We’ve heard rave reviews about some of the Hilary’s Eat Well brand veggie burgers (the company, indeed, claims to make ‘The World’s Best Veggie Burger’) so we were excited to try them. Hilary’s is local, too; Hilary the chef is not only the creative source behind the actual burgers but she’s also the owner of Lawrence institution Local Burger, which we admittedly didn’t dine at much before (though, fun fact: Local Burger is the first restaurant I ate at in Lawrence, before I even lived here). Local Burger serves these veggie burgers and they’re also available for purchase in the frozen section of Checkers grocery store, and they’re not bad bargains when they’re on sale, which seems to be pretty often. They come two in a pack and we bought one pack of each variety, and tonight we finally got around to trying the Adzuki Bean Burgers for dinner.
Look, I like what Hilary’s is doing. Local, organic, real ingredients are hard to come by in the frozen foods section. And the burger had an alright taste. I just could not buy the texture, which was really crumbly and grainy and just not up my alley. I pan-seared these suckers and they kept falling apart in the pan, which was a bit annoying (there are other cooking instructions so I might have tried cooking them a different way for a better result). I’m sure it’s a personal preference thing; I just didn’t enjoy them as much as Boca Burgers, which have the texture nailed down really well.
We topped these with pepperjack cheese and served them on whole wheat buns with a simple salad and some Trader Joe’s french fries.
We’ve still got some of the regular Hilary’s veggie burgers in the freezer that we’ll try soon, and I’ll review those when we get around to eating them.
Ryan’s Brief Review
Agreed with Ashley on all counts. The taste was pretty good, but then I like beans; the texture made it seem not that different from simply putting beans on a bun and eating it. It wasn’t disgusting or anything, it was just a little off-putting. (Note: I’m the type of person who might actually put beans on a bun and eat it.) The fries, conversely, were fire, and the salad was as my kids would say ‘crispy’.