I headed to Founding Farmers to try the famous plant-based Impossible Burger firsthand!Whether you're an avid vegan or a meat-lover, you have probably seen the Impossible Burger online. This viral burger is 100 percent plant-based and promises to taste exactly like a real burger. It's even supposed to bleed! I wanted to try the burger firsthand to see if it was worth the hype, so I booked a reservation at Founding Farmers. As a person trying to reduce my meat consumption, I've heard a lot about the Impossible Burger. Although I'm not vegetarian, I do only eat meat a few times a month, and I have completely given up on burgers. I like the flavor of burgers, but all the fat and grease makes me feel sick hours later. So I was excited to try out an alternative that still promised the quintessential burger taste!
Unlike beef burgers, the Impossible Burger is made with plant-based ingredients such as wheat, coconut oil, potatoes, and heme (an iron-containing compound). According to the creators of the burger, heme is the secret ingredient that makes the burger smell, sizzle, and bleed like real meat. It still has some of the fat of a real burger, clocking in at 17 percent of your daily fat and 50 percent of your daily saturated fat. It also has 20 grams of protein and 25 percent of your daily zinc. Another perk of the burger is that it's good for the environment. "Compared to cows, the Impossible Burger uses 95% less land, 74% less water, and creates 87% less greenhouse gas emissions," their website states. So how does it taste? Spot on. I honestly loved the flavor and thought it tasted just like a beef burger without the greasiness! It had the nice crisp on the edges of the burger without tasting dry. My burger-loving boyfriend tried it and said he could not tell the difference between this burger and a beef burger. We both agreed we would order it again in a heartbeat! [caption id="attachment_8814" align="aligncenter" width="602"] Courtesy of Brianna Grant[/caption] The only disappointment was that I didn't see the "bleeding" that the burger has become known for. The Impossible Burger is $12 at Founding Farmers and comes with one side. It can be ordered without cheese and on a vegan bun, if desired. Besides Founding Farmers, the Impossible Burger can be found at B DC Penn Quarter, Farmers & Distillers, Fare Well, Wicked Bloom, Bareburger, and Farmers Fishers Bakers. What do you think? Want to try it out for yourself? Already tried it? Tell us what you thought in the comments below!