One inquisitive omnivore’s journey towards healthier and more compassionate eating…

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(MEATLESS/VEGETARIAN/VEGAN RECIPES) My hunt for the perfect vegetarian and/or vegan burger continues.

My excursion to Burger King was definitely a slam dunk, but I’d like to find a meat-less version I can grill-up at home. Since Burger King uses Morning Star, I thought I’d try something different. Quorn’s Vegan Burger had been recommended to me a while back, so I decided to finally give it a try.

Quorn Vegan Burgers are a meat-less and soy-free hamburger alternative perfect for both vegetarians and vegans alike./Photo credit: Lisa Singer
Quorn Vegan Burgers are a meat-less and soy-free hamburger alternative, perfect for both vegetarians and vegans looking for a healthy, high protein meal. Photo credit: Lisa Singer

At first glance, I wasn’t very impressed. It looked a little too flat and frozen for my taste.

Quorn Vegan Burger frozen out of the box./Photo credit: Lisa Singer
Quorn Vegan Burger frozen just out of the box./Photo credit: Lisa Singer

According to the package I could either grill, bake, pan fry or microwave the meat-free burger. Since my grill isn’t set-up I opted for the stove top version, and I have to say, what the Quorn lacked in appearance it sure made up for in aroma. It had a delicious, bacon-y smell.

I put one teaspoon of olive oil in a pan and cooked for eight minutes, flipping continually. I removed from the pan, topped with Go Veggie Mozzarella Flavor Shreds and microwaved for about 30-seconds (until melted).

I then served the Vegan Burger on an Oroweat Whole Wheat Sandwich Thins roll with the usual burger trimmings—tomato, mayonnaise, ketchup, and instead of lettuce, I went a little healthier with spinach.

A Quorn Vegan Burger topped with dairy-free cheese, spinach, tomato, mayonnaise and ketchup. A delicious, high protein, low fat meat-free alternative to the burger./Photo credit: Lisa Singer
A Quorn Vegan Burger topped with dairy-free cheese, spinach, tomato, mayonnaise and ketchup. A delicious, high protein, low fat meat-free alternative to the burger. Photo credit: Lisa Singer

The verdict? Quorn’s Vegan Burgers are very tasty!

They have sort of a smokey, bacon-like flavor. The texture is a little chewy, but not like some of the other faux-meats I’ve tried and been unhappy with. I even sampled a small bite without all of the extras and still thought it was pretty good.

So if you’re looking for a simple, high protein, low-cal, healthy, meat-free meal, I recommend it. That said, even though it’s the closest I’ve tasted, it’s still no match for my cookout burger.

I’ve actually come to realize, that limiting or giving up my meat intake isn’t necessarily about finding a replacement-clone (because I probably won’t—or at least I’ve yet to). Instead, it’s about discovering lots of new vegetarian and vegan-friendly foods and recipes that I probably would have never even tried before, AND enjoying them—most of the time. I still get the protein and nutrients, but now it’s in a more compassionate and (usually) healthier way.

— Lisa Singer, exclusive to Global Animal

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