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Dont' have a cow: the best meatless burgers, chicken patties, and more.

They're not just for vegetarians anymore. Veggie burgers For a burgerless burger, see .

A veggie burger is a vegetarian hamburger. The patty of a veggie burger can be made from vegetables, nuts, dairy, mushrooms, textured vegetable protein (TVP), or a combination of these. They are sometimes vegan.
 have gone mainstream.

If you're trying to minimize saturated fat saturated fat, any solid fat that is an ester of glycerol and a saturated fatty acid. The molecules of a saturated fat have only single bonds between carbon atoms; if double bonds are present in the fatty acid portion of the molecule, the fat is said to be , don't want to think about E. coli E. coli: see Escherichia coli.
E. coli
 in full Escherichia coli

Species of bacterium that inhabits the stomach and intestines. E. coli can be transmitted by water, milk, food, or flies and other insects.
, or are hovering hov·er  
intr.v. hov·ered, hov·er·ing, hov·ers
1. To remain floating, suspended, or fluttering in the air: gulls hovering over the waves.

2.
 somewhere between less meat and meatless, you may have walked straight past the ground beef to the veggie burger section of the freezer freezer

the compartment in which meat and offal are stored at freezing temperatures of 10 to 16°F (-12 to -9°C) although there is a trend to lower temperatures of 0 to -22°F (-18 to -30°C).
 or refrigerator aisle.

They're ready to roll when you want something to throw on the grill, into your lunch bag, or onto your dinner plate. They pack some of the nutrients of meat--and a few of their own--without loading down your arteries Arteries
Blood vessels that carry oxygenated blood away from the heart to the cells, tissues, and organs of the body.

Mentioned in: Adrenergic Blockers, Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Inhibitors, Antihypertensive Drugs, Hypertension, Thrombolytic Therapy,
 with saturated fat. And they come in dozens of flavors, so you can switch from Tex Mex TEX MEX Texas Mexican Railway  to Thai and from Garlic garlic: see onion.
garlic

Bulbous perennial plant (Allium sativum) of the lily family, native to central Asia and growing wild in Italy and southern France. The bulbs are used as a flavouring.
 Portabella por·ta·bel·la  
n.
Variant of portobello.
 to Philly Cheese Steak without missing a bite.

Our 5-step guide will help you find the best burgers Burgers are hamburgers.

Burgers may also refer to:
  • Johannes Martinus Burgers, Dutch physicist, namesake of Burgers' equation and brother of W. G. Burgers
  • W. G. Burgers, Dutch crystallographer and brother of J. M.
, patties, meatballs, nuggets Nuggets can refer to several branches of interest:
  • , a compilation of U.S. psychedelic rock released between 1965 and 1968
  • , a Rhino Records box set of non-U.S.
, tenders, strips, and ground "meat" that never saw the inside of a barn. (For our rating of veggie hot dogs and sausages, see "The Best of the Wurst," Dec. 2005, p. 11.)

1. BAD FAT

Don't worry about it. Few veggie meats have more than 2 grams of saturated fat in a serving (a McDonald's Quarter Pounder The Quarter Pounder is a sandwich sold by international fast food chain McDonald's. Along with the Big Mac, it is one of McDonald's two signature products. Product description  has 7 grams). Many have none. And the partially hydrogenated oil we found in a few products wasn't enough to give a serving even half a gram of trans fat trans fat  
n.
1. A trans fatty acid.

2. Trans fatty acids considered as a group.



trans fat  

A fat containing trans fatty acids.
. (Exception: Vegelicious burgers and meatballs deliver 1 grain of trans.) That leaves room for you to worry about protein, taste, and, if you're not careful, sodium.

2. SODIUM

Veggie burgers have more sodium than hamburgers (assuming the ground beef isn't dolled up with seasoned bread crumbs See bread crumb.  or other salty salt·y  
adj. salt·i·er, salt·i·est
1. Of, containing, or seasoned with salt.

