Tenshot: Beyond Burger, Home Edition
We grilled Beyond Burgers for dinner tonight.
- Only a subset of the local Kroger chain currently stocks them. Available in the more upscale neighborhoods, not in the more working class ones.
- $5.99 list price for two quarter-pound patties in a shaped foam tray sealed under clear plastic. Today there was a one dollar discount. I can buy lean ground buffalo for less than that. Use-by date was ten days out, quite a bit longer than I’m used to seeing on meat.
- The appearance is meat-like if you don’t look too closely. Much more so than a typical veggie burger. The fat just looks wrong. When I opened the package, it didn’t smell like meat. Not unpleasant, but not meat.
- Sizzled when it hit the hot grill bars, suggesting that there’s some amount of fat there.
- Not a lot of fat, though. Not enough drippings to cause any sort of flare-up. The patties don’t shrink while cooking. They don’t change shape at all.
- The grill marks are acceptable, but not outstanding.
- Very little aroma while cooking. See #5.
- We didn’t add any of our usual seasoning. Did melt a slice of provolone on each patty, mayo and a slice of tomato with the bun. Fresh corn-on-the-cob for a side dish; okay, it came in a husk that hadn’t dried out, but at this time of year, probably not really fresh. Later in the season we’ll get picked-the-same-morning corn.
- Blander than beef. Blander than buffalo. Much blander than elk.
- Won’t be any repeat performances. If we’re going to spend that much money, we’ll get buffalo or elk. Buffalo is readily available. Elk requires going out of my way a bit.
Front page image from the Beyond Meat web site.