July 8, 2011
Trader Joe's Vegetable Masala Burger
I was pretty skeptical that these would be any good. I went ahead and cooked one up anyway, because, well, that's what I do. Little oil in a skillet, few minutes on each side, and away we go! First of all, these are not intended to replicate a real-meat burger. I knew this going in, so I was prepared. Looking at it, I could tell that it was basically a bunch of vegetables mushed together with spices. I was not wrong.
The basic binder of this burger is potatoes, which made the whole thing sort of taste just like a fried potato pancake. Nothing wrong with that - fried potatoes rule! I could occasionally taste other veggies - there was corn, there were peas, there were peppers. Most surprisingly, there were Indian spices! Pretty strong flavors, which I was not expecting. And delicious ones, no less! After a couple bites, I started to notice some heat as well. Not temperature-heat, spiciness-heat. It was right at my upper limit - most people would have no problem, and people like my wife probably wouldn't even notice.
I'll bet this would be crazy-tasty with some chutney. When I eat the rest of these burgers, I'll be sure to try that out.
Texture - crispy exterior, soft-potato interior - like a fried potato pancake.
Flavor - nicely spiced, very vegetable-y
Final grade for this attempt: A