What do they taste like?
Though Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods both sell burger patties, their burgers taste wildly different. I ventured to a Bareburger to try the pair side-by-side, along with a regular beef burger. Each burger came with all the same ingredients -- brioche bun, Cheddar cheese, pickles, lettuce, and tomatoes topped with ketchup, mayonnaise, and mustard -- except for the patties.
I found that the Impossible patty tasted a lot more similar to beef than the Beyond patty. The Impossible burger was charred on the outside with a pink center, just like beef, and had a juicier patty that -- if I closed my eyes and pretended -- could definitely be mistaken for real meat.
The Beyond burger was not quite as beefy. The patty as a whole was a little bit spongier and the flavor of different veggie proteins was more apparent. The meat did not bleed or have the same kind of juiciness; instead, the patty seemed to be the same consistency and flavor throughout, despite being cooked on a grill. The flavor was still delicious -- it just didn’t convince me that it’s meant to be a beef substitute and not just another vegan protein patty.