The first time I made the trip to Tesco looking for the beyond burger, they were completely out of stock, which was both incredible and annoying. I was frustrated I’d have to come back again because it’s not very close to my Uni house, but at the same time, it was music to my ears to hear that there was such high demand for a plant based burger!
Now, you might look at the price tag and think £5.50…really? But honestly these burgers are well worth it, think about how much you would be willing to pay for a delicious burger in a restaurant…exactly. Also I hate to think what makes actual meat burgers the price that they are. A cow gave its life for your burger all for the grand total of £2, no thank you. Who knows what other stuff is in there.
It was also quite refreshing to see the beyond burger is made without soy. I don’t particularly have a big issue with soy but it is in pretty much all vegan substitutes so it’s nice to see a change
Making the Ultimate Vegan Burger
I started by grilling my burger on a medium setting for around 18 minutes, flipping every so often with a spatula (as per instructions). Make sure to put down some tin foil as there is going to be a lot of grease.
I decided to go for a bagel bun because if I was being naughty, I might as well be buying some bagels too. I toasted my bagel and buttered one side with sunflower spread. The key part in this stage is adding a lettuce leaf to the bottom bun to aid with grease collection. This is especially important for any other bagel choosers. I then put a healthy dollop of wholegrain mustard on said lettuce leaf for a bit of a kick.
After 18 minutes of grilling, your burger should be sizzling and creating an aroma you feel guilty enjoying. Carefully place it onto your bed of mustard lettuce and commence ultimate assembling. (I warned you about that grease, I hope you believed me)
Now, I wanted a smokey flavour. I wanted to be reminded of all those burger restaurants I would have called my favourites just over a year ago. A way to enjoy my all time favourite food without hurting any beautiful cows. So, I went for Tesco’s own smoked cheese, which I LOVE
Isn’t that just bloody beautiful ooooh I can taste it all over again. Now, I said I wanted to be reminded of burger restaurants so boom, here we are, Gourmet Burger Kitchen House Relish. She is beauty, she is grace, she is bomb, put her on everything. I got it in Asda, therefore it counts as student budget.
Optional level: add a pickle. Now I know, I know, this is a controversial topic and I’ll admit, I was always one to remove the pickles from my McDonalds burger…but then I grew up. Put that beautiful goddamn pickle on that burger or else you’re doing it wrong and you won’t have an ultimate vegan burger, it’ll just be a pretty good vegan burger with something missing, oooh I just can’t put my finger on i…..IT’S A PICKLE.
Sorry, I get a little emotional about pickles, it’s up to you…but I mean, this way is the right way.
OH and smother some vegenaise all over that top bun baby
annnnnnnnd voila. Look at that beautiful mess of a creation and tell me you aren’t turned on. Go ahead try, I won’t believe you. This burger is bangin, she is a Queen and nobody suffered for her. The first bite is going to make you question everything so be warned, I was hit with so much guilty nostalgia that I had to keep reminding myself this wasn’t wrong. Two of my meat eating friends tried some and couldn’t believe how much it tasted like a burger. I’ve had my fair share of vegan burgers, but this beauty takes the top spot, the people at Beyond Meat have done an amazing job and I can’t wait to make my boyfriend and family try it.
I also found out the other day that a large burger restaurant chain here in the UK have started serving the beyond burger and their burger looks a lot better than mine! There’s one right here in Reading so I’m very worried for my bank account. So, if you don’t want to make your own at home, head on down to Honest Burger and grab one… wait, what’s that in the description…is that…PICKLES 😉
Have you guys tried the Beyond Burger yet? What did you think about? Let me know your opinion on pickles
A little treat for you guys, the most wholesome video on the internet and the reason I love cows: click here