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Daring Burgers at BRGR
Daring Burgers at BRGR

15/01/2019

If I get another press release for plant-based meals and products or for Veganuary I may just climb into my compost bin and be done with it. 

As someone who eats her greens and is sympathetic to the environmental, health and animal welfare concerns around factory farming, I began to wonder why Veganuary grated on me. 

An invite to sample Daring Burgers forced me to crystallize my thoughts.   

I am uncomfortable with  the promotion of processed foods over real food, beans and vegetables.  I think we should all eat a little less, better quality meat and a lot more veg and feel that this un-sexy moderate stance is probably the most pragmatic way forward.  

However, I appreciate also that fake meat may be a preference for some of the UK’s  vegans (estimates vary from 0.5-3.5 million).

Daring Burgers are made from wheat protein (46.7%), and various thickening agents, spices, herbs, vitamin B12, iron and zinc are added. They are 300 calories for 100 grammes and contain no palm oil, genetically modified organisms, hormones or antibiotics.  

Mr Bite accompanied me to BRGR in Nicolson Street where the burgers are currently available.   Daring Burgers is a start-up run by Ross Mackay from Glasgow, and business partner Eliott Kessas, a former corporate banker from Paris. If you are curious it is worth investigating further the interest big business is currently taking in plant-based food (Bill Gates went vegan a few years ago). 

Mr Bite had the Daring Chilli Cheese Burger whilst I tried the Daring Cluck-Free Burger. Real chicken is something I would never normally eat unless I know it is organic and free-range. My personal preference it to aim for some local meat when I am able or use it for flavouring. Mr Bite likes his meat. So with our cards on the table, we tried to keep an open mind.  

The brioche buns had a shiny golden dome and didn’t fall apart but would benefit from a slight toasting. Crispier onions and lettuce would help with texture of this 'meal in a bun' too.  Sweet potato fries were fine. The actual wheat protein we found tasteless and despite the reasons people have for choosing to be vegan, taste will remain a key test for many folk. Mr Bite had 'moo-less chilli mince on his burger which we though was pretty good as there was loads of fiery flavour added in. 

For a plant-based meal meal or burger however, we would choose a bean burger or one made from vegetables (Mrs Bite makes beet burgers). 

Having said that, if you are vegan wanting a faux meaty burger experience,  a Daring Burger at BRGR awaits you. (S. Wilson)

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