There’s a great debate in the vegan burger community right now. Who makes the better faux-meat and, by extension, the best veggie burger — Impossible Foods or the Beyond Meat? Each plant-based patty has its acolytes. To figure out which is the best and which you should spend your hard earned cash on, we decided to taste test them both.
Before we get to that, what’s the big difference between Impossible Food and Beyond Meat’s patties? Mostly, what they’re made from. Impossible Foods is made from a soy extract and uses coconut oil with textured potato proteins. Beyond Meat uses pea protein, rice protein, mung bean protein, coconut oil, potato starch, apple extract, sunflower lecithin, and pomegranate powder (giving the patty a reddish color, more on that later). Both Beyond Meat and Impossible Burger 2.0 are gluten-free.
As far as methodology, here’s how things went down. Since Dane and I are both currently in Los Angeles, we were unable to get the Burger King Impossible Burger. Instead, we sampled the Impossible Classic Cheeseburger from Umami Burger against Carl’s Jr.’s Beyond Famous Star With Cheese. Essentially, these burgers are built the same: Patty, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, sauce, bun, cheese. The big difference here is Carl’s Jr. is using Beyond Meat and Umami Burger is using Impossible Foods.
Of course, the price points and caliber of short order cooks varies too — Umami Burger is fast casual and Carl’s Jr. is fast food. We did our best to account for that and judge the two patties on their merits alone.
— Zach Johnston, Senior Food Writer-at-Large, Uproxx Life