Meatless Taste Test: Impossible Burger at Umami vs. Beyond Burger at Veggie Grill

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In this installment of Meatless Mondays, I compare the Impossible Burger and the Beyond Burger. Both are plant-based burger patties that claim to look, feel and taste like a regular meat patty. But only one, in my humble opinion, is worth spending money on.

In a previous post, I reviewed the VG Beyond Burger, which is available at Veggie Grill. Here’s a quick recap of how I felt about it: it’s delicious. It’s soft and juicy, and it’s a great choice for a vegan or vegetarian who occasionally misses the taste of a regular hamburger. Bonus: their new seasonal Super Rica Burger is also fantastic.

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Full disclosure: these photos came from Veggie Grill’s site because I took my burgers to go and by the time I got around to photographing them, they were squashy. I’m a bad food photographer, I know.
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Image by Anna Chen

Up until recently, I hadn’t had the chance to try the Impossible Burger because it was only available at Crossroads Kitchen. I’d been meaning to make the trip, but then Umami Burger started serving it and Umami is more transit-friendly for me, so to Umami I went. I ordered the Impossible Burger, bit into it and felt…disappointed. The burger just didn’t taste like anything. The pickles were nice, but the patty itself was an utterly unmemorable, weirdly crunchy, and dry. And to make sure it wasn’t just me, I spoke to a friend who had eaten the Impossible Burger at Crossroads. Her burger was also bone dry.

At $16 a burger with no sides, the Umami Impossible Burger really isn’t worth it. (Note: it’s also not vegan because there’s cheese on it, although I guess you can ask for the burger without cheese. I wouldn’t, though, since it’s tasteless enough.) The Crossroads Impossible Burger is slightly cheaper at $14 and it comes with a side of truffle fries. But the clear winner to me is the VG Beyond Burger, which costs $13, comes with a side of fries and actually tastes satisfying.

But hey, you don’t have to take my word for it. If you are so inclined, go compare the meatless burgers for yourself.

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Meatless Taste Test: Impossible Burger at Umami vs. Beyond Burger at Veggie Grill
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I compare the Impossible Burger and the Beyond Burger. Both are plant-based burger patties that claim to look, feel and taste like a regular meat patty.
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