I ran into the Alpha Foods brand for the first time at Sprouts, and I am glad I did. I hadn’t heard of them prior, and I’m always on the hunt for the latest and greatest in plant based foods – and this is one of them.
The frozen Chik’N burgers come three to a pack, which felt ever so slightly cheap – four is really the common number of patties provided by competitors. Here are some shots before and after:
Rather than a thick crunchy exterior like MorningStar’s product these have a thinner light breading. It offers just a slight crisp crunch. The star of the show is the meaty interior, which isn’t the slightest bit mushy. It has a nice firm texture, and is a reasonable stand-in for a processed chicken patty. The flavors are those you’d expect in this category – a vague garlic/onion powder seasoning.
The real proof in the pudding is when loaded up with your favorite toppings – coleslaw is a must for me – and then this meat free patty really shines. My wife remarked it reminded her of a vegetarian chicken burger product BK once offered a couple decades back. For me, this jumped to the top of the meat free chicken burger list. It’s just a shame Alpha decided to go with three rather than four patties here.