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IS THAT BURGER GREEN?

Friday, 27 May 2016

Huh?  How in the world can a burger be green?  Oh, come on, you get it.  When it's a veggie-burger, made with vegetables instead of beef, that's how.  Ever had one?  They're actually quite good and believe it or not, some of those you find in the supermarket's frozen foods aisle can actually be pretty tastey.  Some of the top ones you've probably seen or noticed in the market, but you passed on giving them a try.  Consumer Reports taste-tested and rated some of them very good.  Brands like MorningStar Farms, Boca All American and Gardein Beefless Burgers were all highly-rated and even had a meat-like flavor and texture.  By the way, some veggie-burgers are grain-based while others are more vegetable-based.

Veggie-burgers are more popular than ever.
 
Veggie-burgers are more popular than ever and have even reached gourmet status in some high-end restaurants.  You can buy them already made in the store or maybe you'll get really adventurous and make some of your own at home.  You can find lots of recipes online.  But oh, how to cook them?
 
Veggie-burgers tend to be cooked on the stovetop or in the microwave, but what if you're hosting a barbecue this summer?  Well, they cook up just fine on the grill, too.  Veggie-burger patties can be softer and more delicate than those burgers made the traditional way, with beef.  When cooking them on the grill, you just have to know how to do it.  Here are some veggie-burger grilling tips for you.
 
Veggie-burgers can go straight from the freezer to your grill.
 
 
Whether you made them ahead of time and froze or bought them frozen ready-made at the supermarket, before tossing your veggie-burgers onto the grill...don't thaw them.  They can go straight from the freezer to your grill.  Set your grill to medium heat and don't oil the grates.  Make sure your grill has been preheated for about 10 minutes.  If using store-bought and the veggie-burger has grilling instructions, go ahead and follow them.  If not, cook your burgers for about five minutes on each side.  Flip them carefully but only once, halfway through the cooking time to keep your burgers from falling apart.
 
If you decide to try a veggie-burger from the market, do read the nutrition label to make sure they're made with the healthiest ingredients possible.  And do keep in mind, just because they're vegetable-based, you still shouldn't ignore their calorie counts.  So read that label carefully, like you should be doing with all of the foods you buy.
 
Say good-bye to the meat for a change and hello to a hot-off the grill veggie-burger.
 
 
The final word is that grilling can actually improve your veggie-burger's texture, giving them a crispier exterior, adding deeper, browned flavor notes.  Sounding pretty tastey, huh?  Well, this summer or maybe even this Memorial Day weekend, why not try something a little different?  Say good-bye to the beef for a change and hello to your hot-off the grill veggie-burger.  Hey, you may not even ask where's the beef, once the flavor of a delicious veggie-burger meets you teeth!  LOL.
 
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