Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Morningstar Farms Veggie Burger Review

I received an invitation from BzzAgent to try MorningStar Farms veggie burgers. I was happy to receive this MorningStar campaign invitation because I have never tried veggie burgers, I love trying new foods and veggie burgers are a healthier alternative to meat burgers. I am not a vegetarian or vegan, so I went into this campaign with an open-mind. 

Grillers original veggie burger
with toppings
Availability: I found MorningStar Farms frozen food products at several local grocery stores. However, the availability of veggie burger flavors differed widely between stores. Most grocery stores had the Grillers Original veggie burger in stock, so I decided to try that flavor.

Packaging: The box design is practical. The depth of the box  is thin, so it fit easily into a freezer compartment. There are 4 patties in the box, split into 2 individually wrapped packages. This packaging makes it easy to use only 1 or 2 patties at a time

Cooking: One of my concerns was that the patty would be dry, so I placed 2 tablespoons of water and the frozen patty in a frying pan for 3-4 minutes, over medium heat (turning over halfway through cook time). This allowed the patty to absorb some additional moisture. After removing the patty and the water from the pan, I heated 1 teaspoon of oil. I cooked the patty in the oil for 2 minutes, over medium heat (turning over halfway through cook time). The patty is thin, so it cooked quicker than a meat patty. You should keep an eye on the patty while it is cooking, to prevent it from burning. I served the patty on a toasted challah roll with tomato, avocado, american cheese, mayo, ketchup and yellow mustard. 

Texture: Texture is one of the most important elements of a veggie burger. The patty is slightly more chewy than a meat-burger, but it did have a fairly good meat-like texture. The patty did not have any noticable vegetable morsels. Finally, due to pan-frying, the patty exterior was slightly crispy. 

Time for a close-up!

Flavor: I am happy to say that the Grillers Original veggie burger was fairly tasty! It was light, non-greasy and flavorful. Although it did not taste like authentic beef, it did have a smokey element that was reminiscent of burgers fired up on a grill. There are a variety of flavors in the MorningStar Farms veggie burger line, ranging from classic (Grillers Original Patties) to more exotic flavors (Asian Veggie Patties). 

Nutritional info for 1 Grillers Original patty:
  • 57% less fat than ground beef
  • 130 calories 
  • 15 grams protein
  • 260 mg sodium
  • 2 grams dietary fiber
  • 0 mg cholesterol

Doesn't it look delish?

Verdict: I was pleasantly surprised by the taste of the Morningstar Farms' veggie burger! I was expecting a dry, artificial-tasting patty. Instead, I found a moist, flavorful, healthy alternative to meat burgers. I also appreciated that it took less than 10 minutes to cook the patty, making it convenient to whip up a veggie cheeseburger in less than 15 minutes. To keep the patty moist, I would recommend cooking it on the stovetop or in a skillet. I would consider re-purchasing MorningStar Farms frozen food products again.

Have you tried MorningStar Farms veggie burgers? Which flavor is your favorite? 

Disclaimer: I received this product for free as part of a BzzAgent campaign in return for my honest, hype-free opinion. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated in any other way.
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