Move over, beef burgers. Plant-based burgers are taking the scene by storm with their delicious flavor and nutritious ingredients! Forget hamburger comparisons – these vegan alternatives have something special to offer everyone’s taste buds (not to mention their health!). So if you’re curious about trying burgers with patties beyond beef for your next meal, read on for a comprehensive guide to everything you need to know about these indulgent treats.
Plant-based burgers are made from a variety of plant proteins and ingredients. Commonly used ingredients include pea, rice, soy, and wheat proteins; vegetable oils and fats; starches; binders such as guar gum and xanthan gum; preservatives like sodium benzoate or potassium sorbate; natural colors and flavors; vitamins B12 and D3, which are often derived from plants but can be artificial too; broth or stock for flavor enhancement; herbs, spices, onion powder, garlic powder, or other seasonings for taste. The exact recipe varies by brand but always has a focus on creating a ‘meaty’ texture and taste while still being vegan-friendly.
Additionally, some brands add extra ingredients for added nutrition or texture, such as mushrooms, coconut oil, chia seeds, and flax seeds. Mushrooms are a great source of B vitamins which can help to boost energy levels and regulate metabolism. Coconut oil is a heart-healthy fat that helps reduce inflammation and improves cholesterol levels. Chia seeds are a good source of fiber as well as omega-3 fatty acids which are beneficial for brain health. Flax seed is another good source of fiber and contains lignans which have antioxidant properties that may help protect against certain cancers.
When it comes to nutrition, many plant-based burgers are lower in saturated fat than traditional beef burgers while providing similar amounts of protein per serving. Additionally, they can often be higher in fiber due to their inclusion of whole grains and vegetables. When comparing specific brands and recipes it’s important to take into account differences in sodium content too. Plant-based burgers also have an environmental advantage over beef products since they require less water and land resources to produce which helps reduce the impact on our planet.
From pre-made patties to frozen, ready-to-eat meals, you can get your hands on virtually any kind of plant-based burger imaginable. When it comes to cooking your plant-based burger, no special instructions are necessary. In fact, preparing vegan burgers is usually much easier than making regular hamburgers! All you have to do is heat up a skillet or grill pan, and then add the patty of your choice. Depending on the type of burger you choose and how well done you want it, cooking time will normally range from two to four minutes per side – easy peasy!
With its incredible taste and health benefits, it’s no wonder why plant-based burgers are gaining in popularity. Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, or just interested in trying something new, these tasty treats will make for a scrumptious meal that everyone can enjoy! So what are you waiting for? Try our premium plant-based burgers at The Burger Shack – we have a variety of options waiting for you. Visit us at our locations today!