppings. And for all the love that beef burgers get, they're not something that you really want to be eating with extreme regularity. If there's an alternative that sends some of the same "happy burger place" signals to your brain, tastes pretty good, and has a fraction of the fat and calories, then why not do it?

There are dozens of meat-free burger options on the market, and the majority of them contain soy protein, wheat gluten, and other meat "alternatives" that usually form a tasteless base for a smattering of seasonings and a few token vegetable chunks. For today's purposes, we're not considering those for our taste test. The only burgers we tasted were the true veggie burgers, the ones that contain more vegetables than any other ingredient. And they needed to come in the freezer case, which excluded Whole Foods from the running (they only had frozen soy-based patties, with fresh veggie burgers in the prepared foods section). That said, we found a very solid assortment to choose from, with all the major brands represented: Boca, Amy's, Morningstar Farms, Trader Joe's, Gardenburger, Dr. Praeger's, and Green Way.

Related: Best Bread to Put a Burger On

We heated all of these burgers in the oven together and ate them unadorned, and judged them on the following criteria: taste, smell, texture, variety of identifiable vegetable flavors, aftertaste, and whether they held together as a patty. Some didn't pass muster, some were middle of the road, and one was the clear winner.

#5) Amy's Organic California Veggie Burger
These patties contain mushrooms, onions, bulgur wheat, celery, carrots, oats, walnuts, and potatoes, which resulted in a flavor resembling "stale Thanksgiving stuffing in a patty form," according to one taster. The smell and look were also off-putting, and it could have used some salt. The texture was passable, however. These were also the most expensive of the bunch.

Nutrition:
Fat: 5g
Calories: 150
Carbohydrates: 21g
Protein: 6g

#4) Dr. Praeger's California Veggie Burgers
These veggie-bombs pack in a ton of vegetables, including carrots, onion, string beans, soybeans, zucchini, peas, broccoli, corn, spinach, red peppers, garlic, and parsley, making them far and away the most veggie-full of the bunch. The flavor tastes just like that: mashed mixed vegetables, which was more appealing for some than others. There's not much in the way of binding agents in there so they fell apart. If you don't mind eating a patty of straight ground veggies and not much else, then this one's for you.

Nutrition:
Fat: 5g
Calories: 110
Carbohydrates: 13g
Protein: 5g

#3) Gardenburger Original Veggie Burgers
The classic Gardenburger was generally well-liked, even though the only major vegetable flavors we detected were mushrooms and onions. "It's surprisingly juicy," said one taster, and others agreed that the cheese in there really gave the flavor a boost, and it had the most umami flavor of the bunch. The texture was varied and a little chewy, and one taster thought that it was too firm and found the smell to be "a little funky."

Nutrition:
Fat: 3g
Calories: 100
Carbohydrates: 18g
Protein: 5g

#2) Trader Joe's Veggie Burgers
These veggie burgers were very flavorful, and some clear thought went into the seasoning mix, which had a slight hint of curry. The primary ingredients in these are freekeh wheat, carrots, onions, celery, eggs, and bread crumbs, and the only complaint was that the texture was a little mushy. "It tastes like lots of healthy vegetables and grains," said one taster, and that combined with "a rich and good" flavor helped it rise above most of its competitors. These were larger than the rest of the bunch, too, which did contribute to a higher fat and calorie content, however. The price was right, though.

Nutrition:
Fat: 11g
Calories: 230
Carbohydrates: 28g
Protein: 5g

#1) Morningstar Farms Garden Veggie Patties
The universal choice of favorite veggie burger was the one offered by Morningstar Farms. Containing mushrooms, water chestnuts, onions, carrots, bell peppers, olives, egg whites, olives, and rolled oats, it was loaded with veggies and also had a crisp, satisfying flavor. The texture was right in the middle ground between soft and firm and there was "a good mix of vegetables and natural fried crisp-ness," according to one taster, even though they're not fried. The seasoning blend used gave these patties an umami-rich meatiness that everyone agreed with. "I'd actually consider eating these regularly," said one taster, which is a high compliment for a carnivore to bestow on a veggie burger. They also were high in protein and low in fat and calories.

Nutrition:
Fat: 3.5g
Calories: 110
Carbohydrates: 9g
Protein: 10g


The 5 Best Store-Bought Veggie Burgers

Veggie burgers are one of those foods that are extremely hit-or-miss. There are some restaurants that pride themselves on the assortment of vegetables and grains that go into their house-made burger, and others that stick a frozen puck into the microwave and hope you'll be none the wiser. But when it comes to frozen veggie burgers sold in supermarkets, there are some that are clearly superior to others. We put seven of the country's leading brands to the test, and walked away with one clear winner.

