In the quest to be more vegetarian, the mushroom burger is offered as a way to have a "burger" without having to eat meat.
Unlike fake meats or pre-formed patties, portabella mushrooms are shaped like a burger and they are real food.
Putting ketchup, mustard, and pickles on a mushroom isn't ideal, but the mushroom burger is more about taste and cholesterol.
A local burger chain offered quality ingredients along with a turkey burger and mushroom burger. Both were certainly tempting, but there was one major problem. The turkey burger, mushroom burger, and the regular burger were all the same price: $5.99.
Why would anyone pay as much for a mushroom burger as a regular burger? Unless, of course, someone were a vegetarian.
The $5.99 price for the beef burger represented its grass-fed status. Was the mushroom burger also grass-fed? Was the mushroom extra fancy?
Through Facebook, I got a chance at a limited offer to try the mushroom burger for free. Figured if cost wasn't an issue, I could see if the fuss was worth $5.99.
The beef burgers are thin, so I couldn't be surprised to find the mushroom burger was also thin. No huge puffed up portabella for this sandwich.
I ate the mushroom burger with lettuce and tomato; pickles to the side and an order of fries.
The taste was good. The mushroom burger was even thinner than the beef burger. A very agreeable sandwich, though not at $5.99. Glad I had the fries to go along with the meal.
I have ordered the beef burger without fries and still felt pretty full. The mushroom burger by itself would not have filled me up. The health cost of the fries must be factored into the healthier burger.
Many can and will argue that "feeling full" isn't the goal, but eating healthier is the key. The beef burger is grass-fed and thin, as healthy as beef can get. But the mushroom burger is healthier.
Non-vegetarians could be talked into the mushroom burger, but if they look at the menu board and see $5.99 beside both burgers, they are going to order the beef burger 99% of the time.
To a vegetarian or someone who would rather have the mushroom version, the value is in health and not eating meat. Others need a different definition of value, either about money, health, or both.
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