Friday, May 8, 2009

Amy's Quarter Pounders

As a general rule, I love all of Amy's frozen foods. From rice bowls, to pizza, I think that Amy's offers a great line of organic, vegetarian (and sometimes vegan) foods. I'm pretty picky about what meat alternatives I'll eat, but I've tried almost every one of Amy's veggie burgers, and I've really liked them.

Except for the Quarter Pound Veggie Burger. It was absolutely awful. I'd purchased it at Whole Foods in an attempt to find a replacement for the Gardenburger Tuscany "steaks" that I loved so much.

This burger didn't even come close. I was a little hesitant when I bought it because it had 220 calories. In the grand scheme of things, that isn't all that much, but considering that the majority of veggie burgers I eat are anywhere between 110 and 180 calories, I thought this burger might be a bit too hefty for my liking. (I also wondered what could possibly make it 220 calories. Typically burgers with that kind of calorie count have dairy - and this burger is vegan.)

When I took the burger out of the microwave (on my Corelle plates that my mother purchased in the early 90's - I'm SO hip!), the first thing that hit me was the smell. It smelled like meat. Which is generally a turnoff for strict vegetarian folk like me. It also didn't look that appetizing - it was dark brown and sort of grainy looking. It honestly looked like some "dog burgers" that my parents used to buy when I was a kid. But I'm a trooper, and decided to give the burger a small taste.

Things only got worse from there. I don't know exactly how to describe it - it was like rotten peppers and mushrooms mixed with gritty rice. I took another small bite to make sure I wasn't crazy and then dumped it in the trash. I had to immediately drink some water to get the taste out of my mouth. It was so incredibly gross. My suggestion? Don't even bother trying this Amy's variation. Stick to the normal sized burgers and you'll have a much more enjoyable meal.

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