LTH Home

The Impossible Burger

The Impossible Burger
  • Forum HomePost Reply BackTop
  • The Impossible Burger

    Post #1 - July 14th, 2017, 8:29 pm
    Post #1 - July 14th, 2017, 8:29 pm Post #1 - July 14th, 2017, 8:29 pm
    Birthday dinner before Bridget Everett at Joe's Pub Tuesday and our friends went for The Impossible Burger at Saxon and Parole(their version comes with sherry-reduction onions, wild mushrooms, and a light truffle creme). And, fuck me if that isn't an amazing burger(meaty, juicy, texturally-super close), that T and I will return for, hopefully with Danielle Tyler of Sister Midnight in tow.

    https://www.sistermidnightnewyork.com

    https://www.impossiblefoods.com/burger/

    We did not go to Saxon and Parole for that burger, btw. I didn't even know it existed(though apparently it was a big deal just awhile back), in fact I had the dry-aged Saxon burger and bone marrow béarnaise, which was a great upcharge
    And, Saxon and Parole is not a burger place, but with so much good sounding stuff on the menu, I liked the look of the very popular Saxon burger on other tables and went for it(just took the route of least resistance). Glad I did. Still, K gave me a taste of her Impossible Burger and holy cow!
    Being gauche rocks, stun the bourgeoisie
  • Post #2 - March 5th, 2018, 11:15 pm
    Post #2 - March 5th, 2018, 11:15 pm Post #2 - March 5th, 2018, 11:15 pm
    Had my first one tonight, and I thought it was pretty damn good.
    Flavor - 1990's onion soup burger, but a good one - not too much onion soup mix.
    Texture - loose packed med rare ground beef mixed with liverwurst, but still very loosely packed. Not FLAVOR of liverwurst in any way, but texture. It broke down easily after a few chews, and got a tiny bit grainy, but not like bad, DRY, grainy. If you've never had one, you might think it's weird, but in a good way. It was weird in that it was pretty "meaty." I was not expecting it to be so freakin meat like. This isn't a veggie patty type veggie burger, this is a straight up meat substitute. This one came from Lavergne's Tavern in Berwyn:

    First glance:
    Image

    Closer inspection:
    Image

    Hopefully this doesn't skeeve you out, but...is that a pinkish hue?
    Image

    http://lavergnes.com/

    https://www.impossiblefoods.com/burger/
    We cannot be friends if you do not know the difference between Mayo and Miracle Whip.
  • Post #3 - March 6th, 2018, 1:30 pm
    Post #3 - March 6th, 2018, 1:30 pm Post #3 - March 6th, 2018, 1:30 pm
    Saxon and Parole's take is even redder. Yes, it is weird in a how weird is this and is it just being weird for weird's sake? Or, is this actually tasty?
    Being gauche rocks, stun the bourgeoisie
  • Post #4 - March 6th, 2018, 9:35 pm
    Post #4 - March 6th, 2018, 9:35 pm Post #4 - March 6th, 2018, 9:35 pm
    It was actually VERY tasty, and unless I read something that says it's got some not so great stuff going on, I'll order them on the regular, and not really miss a bloody burger too much. I can then order dessert mildly guilt free. I'd HIGHLY suggest you try one if you are even a lil bit interested. Go ahead and read up on them. This is not like a veggie burger type burger substitute. It's not like a seitan type meat substitute. This is a new kind of meat substitute altogether. It is pretty damn close to meat in an eerie way. It's not weird like a boca burger or weird like the dryness and veggieness of a morningstar farm type of thing AT ALL. This is a meat substitute like you've never come across. Seriously read up, do a quick search. And again, it was tasty enough that I'd have absolutely no issue ordering one again. I'd assume that the vegetarians that do not like the taste and texture of meat will NOT like this product.
    We cannot be friends if you do not know the difference between Mayo and Miracle Whip.
  • Post #5 - March 12th, 2018, 7:57 pm
    Post #5 - March 12th, 2018, 7:57 pm Post #5 - March 12th, 2018, 7:57 pm
    I'm not addicted or anything, but the place by me that sells these shits also offers kids' meals for free on Mondays, plus a decent beer list so...had another one tonight. I like these things. Not in like a, "best burger ever" kind of way, but more of a "this is pretty damn good, AND I don't have to cook, AND, apparently it's a decent thing to eat" kinda way. I'ma still eat cows, porks, and birds and other things that can't get away quick enough, and their babies, but I don't have anything bad to say about these Impossible Burgers.
    We cannot be friends if you do not know the difference between Mayo and Miracle Whip.
  • Post #6 - March 12th, 2018, 10:32 pm
    Post #6 - March 12th, 2018, 10:32 pm Post #6 - March 12th, 2018, 10:32 pm
    I had one at Umami burger about three or four months ago and, I have to say, I was impressed. Did it taste like meat? Well, I wouldn't have trouble figuring out the beef burger from the fake burger in a blind taste test, but if somebody served me this and I wasn't paying attention, I would not have noticed that it was a vegetarian burger. I really don't mean to be damning it with faint praise -- it really was good, the closest to meat that I've tasted so far, and I would have it again. Darn, this thread is making me crave one.
  • Post #7 - March 13th, 2018, 9:16 am
    Post #7 - March 13th, 2018, 9:16 am Post #7 - March 13th, 2018, 9:16 am
    We were curious so tried an Impossible burger a few weeks ago at Maillard Tavern (the new spot from the Piccolo Sogno team), side by side with a Classic beef burger. Thought the flavor compared very favorably, texture was slightly different (softer and less of a crust). Although not mentioned on the menu, we asked and were told they automatically sub out the usual duck fat fries for veggie-friendly fries with this burger.
  • Post #8 - March 18th, 2018, 8:37 pm
    Post #8 - March 18th, 2018, 8:37 pm Post #8 - March 18th, 2018, 8:37 pm
    Well, I hate to break up the love party . . . but I was not impressed. I also had mine at Umami Burger. I really didn't think there was a beef flavor and I thought there was a bit of an off flavor. And I couldn't get by the mushy texture.

    I'd say there are some vegetable burgers out there that, while not beefy tasting, taste much better. But obviously, there are those who disagree with me.

    Image

    Image
    I find the pastrami to be the most sensual of all the salted, cured meats. (Seinfeld)

    Twitter: brbinchicago
  • Post #9 - March 18th, 2018, 9:18 pm
    Post #9 - March 18th, 2018, 9:18 pm Post #9 - March 18th, 2018, 9:18 pm
    I tried one at M burger.It wasn't bad,the way M burger cooked it kinda threw me off.They griddle cooked it like a Steak and Shake/Edzos burger so there was a sear on both sides and no reddish moisture inside.Oh,and it was $8.99 before tax so No.Rather get the double M burger or a single w fries if I'm paying $10.09 after tax.Might get a pack at Jewel and cook one myself if there is a coupon though.
  • Post #10 - March 18th, 2018, 9:28 pm
    Post #10 - March 18th, 2018, 9:28 pm Post #10 - March 18th, 2018, 9:28 pm
    Pauly wrote:I tried one at M burger.It wasn't bad,the way M burger cooked it kinda threw me off.They griddle cooked it like a Steak and Shake/Edzos burger so there was a sear on both sides and no reddish moisture inside.Oh,and it was $8.99 before tax so No.Rather get the double M burger or a single w fries if I'm paying $10.09 after tax.Might get a pack at Jewel and cook one myself if there is a coupon though.


    I'm having a little difficulty following this post, so forgive me. What do you mean by "get a pack at Jewel"? Is it available retail in its raw form? Or are you thinking of "Beyond Burger" maybe?
  • Post #11 - March 18th, 2018, 9:32 pm
    Post #11 - March 18th, 2018, 9:32 pm Post #11 - March 18th, 2018, 9:32 pm
    BR wrote:I'd say there are some vegetable burgers out there that, while not beefy tasting, taste much better.


    Which are these? I've been wanting to find meat alternatives for myself, and I don't hold a premium for it tasting like meat, or anything like that. I want it to taste good. I mean, I like most of the shit* Morning Star puts out, for reference.

