A couple of months ago the folks at Sol Cuisine contacted me about sampling some of their products for review. They’re a Toronto-based company, and they make a variety of veggie burgers, crumbles, and breakfast patties. After they mailed several coupons to try their products, I realized the closest places selling them were at least an hour and a half away. So when my husband and I traveled to Kansas City at the beginning of February, I slipped the coupons in my wallet to see if I’d find any products there. As luck would have it, Green Acres Market carries several products in their line – Spicy Black Bean Burgers, Almond Grain Burgers, Mushroom Rice Burgers, and Breakfast Patties. Since it was still in the heart of winter, the car trunk was kind enough to act as a freezer until we were home again.
In our family, my husband is a bigger veggie burger fan. He likes having an excuse for using sliced pickles and mustard; plus, they’re a convenient lunch option. For me, I’m more apt to make a Reuben or veggie BLT when I have a hankering for a sandwich. Occasionally, I’ll make a veggie burger from scratch. Here’s a he said/she said of our experience:
My husband’s favorite burger of the group was the Spicy Black Bean Burger. They are wheat-free and gluten-free. The texture is the firmest of the three that we tried, and it has a Southwestern flavor with a spicy kick without being hot. They reminded me of the black bean burgers in Veganomicon, which is probably my favorite burger recipe. I wasn’t as excited about soy protein concentrate being high up on the ingredient list since I like to stick with more minimally processed soy foods as much as possible.
My favorite of the bunch was the Almond Grain Burger. The flavors were mild and reminded me of fall or Thanksgiving. It’s not specified on the package, but I wouldn’t be surprised if thyme or sage were involved. This burger has a soft texture, but in this case, I thought it worked. I also liked that the ingredients for this burger featured more whole foods.
Rounding out the burgers, we had the Mushroom Rice Burger, which was the most hamburger-like in terms of color, texture, and flavor of the ones we tried. Neither of us are that keen on products that are reminiscent of hamburger, and so I don’t think we’d get these again. That said, if you’re looking for a plant-based meat that would fit right in on the grill, this could be a good bet for you.
My husband did most of the cooking where these products were concerned, and his opinion was that between cooking them on a stovetop versus in the oven, the stovetop gave better results in terms of crispiness. (Unfortunately, we weren’t able to try any out on the grill.)
Finally, we tried the Veggie Breakfast Patties. They were reminiscent of the Morningstar sausage patties we used to eat occasionally when we were vegetarian. However, the Sol Patties are egg-free and made without GMO’s. So that’s a plus. The flavor was bang on. They’re wheat-free and gluten-free, but they’re a more processed food than I’d usually buy.
For the most part we enjoyed the Sol Cuisine products we tried, found them to be a fun change of pace, and I like it that all of their products are free of GMO’s. Most of all, I could see them appealing to people who are just transitioning to a vegan or vegetarian diet and looking to replicate some familiar favorites.
I received all of the products in this review for free from Sol Cuisine, but the opinions are totally my own.