2. Suggestive of the sea or sailing life.

3. Witty; pungent; earthy: salty humor.
 additions). Sodium levels typically start at around 250 mg and end close to 500 mg. Add a bun BUN blood urea nitrogen; see urea nitrogen.

BUN
abbr.
blood urea nitrogen


Blood urea nitrogen (BUN) 
 and you get another 250 mg, not counting any mustard mustard, common name for the Cruciferae, a large family chiefly of herbs of north temperate regions. The easily distinguished flowers of the Cruciferae have four petals arranged diagonally ("cruciform") and alternating with the four sepals. , ketchup, or pickle pickle, general term for fruits or vegetables preserved in vinegar or brine, usually with spices or sugar or both. Vegetables commonly pickled include the beet, cabbage, cauliflower, cucumber, olive, onion, pepper, and tomato. .

The good news is that you can find delicious veggie burgers that stay under our sodium limit for Best Bites (300 mg) or Honorable Mentions (480 mg). Some--like Boca Burgers Boca Burger is a veggie burger made chiefly from soy protein and wheat gluten; it is a registered trademark of the Boca Foods Company, a subsidiary of Kraft Foods. Like all of Boca Foods' products, Boca Burgers serve as a meat analogue.  Roasted roast  
v. roast·ed, roast·ing, roasts

v.tr.
1. To cook with dry heat, as in an oven or near hot coals.

2. To dry, brown, or parch by exposing to heat.

3.
 Onion onion, plant of the family Liliaceae (lily family), of the same genus (Allium) as the chive (A. schoenoprasum), garlic (A. sativum), leek (A. porrum), and shallot (A. ascalonium). , Morningstar Farms Morningstar Farms is a division of the Kellogg Company that produces vegetarian food. Many of their offerings are meatless variations of traditionally meat-based products, including some that are vegan. Morningstar is currently the largest vegetarian food producer in America.  Tomato & Basil Pizza, and Gardenburger Black Bean black bean

see castanospermum australe, erythrophleumchlorostachys.
 Chipotle--were delightful "Delightful" is the first physical single released by Ami Suzuki under the label Avex Trax and also the transition single that marked the end of the old Ami making her return to the music industry.  at just 250 mg to 300 mg of sodium.

It's tougher to find good-tasting veggie chicken nuggets A chicken nugget is either whole or composed from a paste of finely minced chicken or chicken skin, which is then coated in batter or breadcrumbs before being cooked. Fast-food restaurants typically deep-fry their nuggets in oil.  and patties that don't harbor a mean dose of sodium in their breading. Morningstar Farms Parmesan Ranch ranch, large farm devoted chiefly to raising and breeding cattle, horses, sheep, and goats. The cattle ranch was introduced from Latin America to Texas and the plains of the W United States and Canada.  Chik Patties, for example, have 680 mg each. Boca Hot & Spicy Chik'n Wings have 700 mg in each four-wing serving.

While some (mostly unbreaded) chicken patties and fillets manage to keep the sodium down in the 300 to 400 mg range, they didn't win any taste awards. Our chick chick

abbreviation for chicken (1).
 pick: Boca Original (not Spicy) Chik'n Patties. With 430 mg of sodium and crispy crisp·y  
adj. crisp·i·er, crisp·i·est
1. Firm but easily broken or crumbled; crisp.

2. Having small curls, waves, or ripples.
 breading, they're a good compromise. If you want unbreaded, try Gardenburger's Chik'n Grill (360 mg of sodium).

3. PROTEIN

You may not need protein in your veggie meat if you get enough from the other foods you eat. But for many people, a meatless burger is replacing a hamburger, which has some 20 grams of protein. (That's for a "quarter pounder," which weighs three ounces after cooking.)

