LIVESTRONG recently hosted an intimate dinner with Chef Tal Ronnen at Crossroads Kitchen on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles to try the Impossible Burger. Here’s the low-down on what this burger is all about.
In March LIVESTRONG invited journalists and social media influencers to an intimate dinner with Chef Tal Ronnen at Crossroads Kitchen to try the fully plant-based Impossible Burger.
It’s called the “Impossible Burger” because this vegan has achieved an impossible feat — looking, sizzling, tasting and even bleeding like meat. Scientists at Impossible Foods engineered this burger using the molecule called “heme,” which has the texture and flavor of blood.
Heme can be extracted from the roots of soy plants. They also used flakes of coconut oil that sizzle like fat when the burger is cooked on a grill.
To get an idea of what it looks like while being prepared, take a look at our video:
At that time the vegan burger that had achieved the impossible feat of looking, sizzling and even bleeding like meat was only available in 10 restaurants worldwide. Now the Impossible Burger is is now available in nearly 400 restaurants nationwide, from Hawaii to Maine. Find out where it’s being served.
What Does It Taste Like?
As someone who hasn’t eaten meat for the past several years for ethical and environmental reasons, this burger surpassed all my expectations. It actually had the taste, look and feel of eating a typical cheeseburger such as the one from In-N-Out Burger.
It would be able to fool meat eaters! Many attendees at our chef dinner were unable to believe the meat-like texture and taste.
How Many Calories and How Much Protein Is in the Impossible Burger?
Americans often think protein equals meat, so this burger will be breaking that stereotype. According to Impossible Foods, the bioavailable macronutrient content is comparable to conventional 80/20 ground beef.
Their website says that a 3-ounce Impossible Burger patty contains 220 calories and 20 grams of protein. It also contains 13 grams of fat and 5 grams of carbs (without the bun). The Impossible Burger is completely free from cholesterol.
As far as vitamins and minerals, the Impossible Burger contains almost 100% of our daily needs for vitamin B12 in addition to thiamin, zinc, iron, folate and niacin.
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