What to Expect
The Beyond Meat Burger was designed to "look, cook and satisfy like beef". And it does. Once cooked, these patties look exactly like a perfect medium rare beef burger. Not only does it look the same, but it also tastes the same. This might not be preference to all vegans and vegetarians. But for those starting out or who really miss that meaty taste, this is the ultimate vegan burger. The only difference between the Beyond Burger and the real thing, is that the Beyond is ever so slightly softer and more tender - the way a meat burger should be, but rarely is. For those keen to try out this burger for themselves, here are a few places now offering it.
Hudsons The Burger Joint
This burger joint has become a fast favourite among vegans for the fantastic burger choices. Their Beyond Meat offering, The Houdini, comes with mounds of vegan mozzarella, vegan bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and mustard. You can also substitute any of the other patties with a Beyond Meat Burger for just R35.
This grocery store cafe have also started crafting their own Beyond Meat creations. Served on a brioche bun with cheese and mayo, this burger is definitely not vegan. However, it is still a good choice for vegetarians and meat eaters wanting to try out the Beyond Burger.
Kaylee's Eatery offers two Beyond Meat options. The regular burger comes with fresh lettuce, crisp red onion slices and juicy tomatoes loaded onto a soft bun. The Beyond Cheese Burger features those same ingredients finished off with velvety vegan cheese.
The Fussy Vegan
The Fussy Vegan is well known for having what is possibly the best Rib Burger in Joburg. But they also have a pretty good Beyond Meat Burger. Available in both gluten and gluten-free options, these burgers come with a perfectly cooked patty, melted cheese, fresh tomato and a crown of lettuce.
Food Lover's Market Café
Food Lover's Market Café serves up the Beyond Meat Burger at two of their branches, Stoneridge Shopping Centre in Edenvale and Sunward Park Lifestyle Centre in Boksburg. The burger patty comes on a fresh white bun with a crunch of lettuce, finely sliced tomato, vinegar-infused pickles, a bite of onion and creamy mayonnaise, served with a side salad or spiced golden chips.
Asher's Farm Sanctuary
The onsite eatery at this sanctuary offers a great burger. Served on a crusty bun, piled with lettuce, tomato, onion, optional vegan cheese, tangy sauce and the infamous patty. What makes this burger worth the drive to Pretoria is the grilled pickles. These add a deliciously acidic note to the rest of the rich burger.
Jackson's Real Food Market
Jackson's serves up their take of the ultimate vegan burger on a vegan bun with cheese, gherkins, red onion, lettuce, rocket, tomato and mayo, with a side of chips fried in olive oil. We recommend finishing this off with a dirty vegan chai latte made with your choice of soya, almond, coconut or macadamia milk.
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*Images sourced from Beyond Meat's Facebook page.