Most veggie burgers and veggie chicken patties are made with soy protein Soy protein is generally regarded as the storage protein held in discrete particles called protein bodies which are estimated to contain at least 60–70% of the total soybean protein.  concentrate, which gives them roughly 10 to 15 grams of protein. Some veggie meatballs and ground meats and strips are closer to 20 grams, mostly because their serving size (3 ounces) is slightly larger than that of most veggie burgers (2 1/2 ounces).

Burgers, patties, nuggets, etc., that aren't made with soy have much less protein. Some Gardenburgers--The Original, Sun-Dried Tomato Basil, Portabella, and Black Bean Chipotle chi·pot·le  
n.
A ripe jalapeño pepper that has been dried and smoked for use in cooking.



[American Spanish, from Nahuatl xipotli.]

Noun 1.
, for example--have only 5 grams of protein. They're made largely of brown rice and vegetables. (In contrast, the two soy-based Gardenburgers--Flame Grilled and The Classic--have 11 or 12 grams of protein.)

Just don't assume that a veggie burger has to look or taste like meat to supply a nice shot of protein. Morningstar Farms squeezes 10 grams of protein into its Garden Veggie Patties and Thai Burgers, 11 grams into its Veggie Medley med·ley  
n. pl. med·leys
1. An often jumbled assortment; a mixture: "That night he dreamed he was traveling in a foreign country, only it seemed to be a medley of all the countries he'd ever been to and
 Burgers, and 12 grams into its Zesty Tomato Basil and Spicy Black Bean Burgers. Other than the shape, none have any resemblance Resemblance may refer to:
  • Resemblance: as in "you have a resemblance to your brother" (In the case of twins) see analogy and similarity.
  • Resemblance nominalism
  • Ludwig Wittgenstein's family resemblances.
 to a hamburger. Ditto for Boca's Grilled Vegetable Burgers (12 grams of protein) and Garden Vegetable Burgers with Organic Soy (15 grams).

Although most veggie meats pack protein, they may not supply the same levels of vitamins (B-12, niacin niacin: see coenzyme; vitamin.
niacin
 or nicotinic acid or vitamin B3

Water-soluble vitamin of the vitamin B complex, essential to growth and health in animals, including humans.
) and minerals (iron, zinc zinc, metallic chemical element; symbol Zn; at. no. 30; at. wt. 65.38; m.p. 419.58°C;; b.p. 907°C;; sp. gr. 7.133 at 25°C;; valence +2. Zinc is a lustrous bluish-white metal. It is found in Group 12 of the periodic table. ) that you'd get from meat. On the other hand, most veggie burgers, chicken patties, etc., are good sources of fiber, which you can't get from meat. Expect 2 to 5 grams of fiber per serving.

4. QUORN

While most veggie meats are made with soy, Quorn cutlets, nuggets, etc., are composed largely of "mycoprotein My`co`pro´te`in

n. 1. (Biol.) The protoplasmic matter of which bacteria are composed.
," which comes from a single-celled fungus fungus

Any of about 200,000 species of organisms belonging to the kingdom Fungi, or Mycota, including yeasts, rusts, smuts, molds, mushrooms, and mildews. Though formerly classified as plants, they lack chlorophyll and the organized plant structures of stems, roots, and
 grown in large fermentation fermentation, process by which the living cell is able to obtain energy through the breakdown of glucose and other simple sugar molecules without requiring oxygen. Fermentation is achieved by somewhat different chemical sequences in different species of organisms.  vats.

