I have to confess, even before going vegan, I never really liked the taste of beef. I admit, my preferred meat was (and still is) chicken. I don’t know why, but whenever we were cooking beef, and it would make the whole house smell like fat/beef – it always made me a bit nauseous to smell. (I have no idea why) I really only ever ate beef as meatballs (buried under spaghetti sauce), or in a burger at my families annual BBQ. I never really ate it by itself, it always had to be hidden in something else.
Needless to say, while I was excited to try a new vegan burger, I had a bit of doubt I’d enjoy it much because these are fake beef burgers. But, I’m glad to say, this burger surprised me. I cooked it as per box instruction (5min, flip, 5min.) and added cheese, lettuce, and red bell pepper, topped with a squirt of ketchup on a toasted bun. The texture is a good, solid texture. It really gives you that nice bite you want from a burger (that ‘meaty’ bite, not squishy or overly chewy), they’re not too thick, but not pancake thin either.
All in all, this is a burger I could (and probably will!) eat by itself, just bun-patty-bun. Could also cut it up and put it in a salad, or even just eat with your hands like a caveman, no toppings/bun. It’s that good. It doesn’t need to be buried under a million different flavours. It’s a great stand alone burger. When I was cooking it, it smelled kind of like brown rice (I’m assuming that it might’ve actually been the barley) so that was good, I’m very glad that it didn’t have that classic beef/fatty smell – it smelled like I was making a stir fry. Also, it is carnivore approved! I gave it to my (toughest to please with vegan food) friend and they said it was ‘the best vegan burger’ they’ve had (with the exception of my seitan chick’n burgers). Score!
Okay, so that was the good, now for the ‘bad’:
After pulling the patties out of the box, I have to admit, I don’t like how they’re packaged together in the plastic. It reminds me of when people make a roast and they tie it up with rope, I don’t know, that kinda bothers me.
Also, there was only 4 in a box, which is disappointing because they’re so good. I’d like to see them come in a bigger box, even if it’s just two extra – I felt like they need more per box. Especially if you want to get them for a cook-out/party – you’re gonna need at least three boxes, and at $12 per box, that’s kind of crazy to spend on burgers alone.
I don’t know, maybe that’s just me, I know they’re really amazing quality, but even if they lower the price down to $10 or $8, that’d be better.
Also, when I went to flip them, they seemed a bit flimsy – they didn’t fall apart, but if I wasn’t as careful, they looked like they could’ve. I don’t know if maybe they needed more time on the one side, or maybe I suck at flipping things, but they were kind of the same like when you go to flip a pancake the first time, and if you don’t get all of it on the flipper, it kind of sags and gives you that panicky moment.
Other than that though, I highly recommend checking this burger out, you won’t regret it. It might even please the non-vegan family/friends (or fool them).
So, have you tried the Field Roast burger? What are your thoughts on it? Like it? Hate it? Let me know in the comments!