July 23, 2010

Dominex Eggplant Burgers

Things are starting to get weird now. Brace yourselves. This week, I'm reviewing a new veggie burger: Dominex Eggplant Burger. They claim to be "a healthy alternative to both conventional and meatless burgers". I'm not a big eggplant eater, but hey - antioxidants and low-fat/high-fiber things are good, right?

First thing I noticed were the painted-on grill marks. Man - these crack me up. I'm not sure why, but they do. The stove-top directions said to cook the burgers in a skillet with a little oil for 8-10 minutes, flipping occasionally. No way would these have been edible if I'd cooked them that long. I actually timed it, this time, and I cooked it for precisely four minutes, at which point it was definitely hot. If I'd continued cooking it for another four to six minutes, it would have been totally charred. So be aware - these will not take as long as the box says.

I still had some onion buns left over from the Sunshine Burgers experiment, so I toasted one up. Sooner than expected, the burger was done, and I put it all together. Like before, I tasted a bit of the burger alone before eating it with my awesome onion bun, just to get an idea. It actually tasted pretty good. One of the ingredients (which cracks me up about as much as the painted-on grill marks) is "natural grill flavor". If you're curious, this consists of maltodextrin and flavor from vegetable oil, whatever that means. I think this flavor contributed to the initial deliciousness. It had kind of a smokiness that I liked. So I sat down to devour the rest of the burger.

As I got further in, each bite had more and more of a strange off-flavor. I don't know how to describe it other than by saying it had a sort of sharpness to it. Mildly unpleasant, but not overwhelmingly so. Maybe that flavor came from the seeds and skins they brag so much about having in their burgers.

In any case, the odd flavor didn't stop me from eating the rest of my burger, but once they're gone, I probably won't pick these up again. There are other veggie burgers that I liked a lot more, and that I don't have to make a special trip to a co-op to find. If you really like eggplant, though, you might want to give these a try.

The experience:
Texture - nothing special - not much else to say about it
Flavor - nicely smoky at first, but turns sharper with each subsequent bite

Final grade for this attempt: B-


  1. I'm willing to bet the strange sharp flavor you experienced was eggplant-y. Eggplant can be kinda bitter when prepared certain ways.

  2. Ah, ok - thanks for the confirmation. So my assessment was probably correct - people who really dig eggplant (and its inherent sometimes-bitterness) will probably like these more than I did.

  3. Delicious! The only non-meat burgers I buy. The kids love them too. Great meaty texture, nice flavor.