Please note: this review refers to the older recipe of the Grillers Original. This was replaced with a newer version sometime around mid 2018. You can read our updated review of the new recipe here.
With the world madly, deeply in love with upstarts such as Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods lets take a minute to recognize one of the stalwarts of the meat free industry. MorningStar Farms have been at for more than four decades and these burgers are one of the stars in their lineup for my money. We always have some on hand in our freezer for a quick and healthy meal.
First up lets get the obvious out of the way – they don’t bleed faux blood nor do they look at all like a real burger. These are old school vegetarian patties – they’re not even vegan. They’re very much a processed and engineered product (GMO is used here, I’m fine with that mind you) and certainly not a veggie burger in the mushed lentils and carrots variety.
I’d stand these up against my other favorite veggie burger, The Beyond Burger all day long due to two main factors: price and ease of preparation. You can literally sling one of these in the microwave and be eating it 120 seconds later. With the Beyond product, you’ve got several minutes of cooking ahead of you, not to mention clean up – those things spatter grease like no tomorrow. When you’re in a hurry these things are wonders.
Taste wise there’s plenty of umami to keep your palate interested through the whole burger; see below, I even make double burgers when I’m extra hungry. Just be sure to keep a good ratio of toppings to patty as you would with any burger creation. One of my all time favorites – caramelized onions – works really well with these patties I should add. Texture wise these are stellar too, plenty of bite and chew. I doubt you’d fool anyone into thinking these were real meat, but then I think that’s true of all the faux-burger products.
Due to these burgers taste, texture, price and nutrition (see below) these win our coveted Smart Buy badge.
MorningStar Farms Grillers Originals what’s in the packet
In this value pack there are eight patties, there is also a smaller four pack available on the market too.
MorningStar Farms Grillers Originals cooking instructions and nutrition
The triple bonus of these burgers over Beyond and Impossible is the nutrition. There’s virtually no fat here, they’re not trying to emulate the mouthfeel of a real hamburger, so say goodbye to all those saturated fats. And again, as you can see from the packaging, cooking is as simple as can be. I should note that as you cook these from frozen, don’t think about throwing onto the summer BBQ or grill, that would probably fail badly – go with Beyond there for sure.
What’s a fair price?
I paid $6.48 for this eight pack which makes each patty just 81 cents. Four packs came in at around $3.64 at the same store, just ever so slightly more per patty.
What dishes can I make with MorningStar Farms Grillers Originals?
This isn’t a product you’ll be breaking down to use as ground meat substitute, you can use the Grillers Crumblers for that. You’ll largely be making good ol’ burgers with these patties, and there’s nothing wrong with that at all:
For a different spin on the usual burger how bout this Italian ‘garden’ roll I made this Summer; using fresh tomatoes and basil from my garden, plus a little balsamic and mayo for good measure – this made for a vibrant Summertime lunch treat:
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