People assume that Quorn's faux meats are safe because they're typically sold in natural food stores. But researchers have found a protein in Quorn that causes allergic reactions allergic reaction
n.
A local or generalized reaction of an organism to internal or external contact with a specific allergen to which the organism has been previously sensitized.
 in some people. And the more than 1,000 adverse-reaction reports received by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (publisher of Nutrition Action Healthletter) include severe anaphylactic anaphylactic /ana·phy·lac·tic/ (an?ah-fi-lak´tik) pertaining to anaphylaxis.
anaphylactic (an´
 reactions as well as hives hives (urticaria), rash consisting of blotches or localized swellings (wheals) of the skin, caused by an allergic reaction (see allergy). The swelling is caused by distention of the skin capillaries and escape of serum and white cells into the skin and tissues.  and vomiting vomiting, ejection of food and other matter from the stomach through the mouth, often preceded by nausea. The process is initiated by stimulation of the vomiting center of the brain by nerve impulses from the gastrointestinal tract or other part of the body. .

That's why we disqualified dis·qual·i·fy  
tr.v. dis·qual·i·fied, dis·qual·i·fy·ing, dis·qual·i·fies
1.
a. To render unqualified or unfit.

b. To declare unqualified or ineligible.

2.
 the entire Quorn brand from earning Best Bites or Honorable Mentions and didn't include it in our chart. (CSPI CSPI Center for Science in the Public Interest
CSPI Corporate Service Price Index
CSPI Cumulative Schedule Performance Index
 has sued the maker of Quorn and the Whole Foods Market chain for not disclosing to consumers that Quorn may cause severe allergic reactions. If you have gotten sick after eating Quorn, you can file a report at www.QuornComplaints.org.)

5. TASTE

The Nutrition Action staff tasted roughly 60 Best Bites and Honorable Mentions for this article. While individual differences could be stark (one person's "mushy mush·y  
adj. mush·i·er, mush·i·est
1. Resembling mush in consistency; soft.

2. Informal
a. Excessively sentimental. See Synonyms at sentimental.

b.
" was another person's "moist moist

having a moderate moisture content, slightly wet to the touch.


moist dermatitis
see moist dermatitis of rabbits.

moist grain storage
grain stored at about 30% moisture in airtight silos.
," one person's "meaty" was another's "gristly gris·tly  
adj. gris·tli·er, gris·tli·est
1. Composed of or containing gristle.

2. Resembling gristle.



gris
"), the more successful brands tended to rise to the top (see photos).

Opinions were especially divided, however, when it came to veggie meats that weren't trying to imitate im·i·tate  
tr.v. im·i·tat·ed, im·i·tat·ing, im·i·tates
1. To use or follow as a model.

2.
a.
 meat or chicken. At least the imitators have a well-known target. There's no frame of reference for a mushroom mushroom, type of basidium fungus characterized by spore-bearing gills on the underside of the umbrella- or cone-shaped cap. The name toadstool is popularly reserved for inedible or poisonous mushrooms, but this classification has no scientific basis.  or veggie patty. You either like it or you don't.

Differences in taste buds taste buds taste nplGeschmacksknospen pl  notwithstanding, here are some rules of thumb:

* Shop by brand. Overall, we thought that Amy's, Boca, Gardenburger, and (especially) Morningstar Farms are a better bet than Vegelicious, Lightlife, Veggie Patch, and Yves. But there are plenty of exceptions. So don't give up if you find a dud. Even our favorite brands had a few.

* Don't forget the fixin's, We tried each veggie meat unadorned. Once you put them on a bun with lettuce lettuce, annual garden plant (Lactuca sativa and varieties) of the family Asteraceae (aster family), probably native to the East Indies or Asia Minor, possibly as a derivative of the widespread weed called wild lettuce (L. scariola). L. , tomato, and onion, even so-so burgers go down easy. A little ketchup, mustard, or barbecue barbecue [West Indian or South American], in the United States, traditionally an open-air gathering, political or social, in which meats are roasted whole over a pit of embers and food and drink are liberally enjoyed.  sauce can do wonders for ho-hum veggie nuggets. And you can wake up not-ready-for-prime-time veggie meatballs by nestling them in a warm pita bread with lettuce, tomato, sliced onion, and a drizzle of Greek dressing.

