I’m the kind of guy that likes a meaty sort of veggie burger. In fact, hands down, my favorite that I’ve found so far is Gardein’s Ultimate Beefless Burger. (Really? Ultimate and beefless?!? You have that? Make it a double.)
But I can’t forget what a veggie burger is supposed to be all about. Vegetables and grains.
Before now, I just wasn’t all that sold on those old school “hippie” burgers. I mean, they were alright with their brown rice and ground lentils and whatnot. But ultimate? Hardly.
And then I found myself dabbling in the world of gluten free vegans.
What a curious planet my spaceship landed on this time around.
That search led me to Amy’s Sonoma Veggie Burger. Gluten free, dairy free, and soy free.
Well, what really does that leave?
Amy’s Kitchen says lots of things. Quinoa, mushrooms, oats, walnuts, carrots, celery, potatoes…
Who said anything about hippie burgers?
To say the least, I was a bit skeptical when I brought these home to try.
The first time I cooked one of these I followed the package directions as written. It said to be especially careful not to overcook because that would make the burger dry. But when I sat down to eat I was not happy—the burger was still cold in the center!
I microwaved it for 60 seconds and that pretty much fixed the problem. But next time I switched to a small cast iron skillet instead of a larger non-stick and added a couple of minutes cooking time. That seemed to do it. I think the cast iron conducts heat better and that might have been the reason.
It also gave them a bit of a crispy outside, which I enjoy. You can get this when you grill veggie burgers, but it’s just too cold and gross outside for that right now!
I did not find that the burger dried out actually. But it wasn’t overly moist and certainly could not be called juicy like the ones made by Gardein.
I tried a bite of the burger with nothing else. Of course, that’s not typically the way that you eat these, but I did want to see how it tasted naked, so to speak. And it wasn’t bad.
I found it a little salty, but almost as if the salt was closer to the surface. I hadn’t actually sprinkled it with any and I normally don’t.
I tried a bite with salsa and it just wasn’t doing it for me. So the next thing was my favorite, ketchup. Much better!
A splash of hot sauce (because I am such a chile head)? Oh, yeah! Now we’re talking!
No cheese or bun necessary! I really liked these!
You know what these just scream out to me? California burger! And to me that means Vegenaise, avocado, and sprouts!
I think you could take these to a barbecue and be proud to set them by the grill. You might want to bring 2 or 3 packages, though. I have a feeling even meat-eaters might be tempted to snatch one up!
Yes, gluten free, soy free, dairy free vegans rejoice! You have found your new princess and she is called Sonoma Burger!