June 22, 2012

Morningstar Grillers Chik'n

This week, another veggie burger. Let's take a gander at Morningstar Grillers Chik'n.

The website brags that these are "grillable, tender, juicy and delicious no matter how you dress them up." Big promises and very optimistic - just how I like it. But will it measure up?

Once again, regular veggie burger protocol: oil, pan, flip until hot. And again, I observed the grill marks only painted on one side. Where's the commitment, people? I know you only need to show one side on the box, but really - your customers are going to see both sides. These things make a difference. To me, anyway.

So let's get to the eating. I'm sure they are grillable, even though I pan-fried it, but they were certainly not tender and juicy. The burger I ate was dry and of a texture somewhere between flaky and crumbly. It fell apart in an unpleasant way in my mouth - let's put it that way.

I can sometimes overlook a bad texture if the flavor is good, but in this case, the flavor was not good enough to overcome the texture problems. It's hard to explain - it wasn't an interesting flavor - it was boring and weird. I tried adding ketchup (to dress it up!) and it didn't help. I tried adding salsa, which covered the weird flavor but that's not necessarily an improvement. Overall, I would not recommend these burgers. I've had way better chicken patty-type things.

The experience:
Texture - dry and flaky
Flavor - blah and weird

Final grade for this attempt: D


  1. so disappointing! i have some of these in my freezer right now. i assumed that since i love their other veggie burgers that these would be okay!