    *colloquial "shit." It's good stuff.
  • Post #12 - March 18th, 2018, 9:46 pm
    Post #12 - March 18th, 2018, 9:46 pm Post #12 - March 18th, 2018, 9:46 pm
    Binko wrote:
    BR wrote:I'd say there are some vegetable burgers out there that, while not beefy tasting, taste much better.


    Which are these? I've been wanting to find meat alternatives for myself, and I don't hold a premium for it tasting like meat, or anything like that. I want it to taste good. I mean, I like most of the shit* Morning Star puts out, for reference.

    *colloquial "shit." It's good stuff.


    I wish I could remember for sure where I had them, and I'll admit it's been quite some time. I might have even posted about 1 or 2 here. But it would've only been after reading a review of one as it's not something I'd otherwise go searching for.

    I think one was at Bandera but it's been a while and I can't be certain . . . and pretty sure I tasted a friend's at Bad Apple and thought it was surprisingly good.
    I find the pastrami to be the most sensual of all the salted, cured meats. (Seinfeld)

    Twitter: brbinchicago
  • Post #13 - March 18th, 2018, 10:28 pm
    Post #13 - March 18th, 2018, 10:28 pm Post #13 - March 18th, 2018, 10:28 pm
    I thought I saw on Impossible burgers website that the product was available at select grocers Jewel being one of them.Have not tried beyond burger as of yet.
  • Post #14 - March 19th, 2018, 3:23 am
    Post #14 - March 19th, 2018, 3:23 am Post #14 - March 19th, 2018, 3:23 am
    Had one recently at a Fatburger in Las Vegas. It wasn't offensive but it wasn't anything to write home about, either. I greatly prefer Beyond Burger, which some places in Chicagoland are currently serving. Well, actually, I greatly prefer beef but whatever.

    =R=
    I am not interested in how I would evaluate the Springbank in a blind tasting. Every spirit has its story, and I include it in my evaluation, just as I do with human beings. --Thad Vogler

    I'll be the tastiest pork cutlet bowl ever --Yuri Katsuki

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #15 - March 19th, 2018, 5:00 pm
    Post #15 - March 19th, 2018, 5:00 pm Post #15 - March 19th, 2018, 5:00 pm
    Pauly wrote:I thought I saw on Impossible burgers website that the product was available at select grocers Jewel being one of them.Have not tried beyond burger as of yet.


    No, I just checked the website, and it says Impossible Burger is not available retail. Only in restaurants. It also says retail sales are a few years off.

    I personally prefer it to Beyond Burger which has a certain, I dunno, fishiness to it? I know it's not fish, but that's the best I can describe the scent I detect. But Beyond Burger is pretty neat, too, as a meat substitute. Problem is, I've never been able to taste them side by side in the exact same preparation to form a more fair analysis of their flavors.

    Honestly, if the pricing were the same, I'd be fine going with the vegetarian burgers now. I think they're that good. (Or maybe more "not bad," but I'm seriously craving that Umami Impossible Burger right now.)
  • Post #16 - March 19th, 2018, 6:23 pm
    Post #16 - March 19th, 2018, 6:23 pm Post #16 - March 19th, 2018, 6:23 pm
    Okay Thanks.Maybe it was for beyond burger that I saw was available.Speaking of smell when I opened the wrapper and parchment at M burger the first thing I smelled was the smell of peanut.
  • Post #17 - March 19th, 2018, 6:40 pm
    Post #17 - March 19th, 2018, 6:40 pm Post #17 - March 19th, 2018, 6:40 pm
    Pauly wrote:Okay Thanks.Maybe it was for beyond burger that I saw was available.Speaking of smell when I opened the wrapper and parchment at M burger the first thing I smelled was the smell of peanut.


    Yeah, there was a bit of nuttiness to it, from what I remember. Also some potato/french fry kind of taste in the crust/sear.

    I think it is probably Beyond Burger you're thinking of retailwise. That seems to be the hot thing recently (as in last six months to a year) among vegetarian burgers, and I'm almost certain I've seen it a Jewel, but definitely at Mariano's and some other groceries. Sells for something like $6 for two 1/4 pound patties.

Contact

About

Team

Advertize

Close

Chat

Articles

Guide

Events

more