The Plant-Based Burger Experience: Beyond Meat

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I feel like I need to have a neon flashing disclaimer that reads THIS IS NOT REAL MEAT! As a plant-based blogger, this burger looks like I've gone rogue, but I haven't. Welcome to the Beyond Meat burger made with pea protein, and packed with so much flavor and balanced texture that you'll be adding it to your dinner rotation stat.  

After wading through the sea of plant-based patties–soy, black bean, "vegetable," lentil and so many others–the Beyond Burger represents a true breakthrough.  Packed with 20 grams of protein compliments of peas, the patties are GMO, gluten and soy free.  

At the end of the day, however, it all comes down to the taste test, and this is where the Beyond Burger surpasses all other plant-based burgers.  It's flavorful and filling and has the perfect juicy texture. I topped my burger with a few of my go-to ingredients which compliment the patty perfectly. 

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serves 4

1/2 white onion, sliced
1 avocado, sliced
4 leaves romaine lettuce
4 slices tomato
2 cups button mushrooms, sliced
4 Daiya cheddar slices
4 beyond burger patties
4  brioche buns, toasted (gluten free or lettuce wrap alternatives)
salt & pepper to taste
2 tablespoons oil

In a small sauté pan, heat one tablespoon of oil over low-medium heat.  Add the onions and mushrooms with a pinch of salt and pepper and sauté until onions are translucent and slightly brown, approximately 8 minutes.x

In a large pan, heat one tablespoon of oil over medium-high heat.  Add the patties to the pan, and cook for 3 minutes on each side.  Remove from pan and set aside. Remove from heat and set side and top with cheese to melt. 

Place toasted buns on a plate and assemble burger with lettuce, tomato, burger, onions, mushrooms, avocado and top with the bun. Feel free to add your favorite condiments like organic ketchup and mustard and of our course oven-baked French fries!

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