Vegetarian burgers come in all shapes and sizes. They appeared as the first meat substitute product on the market, when people still believed that non-meat must have the same name as meat: hamburger. Avid lovers of meat still find it a hobby to express their “indignation” over the designation of meat substitutes. Anyway, that’s for another blog. The fact is that the vegetarian burger now simply is called ‘burger’ and the vegetarian meatball now simply is called ‘ball’.
Recently, after a long time I tried the Spicy Bean Burger of Vivera, the oldest vega brand in The Netherlands. It is a breaded burger and to be honest, they are not my favorite, because usually a crispy – almost hard – crust does not absorb the baking product very well, which causes the content to stay dry.
According to the package the Spicy Bean Burger contains 40% vegetables: red kidney beans, onion, pepper, corn, carrot, leek, beans and peas. If I read the package correctly, the burger even seems vegan. But that’s something only Vivera knows exactly; it is not mentioned as such on the package. Prepared in liquid (vegetable!) butter it is easy to get the burger crispy. As expected the inside looks dry, but also richly filled: roughly chopped vegetables into a puree of, I think, beans.
Yes, the burger is indeed dry. The burger’s name promises spicyness and that can be felt in the back of your throat. But not too intense, which makes the burger perfect for people who do not like spicy food. The real lover of spicy food though, probably doesn’t taste much of it. By that light spicy flavor, the burger has a pleasant, distinctive taste. For me, the burger is not really suitable for a sandwich and not for every week, but good enough to occasionally serve as part of a vegetarian meal.