I like meat, delicious animal protein. I’m immediately skeptical when someone tries to sell me on a substitute with “you can’t even tell the difference”. I’m not a big fan of veggie burgers at all. I greeted the Beyond Meat Beast Burger with the same healthy does of “whatever” that I have given all of these meat substitutes. I’m willing to try anything though, so I fired up the grill, opened my mind and followed the directions. How did it turn out? In short, I was impressed, it was delicious and very animal-protein-like. Will it replace hamburgers for me? Probably not, but I’ll willingly recommend and serve it to any friend that wants a plant-based burger.
About the Beyond Meat Beast Burger
The Beast Burger is made with pea protein, which after looking it up actually means exactly what it says. I guess they grind down peas, remove the fiber and starch leaving some pretty potent protein powder. Is it a healthier than hamburger? I was surprised to compare the nutrition value of the beast burger with 85/15 ground beef. They are actually pretty comparable and that is the main reason it won’t replace ground beef for me. The beast burger contains a few more grams of protein per serving, but the rest of the nutritional values are pretty close to 85/15 ground beef according to the sites I have been using for comparison. If I’m missing something, please leave a comment and school me on how this is a healthier option.
How to Grill the Beast Burger
I decided to follow the directions on the box for my first beast burger. I preheated the grill on high for about 15 minutes. I then brushed the frozen beyond meat burger with oil on both sides and put it over direct heat. I ended up grilling for about 5 minutes on each side, slightly more than what they say in the directions but it seemed to be cooked perfectly. I was pleasantly surprised with how meat-like it started to look once it started browning up on the grill. My son said “yuck” when he saw it frozen, but then willingly tried it once it started to look like a burger patty.
I then served it up on a toasted bun, with some mustard and a little lettuce just like I like my animal burgers.
On the grill and on the bun, the Beyond Meat beast burger really does a nice job of passing itself off as a legit meat replacement. I found the appearance and texture to be as close to beef as any plant-based product I have tried. My 9 year old son agreed, he devoured his burger. I’d venture to say that if someone gave me one these in a bar after a few IPAs, I might not be able to tell the difference.
Note: This product was not supplied to GrillingCompanion, I bought it with my own money to try.
Woah! This looks AMAZING!
Yeah, you’re missing something. Google environmental impacts of cows. Beef is tremendously resource intensive and they create huge amounts of GHG. If you feel you have to eat meat (you don’t, BTW), at least eat fish our poultry – even pork is a much better choice than beef.
Jim Sturgis says
If you’re only comparing protein and fat content, then you’re taking a pretty narrow view of the benefits of these products.
1) Environmental impact. Almost 15% of all greenhouse gas emissions are from the livestock industry. Anyone who is looking to dramatically lower their carbon footprint will have to cut back on meat intake at some point. (Note: a full vegan lifestyle can cut almost 90% of one’s carbon footprint.)
2) Heart disease. Cholesterol is only found in animal sources. These burgers have zero cholesterol and can help in lowering your risk of heart disease if you stick to a plant-based diet.
3) Cancer risk. Grilled, charred, burned and barbecued red meat has increasing amounts of evidence showing its links to cancer, especially colon and rectal cancer. Swapping out your red meat grilling fix with plant sources can prevent unwanted tumors in the old rear end.
4) Ethics. Have you visited a slaughterhouse or seen videos of what goes on there? Besides the gruesome treatment and torture of the animals, the humans who work in them end up with ptsd and other physical/mental symptoms as a result of what is arguably the worst job on planet earth.
If you’re thinking about these kinds of things, it sounds like you are close to becoming a flexatarian, which is a fantastic step towards preserving your own long term health and that of the planet, in addition to helping protect and respect our less-evolved mammalian friends.
Thanks for trying this burger and for your unbiased review! Cheers mate, -JIm