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Hungry Girl Today: 08.18.06


We chewed SEVEN different veggie burgers from Gardenburger. Now we're
telling all...

The Original
(1 patty - 100 calories, 3.5g fat, 420mg sodium, 14g carbs, 5g fiber, 1g
sugars, 5g protein = 1 Point)

What They Say: When people say "veggie burger," this is what they are
talking about. The Original Veggie Patty. The real deal. Mushrooms, onions,
brown rice, rolled oats, a blend of mozzarella and cheddar cheese, parsley
and a hint of garlic. Grill it, heat it up in the oven, or put it in the toaster.
There's a reason so many people still love the Original.

Is It Pretty? Yes! It looks like a very attractive, hearty veggie burger.

What We Say: This is a perfect, restaurant-quality veggie burger. Hearty
and cheesy, you really feel and taste the brown rice & subtle seasonings.
It's very likable and classic. This exact burger is served at many
restaurants, so it could very well taste familiar to you. This patty is super-
popular for a reason. And that reason is, IT'S DELICIOUS!

Rating: A solid 9.5.

Veggie Medley
(1 patty - 90 calories, 2g fat, 290mg sodium, 11g carbs, 4g fiber, 1g sugars,
9g protein = 1 Point)

What They Say: Our Veggie Medley is a farmer's market blend of delicious
vegetables and grains with broccoli, rolled oats, savory onions, red and
yellow bell peppers, crisp carrots, brown rice and water chestnuts. Field
meets farm in this delicious burger.

Is It Pretty? Um, sorta but not really. It's colorful but a little mushy looking.

What We Say: Interesting vegetable choices, Gardenburger (crunchy water
chestnuts, yummy carrots & broccoli). But this soft patty falls apart easily
and is hardly a burger at all. And despite the various and sundry veggies
poking out everywhere, it still doesn’t taste very good. One bite of this thing
made us wonder why it exists with “Garden Vegan” and “Original” burgers
already in the line.

Rating: A disappointing 5.5.

Sun-Dried Tomato Basil
(1 patty - 100 calories, 3g fat, 310mg sodium, 15g carbs, 5g fiber, 2g sugars,
5g protein = 1 Point)

What They Say: Italian-style vegetables in a whole grain burger with brown
rice, basil, fresh onions, mozzarella cheese, rolled oats, red and green bell
peppers, sun-dried tomatoes and garlic. A must for sun-dried tomato fans.

Is It Pretty? Absolutely! With a lovely salmon pink hue, this may very well
be the prettiest patty of all!

What We Say: Nicely done! This burger has a solid tomato flavor and grains
of rice throughout. The basil flavor is subtle, which is an added bonus. It
took a little getting used to, but this burger improved with every bite.

Rating: 8. We like it.

(1 patty - 90 calories, 2.5g fat, 360mg sodium, 15g carbs, 5g fiber, 1g
sugars, 5g protein = 1 Point)

What They Say: A savory whole grain burger made from fine portabella
mushrooms with mozzarella cheese, wild rice, fresh onions and rolled oats.
The shroomiest burger off the shelf.

Is It Pretty? It's as pretty as any mushroom-packed burger can be, we

What We Say: This is a very unique burger. There's LOTS of mushroom
flavor in it, so if you're not a fan of mushrooms, run screaming from this
patty. We LOVE 'em so we really dig this burger. The texture is great, too.
And the brown rice, mushrooms and cheese go great together. Yum! By the
way, we're not here to edit Gardenburger's copy, but shouldn't it be "the
shroomiest burger ON the shelf"?

Rating: 9. We'll be visiting with this one again, thank you.

Black Bean Chipotle
(1 patty - 80 calories, 2.5g fat, 250mg sodium, 13g carbs, 5g fiber, 1g
sugars, 5g protein = 1 Point)

What They Say: Our spicy gourmet black bean veggie patty made with the
finest blend of black beans, brown rice, savory onions, corn, fresh red bell
peppers and Anaheim chilies with a touch of cilantro and garlic. Tex-Mex in
true Gardenburger style.

Is It Pretty? Of course! There are corn kernels EVERYWHERE. It's

What We Say: Wow, wow WOW! This is not just the best veggie burger in
Gardenburger's overpopulated veggie burger line, it could very well be THE
greatest, most delicious veggie patty of all time! Kicky, and a bit spicy, it's a
Mexican fiesta in your mouth! Packed with beans and corn, it would be
awesome with some salsa, avocado, or fat-free sour cream. And the recipe
possibilities are endless; it'd be great in burritos, salads, or even egg white
scrambles. This burger is our new best friend.

Rating: 10. It's PERFECT.

Flame Grilled
(1 patty - 90 calories, 4g fat, 470mg sodium, 5g carbs, 4g fiber, 0g sugars,
11g protein = 1 Point)

What They Say: This juicy, sensational, meaty veggie burger is a
summertime tailgate special. We use all-natural, specially seasoned veggie
patties and grill them over a red-hot flame.

Is It Pretty? Eeeks. Not really.

What We Say: What can we say? This burger tastes bad. It's crumbly and
will likely remind you of that horrendous mystery meat straight from the jr.
high school cafeteria. If you're looking for a veggie burger that tastes like
meat, you are WAY better off reaching for a Boca Burger (sorry, we love you
Gardenburger, but it's true).

Rating: 3.5. Ick.

Garden Vegan
(1 patty - 100 calories, 1g fat, 230mg sodium, 12g carbs, 3g fiber, 0g sugars,
10g protein = 1.5 Points)

What They Say: The best vegan burger you can eat without planting your
own garden and figuring out our secret recipe. Our combination of whole
grains, fresh mushrooms, garlic, savory onions and spices make a great
tasting wholesome vegan burger.

Is It Pretty? Not beautiful but it's good-looking enough.

What We Say: We really like this one, but it tastes more like stuffing than an
actual veggie burger. If you love fried items, or bready, doughy things, you'll
flip over this burger, because it can actually help you kick a craving for fried
foods. This one's interesting, different, and tasty.

Rating: 8.5. Hooray!


***HG TIP! Always go by the nutritionals on the box for the most accurate
numbers. Websites can be out of date, but the box doesn't lie!

****Please note. Many WW followers don't count half points and prefer to
round up. Those people should count the 1.5 point patties as 2 points.

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