Review: The Beyond Sausage – Original

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Beyond Meat The Beyond Sausage Original
Beyond Meat The Beyond Sausage Original
3.5

Are Beyond Sausages any good?

Very much so. These are great meat free alternative to a generic pork sausage, in taste and texture. The only caveats are they aren’t thoroughly healthy and the price point is still high at this time.

My first experience of the Beyond Meat Beyond Sausage was the Hot Italian variation. I was quite a fan of the taste and texture (not the price, see below) but ever since that first box, they’ve been impossibly hard for me to find locally. Clearly, demand is high for this trendy new product.

When my local Whole Foods started to stock the original – I was sure to grab a box. In most respects these are like the Hot Italian, except of course with a more natural pork sausage style flavor; indeed, it’s quite uncanny how similar these are to a budget pork sausage. That’s not a sleight by any means, it’s quite the compliment. I am actually more impressed how this product mimics its meaty counterpart than the Beyond Burger manages.

Beyond Sausage Original package front
Beyond Sausage Original package front

The Beyond Sausage cooking instructions and nutrition

You can cook these sausage on the grill or in the frying pan – basically how you would treat a meat based sausage. If you cook in the pan beware they will spit and smoke like the real deal. Use a pan lid and care. What’s remarkable is how the sausages smell very much like a budget pork sausage through their initial phase of cooking. That said the last few minutes, the smell changes, and is a little unpleasant.

Beyond Meat The Beyond Sausage Original - hot out of the pan
Beyond Meat The Beyond Sausage Original – hot out of the pan
Beyond Sausage Original package back
Beyond Sausage Original package back

The Beyond Sausage – what’s in the box

Four sausage come in the package – which once opened – should be consumed within three days.

Beyond Meat The Beyond Sausage Original - what's in the box
Beyond Meat The Beyond Sausage Original – what’s in the box

Beyond Sausage – Original

Beyond Meat The Beyond Sausage Original on a pretzel bun
Beyond Meat The Beyond Sausage Original on a pretzel bun
Beyond Meat The Beyond Sausage Original - cross section close up
Beyond Meat The Beyond Sausage Original – cross section close up

The Beyond Sausage – what’s a fair price?

As of July 2018 the product is still retailing for $8.99 – at least in the stores I can find it (Whole Foods). At this price point, it really prevents me giving the sausage a higher score. My guess is that as a new product, with ultra-high demand, there’s no competitive reason to charge less right now. Hopefully as they become more mainstream they will inch closer to a $5 price point, which I think would be very reasonable.

Other Beyond Meat products

The Beyond Burger
The Beyond Sausage – Hot Italian
The Beyond Sausage – Original

Hi I’m Stuart., amateur home cook and professional food writer.  You can find my writing at places like The Salt Lake Tribune and Gastronomic SLC, which I founded more than a decade ago.  As well as writing extensively about restaurants, I’m endlessly curious about that product on the shelf. Is it any good I wonder? If you’re like me, wonder no more.

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