Garden Gourmet burgers

I think I may have found the best burger…

I had not seen these on sale before, but had heard good things about the range as a whole. So I gave them a try, wanting something different to my usual Meatless Farm burger. Oh boy were these a treat and a half!

I found these to be the perfect medium between the Meatless Farm burger and the Beyond Meat burger. Personally, I found the Beyond Meat burger TOO meat-like. It was very juicy and the texture was almost too close to actual meat for my liking. So while I can attest that the Beyond Meat are indeed very good burgers, as someone who doesn’t like the texture or look of actual meat they were a bit too realistic for my liking. The Meatless Farm burgers are also very yummy, but do run the risk sometimes of being a little too dry – they definitely need cheese or a sauce in order to make them an elite burger.

But the Garden Gourmet were amazing! They were just the right amount of juicy, so you didn’t end up making a massive mess down yourself when taking a bite, but not so juicy that they almost ‘bled’ when they cooked the way the Beyond Meat burgers do. The texture was also perfect – slightly chewier than the Meatless Farm Burgers but not so chewy that you actually question if it is real meat you are eating. As I say, for my own personal preference, this is exactly what I want in a burger, so I would highly recommend you try these if you enjoy the Beyond Meat but don’t want to pay the Beyond Meat price tag for hem.

I bought this pack for £3 so it is on the slightly pricier side of meat-free burgers out there, but when compared to the £5 price tag of the Beyond Meat option this actually seems like a true bargain! You also get two burgers in a pack, so if it is just you you’re cooking for, that’s two very tasty meals sorted. I also feel that this would be the right type of protein that you could have just on it’s own – similar to how you may have eaten steak I guess? – with just some veg and chips or something like that. It really doesn’t need much added to it for it to be tasty so anything you do add just amplifies it up another level. I had it with some This Isn’t bacon strips and some Violife mozzarella squares and – OH MY – words cannot express how good these are.

Overall: 10/10 so far as I am concerned, but 9/10 for those who like their meat-alternatives to be as close as possible to the original meat version.

T xxx

This isn’t chicken lemon and herb skewers

I feel British Summertime has finally arrived, which means we potentially only have 5 random non-consecutive days left of it! Time to head to the stores and stock up on as many BBQ goods as you can carry and get to grilling.

The ‘This isn’t’ range is,m for the most part, pretty good. It seems to be consistently good, if not slightly overpriced for some things. I was therefore pretty safe with trying out these new skewers that appeared in my local supermarket. They had two flavours – smokey BBQ and Lemon and herb. I decided to try the lemon and herb, as I thought that would probably be the most complimentary if I was also have grilled veg and a burger or hot dog.

These were, as expected, really good. The chicken has that meaty texture, but is still not exactly the same as the meat version. I personally prefer that, as I like knowing for certain that my food is definitely not meat, but if you are looking for a perfect replacement these are about 80% perfect for that. I guess it also applies on the opposite side of the argument, where if you really dislike ‘meaty’ texture then these may not be for you.

I was a little disappointed at how much you actually got on a skewer, as they are actually quite small anyway. You also only get 4 in a pack it felt quite expensive to pay nearly £5 for it. If you were wanting to do these for a large group of people, I think you’d be better off making them yourself with the This Isn’t Chicken pieces and your own fruit and veg. They were very yummy but 2 skewers is definitely not enough to be a full meal. As a side, along with a burger or some extra grilled veg these would be brilliant, but on their own you’ll still be quite hungry afterwards.

The sauce was also very nice, but I tend to prefer quite a light and bland taste. I shall have to try the BBQ sauce version next and I shall let you know which is the better option!

Overall: 8/10. Needs more. Perfect for a lone meal but not really worth it for a large group.

T xxx

Subway Vegan Patty

Another treat for date night….Subway! Before going vegan I had tried the veggie patty and was somewhat underwhelmed. But thought I’d try the vegan patty as supposedly they have revamped the recipe slightly and made them a bit more…substantial.

This was good. It tasted kind of like a soya sausage but wasn’t as compact. It is almost flaky, like how I always think chicken is meant to be. Again, I haven’t eaten chicken in about 12 years so I have zero knowledge as to what chicken should look like. But this is how I imagine it to be. They do also appear to double stack the patties (or maybe the subway worker was just in a good mood?) which meant that I was very full once I’d finished my footlong.

Only downside is that they don’t taste of that much. They have a slight chilli flavour to them but nothing too much. I added lettuce, cucumber, tomato, olives and then sweet onion sauce to my sandwich, and I think without the added salad and sauce then the patties alone would have been a bit bland.

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Overall: 6/10. The salad added to the patty definitely makes it taste different. Given the choice I’d probably just stick with my meatless meatball.

T xxx