The pros: Tasty, slightly spicy and doesn't pretend to be meat. Better if prepared on the stove top or oven which gives it a tasty crust. Trader Joe's Quinoa Cowboy Veggie Burgers are filling as a burger or as a side.
The cons: A bit mushy in the microwave, but the taste was still there.
The verdict: For $3.69 these are a reasonably good buy if you are health conscious, vegetarian, or just want to have a burger that doesn't pretend to taste like beef, then this might be for you. Trader Joe's sells items that pretend to taste like the item they are impersonating. My favorite of these is Trader Joe’s Vegan Chicken-less Mandarin Orange Morsels.
It tastes like chicken. Trader Joe's Quinoa Cowboy doesn't pretend to be meat. It's meant to be a tasty and slightly spicy veggie patty. The black beans provide the meatiness here. It's a mix of veggies, quinoa that are bound together with bit of bread crumbs.
Other veggies are present and cooked until soft and have a flavorful blend of spices that weren't present in another product like Trader Joe’s Carrot and Pea Vegetable Patties. In the microwave these lose a bit of texture and fall apart easily. Prepared on the stove top gives this a nice crust and keeps the patty together in a way the microwave just can't. This product shouldn't be judged against a beef burger, but as a veggie burger it's darn tasty.
I'd purchase this again.
Here is the visual rundown of what you get when you buy this product:
The box of Trader Joe's Quinoa Cowboy Veggie Burgers:
The nutritional information:
How to prepare:
Out of the package you get four individually wrapped packages like this:
After being cooked in my toaster oven and placed on a bun you get:
Would I buy this again? Yes. I've brought Trader Joe's Quinoa Cowboy Veggie Burgers to work on a several occasions as a healthy lunch option. If you pair this with Trader Joe's Multi Grain Slims then you'll get half of your daily needs of fiber in just one meal (and that's before you add any toppings).
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