Friends, my palate has grown more and more fond of vegan-friendly eats for a couple years now. But every once in awhile, I’m really craving a burger. Then, my brother’s veganized voice pops in my head (thanks, Brandon!) reminding me how 66 billion animals are slaughtered every year, how meat production contributes to the carbon footprint—you get the picture. Now, I will and still do enjoy the occasional meat, but there’s a new(ish) product in town called Beyond Meat.
That juicy burger in the picture about is 100-percent plant-based. That’s right. It’s vegan. Seriously. Mind blown, right? Could’ve fooled me had I not taken it out of the package myself. This patty even sizzles and bleeds like real meat—don’t worry, it’s just beet juice for color. This is not only a 20-grams of protein patty made from natural plant resources like pea protein, it’s a way healthier alternative to meat whether you’re vegan or not.
This is not an endorsement by any means. I was not paid or reached out to by the company to give Beyond Meat such high praise, but I really want you all to know this exists and I encourage you to check out their website to see what it’s all about. While a veggie burger at some of my favorite local restaurants is great any day, this is honestly a revolutionary product.
Go pick up a package in your local Whole Foods. I have a quick, simple recipe for how I prepared this meal for myself, but you can prepare it however you usually make burgers. It’s perfect for a weeknight after work, as it only takes about 30 minutes time to prepare. These caramelized onions and mushrooms will make you feel like you’re eating at your local burger joint.