Veggie burgers share a crunchy reputation with granola and other "health foods" that hit the market in the 1960s and 70s, but you don't need to be a vegetarian to see the benefit of eating these. They're a great way to get your vegetables, they're healthy, and we all know that everything tastes better when eaten on a bun with traditional burger toppings. And for all the love that beef burgers get, they're not something that you really want to be eating with extreme regularity. If there's an alternative that sends some of the same "happy burger place" signals to your brain, tastes pretty good, and has a fraction of the fat and calories, then why not do it?

There are dozens of meat-free burger options on the market, and the majority of them contain soy protein, wheat gluten, and other meat "alternatives" that usually form a tasteless base for a smattering of seasonings and a few token vegetable chunks. For today's purposes, we're not considering those for our taste test. The only burgers we tasted were the true veggie burgers, the ones that contain more vegetables than any other ingredient. And they needed to come in the freezer case, which excluded Whole Foods from the running (they only had frozen soy-based patties, with fresh veggie burgers in the prepared foods section). That said, we found a very solid assortment to choose from, with all the major brands represented: Boca, Amy's, Morningstar Farms, Trader Joe's, Gardenburger, Dr. Praeger's, and Green Way.

Related: Best Bread to Put a Burger On

We heated all of these burgers in the oven together and ate them unadorned, and judged them on the following criteria: taste, smell, texture, variety of identifiable vegetable flavors, aftertaste, and whether they held together as a patty. Some didn't pass muster, some were middle of the road, and one was the clear winner.

#5) Amy's Organic California Veggie Burger
These patties contain mushrooms, onions, bulgur wheat, celery, carrots, oats, walnuts, and potatoes, which resulted in a flavor resembling "stale Thanksgiving stuffing in a patty form," according to one taster. The smell and look were also off-putting, and it could have used some salt. The texture was passable, however. These were also the most expensive of the bunch.

Nutrition:
Fat: 5g
Calories: 150
Carbohydrates: 21g
Protein: 6g

#4) Dr. Praeger's California Veggie Burgers
These veggie-bombs pack in a ton of vegetables, including carrots, onion, string beans, soybeans, zucchini, peas, broccoli, corn, spinach, red peppers, garlic, and parsley, making them far and away the most veggie-full of the bunch. The flavor tastes just like that: mashed mixed vegetables, which was more appealing for some than others. There's not much in the way of binding agents in there so they fell apart. If you don't mind eating a patty of straight ground veggies and not much else, then this one's for you.

Nutrition:
Fat: 5g
Calories: 110
Carbohydrates: 13g
Protein: 5g

#3) Gardenburger Original Veggie Burgers
The classic Gardenburger was generally well-liked, even though the only major vegetable flavors we detected were mushrooms and onions. "It's surprisingly juicy," said one taster, and others agreed that the cheese in there really gave the flavor a boost, and it had the most umami flavor of the bunch. The texture was varied and a little chewy, and one taster thought that it was too firm and found the smell to be "a little funky."

Nutrition:
Fat: 3g
Calories: 100
Carbohydrates: 18g
Protein: 5g

#2) Trader Joe's Veggie Burgers
These veggie burgers were very flavorful, and some clear thought went into the seasoning mix, which had a slight hint of curry. The primary ingredients in these are freekeh wheat, carrots, onions, celery, eggs, and bread crumbs, and the only complaint was that the texture was a little mushy. "It tastes like lots of healthy vegetables and grains," said one taster, and that combined with "a rich and good" flavor helped it rise above most of its competitors. These were larger than the rest of the bunch, too, which did contribute to a higher fat and calorie content, however. The price was right, though.

Nutrition:
Fat: 11g
Calories: 230
Carbohydrates: 28g
Protein: 5g

#1) Morningstar Farms Garden Veggie Patties
The universal choice of favorite veggie burger was the one offered by Morningstar Farms. Containing mushrooms, water chestnuts, onions, carrots, bell peppers, olives, egg whites, olives, and rolled oats, it was loaded with veggies and also had a crisp, satisfying flavor. The texture was right in the middle ground between soft and firm and there was "a good mix of vegetables and natural fried crisp-ness," according to one taster, even though they're not fried. The seasoning blend used gave these patties an umami-rich meatiness that everyone agreed with. "I'd actually consider eating these regularly," said one taster, which is a high compliment for a carnivore to bestow on a veggie burger. They also were high in protein and low in fat and calories.

Nutrition:
Fat: 3.5g
Calories: 110
Carbohydrates: 9g
Protein: 10g


The 5 Best Store-Bought Veggie Burgers

Veggie burgers are one of those foods that are extremely hit-or-miss. There are some restaurants that pride themselves on the assortment of vegetables and grains that go into their house-made burger, and others that stick a frozen puck into the microwave and hope you'll be none the wiser. But when it comes to frozen veggie burgers sold in supermarkets, there are some that are clearly superior to others. We put seven of the country's leading brands to the test, and walked away with one clear winner.

