Earlier last month, news hit about Quorn releasing their first vegan burger product. A vegetarian favorite of many with their chick’n and other vegetarian burgers, Quorn has long been off of the vegan radar, as most products contain eggs and/or dairy. So when I saw the new product at Central Market, it was something I had to check out!
Problem was, being the middle of December, it never really felt like burger weather – until this past week when highs got near 70. I figured it was a sign to break out the grill and test them out!
First impressions – the Quorn products are rather odd in that they come loose in the box without any additional plastic packaging – which for environmental waste could be considered a good thing, but doesn’t seem like it would help with freshness. In any event, the burgers didn’t seem to suffer from any freezer-burn issues, so no harm done.
The burger itself is pretty tiny – the thin patty didn’t quite cover my medium-sized Whole Foods bun. Of course once you add the fixins, it’s still a filling burger – just be prepared to have a few burgerless bites of bun before you’re finished. It did hold up well to the grill, which is how I prepared it – though pan frying may be a better option to help retain some moisture.
Quorn products are typically known for their extreme similarity to the product it’s trying to imitate – these burgers are no exception. No pretense of “veggie” in this burger – it’s possibly the closest thing you’ll get to a “burger” without the cruelty. The texture is very meaty, and its smoky flavor is complimented well with an appropriately provisioned sandwich (here with tomato, avocado, spinach, Vegenaise, and ketchup).
Overall, I’d certainly say Quorn is worth the purchase if you’re looking for a truer “burger” experience – though some would probably prefer the “veggie burgers” offered by Amy’s brands. These will definitely make it into my burger rotation once summer comes back around.
Side note: There’s apparently some controversy surrounding one of the main ingredients in Quorn products – “mycoprotein.” I won’t get into the pros and cons, but feel free to read up on it here.