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Austin360 Taste Test: Veggie burgers, vegan mayo

Addie Broyles
abroyles@statesman.com

It’s hard to walk through the frozen aisle of the grocery store these days without bumping into a new meat alternative.

The technology behind these so-called “meat analogs” have improved far beyond the textured vegetable protein days of yore, and earlier this year, I tried some of the cutting edge products, including Beyond Meat and Gardein, that I’d heard about at South by Southwest.

In that post, I mentioned a product called Neat, which is made of ground garbanzo beans and pecans. It’s one of the only meat substitutes on the market that has no soy or gluten, but in order to make it, you either have to mix the finely ground beans and pecans with eggs or an egg substitute.

Well, I finally got around to trying out Neat in this week’s taste test video. Statesman city goverment reporter Lilly Rockwell also helped me try some new burgers from Dr. Praeger’s, as well as an egg-free mayonnaise from Just Mayo, the signature product from Hampton Creek, which was one of the food companies that made a splash at SXSW in March.

This is, by far, our longest taste test video, and I promise we won’t try to tackle three products in a single video again. However, if you’re one of the millions of shoppers who buy veggie burgers or who are hoping to reduce their consumption of animal products, hopefully you’ll get some good information out of the clip.

Let us know what you think we should test next in the comments, and you can check out all of the videos in this new series on the Austin360Video YouTube channel.