Veggie burgers share a crunchy reputation with granola and other "health foods" that hit the market in the 1960s and 70s, but you don't need to be a vegetarian to see the benefit of eating these. They're a great way to get your vegetables, they're healthy, and we all know that everything tastes better when eaten on a bun with traditional burger toppings. And for all the love that beef burgers get, they're not something that you really want to be eating with extreme regularity. If there's an alternative that sends some of the same "happy burger place" signals to your brain, tastes pretty good, and has a fraction of the fat and calories, then why not do it?

There are dozens of meat-free burger options on the market, and the majority of them contain soy protein, wheat gluten, and other meat "alternatives" that usually form a tasteless base for a smattering of seasonings and a few token vegetable chunks. For today's purposes, we're not considering those for our taste test. The only burgers we tasted were the true veggie burgers, the ones that contain more vegetables than any other ingredient. And they needed to come in the freezer case, which excluded Whole Foods from the running (they only had frozen soy-based patties, with fresh veggie burgers in the prepared foods section). That said, we found a very solid assortment to choose from, with all the major brands represented: Boca, Amy's, Morningstar Farms, Trader Joe's, Gardenburger, Dr. Praeger's, and Green Way.

Related: Best Bread to Put a Burger On

We heated all of these burgers in the oven together and ate them unadorned, and judged them on the following criteria: taste, smell, texture, variety of identifiable vegetable flavors, aftertaste, and whether they held together as a patty. Some didn't pass muster, some were middle of the road, and one was the clear winner.

#5) Amy's Organic California Veggie Burger
These patties contain mushrooms, onions, bulgur wheat, celery, carrots, oats, walnuts, and potatoes, which resulted in a flavor resembling "stale Thanksgiving stuffing in a patty form," according to one taster. The smell and look were also off-putting, and it could have used some salt. The texture was passable, however. These were also the most expensive of the bunch.

Nutrition:
Fat: 5g
Calories: 150
Carbohydrates: 21g
Protein: 6g

#4) Dr. Praeger's California Veggie Burgers
These veggie-bombs pack in a ton of vegetables, including carrots, onion, string beans, soybeans, zucchini, peas, broccoli, corn, spinach, red peppers, garlic, and parsley, making them far and away the most veggie-full of the bunch. The flavor tastes just like that: mashed mixed vegetables, which was more appealing for some than others. There's not much in the way of binding agents in there so they fell apart. If you don't mind eating a patty of straight ground veggies and not much else, then this one's for you.

Nutrition:
Fat: 5g
Calories: 110
Carbohydrates: 13g
Protein: 5g

#3) Gardenburger Original Veggie Burgers
The classic Gardenburger was generally well-liked, even though the only major vegetable flavors we detected were mushrooms and onions. "It's surprisingly juicy," said one taster, and others agreed that the cheese in there really gave the flavor a boost, and it had the most umami flavor of the bunch. The texture was varied and a little chewy, and one taster thought that it was too firm and found the smell to be "a little funky."

Nutrition:
Fat: 3g
Calories: 100
Carbohydrates: 18g
Protein: 5g

#2) Trader Joe's Veggie Burgers
These veggie burgers were very flavorful, and some clear thought went into the seasoning mix, which had a slight hint of curry. The primary ingredients in these are freekeh wheat, carrots, onions, celery, eggs, and bread crumbs, and the only complaint was that the texture was a little mushy. "It tastes like lots of healthy vegetables and grains," said one taster, and that combined with "a rich and good" flavor helped it rise above most of its competitors. These were larger than the rest of the bunch, too, which did contribute to a higher fat and calorie content, however. The price was right, though.

Nutrition:
Fat: 11g
Calories: 230
Carbohydrates: 28g
Protein: 5g

#1) Morningstar Farms Garden Veggie Patties
The universal choice of favorite veggie burger was the one offered by Morningstar Farms. Containing mushrooms, water chestnuts, onions, carrots, bell peppers, olives, egg whites, olives, and rolled oats, it was loaded with veggies and also had a crisp, satisfying flavor. The texture was right in the middle ground between soft and firm and there was "a good mix of vegetables and natural fried crisp-ness," according to one taster, even though they're not fried. The seasoning blend used gave these patties an umami-rich meatiness that everyone agreed with. "I'd actually consider eating these regularly," said one taster, which is a high compliment for a carnivore to bestow on a veggie burger. They also were high in protein and low in fat and calories.

Nutrition:
Fat: 3.5g
Calories: 110
Carbohydrates: 9g
Protein: 10g


The 5 Best Store-Bought Veggie Burgers

Veggie burgers are one of those foods that are extremely hit-or-miss. There are some restaurants that pride themselves on the assortment of vegetables and grains that go into their house-made burger, and others that stick a frozen puck into the microwave and hope you'll be none the wiser. But when it comes to frozen veggie burgers sold in supermarkets, there are some that are clearly superior to others. We put seven of the country's leading brands to the test, and walked away with one clear winner.

