In recent years, city centres across the UK have been exclusively reaping the benefits of new plant-based burger joints. Want to make your own vegan burger at home? With restaurants like Biff’s and Halo Burger popping up, only to be thwarted by the ‘new normal’ of not enjoying food out in 2020, many of us are going back to basics. You no longer need to live near a Whole Foods or Holland & Barrett to get meat-free burgers for your BBQ or oven.
Try these plant-based burgers if you want:
- Meaty texture and taste, truly hard to tell from the real thing
- Something to replace a classic beef burger (ch*ckn burgers are another story)
- To avoid the well-known (yet dry) burgers made from beans or veg
Top 5 vegan burgers to buy at UK supermarkets in 2020
Which is the best vegan burger? We have been tried and tested these burgers, plus we can confirm that they're easy to find.
|Supermarket||Burger||Price||What we reckon|
|Iceland||No Bull Burger||£1 (2 pack)||Texture, colour and smell is spot on but quite a thin patty. So cheap and ideal for meat-free BBQ. Can be bought as ¼ pounders for £2. Find in the Vegetarian aisle, frozen.|
|Tesco||Beyond Meat(™) Burger||£5 (2 pack)||Soooo close to the real deal, very impressive. An extremely thick patty, no messing around. It really smells and looks like meat when you fry or BBQ it. Find in the chilled aisle with meat products.|
|Lidl||Without Meat (W/O) Burger||£1.29 (2 pack)||Very decent price for eating on a budget, fell apart a bit when frying but tasted great. You don’t often get chilled patties for this price. Find in the chilled aisle with meat products.|
|Asda||Oumph!(™) Burger||£3.48 (2 pack)||Meaty and rustic. Serious flame grilled flavours. ‘Rare meat’ version is also available, which is more pink in the middle. Find in the frozen aisle in the vegetarian section.|
|The Co-op||GRO The Quarter Pounder Burger||£3 (2 pack)||As quarter pounders, they are thick and juicy. Excellent value and they really sizzle in the pan. They BBQ well and stay in one piece. Find in the chilled aisle with vegetarian products.|
We salute the high street supermarkets and recipe developers for getting some seriously beefy burgers on the shelves. Many of us want to improve our carbon footprint, but veggie burgers no longer need to be made of beans to fit the bill.
Supermarket vegan burger gallery
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Are vegan burgers healthy?
Nope, vegan burgers are not necessarily healthy. In most cases the nutritional content of a vegan burger is not far off its meat counterpart. Protein, minerals, non-animal fats and extra fibre are among the main components. The main ingredients of vegan burgers are generally mushrooms, soya and pea proteins.
Remember, a plant-based diet does not need to be all about quinoa and fresh veg! Any processed food has an element of unhealthiness about it, even when it’s just made of plants. For a purely healthy burger, you might want to make it yourself with rice, grains, mushrooms or beans.
Are vegan burgers more expensive than meat burgers?
Vegan burgers are often the same price or even cheaper than their meat counterparts. It can depend on the quality of beef burger that you are used to.
For flexitarians or anyone curious about plant-based products, a cursory look at the beef-based equivalents shows little difference in price. In some cases, trying the plant-based alternative is cheaper.
- Two of Iceland’s Half-Pound 100% British Beef Luxury Aberdeen Angus Burgers will set you back £3.25.
- Two of Iceland's No Bull patties are £1 or two for £2 if you want the quarter pounders.
At this price you could even double up on the patties! For a change from meat, even if it's just once, try any of these easy vegan burgers[[jumplnk to table h2]] to buy in UK supermarkets.
Vegan burger kits delivered
Make-at-home burger kits emerged as a very new trend over the lockdowns of 2020. These can be more of a treat than the supermarket options. Perfect if you can’t get out to the shops or if you don’t have any vegan junk food spots in your area.
For nationwide delivery and outstanding food, we recommend the following DIY home vegan burger kits.
1. Patty & Bun vegan burger kit
The Patty & Bun vegan burger kit costs £25 for four people. You get buns, patties, bacon (THIS), smokey mayo, caramelised onions, pickled onions and cheese. There is also an option to add four beers in for £8 extra. There’s even a combined vegan and meat kit for any flexitarian burger fans. Instructions come in the box.
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2. The Vurger Co. vegan burger kit
The Vurger Co. vegan burger kit costs £18.95 for two people. In the kit you’ll find buns, patties, cheese, lettuce, gherkins, tomato, burger sauce and a portion of fries. After ordering, read more on their website about how to make the vegan burger at home.
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So there you have it. You longer need to have any beef on your burger, or have any beef with the supermarkets... Get out to the shops and make your own vegan burger at home!
Why should we try to be greener folk?
While we’re on the topic of burgers, many of us are aware of the need to reduce our intake of red meat. This isn’t just about cholesterol and fat in processed burgers. When junk food places say 100% beef, it stil does not make them any more natural. Burgers in McDonald’s for example may contain meat from over 100 different cows.
To illustrate the environmental impact, the London-based burger bar Halo Burger uses Beyond Meat Burgers for its patties. Check out their stats about the impact of using plant-based burgers.
The difference between a Beyond burger vs beef burger
- Beyond Burgers need 99% less water than Beef Burgers
- Beyond Burgers occupy 93% less land than Beef Burgers
- Beyond Burgers pump out 90% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than Beef Burgers
- Beyond Burgers use 46% less energy to produce than Beef Burgers