April 16, 2010

Morningstar Spicy Black Bean Burger

This week, it's another Morningstar veggie burger - their Spicy Black Bean Burger. I was a little nervous of the fact that it actually contained the word "spicy" in the name of it, since I'm a big spice baby, as I've mentioned before, but I gave it a shot anyway.

First note - the cooking directions say to thaw the burger in the microwave first, then cook it in a skillet for 6-7 minutes. This sounded like way too much time, especially for a thawed burger. I was right. I flipped it about every 15 seconds, and only got about three flips in before it started to turn black on the edges, so I pulled it off the heat. Why would they think it would take a burger 6 minutes to get hot?

Anyway - I didn't know what to put on this burger - the picture just showed more of the same stuff that was in it piled on top, so I just put it on a bun plain, since I didn't have any of the ingredients on hand. Then, I bit into it. First impressions were that it definitely wasn't as spicy as I'd feared. Once I got past that, I realized that it didn't actually have much flavor. I decided it needed something tomato-based, and since it's a black bean burger, I added some salsa. Now it tasted like slightly mushy salsa! As weird as that sounds, it was actually pretty tasty. I'd eat this again.

The experience:
Texture - crispy on the outside, kind of mealy on the inside
Flavor - aside from being slightly spicy, it was fairly bland by itself

Final grade for this attempt: B

12 comments:

  1. I love those, but I cook them longer than you did : ) I top them with a whole zucchini, cooked up in the pan on medium heat. Then I cook the burger pattie til it's crispy (I only thaw it for half the recommended time), and put a little miracle whip on my bread (no buns, hate them). One of my favorite meals!!

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  2. In the future, I'll probably skip the thawing step altogether. None of the other veggie burgers call for that, so I'm not sure why this one in particular would.

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  3. Just want to say I'm about to cry. I'm newly vegatarian and I've been trying to hit up all the various meat-substitutes to find good ones. Your site has me SO happy! Thank you!

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  4. Aww - thank you for saying that! You totally just made my day!

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  5. You need to cook veggie burgers not like meat burgers - they should be cooked all the way through. The best idea - bake them 15-20 minutes in the oven (without thawing) - they become tender and taste great!:) they cannot be medium or medium-rare - it's not meat!:))
    chicken veggie burgers should be baked even longer.

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  6. My understanding of pretty much all fake meat is that it just needs to be hot. It's already pretty much cooked by the time it gets to the grocery store. It's not like meat in that way. There are lots of warnings about how they should not be overcooked. Usually in all caps, so you know it's important. :)

    I'll try the oven idea, next time I eat a veggie burger.

    And what the heck is a chicken veggie burger, aside from a huge oxymoron?

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  7. chicken veggie patties are AWESOME morningstar makes them, i usually have mine as a chicken parmigiana type thing with tomato sauce and parm cheese. =D usually i just cook them in the oven like that until they're hot which is about 15 mins.

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  8. I adore these black bean burgers. If you place them in the frying pan while still frozen, and then sear them on both sides so that they get crispy and slightly burned at the edges, then they taste fantastic. I usually do it in an older, slightly warped, non-stick pan so that I can turn up the heat very high without having to worry about ruining my cookware. The high heat seems to really make a difference. I usually pair them with baby spinich, tomatoes, and sharp cheddar cheese and then lightly toast the whole sandwich in the frying pan (with any remaining oil) on low. This melts the cheese and blends the flavors together a bit. As a non-vegetarian myself I've found the experience overall very enjoyable taste wise and on par with, if not better than, similar sandwiches from trendy, hippie restaurants around here.

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  9. The spicy black bean burgers are great! I thaw it in the microwave and then cook it in a skillet over medium heat for 3-4 minutes on each side. It does get darker, but not burnt. I melt a piece of reduced fat pepper-jack cheese on it and eat it on a whole wheat sandwich thin with a little lettuce and avocado. Delicious!

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  10. BEST VEGGIE PATTY I EVER ATE, PUT IT ON THE GEORGE FOREMAN TOOK ALL OF THREE MINUTES. GREAT!!!!

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  11. Our trick is in the oven at 425 like it suggests on the packaging. However, if you cook them about 35 minutes total, they're crispy on the outside, and not "mushy" on the inside. Great with jalapeno mustard,a little mayo, and slices of avocado...all on an onion bun w/baked sweet potato fries on the side! It's our Sunday dinner.

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