It was somewhere over a year ago I was wandering around my old favorite neighborhood Whole Foods in Denver. When I find myself grocery shopping without a toddler I like to search for new and interesting products. I also walk with long leisurely strides and a big smile! Shopping alone is such a luxury after one has a child.
So, mid-stride I stumbled across a vendor offering samples. As opposed to most people, I tend to veer away from people offering samples – I hate the social commitment of having someone watch me eat something, then I have to say something nice and then…pretend like I’m going to go right over to put one of whatever it is in my cart. It’s too much for me on some days. Also, I had been a vendor at farmers’ markets for 2 summers and I would eventually glare and resent the people who picked up free samples with no intention of buying something. I was a struggling small business person and every nickel I gave away in samples counted. Two summers of this made me think that taking free samples just because they’re free is incredibly rude!
Anyway, thankfully, for whatever reason, I stopped and tried a bite of a Qrunch Burger. I was skeptical; did the market really need yet another vegan burger? I didn’t think so! But it turned out that what was in my mouth was really good and not so burger-like after all. I also found out they were made right around the corner from where I lived – it was totally local.
As opposed to being burger-like, they’re more of a combination of a fish stick/patty and a chicken patty – NOT in flavor, but texture, light and squishy. It has a satisfying crunchy exterior, a soft and slightly squishy interior, and a very pleasant mild toasty quinoa flavor (ingredients list at the end of this blog post).
I love to make these in a frying pan – according to the package instructions, “Cook over medium-high heat, 3-4 minutes per side.” Pretty easy, huh? I don’t even need to use oil – just a dry pan! I typically serve them on a piece of toast with Vegenaise and some greens; ketchup seems to be too overpowering for the Qrunch Burger’s mild flavor. Some mustard might be in order though. Or going along with my theory of it being sort of like a fish stick, maybe some vegan tartar sauce. I’ll have to try that!
My 3-year-old loves these too, they’re very child friendly!
Qrunch burgers now come in plain and a Spicy Italian flavor – I have not yet tried the Spicy Italian.
Something else I’m very much looking forward to? Qrunch is coming out with new products soon! I can’t wait to see what they’ll be!!! :)
Plain Qrunch Burger Ingredients: Organic Millet, Organic Quinoa, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Onion, Organic Carrots, Organic Broccoli, Organic Spinach, Arrowroot Starch, Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, Organic Psyllium Seed Powder, Sea Salt, Organic Garlic, Organic Non-GMO Canola Oil.
Soy-free, Wheat-free, Nut-free, Egg-free, Dairy-free, Corn-free, Non-GMO Project Verified.