With meat-free burgers becoming an increasingly common fast food option as more people try to reduce their meat product consumption and adopt a plant-based diet, YouTube's Doctor Mike decided to try out five of the most popular veggie versions — including the Impossible burger and Beyond burger. In the interests of fairness, he opts for a blind taste test (throwing a real beef burger into the mix to see if he can tell the difference), and judges each burger on scent, mouth feel, and taste, with a final star rating out of five.
He starts with the bean burger, and is immediately able to identify it. "This is never going to trick anyone into thinking that they're eating meat," he says. He admits he doesn't love the texture of the black beans, and only gives it two stars.
Next up is a quinoa burger, and as far as the aroma and taste go, Mike is convinced it's beef — but the mouth feel is what gives it away as veggie. He rates it three out of five, guessing incorrectly that it's the Impossible burger.
The third burger is the actual beef patty, and Mike can tell right away, due to its heft and the smell. "My protein sensors on my tongue are lighting up," he says after just one bite, giving it four stars.
The fourth option is the Beyond burger, which "smells like pure vegetable." "It's really close to beef, but a little bit sweeter," he says, correctly guessing which burger it is and giving it three out of five.
The fifth burger is the Impossible burger, which has no distinct scent. "It's a weird taste, I don't like this taste," he says. "I don't know what's going on."
And finally, Mike tastes the sweet potato burger, which performs the worst out of all six. "It tastes like you're eating a sweet burger, it's not good," he says. "One star."
"I didn't expect this, but the meatless burgers actually have a really high sodium content," says Mike. "More than the actual beef burger... It's clear that these meatless burgers are trying to up the flavor by putting more salt in there, which can be problematic for those who have high blood pressure or heart disease."
He's also surprised to learn that the meatless burgers have a high calorie count, and that the Impossible burger has an even high protein content than the beef, which will have the effect of making it more filling than some of the other alternatives.
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