Plant-Based burgers are becoming more popular and meat-like than ever. With plant-based products mimicking meat so well, it’s a valid question to ask “Do plant-based burgers go bad?”. In this article I answer this question and provide the guidleines on how to safely store and prepare plant-based burgers.
Plant-Based burgers go bad once opened after 3 days in the fridge. An unopened package of plant-based burgers will stay fresh for up to 10 days in the fridge. If frozen plant-based burgers are good for 273 days.
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How Long Does A Plant-Based Burger Stay Fresh In the Fridge?
An uncooked plant-based burger can stay fresh in the fridge for up to 10 days in an unopened package. Once the package has been opened the burgers will stay fresh for 3 days.
How Long Does A Plant-Based Burger Stay Fresh In The Freezer?
Plant-based burgers will stay fresh frozen in the freezer for up to 273 days.
Can I Refreeze A Plant-Based Burger Once Thawed?
The companies that have created plant-based burgers do not recommend freezing the burgers once they have been thawed for the best tasting product.
What Is The Best-By Date?
The best-by date is given to plant-based burgers that are being sold as a thawed burger. It is recommended to keep the thawed burgers in your fridge and cook them before the “best-by” date. Once opened the freshness starts to rapidly deteriorate and the burgers should be cooked with three days of opening.
What Is The Use-By Date?
A “Use-By” date is given to plant-based burgers that are being sold as a frozen product. The product should be cooked and consumed by the “use-by” date provided on the product.
Are Plant-Based Products Precooked?
Some plant-based products are precooked. Lightlife offers many products that have gone through a pasteurization process that fully cooks the products.
Can I Eat Plant-Based Burgers Raw?
Technically you could eat plant-based burgers raw but, I wouldn’t recommend it.
Do Plant-Based Burgers Have A Lower Risk Of Food Borne Illness?
It is safer handling a plant-based burger versus a raw hamburger. Plant-based burgers have a lower risk of contamination with bacterias like salmonella and Ecoli.
Due to the process of animal farming and processing, there is a high risk of contamination in the meat processing factories of gut bacteria into the meat itself and the water.
How Do I Cook A Plant-Based Burger?
Burgers can be cooked from a frozen state. Cook from frozen on medium heat for approximately five minutes on each side. Cook less if thawed.
- What protein is used in plant-based burgers? – peas, mung bean, and rice are in beyond burgers plant-based burger. Impossible burger uses a soy protein concentrate.
- What are the white marbling specks in the patties?- The white marbling specks are meant to resemble the fat specks found in hamburgers. Plant-based burgers use coconut oil and cocoa butter to achieve a similar appearance.
- Do plant-based burgers contain gluten? – The most recent impossible burger does not contain gluten. Some Lightlife products are also gluten-free.
- Are Plant-Based burgers genetically modified?- Beyond burger and Lightlife does not include any genetically modified ingredients. Impossible foods use a genetically modified soy protein
Plant-Based Burger Recipe Ideas
Plant-Based burger can be used to replace hamburger in your recipes. Here are some ideas to enjoy plant-based burgers.
- Classic burgers
- In a spaghetti sauce
- Make into vegetarian meatballs
- In vegetarian tacos
- In vegetarian shepherds pie
- vegetarian stuffed peppers
- vegetarian sloppy joes
- vegetarian chili
- vegetarian meatloaf
- vegetarian lasagna
Plant-Based burgers will go bad like any food product. Use the following guidelines for keeping plant-based burgers fresh.
- Plant-Based burgers can be frozen for 273 days
- Thawed burgers are good for 10 days in the fridge unopened
- Once a burger package is opened consume within 3 days
Plant-Based Burger Brands
Where To Buy Plant-Based Burgers
Plant-based meats can now be found in many grocery stores.
- Fred Meyer
Plant-Based meats are now being offered at many restaurants.
- Burger King
- TGI Fridays
- Burger Fi
- Carl’s Jr.
- Del Taco
- Dunkin Donuts
- White Castle
- Red Robin
- The Cheesecake Factory