The Vegan Burger That Wasn’t + A Giveaway!

Several weeks ago I was contacted by a representative from Quorn, a company known for their line of meat-free vegetarian products, and was asked if I would be interested in taste-testing their new vegan burger. How could I say no?! It’s always exciting when a new vegan product hits the market. Plus, with summer just around the corner, it is the ideal time to start thinking about (vegan) barbecues!

I should start by mentioning that I rarely purchase packaged vegan burgers because it’s much more fun (and less expensive) to make them at home from scratch. When I do opt for the convenience route, my standards are pretty high: clean, wholesome ingredients; thick patty; full of flavor; good texture; and organic if possible. More than once, I have found myself choosing Amy’s California Veggie Burgers┬ábecause they are pretty tasty and meet the above requirements. I had high hopes for Quorn’s first vegan product!

Unfortunately, I was disappointed with these burgers. They come packaged (4) in a box, as most burgers do, but the patties themselves aren’t wrapped in anything. My patties had a mild case of freezer burn upon their arrival. This certainly could be blamed on transport, but it seems likely that even in a grocer’s freezer, the patties could fall victim to freezer burn. I do appreciate the lack of plastic wrapping for environmental reasons, but some frozen foods need the extra packaging to protect the product.

Secondly, these patties are THIN! I have a hearty appetite and expect a bit more oomph from a burger. My homemade burgers are monsters in comparison!

Thirdly, when paired with a homemade bun, toppings, and condiments, the flavor of the burger (and the burger itself) is completely lost. I don’t put much on my burger, usually greens, avocado, mustard, and ketchup. I was really hoping to taste the burger in my first bite! I had to pluck a piece off the patty so I could get a good taste. In all honestly, it reminded me of a hotdog in flavor. I wasn’t impressed. But, the texture is great: chewy and firm.

Lastly, the ingredient list isn’t necessarily healthy. The only vegetable listed is onion. Roughly a third of the patty is made from mycoprotein, which is made from a member of the fungi family. It is high in protein and dietary fiber, which is certainly a bonus. But, the rest of the ingredients are flavorings, extracts, oils (including palm), starches, and stabilizers. I need my veggies-even in convenience foods!!

Maybe I am terribly fussy when it comes to vegan burgers? I don’t know. I’m sure that plenty of folks will enjoy these vegan burgers. In fact, I’ve read several other reviews that are more positive than mine. I think I will stick to homemade burgers though.

But, let’s not end this review post on a negative note! The kind folks at Quorn included two free product coupons with my package and I would love to give them away to two lucky readers!!! If you are interested in trying Quorn’s vegan burgers for yourself, leave me a comment telling me about your favorite veggie burger. That’s it! I will choose the winners on Monday, April 2nd. Good luck!!!

P.S. Thank you, Quorn, for the opportunity to try your new product :)

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15 thoughts on “The Vegan Burger That Wasn’t + A Giveaway!

  1. My favorite veggie burger is from Arlo’s food truck in Austin. Not really sure what all is in it but it taste fantastic!

  2. My favorite veggie burger is from Boise Fry Company.
    If we are talking store bought than I actually like the Boca Original Vegan, I just add grilled onion and BBQ sauce.

  3. My favorite veggie burger is a beet burger from a local restaurant. We have a vegan restaurant just minutes from our house, but I actually have yet to try their burgers! I’m too wrapped up in their buffalo tofu sandwich, their portabello dip sandwich, and their tempeh reuben. So much goodness! But they have a “muppet style” burger with sauerkraut that I’ve been interested in trying …

  4. I feel your pain. I just posted my review of the Quorn burgers as well and I wanted to like them, but I just couldn’t. So nice of them to share, but so not my speed.

  5. I like my homemade veggie burgers the best! I use beets and quinoa. In terms of packaged veggie burgers, I like the morningstar farms black bean burger. I keep them in the freezer at work, for lunch emergencies :)

  6. gardein veggie burgers are great! they have 17g of protein and only 130 calories and can keep me full from lunch until dinner. i have been meaning to try the new quorn vegan burgers but haven’t had a chance to yet. i loved their products as a vegetarian but recently went vegan again. hopefully they veganize their turk’y and chick’n cutlets soon!

  7. My favorite veggie burger came from a restaurant called Crazy Burger. The burger was made form purple sticky rice, grilled tempeh, sunflower seeds, and rosemary-pumpkin pesto in a tomato tortilla. It was so fantastically unique!

  8. My favorite veggie burger from the store is also Amy’s. At home, beet burgers! My thinking is much the same as yours – you can make practically anything into a veggie burger so why buy them?! However, back in my vegetarian days I LOVED Quorn. I had it for the first time in Scotland where it was a big deal. So I am happy they are launching vegan products, and I’d like to try them again since I have such great memories!

  9. Homemade is definitely the way to go, not that I’m not interested in trying these burgers! So much controversy about them! What fun!

  10. I make a great black bean/salsa burger, but before I went vegan I used to love Quorn products. I’d love to try their first vegan attempt. I always wondered why none of their products were vegan and I never would have looked at them if I hadn’t seen this review. I mostly make my own, but occasionally it’s nice to have something quick on hand.

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