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|
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.