Hello fellow plant-based burger lovers! It’s been ages since I’ve written on the blog here but I’m back in full force and ready to explore the wonders of the plant-based world again. What better way to get back in the saddle than with the Impossible Burger?!
First off, let’s dive into exactly what the Impossible Burger is. Made 100% from plant-based materials, the Impossible Burger is an innovative product that brings the flavors of real meat to the veggie burger arena. But how do they do that, and what is this thing actually made of? The ingredients of the Impossible Burger include items such as wheat, coconut oil, and potatoes, but most interestingly, this thing they call “heme,” an iron-containing molecule that occurs naturally in every single plant and animal, which is what gives the patty it’s meaty flavor. How they went from discovery of heme to putting that in a burger ingredient list, I will never know. Science, bitches! They actually state on their website that it was a 5-year process for which I am sure they invested a lot of time, money, and resources to develop a new product that can hopefully have a positive impact on the environment and the animal agriculture industry.
If you’d like a more in-depth scientific explanation on what Impossible Foods process is, as well as what heme is, please visit the Impossible Foods website here. No one can explain it better than they can!
The Impossible Burger is making it’s way into eateries across the U.S., so I’m sure if you can’t find a place that serves this near you, it will shortly be on its way to your neighborhood.
So where did I find it? Enter this awesome little tap room in the East Bay Area town of Livermore, California. Founded by a guy who used to serve us beers at Altamont Brewing, this cool stop has gotten with the times and put this new product on their menu. My husband, bless his heart, told me he saw it on the menu here, so of course I had to make a plan to visit to give this thing a go.
First Impression: MEAT! Meat taste, meat taste, meat taste. Yes, it actually tastes like meat. Having not had a real hamburger for probably over 6 years, it was a very foreign taste. I handed it off to my carnivore companion (husband) for his opinion and approval and he concurred. It’s meaty.
I devoured the whole thing, with each bite sending me into deep thought about enjoying the meaty taste of this veggie burger without the cost of directly harming animals. It was kind of surreal to be honest!
What I Would Do Differently: Ask for it to be cooked at least medium. Mine was very well done so it was a little dry but that didn’t compromise the meaty flavor of it. It would just probably be a little better if it retained some juiciness.
Second, I’d definitely want to add some avocado/guacamole, or perhaps some grilled onions or jalapenos. I really like to dress my burgers up. At Hop DeVine, it’s served up pretty simply – lettuce, tomato, pickles, and red onion. I had mine sans mayo and added mustard instead. The only reason why I didn’t add any extras to it was because it was already a little pricey at $16.00. Eeeks. If you’ve had the Impossible Burger elsewhere, I’d definitely be curious to know the price point for these babies.
If you’re in the East San Francisco Bay Area and happen to find yourself in Livermore, check out Hop DeVine. The Impossible Burger goes great with a nice cold glass of beer!
708 N Vasco Rd, Livermore, CA 94551
The simple answer is: YES. I would definitely eat this again. Although I’ve definitely had a few better veggie burgers than the Impossible Burger, this thing is just too unique to pass up when seen on a menu. I’d also really like to try it with different toppings and with a different cook on the “meat.”
If you really love the taste of meat but want to go cruelty-free, this burger was made for you. For me personally, I don’t really crave meat too often, but it’s definitely one of those things that I recommend everyone give a shot. I’m ready for round two!