Veggie burgers share a crunchy reputation with granola and other "health foods" that hit the market in the 1960s and 70s, but you don't need to be a vegetarian to see the benefit of eating these. They're a great way to get your vegetables, they're healthy, and we all know that everything tastes better when eaten on a bun with traditional burger toppings. And for all the love that beef burgers get, they're not something that you really want to be eating with extreme regularity. If there's an alternative that sends some of the same "happy burger place" signals to your brain, tastes pretty good, and has a fraction of the fat and calories, then why not do it?

There are dozens of meat-free burger options on the market, and the majority of them contain soy protein, wheat gluten, and other meat "alternatives" that usually form a tasteless base for a smattering of seasonings and a few token vegetable chunks. For today's purposes, we're not considering those for our taste test. The only burgers we tasted were the true veggie burgers, the ones that contain more vegetables than any other ingredient. And they needed to come in the freezer case, which excluded Whole Foods from the running (they only had frozen soy-based patties, with fresh veggie burgers in the prepared foods section). That said, we found a very solid assortment to choose from, with all the major brands represented: Boca, Amy's, Morningstar Farms, Trader Joe's, Gardenburger, Dr. Praeger's, and Green Way.

Related: Best Bread to Put a Burger On

We heated all of these burgers in the oven together and ate them unadorned, and judged them on the following criteria: taste, smell, texture, variety of identifiable vegetable flavors, aftertaste, and whether they held together as a patty. Some didn't pass muster, some were middle of the road, and one was the clear winner.

#5) Amy's Organic California Veggie Burger
These patties contain mushrooms, onions, bulgur wheat, celery, carrots, oats, walnuts, and potatoes, which resulted in a flavor resembling "stale Thanksgiving stuffing in a patty form," according to one taster. The smell and look were also off-putting, and it could have used some salt. The texture was passable, however. These were also the most expensive of the bunch.

Nutrition:
Fat: 5g
Calories: 150
Carbohydrates: 21g
Protein: 6g

#4) Dr. Praeger's California Veggie Burgers
These veggie-bombs pack in a ton of vegetables, including carrots, onion, string beans, soybeans, zucchini, peas, broccoli, corn, spinach, red peppers, garlic, and parsley, making them far and away the most veggie-full of the bunch. The flavor tastes just like that: mashed mixed vegetables, which was more appealing for some than others. There's not much in the way of binding agents in there so they fell apart. If you don't mind eating a patty of straight ground veggies and not much else, then this one's for you.

Nutrition:
Fat: 5g
Calories: 110
Carbohydrates: 13g
Protein: 5g

#3) Gardenburger Original Veggie Burgers
The classic Gardenburger was generally well-liked, even though the only major vegetable flavors we detected were mushrooms and onions. "It's surprisingly juicy," said one taster, and others agreed that the cheese in there really gave the flavor a boost, and it had the most umami flavor of the bunch. The texture was varied and a little chewy, and one taster thought that it was too firm and found the smell to be "a little funky."

Nutrition:
Fat: 3g
Calories: 100
Carbohydrates: 18g
Protein: 5g

#2) Trader Joe's Veggie Burgers
These veggie burgers were very flavorful, and some clear thought went into the seasoning mix, which had a slight hint of curry. The primary ingredients in these are freekeh wheat, carrots, onions, celery, eggs, and bread crumbs, and the only complaint was that the texture was a little mushy. "It tastes like lots of healthy vegetables and grains," said one taster, and that combined with "a rich and good" flavor helped it rise above most of its competitors. These were larger than the rest of the bunch, too, which did contribute to a higher fat and calorie content, however. The price was right, though.

Nutrition:
Fat: 11g
Calories: 230
Carbohydrates: 28g
Protein: 5g

#1) Morningstar Farms Garden Veggie Patties
The universal choice of favorite veggie burger was the one offered by Morningstar Farms. Containing mushrooms, water chestnuts, onions, carrots, bell peppers, olives, egg whites, olives, and rolled oats, it was loaded with veggies and also had a crisp, satisfying flavor. The texture was right in the middle ground between soft and firm and there was "a good mix of vegetables and natural fried crisp-ness," according to one taster, even though they're not fried. The seasoning blend used gave these patties an umami-rich meatiness that everyone agreed with. "I'd actually consider eating these regularly," said one taster, which is a high compliment for a carnivore to bestow on a veggie burger. They also were high in protein and low in fat and calories.

Nutrition:
Fat: 3.5g
Calories: 110
Carbohydrates: 9g
Protein: 10g