The impossible is possible: a vegan patty that looks and tastes like a real burger.
I hadn't heard of the famous "impossible burger" until it was brought to my attention by some of my coworkers the other day. I began to ask around to see if I was the only one that didn't know about this wondrous creation – and turns out I have been living under a rock, apparently.
Impossible burgers are a brand of burger available at select restaurants across the country, made of plants as well as wheat, coconut oil and potatoes. The secret ingredient is something called heme, an iron-containing compound that makes meat bleed, sizzle, etc. I'm still confused about what exactly heme is – and, quite frankly, the impossible burger in general – but it did, to my surprise, look and taste just like meat.
I stopped by Stack'd Burger Bar in the Fifth Ward to try the Impossible burger, and my only critique is that it wasn't nearly as thick as a real burger. The Impossible burger would've knocked it out of the park if it doubled, if not tripled, in thickness and if I ordered it medium rare. But Stack'd is great because they give you a frickle (fried pickle) on top of your burger.
So, with the background info and ordering tips, head to your local burger joint to try this mysterious, Impossible burger to see and taste for yourself. Benelux, Good City Brewing and Stack'd are some of the restaurants currently serving up this dish, but head to the Impossible Foods site for the complete list of available locations.