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Beyond Burger with Homestyle Fries

This blog is for all of the burger lovers out there! I wanted to share how I prepare and cook my Beyond Burger, which are plant based patties. Within the past year, I have decided to shift my diet towards being plant based. I will admit that I was reluctant to change because I grew up eating meat and more importantly, I love burgers and was worried that I would have to give them up. I tried Boca burgers in the past but they were not for me. After trying a Beyond Burger, I am convinced that I can easily replace my cravings for meat based burgers for healthier vegan/vegetarian options. That being said, I decided to share this video and blog showing one of the many ways that I like to prepare my Beyond Burger. Enjoy!

Ingredients That I Used:

Base/Protein:
– Beyond Burger Plant Based Patties
– Brioche buns

Toppings:
– Baby Kale/Spring mix lettuce
– Sautéed vegetables including:

  • Red Onion
  • Green Bell Pepper
  • Portobello Mushrooms
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Chopped Garlic
  • Ghost Pepper Salt

Condiments:
– Spicy Brown Mustard
– Ketchup

Homestyle Fries:
– Red Potatoes
– Onion Powder
– Ghost Pepper Salt

Prep:

  • If burgers are frozen, unthaw before cooking
  • Dice red potatoes and soak them in warm water for 30 minutes.
  • Chop 1-2 cloves of fresh garlic
  • Dice all vegetables to be sautéed

Cooking (Homestyle Fries):

  • Heat skillet or cast iron pan on medium heat
  • Add coconut oil (or your preferred oil)
  • Add chopped garlic
  • Add red potatoes and cook for about 20-25 minutes; stir occasionally
  • Once the outside of the potatoes become crisp and golden brown and soft on the inside (use a fork to test), remove them from the heat and place on a plate/bowl with a few paper towels to soak up the excess oil

Burgers:

  • Add chopped veggies to hot skillet on medium-high heat with coconut oil
  • Cook for about 10-15 minutes or until desired texture
  • Add any desired spices such as salt, pepper, crushed red pepper, etc
  • Remove veggies from heat and place in a container with paper towels to soak up excess oil
  • Add burger patties to skillet on medium-high heat
  • Cook each side about 5-7 minutes; depending on how crisp you prefer the outside to be
  • Remove from heat and let sit for a couple minutes
  • Toast brioche buns
  • Add condiments and toppings to burger
  • Enjoy!

My First Impression Trying a Beyond Burger

The first time that I heard about the Beyond Burger, I was skeptical and a little grossed out because the ingredient list included something called “Pea Protein isolate”, which did not sound appetizing to me. So, I didn’t try it until about year later when I started to research plant based diets.

Over the past year not only have I shifted my diet, I’ve also shifted the way I think about food and what my body is needs and is designed for. That being said, I still love burgers. Like a lot. That was the one thing that I felt would stop me from truly shifting to a plant-based diet because the temptation is everywhere and I hadn’t tried any plant-based burger that was as satisfying as a meat based burger. That is until I picked up a pack of Beyond Burgers at Publix and decided to give them a try. I remember looking at them and thinking “hmm they look like legit burgers but what is it?” It clearly states what the patties are made of “pea protein” but at that time, I had no idea what that was and it didn’t sound appetizing.

Fast forward to the present day and I have tried several types of Beyond Burgers, both homemade and at restaurants. If you haven’t tried one yet, I will say that it does not “taste” like beef…because it’s not beef. But it does have a great flavor. However, the texture and look of the patties are very similar to a meat based burger. In my opinion, it is worth giving a try at least once but I would say twice is better. I think that I enjoyed my second Beyond Burger way more than the first. I don’t know why. 🤷‍♂️

This is a short blog but keep an eye out because I plan to make a lot more content about plant based diets, recipes and my journey! Thanks for reading!