One truth in this life is that everything tastes better on the grill. The smoky scent in the air, deepened flavors, and the look of those beautiful grill marks make grilling season the best part of the year. Sadly, the days of grilling are winding down on this part of the globe. I’m hoping to eke out at least another month, but my favorite tank top will now be covered up with a jacket.
While these dwindling grilling days last, in addition to grilling garlic sourdough bread to go with warm lentil salad or a hot bowl of soup, sometimes a burger just hits the spot. I’ve always been a big burger fan, and when I went vegetarian, burgers were something I thought I’d miss. If only I could go back in time and hand myself one of these Beefless Burgers from Gardein. I could have thrown any of those concerns out the window.
Gardein Beefless Burgers are made with non-GMO soy and wheat in addition to kamut, amaranth, millet, and quinoa flour. They are admittedly more processed than a slab of grilled polenta or vegetable skewers, and for folks who don’t like meaty plant-based foods, this would not be the product to get. However, if you’re into the kind of veggie burger that you can really sink your teeth into, this is the one.
They have that salty, fatty burger flavor that doesn’t need much in the way of adornment. A simple smearing of stone-ground mustard is enough along with a couple of pickle slices and onions. Here I added lightly fried slices of Upton’s Bacon Seitan for even more smoky goodness. They’re great with steamed broccoli or baked fries with ketchup and malt vinegar.
Gardein seems to be popping up everywhere nowadays, and lots of their products can be found in standard grocery stores like Hy-Vee or even in the refrigerated section at Target. It’s cool to see vegan specialty products becoming more and more mainstream and available.
FYI: I was not compensated for this review. I bought the burgers myself.