Amy’s is a vegetarian company specifically, but they forget about their dairy-free consumers. In fact, the entire line-up of Amy’s Veggie Burgers is now completely vegan.
Tasting Notes for Amy’s Veggie Burgers
All of Amy’s Veggie Burgers are made with organic vegetables and grains, and are completely non-GMO.
Quarter Pounder Veggie Burger
Both men, who would have preferred we were serving ground beef Quarter Pounders, didn’t hesitate to request this jumbo veggie burger. My husband gave his typical “it’s good” and finished it off. My dad said, “much better and meatier than those other veggie burgers (Boca).” Both said that it was a bit “bready,” but they liked it.
The Quarter Pounder was definitely the most impressive of the five in terms of a true burger experience. It easily filled out the sizable bun, making me feel like a real meal was ahead.
It was lightly sweet and nutty in both flavor and texture. t wasn’t what I would call meaty, but a hearty and tasty “burger” in its own right. Little bits of veggies and a slight cooked vegetable flavor could be found within, yet not so much that you couldn’t slip these past veggie-hating kids. The fairly mild flavor made this a good burger for dressing up. Though I still prefer my burgers to be a bit even more “veggie” inspired, this is definitely the veggie burger I would pick for future barbecues and burger meals.
California Veggie Burger
My salad-loving relative went for the Californian, as expected. She thought it was quite good; no resounding “fantastic” comments, but it passed her test. By the time I was ready to trial this veggie burger, a few days later, we had run out of buns. It was then, that a moment of inspiration hit. Recalling AllergicGirl’s favorite meal, burger salads, I thought, “Why not make a veggie burger salad?” This turned out to be an award-winning idea. Not only was it a positively delicious salad, but my meat-eating husband also loved it! He requested veggie burger salads for the rest of the week, stating that he liked how they didn’t weight him down. They tasted good, and he actually felt better after eating them!
In terms of the California itself, it was tasty, yet not a burger-like experience. Not that I am complaining, I prefer the veggie taste, but some people like the meat substitute effect. The burger had a deep but mellow flavor. There was just enough salt to make things interesting. It was a touch soft in the center, yet hearty with a good dose of barley-like grains (organic bulger wheat as it turned out). This soft and bready texture certainly worked atop our salads.
All American Veggie Burger
Fearing a sweet ketchup flavored veggie burger, I was pleased when I detected only a light spice that offered enough to add interest without threatening fragile taste buds. More crumbly than mushy, the All-American is a good contender for the actual sandwich medium. It might be the one I would choose to have at a barbecue alongside the Quarter Pounder, to suit lighter appetites.
The bits of grain gave it a heartier chew, making the All American more like a veggie burger hybrid. We enjoyed the All American atop our veggie burger salads. It had a light sweetness that struck me a bit too much in that sparsely seasoned environment. While it did crumble nicely onto our salads, I definitely vote “burger” with this one.
Sonoma Veggie Burger (Gluten-Free)
This burger has pleasant earthy flavor. The combination of grains (quinoa and gluten-free oats), veggies (mushrooms, onions, celery, carrots, garlic, and potatoes), walnuts, and garbanzo flour works nicely.
When toasted or baked the veggie burgers aren’t greasy and are actually nice and firm on the outside. I toasted up an Amy’s sandwich round, slathered it with a little mustard, topped with tomato and avocado (I was out of lettuce), and then put the burger on top to act as the second bun! It worked perfectly and was delicious!
Where to Purchase: See the Amy’s website for a store locator. Amy’s products are widely distributed in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and Thailand. These veggie burgers can be found in many natural food stores and mainstream grocers.
The Facts on Amy’s Veggie Burgers
Certifications: Amy’s Veggie Burgers do not appear to have any certifications.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Amy’s Veggie Burgers are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, peanut-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian. Select varieties are gluten-free, nut-free, and/or soy-free. Nonetheless, check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit the Amy’s Kitchen website at amys.com