January 6, 2012

Trader Joe's Veggie Burger

Another year, another veggie burger. This time, Trader Joe's Veggie Burger. Man, I kind of can't wait until I finish testing all existing veggie burgers. Okay, enough whining, let's get to the reviewing.

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.

The experience:
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)

1 comment:

  1. Perhaps it would be good in pita bread like falafel?