* Eat 'em hot. Hot off the grill "Hot off the Grill" is the 1st episode of season four of the television sitcom Married... with Children.
  • First Aired: September 3, 1989, on FOX.
Plot
During a Labor Day barbecue, Marcy's dead aunt's ashes end up in Al's hamburgers.
 is the best way to eat a veggie burger. Just keep in mind that some brands taste less meaty (and get tougher) as they cool. For our taste tests, we sauteed most items in a pan with cooking spray Cooking spray is a spray form of various types of oils, combined with lecithin, an emulsifier, and a propellent such as food-grade alcohol, nitrous oxide, carbon dioxide or propane. Cooking spray is applied to frying pans and other cookware to prevent food from sticking.  (we baked a few others). If you want a meal in a minute, try the microwave.

The information for this article was compiled by Danielle Weinberg.
The Meatless Market

Best Bites and Honorable Mentions have no more than 2 grams
of saturated fat and less than 0.5 grams of trans fat. Bets Bites
have up to 300 milligrams of sodium; Honorable Mentions have
up to 480 mg. Products are ranked from least to most sodium,
then calories, then most to least protein, then fiber.

          Burgers (1 patty--about 2.5 ounces)               Protein
          10 grams of protein or more          Calories     (grams)

[check]   Gardenburger GardenVegan               100           10
[check]
[check]   Morningstar Farms Tomato & Basil
[check]     Pizza                                110           10
[check]   Morningstar Farms Veggie Medley        120           11
[check]
[check]   Morningstar Farms Grillers
[check]     Original                             130           15
[check]   Veggie Patch Garlic Portabella *       100           12
[check]
[check]   Boca Burgers Original Vegan             70           13
[check]
[check]   Boca Burgers All American Flame
[check]     Grilled                               90           14
[check]   Morningstar Farms Vegan Grillers       100           12
[check]
[check]   Morningstar Farms Zesty Tomato
[check]     Basil                                130           12
[check]   Boca Burgers Roasted Onion              70           11
[check]
[check]   Boca Burgers Grilled Vegetable          80           12
[check]
[check]   Veggie Patch Bistro *                  130           12
[check]   Worthington FriPats                    130           15
[check]   Morningstar Farms Classic              150           14
[check]   Morningstar Farms Garden Veggie        100           10
[check]   Amy's Texas Veggie                     120           12
[check]   Boca Burgers Cheeseburger              100           12
[check]   Morningstar Farms Grillers Prime       170           17
[check]   Boca Burgers Roasted Garlic             70           12
[check]   Morningstar Farms Thai                 100           10
[check]   Gardenburger The Classic               110           12
[check]   Amy's All American Veggie              120           10
[check]   Amy's Chicago Veggie                   160           10
[check]   Morningstar Farms Philly Cheese
            Steak                                120           10
[check]   Boca Burgers Garden Vegetable
            (Organic Soy)                        130           15
[check]   Lightlife Smart Menu                   100           13
[check]   Boca Burgers Roasted Onion
            (Organic Soy)                        130           15
[check]   Trader Joe's Burger Nouveau
            (3.5 oz.)                            140           21
[check]   Yves The Good Burger, Veggie
            Authentic *                          120           11
[check]   Morningstar Farms Vegan                100           13
[check]   Gardenburger Flame Grilled              90           11
[check]   Boca Burgers Vegan (Organic Soy)       100           13
[check]   Yves The Good Burger, Veggie
            Original *                           110           12
[check]   Boca Burgers Roasted Garlic
            (Organic Soy)                        130           16
[check]   Morningstar Farms Spicy Black Bean     140           12
[check]   Morningstar Farms Cheddar              150           13
          Boca Burgers All American Classic
            (Organic Soy)                        140           15
          Boca Burgers Cheeseburger
            (Organic Soy)                        120           15

