Well, I’ve (mostly) caught up on all the sleep I lost during the film shoot I spent the last few weeks working on. I finally have a little free time now to post a burger review again, so here’s one that I cooked on the barbecue grill (first grilling of the year!) one afternoon while doing prep work for the shoot.
I had these in my freezer, I think I bought them awhile back to do a review of and then forgot about them. Gardenburger is not a brand I’ve bought before, but I figured you can’t go wrong with black bean burgers most of the time... and these ones are vegan, for all of my vegan readers out there!
frozen, just out of the box
They dried up a little bit on the grill, but that’s unfortunately a common problem for most veggie burgers. I compensate for this by putting lots of juicy toppings on top – like fresh spinach, tomatoes, and grilled onions in this case. As well as a generous spread of chipotle mayo. And you might recognize the bun – these are my favorite, which I pick up at a local market whenever they have them. They’re sometimes a bit small for burgers, but they taste so good.
Yum! Definitely a satisfying break in a long afternoon of work. I cooked one for Kelley, the art director on the shoot who was working with me that afternoon, and she enjoyed it too.
The patties are spicy, with a hearty texture of beans and corn mixed in with peppers and a few other veggies. Black bean burgers always have a richness to them that burgers which try too hard to imitate meat tend to lack. It was tasting a black bean burger for the first time that made me actually like veggie burgers in the first place (way back before I realized they could be even better – orgasmic, even – like some of the amazing ones I have since tasted!), so they are still one of my top choices for store-bought burgers. And Gardenburger’s version is worthy of that place too.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Gardenburger Black Bean Chipotle Veggie Burgers
purchased at Key Food in Astoria
price: $4.29 for a box of 4
YumVeggieBurger review #56