Morningstar Farms makes a wide range of vegetarian "meatless meat" products, most of them soy based. I think of these products as a kind of vegetarian fast food. It's quick and easy, but also pretty processed. This burger was a new addition to their lineup, and I decided to give it a whirl.
Here's what I think their concept was: Some vegetarians don't actually want to eat a veggie burger that tastes like meat. Some of their meatless substitutes are eerily close in flavor to actual meat. Here, I think Morningstar wanted to create a burger that tasted more like grains and veggies. Which is a great idea.
There are also a number of vegetarians who, for a lot of reasons, are trying to avoid soy products. Some don't digest them well. Others believe that too much soy leads to certain health problems, which is a debate you can read about if you care to Google it. Morningstar products are heavily soy-based, and I think they created this burger partially so it wouldn't seem like a patty o' soy.
BUT. This product contains a lot of soy protein. Second on the ingredients list is organic textured soy protein. So, in a way I feel like this product is misleading, pretending to be a quinoa burger when in reality it has a lot of soy.
Otherwise, nutritionally, it's pretty good. It has 130 calories, 7 grams of protein, and 8 grams of fat.
Now, on to the taste test. Here is my serving suggestion:
The flavor was pretty decent; I could taste both the quinoa and the garlic, and there wasn't a "fake meat" feel to it. There was also a strong lentil flavor, which I liked, but I was surprised that nothing on the front of the package mentioned lentils. It had a mild "Southwest" taste to it. Next time, I'd add some Jack cheese or salsa on top, I think.
Flavor: 8 out of 10
Nutrition: 7 out of 10 (for hidden soy ingredients)
The bottom line: Good for a quick meal, but I wouldn't want to live off of them. Probably still better for you than McDonald's! Those avoiding soy will want to avoid this one.
Let me know if you try these!