Veggie Burger #1 vs. Veggie Burger #2 at Elevation Burger

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On the left, Veggie Burger #2; on the right, Veggie Burger #1.


It's de rigueur nowadays for any burger joint to offer a veggie burger, usually something surreptitiously pulled from the freezer case. Fourteenth Street newcomer Elevation Burger departs from the norm by offering not one but two quite dissimilar vegetarian burger choices, designated Veggie Burger #1 and Veggie Burger #2, both priced at $3.99.

To confuse things, Veggie Burger #1 is marked vegetarian, while Veggie Burger #2 is labeled vegan. What's the difference, and which is better? That's what we were determined to find out.


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Veggie Burger #1 is orange and creamy.


I found it a little odd that Veggie Burger #1, the non-vegan one, is a livid orange color, which would never be mistaken for a real burger patty (usually, veggie burgers attempt to at least approximate the color of a meat-bearing burger). When I asked the clerk what prevented it from being vegan, she replied, "Oh, there's real mozzarella cheese in there." I'm sure there is, except it looks more like Velveeta, with its luminescent orange tint and liquid texture. Another major component of #1 is grains of rice, and it looked like white rice, too. There's some breading in there, for sure. The patty's like mac and cheese, only it's rice and cheese.


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Veggie Burger #2 bursts with what looks like a frozen-mixed-vegetable assortment.


Ironically (and this is probably an incorrect use of "ironically"), the vegan (#2) burger is nut-brown, like a burger that has just been done on the barbecue grill. What's more, it has actual hash marks on it. Still, little nuggets of vegetable gleam -- not uninvitingly -- just under the surface of the patty. Biting into it you find lots of corn and bell pepper, and what look like flecks of green herbs, with some binders, of course.



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12 comments
ook01
ook01

Veggie 1 is boring - a rice and cheese monstrosity of mediocrity. 

On the other hand, Veggie 2 is _wonderful_.  Rather than toeing the "try to make it taste like beef" line, it actually has flavor appropriate to a vegetable patty.  The sweetness of a red pepper, a little zucchini butteriniess, the nuttiness of roasted corn.  It's just damned good.

Ignore your gut.  Give it a try.  I like mine with cheddar and bacon.

Bill Z
Bill Z

That Vegan burger looks good. Put some tomato's, onions and bar-b-que sauce on top and eat up - with some pickles and sweet potato fries on the side. I wish I had one (or two) right now for dinner. Of course before labeling that as Vegan burger I would hope someone had enough sense to check the ingredients in the bun. Most, but not all, commercial bread is not Vegan - but you have a better chance if it comes from a local bakery.

Colleen
Colleen

So in other words, these are terrible. That's how they look, and I've had a million veg burgers so I'm trusting my gut. One of the reasons I started eating seafood was just one terrible veg burger too many. This is fake food.

Jim
Jim

Aren't humans amazing? They kill wildlife - birds, deer, all kinds of cats, coyotes, beavers, groundhogs, mice and foxes by the million in order to protect their domestic animals and their feed.

Then they kill domestic animals by the billion and eat them. This in turn kills people by the million, because eating all those animals leads to degenerative - and fatal - health conditions like heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and cancer.

So then humans spend billions of dollars torturing and killing millions more animals to look for cures for these diseases.

Elsewhere, millions of other human beings are being killed by hunger and malnutrition because food they could eat is being used to fatten domestic animals.

Meanwhile, few people recognize the absurdity of humans, who kill so easily and violently, and then call for Peace on Earth.

~Revised Preface to Old MacDonald's Factory Farm by C. David Coates~

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Anyone can break this cycle of violence! Everyone has the power to choose compassion! Please visit these websites to align your core values with life affirming choices: http://veganvideo.org & http://tryveg.com

"Cowardice asks the question, 'Is it safe?' Expediency asks the question, 'Is it politic?' Vanity asks the question, 'Is it popular?' But, conscience asks the question, 'Is it right?' And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it because one's conscience tells one that it is right." ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

Jim
Jim

Aren't humans amazing? They kill wildlife - birds, deer, all kinds of cats, coyotes, beavers, groundhogs, mice and foxes by the million in order to protect their domestic animals and their feed.

Then they kill domestic animals by the billion and eat them. This in turn kills people by the million, because eating all those animals leads to degenerative - and fatal - health conditions like heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and cancer.

So then humans spend billions of dollars torturing and killing millions more animals to look for cures for these diseases.

Elsewhere, millions of other human beings are being killed by hunger and malnutrition because food they could eat is being used to fatten domestic animals.

Meanwhile, few people recognize the absurdity of humans, who kill so easily and violently, and then call for Peace on Earth.

~Revised Preface to Old MacDonald's Factory Farm by C. David Coates~

_____________

Anyone can break this cycle of violence! Everyone has the power to choose compassion! Please visit these websites to align your core values with life affirming choices: http://veganvideo.org & http://tryveg.com

"Cowardice asks the question, 'Is it safe?' Expediency asks the question, 'Is it politic?' Vanity asks the question, 'Is it popular?' But, conscience asks the question, 'Is it right?' And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it because one's conscience tells one that it is right." ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

Kristine
Kristine

I think Amys vegan burgers are the best an prefer more of a "Beany" burger with onions carrots, green pepper and some form of nut. Of course stacked with crazy amounts if veg on top!! I think gross when I see a yellow or orange burger I know I won't like the flavor before I sink my teeth into it.

Douglasdillon
Douglasdillon

I think 5Napkin Burger offers the best veggie Burger. It is beet red and messy. I think they use the recipe from Mark Bittman's cookbook.

Mattpostal2
Mattpostal2

Why not do a 10 best Veggie burger, Robert?

sammy
sammy

I ate my first all organic #2 vegan burger pattie last nite. They give you option of having it wrapped in lettuce vs. a bun - I tried that as I am gluten sensitive. Added several toppings too. It was pretty tasty - I was happy to say. BTW they told me the caramelized onions are grilled on same grill as meat - in case that is an issue for you. I am surprised they do not post ingredient lists on their site.

Ryan V.
Ryan V.

Quite the opposite I'd say, in fact, Veggie Burger #2 is very much delicious. As a pretty hardcore vegetarian, I've had many-a-veggie-burger. Elevations was surprisingly good. And you can go a little more crazy with the toppings, the burgers above look a bit boring. I put caramelized onions and some other goodies on mine :)

ook01
ook01

@Jim Righteous spam is still spam.  Please go away.

rsietsema
rsietsema

Thanks for the excellent suggestion, Mattpostal2!

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