Back in July 2013, I committed to doing a vegetarian challenge for the entire month. This was going to be a “true” challenge for me, since I am a definite meat eater. I wanted to revamp my diet by eating less processed foods, and more fruits and vegetables. I also wanted to reduce my overall meat consumption. When trying to decide what vegetarian dishes I would prepare, I thought about making my own veggie burgers. I make a delicious sweet potato burger and mushroom burger, so I didn’t think making a veggie burger would be too complicated. I just needed to figure out what I wanted in my veggie burger.
I’ve tried numerous store bought veggie burgers in the past, and have hated them all. They are either too dry, too gritty, or have a lingering taste that I don’t like. And since I am not a big fan of already pre-made food, trying another pre-made veggie burger that I possible would hate, was not an option. That was until my friend Tasha told me that I HAD TO TRY HILARY’S EAT WELL VEGGIE BURGERS. Tasha knows I am a foodie, and when she swore to me I would love these burgers, I decided to give them a try. I reached out to Hilary’s Eat Well to gain more information regarding their line of veggie burgers. They were so nice to talk to via email, and the company graciously agreed to send me coupons in order to try their products. In my area, Hilary’s Eat Well are available at Whole Foods, so I went their to get samples of their products.
Hilary’s Eat Well products are gluten-free, dairy-free, corn-free, egg-free, soy-free, yeast-free, and nut-free. Definitely the PERFECT burger if you are suffering from any food allergies, or want to eliminate any of those items from your diet. But in my head I was wondering, can a product “really” taste good with all of these known ingredients eliminated? I was definitely skeptical, but since I had nothing to lose, decided to try all 4 of Hilary’s Eat Well products.
The first product I tried was their original veggie bites. I wanted them to be a little crispy, so I opted to pan fry them in a little oil. Once fried, I added them onto a baby kale salad. I topped the salad with a little crumbled feta cheese, sliced organic bell peppers and grape tomatoes, slivered almonds, walnuts, and lightly drizzled with some extra virgin olive oil.
Trust me when I say there was a serious dance going on in my mouth. These bites were AMAZING. Packed with flavor, not dry/gritty, moist on the inside, with the right touch of seasoning. After I was done eating them, I wanted to make more, they were that good.
Still excited about the veggie bites, the next day I decided to try their Hilary’s Eat Well World’s Best Veggie Burger. Like the veggie bites, I pan fried these burgers in a little oil. Since I was watching my carb intake, I decided to ditch the bun, and just topped the burger with some smashed organic avocados and organic grape tomatoes. And as a side dish, I tossed some diced organic beets in olive oil and roasted until tender.
Here I was thinking that there was NOTHING BETTER THAN THE VEGGIE BITES, and their world’s best veggie burgers was just as good. After trying just 2 items, I was already saying, “There is NO WAY I’ll ever make a veggie burger again…I’m buying Hilary’s!!”
Next I decided to try their adzuki bean burger. I was a bit hesitant about this burger since I am not a fan of adzuki beans. I’ve had it a few times while living in Japan, and never really liked the taste. But decided to give it a try since I loved their other 2 previously mentioned items. And as suspected, I was not a fan of this burger. I just found the beans to be a bit too chewy, and I am still not a fan of how these beans taste. I did however enjoy the mexican flavors embedded within these burgers. Once again I topped this burger with some smashed organic avocados, and topped with a little mild cheddar cheese. And as a side dish, I sauteed some organic yellow squash and zucchini, organic bella mushrooms and red bell peppers, and organic onions in a little oil and seasoned with a mexican adobo ole’ spice blend.
Although I wasn’t a fan of this burger, it’s definitely worth trying if you like adzuki beans and mexican flavors.
Now I was down to their last veggie burger to try, the hemp & greens burger. I love greens, but have never tried hemp seed, so I didn’t know what to expect with this burger. After trying, I noted that this burger had a nice mild earthy taste, which merged well with the thyme flavor. Keeping it simple, I topped the burger with some sauteed organic red onions, organic bella mushrooms, and bell peppers. And as a side, I added some sauteed fresh organic baby spinach.
Overall, Hilary’s Eat Well is by far the best line of veggie burgers I have tried thus far. The veggie bites and world’s best veggie burger, were by far my favorites. Regarding cost, their packages retail around $3.69 + tax for 2 patties or 16 veggie bites per package. Based upon the ingredients,and what you are getting, “I” think this price is reasonable. I wanted to add that I found the adzuki bean and hemp & green burger, to be a bit delicate, and crumbled easily if slightly thawed. So my advice is to follow the directions on package and prepare when frozen.
Right now Hilary’s Eat Well is offering a discount coupon to all of their Facebook fans through Sept. 15, so definitely check it out.