Beyond Breakfast Sausage reviewed

Beyond Breakfast Sausage Reviewed

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If for some reason you aren’t familiar with Beyond Breakfast Sausage, it is a meatless substitute for traditional breakfast sausage. Each package contains eight plant-based sausage links. While they aren’t my normal thing, I found a package on clearance and figured you would like to know if Beyond Breakfast Sausage is any good or not.

Initial Impressions Of Beyond Breakfast Sausage

The package pretty much completely obscures the sausages until you remove the paper cover, and that is probably because these plant bases sausages look a little like wet, pale, turds. They do not look appealing sitting in the package. Once opened, they don’t have any particular smell. Taking them out of the package and putting them into the pan feels a lot like handling cold poop.

Beyond Breakfast Sausage fresh out of the package and cooking in a pan
Beyond Breakfast Sausage fresh out of the package and cooking in a pan

Is Beyond Breakfast Sausage healthy?

As I mentioned in my review of Beyond Meatballs, meatless meat is not necessarily better than good quality meat. The salt content of fake meat is usually not that different from real meat, so there is no benefit there. People like to tout that it is cholesterol-free, but more and more studies are showing that cholesterol is not a big deal.

On top of this, there are studies pointing to the fact that meat substitutes have lower bioavailability, I lean towards real meat being better for you than fake meat.

What does beyond meat breakfast sausage taste like?

The exact flavor of Beyond Breakfast Sausage tastes like. It definitely isn’t an exact match for actual breakfast sausage.

To taste test Beyond Breakfast Sausage, I pan-fried up a batch. From my experience with Beyond Meat’s meatballs, I felt this would give it the best chance of coming out good and would be how most people cook them.

One of my reviewers described the flavor of Beyond Breakfast Sausage as “plastic with a hint of vegetable oil”. I’m guessing the vegetable oil. The texture is not horrible, but completely wrong at the same time.

As for me, I would say that they taste better than I expected, but I was prepared for them to be pretty horrible. They have a weird ‘sauce’ that forms on them as they cook that tastes very artificial to me. It is pretty gross. The sausage is literally indescribable. It definitely doesn’t taste like sausage. Part of what I think they are missing is that greasy goodness that you get with real breakfast sausage.

Beyond Breakfast Sausages cooking in the pan

What is beyond meat breakfast sausage made of?

Officially, the ingredients of Beyond Breakfast Sausage are:

Water, Pea Protein*, Expeller-Pressed Canola Oil, Refined Coconut Oil, Calcium Alginate Casing, Natural Flavors, Yeast, Rice Protein, Chicory Root Fiber, Methylcellulose, Salt, Tapioca Syrup Solids, Tapioca Dextrose, Apple Extract, Psyllium Husk Fiber, Yeast Extract, Potassium Chloride, Pomegranate Extract, Vinegar, Lemon Juice Concentrate, Pea Fiber, Sunflower Lecithin, Beet Powder (for color), Spices, Carrot. *Peas are legumes. People with severe allergies to legumes like peanuts should be cautious when introducing pea protein into their diet because of the possibility of a pea allergy. Contains no peanuts or tree nuts.

Can Beyond Sausage Be Eaten Raw?

The Beyond Meat website says not to eat their products raw. I can’t imagine eating these raw, the texture alone would be enough to keep me from wanting to put it in my mouth.

Does Beyond Breakfast Sausage have nitrates?

No, Beyond Breakfast Sausage doesn’t have any nitrates. Then again, neither does regular breakfast sausage.

Can Beyond Meat sausage be baked?

Baking is one of the two ways that Beyond Meats suggests cooking their breakfast sausages. Their instruction are to bake for 7-8 minutes in a 350-degree oven, turning once.

Can you air Fry Beyond Sausage?

While it is not one of the official ways listed to cook Beyond Breakfast Sausage, people on Reddit and other forums have reported that they come out nicely crispy in an air fryer. Maybe that would solve the problem of the slime that they put off when cooking them in a pan.

Can you microwave beyond breakfast sausage?

I should have saved one to try cooking in the microwave, but even without testing it, I can guarantee that it would turn nasty. Without some dry heat to brown these sausages up, they would just be hard little sticks, and the uneven cooking of a microwave would make them even harder/nastier than they are after being cooked in a pan.

Simply put, do not cook your Beyond Breakfast Sausage in a microwave. You can reheat them in one, but don’t try cooking them in it.

My Review of Beyond Breakfast Sausage

I didn’t go into this review with very high expectations. No meat replacement product I’ve tried so far has tasted even close to the real thing. The closest has been the Beyond Meatballs that had been browned and stewed in spaghetti sauce for an hour, and they were still not good. ,

As stated previously, they are not very appetizing right out of the package. Once they do start cooking however they do brown up nicely and start looking like breakfast sausages. That is about where the similarity ends.

Once cooked, they are coated with a ‘liquid’ of some sort that comes out of the sausages. I’m not sure what it is supposed to be, but is slightly sticky and tastes vaguely of plastic when you first bite into the sausage. I’m fully incapable of describing exactly what these taste like. My mouth wants to bounce back and forth between “not bad” and “gross”. Usually I can come up with something that a food tastes like, in this case, I can’t. Cooked Beyond Breakfast Sausage has a wholly unique flavor to it and not in a good way.

In regards to texture, they aren’t horrid. They have the approximate density of cooked sausage, but definitely feel different than real sausage.

One thing I feel that these sausages are missing is the mouthfeel/taste of grease. Our tongues are wired up to taste the grease in real breakfast sausage, and these are completely missing that. Maybe that is what the slime that forms on them is supposed to be mimicking, but it doesn’t succeed.

Cooked Beyond Breakfast Sausages
Cooked Beyond Breakfast Sausages

My final review of Beyond Breakfast Sausage is that it isn’t as bad as I had expected, but I wouldn’t willingly eat it again. While the ingredients aren’t as bad for you as some meat alternatives, there isn’t any significant health benefit that I can see to eating plant-based sausages that outweighs them not tasting very good.

If for some reason you are vegan or vegetarian and want a breakfast sausage, Beyond Breakfast Sausage is your best choice. For the rest of us, I suggest making friends with your local meat shop and sticking with your real-meat sausages.

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