Have you heard of Beyond Meat? It’s a hugely successful company that makes vegan meats, such as the Beyond Burger!
The Beyond Burger is 100% plant-based and pretty unique. It’s soy-free, gluten-free, and GMO-free. The main ingredients are: water, pea protein, canola oil, and coconut oil. Where will you find it? In the meat aisle, and now, at all A&W locations in Canada.
This is a big deal! This the first time the Beyond Burger is available in Canada. And this is a huge fast food company offering not one, but two plant-based burger patties. Before introducing the Beyond Burger to Canada, A&W had their Deluxe Veggie Burger. The Deluxe Veggie Burger is a typical "veggie patty" made with vegetables and portobello mushrooms. Make it vegan by ordering it without cheese and ranch sauce. Overall, this is a big win for vegans!
So what’s the Beyond Burger like? Today we’re reviewing the Beyond Burger from A&W!
A&W’s Beyond Burger is served on a sesame seed bun with lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickles, ketchup, mustard, mayo, and “Uncle sauce”.
A ¼ lb Beyond Burger patty contains 20g of plant protein, 25% of your daily iron intake, 5g of saturated fat, 0mg of cholesterol, and 22g of total fat.
Compared to an 80/20 ¼ lb. beef patty, it’s higher in protein and iron and lower in saturated fat and cholesterol.
Making it Vegan:
Unfortunately, ordering the Beyond Burger as-is isn’t vegan. You’ll need to order it without mayo or “Uncle sauce”. Thankfully, customization is a breeze at A&W and ordering it vegan is super easy.
I also want to note that the Beyond Burger is cooked on the same grill the meat patties are cooked. I'd prefer if A&W could make this switch to cooking the Beyond Burger on it's own grill or section. Unfortunately this I don't think this is realistic right now but in the future, with enough sales and conversation around the topic, I'd love to see this change!
Taste & Texture:
This burger is really good. It’s meaty and satisfying. It doesn’t taste like a veggie patty or vegetables, it tastes meaty but with a different texture than meat. The texture is lighter and a little flaky. The patty is seasoned with A&W’s signature seasoning giving it a distinct A&W-ish flavour. It’s a burger that’s craveable, something I’d look forward to eating. When you’re busy or travelling it can be difficult to find vegan food that's convenient and delicious. These are usually the times that make veganism feel difficult. This burger definitely changes that. I can see myself making A&W a go-to stop when travelling.
After trying the Beyond Burger twice, we tried adding our own vegan mayo. It's SO good. Adding a little vegan mayo makes the Beyond Burger taste richer and for lack of a better term, “less vegan”. Come on A&W, bring on the vegan mayo!
The Beyond Burger is $6.99 or $10.98 for a combo (with fries and a drink.) I find this a little expensive for fast food. In comparison, the Mama Burger (beef patty and similar toppings) is $4.79. The Veggie Deluxe Burger is $6.59.
We didn’t find the Beyond Burger to be very filling. If you’re hungry, you’d want to order a combo. For two people that brings the total up to $21.96 plus tax.
A&W will charge you $1.49 per patty to sub the Beyond Burger patty into any other burger on the menu.
The Beyond Burger is delicious! We really enjoyed it and would order it again
I’m so happy A&W added the Beyond Burger to it’s lineup. It’s a great vegan fast food option that’s satisfying and delicious. It's a big step up from fries or plain salads.
A&W has set a great example. Hopefully this encourages other fast food restaurants to add vegan options to their menus. It gets frustrating having only a few side dishes to choose from when you do go out for fast food.
The cost of each burger is a little prohibitive. At $6.99 per burger, the price will keep me from ordering the Beyond Burger often. It’s something I’ll view as a treat or an option for really busy days or travel.
We highly suggest giving the Beyond Burger a try.
Make it a Combo and Other Vegan Options from A&W:
Other vegan options from A&W (Canada) include:
- Russet Thick-Cut French Fries
- Sweet Potato Fries (comes with chipotle mayo, be sure to ask for no chipotle mayo!)
- Veggie Deluxe Burger (be sure to ask for no cheese and no ranch sauce)
- Hash browns
We'd love to hear your thoughts on this addition to A&W’s lineup! Have you tried it? What did you think? Are you vegan? Would you give this burger a try?