          Less than 10 grams of protein

          Vegelicious Vegetable (1)              150            5
[check]   Morningstar Farms Mushroom Lover's     110            7
[check]
[check]   Gardenburger Black Bean Chipotle        80            5
[check]
[check]   Trader Joe's Nirvana Vegetable
[check]     (3.4 oz)                             130            7
[check]   Veggie Patch Wholesome Veggie *        100            8
[check]
[check]   Morningstar Farms Fajita               130            8
[check]
[check]   Gardenburger Sun-Dried Tomato
            Basil                                100            5
[check]   Morningstar Farms Tex Mex              120            9
[check]   Yves The Good Burger, Savory
            Veggie *                             150            6
[check]   Gardenburger Original or
            Portabella (2)                       100            5
[check]   Amy's California Veggie                140            6
[check]   Gardenburger Veggie Medley              90            5

          Chicken Patties & Cutlets (1 patty--about 2.5 ounces)

[check]   Morningstar Farms Okara Pattie         120           12
[check]
[check]   Yves The Good Burger, Veggie
            Chicken *                            100           15
[check]   Veggie Patch Garlic Herb Chick'n
            Fillets *                             90           10
[check]   Gardenburger Chik'n Grill              100           13
[check]   Morningstar Farms Roasted Herb
            Chik'n                               110           13
[check]   Boca Chik'n Patties, Original          160           11
[check]   Gardenburger Herb Crusted Cutlet       150           10
[check]   Veggie Patch Chick'n Cutlets *         160            9
          Worthington Crispy Chik Patties        150            9
          Boca Chik'n Patties, Spicy             160           11
          Morningstar Farms Chik Patties (1)     160           10

          Chicken Nuggets & Tenders (number closest to 3 ounces)

          Morningstar Farms Chik'n
            Nuggets (4)                          190           12
          Worthington Loma Linda
            Chik-Nuggets (5)                     250           13
          Boca Chik'n Nuggets, Original (4)      180           14
          Morningstar Farms Original Chik'n
            Tenders (2)                          190           12
          Morningstar Farms Buffalo
            Wings (5)                            200           12
          Boca Chik'n Wings, Hot & Spicy (4)     160           14

          Meatballs (number closest to 3 ounces)

          Vegelicious Meatless Meatballs (6)     180           18
[check]   Gardenburger Mama Mia
            Meatballs (6)                        110           12
[check]   Veggie Patch Meatballs (4) *           130           16
[check]   Nate's Meatless Meatballs, Savory
            Mushroom (6)                         200           16
          Yves The Good Meatballs, Veggie
            Original (1) *                       160           23
          Lightlife Smart Menu Meatless
            Meatballs (5)                        160           19

          Ground & Strips (serving closest to 3 ounces)

[check]   Lightlife Smart Tex Mex
[check]     (1/3 cup) *                           70            9
[check]   Lightlife Smart Ground,
            Taco/Burrito (1/2 cup) *             110           18
[check]   Morningstar Farms Meal Starters
            Recipe Crumbles, Grillers
            (1 cup)                              120           15
[check]   Yves The Good Ground, Veggie
            Original (1/2 cup) *                  90           15
[check]   Lightlife Gimme Lean, Ground Beef
            Style (1/3 cup) *                     80           12
[check]   Boca Ground Burger (3/4 cup) (1)        90           20
[check]   Yves The Good Ground, Veggie
            Mexican (1/2 cup) *                  140           17
          Lightlife Smart Ground, Original
            (1/2 cup) *                          110           19
          Lightlife Smart Strips, Chick'n
            or Steak-Style (1/2 cup) (2) *        80           15
          Lightlife Smart BBQ, shredded
            (1/3 cup) *                          100            9
          Morningstar Farms Meal Starters
            Recipe Crumbles, Sausage-Style
            (1 cup)                              140           17
          Morningstar Farms Meal Starters
            Strips, Chik'N or Steak (12) (2)     140           22

          Loaves, Riblets, etc.
          (serving closest to 3 ounces, unless noted)

