Affordable alternatives to Impossible Foods Burger
While many will agree there is nothing as delicious as a juicy steak, prepared to perfection, the massive demand for meat around the world is starting to put a strain on our planet.
That’s as a direct result of the explosion in population figures creating more demand for meat products. But many meat eaters, particularly in developed countries understand they can make a positive impact by tweaking their diets ever so slightly.
And they are doing so by cutting back on their meat intake by implementing plant-based products that taste like meat into their weekly menus.
Plant-based products that taste exactly like meat…sounds impossible, right?
But it’s not, thanks to companies such as Impossible Foods. But before we get into what it is that they produce, let’s look a little more into the background as to why meat consumption is bad for planet Earth.
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In 2017, 50 billion livestock animals were needed to supply the meat requirements for consumers in the world.
50 billion! In just one year… that’s a staggering figure. It also raises many problems. Let’s look a little closer.
Environmentally, it has a huge impact
Livestock farming takes place all over the globe and not without having a massive impact on the environment.
Just one simple example is the fact that these animals need to be farmed somewhere and in third world countries, in particular, this has led to devastating consequences, such as deforestation.
The sheer amount of livestock also contributes significantly to global warming. And while cow flatulence might seem funny, livestock contribute almost a fifth of the world’s total greenhouse gases! And that’s more than all the transport on earth in total.
Livestock farming uses a huge amount of resources
Can you imagine how many resources it takes to raise 50 billion livestock? They need to eat and drink so that places a huge strain on things such as grain production and water supplies. Not only that, but land is needed to raise them on.
It’s bad for us, too!
According to The Conversation website, to put one kilogram of steak on the table, you would need 15,000 liters of water and 25 kilograms of grain. Those figures are simply mind-boggling! And another thing, this hurts the poorest of the poor. In fact, the grain we feed to these 50 billion livestock each year could feed 3.5 billion people.
Sadly, most of the meat we consume today see the livestock raised in atrocious conditions. While grass fed, free range products are the first choice when consuming meat, sadly, it is often priced out of many peoples reach.
The alternative is animals that are fed with antibiotics that help them grow faster and gain weight quicker, speeding up the rate at which they can be sent to the slaughterhouse. And that remains in their meat, which we then consume.
Even if you are an avid meat eater, I am sure you will agree that there is a problem. So let’s get back to looking at some alternatives that you can consider.
Impossible Foods and their plant-based meat offerings
So who are Impossible Foods?
Established in 2011 by Patrick O. Brown, Impossible Food use a plant-based manufacturing process to create substitutes for not only meat but dairy products as well.
And they take this to a whole new level, a molecular level in fact. That means their plant-based products not only taste like meat but have the look and texture as well.
Their lead product is known as the Impossible Burger with the company claiming that:
- To make it produces 87% fewer greenhouse gases than a similar meat burger would
- It requires 95% and 74% fewer resources such as land and water
A recent upgrade, the Impossible Burger 2.0 is now kosher, halal and gluten-free.
And it tastes exactly like a hamburger. But how? Well, its science down to the molecular level but basically, Impossible Burger uses something called Heme, a naturally occurring compound containing iron found in all organisms. And this helps create the meat like flavour.
But there’s a catch, right?
Yes, there is a catch. And that’s the fact that one Impossible Burger patty costs 3 dollars!
Now compare that to a regular meat patty at around 50c and you can see a problem. Simply put, the Impossible Burger is not something that the man in the street can afford to make part of his food intake on a regular basis.
Maybe now and again, but is that good enough? Especially if you are wanting to make a difference by eating less meat.
So what affordable alternatives are there instead?
Plant-based meat alternatives that won’t break the bank
The thing is, if you want to make a change, even if it’s just not eating meat once or twice a week, there are alternatives to the Impossible Burger that affordable enough to fit every budget. And the vegan burgers are delicious. Let’s take a look at a few.
- Portabello Burger
One of the simplest ways to make a meat-free burger is to use portabello mushrooms. Not only do they have a nice bite to them, but they can also carry a load of flavours as well.
For example, take out the stem of the mushroom, hollow out a little of the flesh and fill it with anything your heart desires. The most obvious is cheese, a good strong cheddar is perfect. You could use blue cheese as an alternative or whichever you prefer.
But you can build plenty more flavour. A dollop of garlic butter, sliced jalapenos, fried onions, some arugula, the possibilities are endless, just leave it all to your imagination.
Black beans are another excellent meat substitute to make a meat-free burger from. Although they are not as solid as a portabello burger, keeping the mixture chill and then flash flying will ensure they stay intact. You won’t be able to barbeque them, however.
And it’s just like making a regular burger patty except, your meat is now substituted by mashed black beans. Simple and delicious, that’s for certain.
- Chickpea and Cauliflower Burger
A little more solid than the black bean burger above, if you want something that you can grill or prepare in the pan, this chickpea and cauliflower burger is a winner!
And it takes mere minutes to make. The roasted cauliflower adds a subtle flavour that just lifts the overall taste, especially when combined with the chickpea and quinoa. Add a slaw on top and you have another excellent meat-free burger recipe to add to your collection.
- Potato and Bean Burger
Another great way to get that overall thick, meaty texture is to use potato as part of your vegan burger.A potato and bean burger certainly hits the mark.
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So there you have it. A few alternatives to the Impossible Food burger, which although delicious, certainly is pretty expensive. The thing is, if you are looking to add more plant-based food options to your diet, the humble burger is a great place to start. Just let your imagination run wild, try a few recipes, come up with a few of your own and most of all, ENJOY it!
- The Conversation: “Five ways the meat on your plate is killing the planet”
- Impossible Foods Wiki
- Impossible Food website
- CNET: “The Impossible Burger: Everything you need to know”
- Plated: “Burger alternatives without beef”
- The Spruce Eats: “11 Best Veggie Burger Recipes”
- Huffington Post: “6 Veggie Burger Recipes That Won’t Let You Down”