Saturday, January 9, 2016

Season's Choice Veggie Burgers (Aldi)

Not quite as good out of the box as other varieties, but has potential.
Well we’ve already heard my story about how I’m a part-time vegetarian by extension of my wife’s full-time vegetarianism in other posts, so let’s just get right down into the thick of things, shall we?

The texture of these patties are very similar to the Chipotle Black Bean Burgers, which is to say that they are held together well, and hold a similar texture to a meat patty.  The outside of the package declares that these patties are made with 10 vegetables, and it’s pretty evident just from looking at the cooked patty (which I tossed in the microwave for 90 seconds) that they are probably not lying--you can clearly see the carrots, peas, and corn, while many of the others are used to hold it all together.

One thing I will say, is that, unlike the Chipotle Black Bean Burgers we just took a look at, the plain Veggie Burgers are not very good right out of the microwave.  The texture is fine, as I alluded to earlier, but the taste is rather bland; these pretty much require some kind of additional accoutrements, whether it be a bun, ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, or any combination of thee above.  I chose to simply dip them in ketchup, and it improved the taste for me tenfold, while adding the benefit of another vegetable: tomato.

While the Chipotle Black Bean version blow these away in terms of straight-up taste, if you are planning on treating these like a typical burger--that is to say, planning on adding a bun and maybe some lettuce or tomato and condiments--then these would definitely get the job done.  All I added was ketchup, and it made them infinitely better; with a whole set of condiments and additions, they would be fantastic.  And they’re at a great price point in the often overwhelmingly expensive world of veggie burgers ($2.49 for a four-pack, or 62 cents per patty).  Worth a look.

Overall: 6.5/10. These are pretty bland right out of the microwave, but they have great texture, and a potential to be excellent with added condiments.  After dipping them in ketchup, the flavor improved immensely.  They are also really affordable on just about any budget, with a four-pack available all the time at Aldi for just $2.49 ($.62 per patty).  I would much prefer Season’s Choice Chipotle Black Bean Burgers (see above), which are amazing without anything added whatsoever, but these are definitely edible, especially for the price.



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