[check]   Morningstar Farms Veggie Loaf
            (1" slice) (1)                       160            8
[check]   Worthington Stakelets (1)              150           14
          Veggie Patch BBQ Riblets
            (5 oz. with sauce) *                 230           12
          Gardenburger BBQ Riblets
            (5 oz. with sauce)                   230           16

          Burgers (1 patty--about 2.5 ounces)   Fiber        Sodium
          10 grams of protein or more          (grams)    (milligrams)

[check]   Gardenburger GardenVegan                3           230
[check]
[check]   Morningstar Farms Tomato & Basil
[check]     Pizza                                 3           260
[check]   Morningstar Farms Veggie Medley         1           260
[check]
[check]   Morningstar Farms Grillers
[check]     Original                              2           260
[check]   Veggie Patch Garlic Portabella *        4           270
[check]
[check]   Boca Burgers Original Vegan             4           280
[check]
[check]   Boca Burgers All American Flame
[check]     Grilled                               3           280
[check]   Morningstar Farms Vegan Grillers        4           280
[check]
[check]   Morningstar Farms Zesty Tomato
[check]     Basil                                 4           290
[check]   Boca Burgers Roasted Onion              4           300
[check]
[check]   Boca Burgers Grilled Vegetable          4           300
[check]
[check]   Veggie Patch Bistro *                   4           310
[check]   Worthington FriPats                     3           320
[check]   Morningstar Farms Classic               3           340
[check]   Morningstar Farms Garden Veggie         4           350
[check]   Amy's Texas Veggie                      3           350
[check]   Boca Burgers Cheeseburger               3           360
[check]   Morningstar Farms Grillers Prime        2           360
[check]   Boca Burgers Roasted Garlic             4           370
[check]   Morningstar Farms Thai                  3           380
[check]   Gardenburger The Classic                4           380
[check]   Amy's All American Veggie               3           390
[check]   Amy's Chicago Veggie                    3           390
[check]   Morningstar Farms Philly Cheese
            Steak                                 3           400
[check]   Boca Burgers Garden Vegetable
            (Organic Soy)                         4           400
[check]   Lightlife Smart Menu                    4           420
[check]   Boca Burgers Roasted Onion
            (Organic Soy)                         4           420
[check]   Trader Joe's Burger Nouveau
            (3.5 oz.)                             5           430
[check]   Yves The Good Burger, Veggie
            Authentic *                           7           450
[check]   Morningstar Farms Vegan                 5           460
[check]   Gardenburger Flame Grilled              4           470
[check]   Boca Burgers Vegan (Organic Soy)        4           470
[check]   Yves The Good Burger, Veggie
            Original *                            3           470
[check]   Boca Burgers Roasted Garlic
            (Organic Soy)                         4           470
[check]   Morningstar Farms Spicy Black Bean      3           470
[check]   Morningstar Farms Cheddar               3           480
          Boca Burgers All American Classic
            (Organic Soy)                         4           500
          Boca Burgers Cheeseburger
            (Organic Soy)                         3           650

          Less than 10 grams of protein

          Vegelicious Vegetable (1)               4           190
[check]   Morningstar Farms Mushroom Lover's      1           220
[check]
[check]   Gardenburger Black Bean Chipotle        5           250
[check]
[check]   Trader Joe's Nirvana Vegetable
[check]     (3.4 oz)                              4           260
[check]   Veggie Patch Wholesome Veggie *         4           290
[check]
[check]   Morningstar Farms Fajita                3           290
[check]
[check]   Gardenburger Sun-Dried Tomato
            Basil                                 5           310
[check]   Morningstar Farms Tex Mex               2           330
[check]   Yves The Good Burger, Savory
            Veggie *                              4           350
[check]   Gardenburger Original or
            Portabella (2)                        5           390
[check]   Amy's California Veggie                 4           430
[check]   Gardenburger Veggie Medley              5           440

