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2020 10 30

Plant Based Burger Review Update: Fall 2020

This is not a food blog. My one indulgence into the culinary milieu however is my ongoing search for great burger replacements. I originally wrote up a blurb on plant-based burgers a couple of years back.

For context, you can roughly devide plant burgers into two styles: Meat Imitation/Replacement and Veggie Patties. Back during my original blurb, there were really two viable chices in the meat-replacement category, Impossible Burger and Beyond Burger. Furthermore, in the grocer, only Beyond burger was available for making at home. Today, there are a lot more. All options below are available at grocers (at least in California, your region may differ).

Plant based burgers are still more expensive than the meat based originals. For example, Burger King sells the Impossible Whopper for seven and change, but the you can get two regular Whoppers for five. Hopefully this changes over time. It probably will remain this way for a while, given how the industry has spent so much on R&D on these products.

Fall 2020 Update: Plant-based Burger Rankings

  1. Impossible burger:
  2. Open Nature Plant Based Patties
  3. Beyond Burger
  4. Sweet Earth Awesome Burger
  5. Lightlife
  6. Morning Star’s Incogmeato
  7. Laura’s Plant Based burgers
  8. Trader Joe’s Protein Patties

Most of the remaining alternatives I’ve tried since the original 2018 post were either veggie patties or more like veggie patties than meat replacement.

Summing it all up

Impossible still rules the roost. Open Nature and Beyond represent a great second tier of choices.

There’s a large middle class of decent, but not great brands, including Lightlife, Incogmeato, and Laura’s.

If possible, stick to the top 3 or 4 on the list. There’s a bit of a drop off after that.

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