For a lot of people the plant-based burger is the ultimate test of the progress of plant-based meats. They tend to grab the headlines more often than not. I've tried quite a few different ones, and I have to say I find they are mostly all very good these days. However, I do have a favourite!
I'm aware that I've scored almost all of these the same, so just to test my scoring method and to refresh my mind on some of the options I tried a while ago, I may do a couple of head-head comparisons soon (something like the most-expensive versus the cheapest). This may result in some score revisions.
Taste & Glory (formerly Naked Glory): 2 Quarter Pounders - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Chilled / 2pk / 227g / £2.75
My favourite. Meaty in both texture, smell and flavour. I could say that I am blown away by these and it wouldn't be an overstatement. Truly great. Naked Glory seem to be on an unstoppable march to becoming THE gold standard in plant-based meats.
Meatless Farm: Plant-based Burgers - ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
Chilled / 2pk / 227g / £2.50
Another really good burger with a really good meaty texture and flavour.
Beyond Meat: The Beyond Burger - ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
Chilled / 2pk / 226g / £5
This is the burger that gets the most coverage in the press. I have no complaints with the taste or texture of these burgers. What does cause a problem is the price, which works out at least double most of the others. It takes them out of the equation for me when I go shopping - they are good, but not worth twice the price of others that are equally tasty.
Linda McCartney's: Quarter-pounder Burger - ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
Frozen / 2pk / 227g / £2.20
I don't like everything that Linda McCartney's brand sell, but this is a definitely a good burger!
Richmond: Meat-free Burgers - ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
Chilled / 2pk / 170g / £2
Equally as good as all the other four-star rated burgers. But bear in mind that Richmond are known for their pork products, so it should come as no surprise that these taste like pork burgers rather than beef burgers. And these are great if you want a pork-style burger.
Moving Mountains: 1/4 Pound Plant-based Burgers - ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
Frozen / 2pk / 227g / £4
Moving Mountains seem to be another really good producer of plant-based meats. These are very good. However, they suffer in the same way as Beyond Meat in the fact they are one of the higher priced options, and this makes me slightly less likely to buy them at their full price.
Moving Mountains: Plant-based Sausage Burgers - ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
Frozen / 2pk / 227g / £4
Another great product from Moving Mountains. I bought these to recreate a sausage McMuffin which was fairly successful. As with other Moving Mountains products, they seem to have a tiny bit of spicy-heat in them which is quite nice. They are very sausagey and have a super meaty bite - much more so than the original sausage pattie you would find in a McMuffin.
The No Meat Company: No Bull Quarter-pounders - ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
Frozen / 2pk / 226g / £2
I wasn't expecting to find such a nice burger in Iceland. Totally up there with most of the others, plus it's one of the cheapest, which is great for the pocket too!
Quorn: Ultimate Burger - ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
Frozen / 2pk / 227g
Considering Quorn's vegan products can sometimes miss the mark, I found these surprisingly good.
Birds Eye: Green Cuisine Meat-Free Burgers - ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
Frozen / 2pk / 200g / Approx £2.50
If I had to pick something that set them apart it would be that the texture seemed a little soft inside. They definitely do the job if you fancy a burger, but they're not quite the same standard as many options above.
Mae's Kitchen / Plant Menu: Vegan No Beef Burgers - ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
Frozen / 2pk / 227g / £1.49
When I tried these they were labelled as Mae's Kitchen, but I think they now come under the Aldi Plant Menu brading. I'm not 100% sure if they are exactly the same recipe or not. These were perfectly acceptable vegan burgers and I enjoyed them. The real winner with these is that they are sold at a much more reasonable price than some of the other options. It's been quite a while since I last had them and have tried a lot of other options since then, so I can't quite remember of they are a three star or a four. I've given them four for now, but I'll grab another box (these will be under the Plant Menu branding) just to confirm if that is correct.
Coming soon... Gro Burgers (which are Co-Op's own brand).