How plant based burgers stack up to meat-based burgers

Yesterday was National Cheeseburger Day! May 28, 2019. aka National Hamburger Day, and the lesser-known National Brisket Day. It’s also considered International Burger Day.

This seems the perfect time to weigh the differences between plant-based and meat-based burgers. There are considerably more people opting for plant based burgers these days. Plant-based meat is watching its popularity soar, reaching the stratosphere with Beyond Meat IPO on May 2. Then, on May 14, Burger King announced that it was expanding sales of its Whopper made with Impossible Foods patties from St. Louis to three other U.S. markets.

As you contemplate whether the meat you put on your grill comes from a cow or a plant, consider who may or may not stand to gain from your choice.

The ultimate part of anyone’s diet is what it means for your, well, diet. Whether you’ll be eating more calories – and stuff that’s not good for you – when consuming cow versus plant comes down to some simple numbers.

Calorie-wise, they’re almost identical. A 4-ounce Beyond Burger is 270 calories, compared to 240 calories for a same-size Impossible Burger and 287 calories for an 80% lean traditional burger.

The Beyond Burger has 3 grams of fiber, 20 grams of fat and 380 milligrams of sodium. Compare that to the Impossible Burger’s 3 grams of fiber, 14 grams of fat and 370 milligrams of sodium. A beef burger’s deets are 0 grams of fiber, 22.6 grams of fat and 75 milligrams of sodium.

A bigger issue is what you use to dress your burger: cheese or lettuce? A giant buttered bun or a pickle slice? A ton of mayo or a small dot of mustard? That’s where racking up grams of fat sneaks in.

When it comes to money, plant-based meat means less green. Traditional meat is significantly cheaper.

A package of two quarter-pound Beyond Burger patties is $7.09 on, compared to $4.49 for a 1.3-pound package of fresh 80% lean ground beef.

Impossible Foods, which doesn’t sell its products in stores at this time, declined to say what its prices are but pointed out that restaurants that use its plant-based meat charge around a dollar more.

There are some exceptions in the cow camp, though. Burgers made from specialty beef, like waygu, are pricier than the normal patties you’d pick up at your local supermarket as are halal and kosher beef.

It’s as subjective as you can get at this point. For example, which taste do you like better?

If you’re a vegetarian or vegan, you’ll embrace the plant-based products, as you recall the horror of Non-Meat Patties 1.0.

If you’re a carnivore, you may have a harder time giving up the real stuff for the plant version striving to emulate it. For the latter group, there may be some one-and-done runs to sample the new protein contender; some may choose to put plant-based options in their dinner-plate rotation.

For people who are constantly gunning for social-media attention, the hipness of plant-based burger will probably get you more “likes,” especially if it’s a description of your first taste or accompanied by a designed-to-make-you-salivate photo.

The Ultimate Water Park Guide in the Tampa Bay Area

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Buccaneer Bay

Buccaneer Bay Waterpark is a true piece of Roadside America. Located inside Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, it features four awesome waterslides, three of which drop you off in natural Weeki Wachee Springs! If you’re a thrill seeker, try the exhilarating fun-filled flume! Guests must be at least 42 inches tall to ride Pirate’s Revenge and the Thunderbolt flumes and 48 inches tall to ride the Cannonball.

The Lift Adventure Park

The Lift aspires to provide a unique experience in outdoor recreation. Never been wakeboarding before? Spend your summer on the water learning how to ride behind our System 2.0, dialing in new tricks on the Full Size Cable and conquering the Aqua Park on our beautiful spring-fed lake.

In addition to our on-water amenities, SunWest Park also offers a public swimming beach, volleyball courts, concession stands and more. We have everything you need for a fun day on the water, just bring your swimsuit and we will provide the rest!

Tarpon Springs Splash Park

Colorful splash pad featuring maritime-themed water sprayers & covered seating areas.

Adventure Island

Adventure Island is a water park located northeast of Tampa, Florida, across the street from Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. The park features 30 acres of water rides, dining, and other attractions. The park opened on June 7, 1980, and is part of SeaWorld Entertainment.

McCormick’s Waterski Wakeboard and Cable Park

Time-tested hub for water sports with lessons & cables that pull skiers & riders without a boat.

Splash Harbour Water Park

Water park with a variety of slides, kids’ splash zones, a lazy river, casual dining & a tiki bar.

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