Monday, March 7, 2011

Double Agent

Our family occasionally eats Boca burgers. For anyone not familiar with them, they are a meatless alternative to hamburgers. They don't really taste like hamburgers and when I've read the ingredients, I've always been a little uneasy. Not surprisingly, there seems to be a lot of processing involved in getting vegetables to look like meat. Still, I do think they taste fine.

Last night we had a new kind of Boca Burger - Grilled Vegetable Boca Burger. The package describes this as "The ultimate veggie patty. Tender chunks of grilled zucchini, bell peppers, and corn with hints of garlic, onion, mozzarella and asiago cheeses."

So let me get this straight - you grind up vegetables and soybeans, add cheese extracts, binders and vegetable oils to make a paste. Then you form this paste into a patty to approximate meat. And then, because presumably, you think that real vegetables taste better? look nicer? are healthier? you add them back into this pretend meat? Is this a product that is vegetables trying to be meat trying to be vegetables? I don't get it. It gets me confused trying to figure out.

Maybe I'll just go have some celery instead.


NoNick said...

My favorite meatless burger is a portabello mushroom. Not really a replacement for a good burger, but they are quite tasty when grilled. Marinate in oil and balsamic vinegar, and stud with garlic and Parmesan cheese slivers. Or use BBQ sauce.

I can't wait for spring.

ShoNuff said...

It is handy to have something frozen that you can grill up instead of a beef burger. Though the Boca ones I've never found to be very good... the Morningstar Black Bean burgers are great but I never seem to be able to find them anymore. Their Grillers are pretty good too. I prefer them to the Boca Burgers for sure, if you haven't tried them you might want to. They seem to be more seasoned and get a fullness of flavor.