          Chicken Patties & Cutlets (1 patty--about 2.5 ounces)

[check]   Morningstar Farms Okara Pattie          3           300
[check]
[check]   Yves The Good Burger, Veggie
            Chicken *                             2           350
[check]   Veggie Patch Garlic Herb Chick'n
            Fillets *                             3           360
[check]   Gardenburger Chik'n Grill               5           360
[check]   Morningstar Farms Roasted Herb
            Chik'n                                2           380
[check]   Boca Chik'n Patties, Original           2           430
[check]   Gardenburger Herb Crusted Cutlet        3           460
[check]   Veggie Patch Chick'n Cutlets *          2           470
          Worthington Crispy Chik Patties         2           540
          Boca Chik'n Patties, Spicy              2           560
          Morningstar Farms Chik Patties (1)      2           610

          Chicken Nuggets & Tenders (number closest to 3 ounces)

          Morningstar Farms Chik'n
            Nuggets (4)                           2           490
          Worthington Loma Linda
            Chik-Nuggets (5)                      2           490
          Boca Chik'n Nuggets, Original (4)       3           500
          Morningstar Farms Original Chik'n
            Tenders (2)                           3           580
          Morningstar Farms Buffalo
            Wings (5)                             3           630
          Boca Chik'n Wings, Hot & Spicy (4)      3           700

          Meatballs (number closest to 3 ounces)

          Vegelicious Meatless Meatballs (6)      4           390
[check]   Gardenburger Mama Mia
            Meatballs (6)                         4           400
[check]   Veggie Patch Meatballs (4) *            3           460
[check]   Nate's Meatless Meatballs, Savory
            Mushroom (6)                          4           460
          Yves The Good Meatballs, Veggie
            Original (1) *                        4           600
          Lightlife Smart Menu Meatless
            Meatballs (5)                         2           730

          Ground & Strips (serving closest to 3 ounces)

[check]   Lightlife Smart Tex Mex
[check]     (1/3 cup) *                           3           250
[check]   Lightlife Smart Ground,
            Taco/Burrito (1/2 cup) *              5           340
[check]   Morningstar Farms Meal Starters
            Recipe Crumbles, Grillers
            (1 cup)                               3           360
[check]   Yves The Good Ground, Veggie
            Original (1/2 cup) *                  5           390
[check]   Lightlife Gimme Lean, Ground Beef
            Style (1/3 cup) *                     3           400
[check]   Boca Ground Burger (3/4 cup) (1)        5           410
[check]   Yves The Good Ground, Veggie
            Mexican (1/2 cup) *                   5           450
          Lightlife Smart Ground, Original
            (1/2 cup) *                           5           490
          Lightlife Smart Strips, Chick'n
            or Steak-Style (1/2 cup) (2) *        4           550
          Lightlife Smart BBQ, shredded
            (1/3 cup) *                           2           560
          Morningstar Farms Meal Starters
            Recipe Crumbles, Sausage-Style
            (1 cup)                               2           660
          Morningstar Farms Meal Starters
            Strips, Chik'N or Steak (12) (2)      1           700

          Loaves, Riblets, etc.
          (serving closest to 3 ounces, unless noted)

[check]   Morningstar Farms Veggie Loaf
            (1" slice) (1)                        4           340
[check]   Worthington Stakelets (1)               2           480
          Veggie Patch BBQ Riblets
            (5 oz. with sauce) *                  6           740
          Gardenburger BBQ Riblets
            (5 oz. with sauce)                    4           990

[check][check] Best Bite.

[check] Honorable Mention.

(1) Average of the entire line.

(2) Average of the products listed.

* Refrigerated (in the produce section).

Daily Limits (for a 2,000-calorie diet): Saturated+Trans Fat: 20
grams. Fiber: at least 25 grams. Sodium: 1,500 milligrams. Note: we
didn't include products from Dr. Praeger's because they're being
reformulated.

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