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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Battle of the Veggie Burgers

Hello my friend,

Last night Tiffany and I decided to try two new veggie burgers which neither of us had previous tried.  There was the Jason's Quinoa Chili Burger and the Worthington FriPat burger.  The first being of local (Melbourne, FL) source and of grain origin.  The latter being a Kellogg's product of vegetable and grain origin.

Jasper's Quinoa Chili Burger & Worthington's FriPat

It really wasn't a fair competition as the two are obviously quite different.  Nonetheless, Tiffany and I grilled one of each patty and placed it onto identical sandwich construction:  fresh Publix bakery onion roll, clover sprouts, avocado, pickle, tzatziki sauce, tomato, and bleu cheese crumbles. 

The test?  Place each on the grill, add it onto the sandwich, slice them in half, and we taste them both.

From freezer removal, there is absolutely no doubt which is which.  One appears red (chili) grain based and the other appears to be more vegetable based.  From the onset, our experiment won't hold any merit. 

Jasper's Patty and Worthington's FriPat (L to R)

But ~ Are they any good?  Are both of them tasty?  Were they a smart purchase?  There were some things that might be learned.

Jasper's Patty and Worthington's FriPat (F to B)

Let's begin with the ingredients.  I cannot compare the nutrition as Jasper's does not provide the information.  From the ingredients, one can gather the relative knowledge that calories would be under control.

Jasper's Quinoa Chili Burger (12 oz):  pinto beans, organic quinoa, organic sweet brown rice,  chili powder, tomato paste, garlic, organic sweet onions, and molasses.

Worthington's FriPat Burger (9 oz):  TVP (textured vegetable protein), corn oil, water, egg whites, calcium caseinate, dextrose, modified tapioca starch, natural and artificial flavors from non-meat (mystery) sources, hydrolyzed corn gluten, soy protein, wheat gluten, autolyzed yeast extract, soy protein isolate, maltodextrin, dried onion, caramel color, garlic powder, cellulose gum, spices (again, mystery), celery, corn starch, onion powder, vitamins and minerals (niacinamide, iron [ferrous sulfate], B1 [thiamin mononitrate], B6 [pyridoxine hydrochloride], B2 [riboflavin], B12 [cyanocobalamin]), paprika, soy lechithin.

Hmm... I see a near-future blog here.  Exactly what are these things that I eat???

In the honest opinions of Tiffany and Chucky?  How did these to vegetarian burgers fare?  To be honest, both were delicious, tasty and held their own.  Neither crumbled and fell apart and the FriPat making the more convincing mock-hamburger.  

Worthington's FriPat and Jasper's Patty (L to R)

I truly liked both.  The FriPat is much cheaper than the Jasper's but the ingredients clearly spell out the reason.  Jasper's is a locally produced natural product.  Made of good product and therefore, good for you.  The FriPat?  This is TBD (to be determined).  I will investigate these mysterious ingredients and report back to you in a near-future blog.

Until then, I cannot see reason I should not enjoy both.  Truth be told, I shouldn't be buying these products and should be making my own.  This too will be a blog upon success in my quest to find the perfect vegetarian patty.

Hi-dee hi-dee what-the-heck-are-Chucky-and-Tiffany-actually-eating-ho my friends!

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