January 6, 2012
Trader Joe's Veggie Burger
The first problem I ran into was that, while cooking this, it totally started falling apart. This did not bode well for a patty. Once I got it onto a bun, things did not improve. It was really mushy, which is not a texture I strive for in my burgers. The catch was that the flavor was actually pretty decent. I didn't mind scooping it up and eating it.
So I started wondering: what could this be marketed as, if not a burger? When I removed the patty-expectations from my mind, this wasn't too bad to eat - maybe served crumbled on a salad? Or in a casserole? I don't know, but I'll do some experimenting with my extra patties to see if I can render them more palatable, and get back to you.
Texture - very mushy - bad as a patty, potentially good as… something else
Flavor - kind of a stuffing-y flavor - sort of generically veggie-ish, but pleasant
Final grade for this attempt: B- (for now)