We were recently invited to Jus Burgers – just across the street from the Subiaco rail station – to try their latest release – burgers made from a plant based patty which was said to have the same texture and taste as ground beef. The US based Beyond Burger patty is made from pea protein and has no soy, gluten, cholesterol as well as less saturated and total fat than beef.
What did it taste like? Well Jus prepared three burgers – the first with Moroccan spices, the second a cheese burger but with bacon as a lure to those who couldn’t face the prospect of no meat at all and the last a plain cheese burger allowing the patty to shine in its own right.
All went down very well – the patty has the look of meat, and has a very similar texture – and even a pinkish hue which apparently comes from beetroot – making it even more attractive to Australian burger lovers who, of course, have a long standing love of the beet in a burger.
Everyone I spoke to was very impressed with the taste as well – so these look to have a great future for vegetarians and vegans, or those looking for the occasional meat free meal. And with the production of the patties requiring 99 per cent less water, 93 per cent less land use and generating 90 per cent fewer greenhouse gas emissions having one in place of your usual meat burger will be good environmentally too!
I was impressed, too, by Jus Burgers – I haven’t been before – and found to my surprise they are licenced with their own range of well-priced and very drinkable Margaret River sourced wines.
As well as the wine, the Other Side Brewery was on hand with a selection of their beers matched to the burgers – excellent brews and I was most attracted to their Harvest Red Ale – perfect for Christmas too.
With the burgers we had some extremely tasty and moreish onion rings which would complement any burger of any type. I would return for these alone, but will also be back for another Beyond Burger burger.
Disclaimer: We were the invited guests of Jus Burgers and the Future Farm.