Feature Friday – The Vegan B12 Burger by Moving Mountains

Moving Mountains® conjures an empowering image of summoning the courage to perform an impossible feat, and that is exactly what this company has aimed to do.  Their burger is the embodiment of their futuristic goal, to create a plant-based burger that is healthy, environmentally friendly, but that doesn’t sacrifice on any of the taste. They are an exciting company, contributing to the plant-based movement in an inspiring way, as they say, “together we can move mountains”.

 

Image credit: Moving Mountains

 

The Company

Moving Mountains is owned by Ecozone® Ltd who have created eco vegan cleaning products for the last 18 years.  You may recognise their branding as their products are available across the whole of the UK and appear in many well-known shops such as Homebase.  Building on their commercial success and the foundation of being able to successfully make a plant-based brand appeal to the ‘mainstream’, they have turned their attention to food, and in particular, this burger.  But this is no dry falafel or lacklustre bean burger, picture the impossible burger’s British cousin, the UK’s first bleeding meat-free beef patty.

Simeon, the owner of the company spent two years, and over a hundred tried and tested recipes to create the finished product. Working with a team of scientists and chefs to achieve the perfect taste and texture.

The burger is touring the UK as a guest addition to menus across the country, but particularly in London. Freya and I tried this burger at Dirty Bones in Kensington. Dirty Bones is a New York-inspired joint, specialising in meaty comfort food and cocktails.  The red lighting leads you down the tiled stairs to the basement restaurant, it has a quirky décor and the dimly lit setting is intriguing and different.

 

Moving Mountains Burger
Xanthe at Dirty Bones in Kensington

 

Once inside, we wasted no time ordering two Moving Mountains burgers with a side of fries to share.  We spoke to the waitress who said that while many people had travelled specifically to taste the vegan B12 burger, there had also been a lot of people who didn’t plan on having it but gave it a try after seeing it on the menu.

So, how did we rate it?! See below:

 

Texture

The burger was thick and meaty, with a good chew to it, but without being too soft or tough.  The satisfying bite is down to the mushrooms that are used as a base for the meat-like consistency.  Fat is an important element of a good burger, and Moving Mountains uses coconut oil for it’s main source.  This is a very effective ingredient as it’s a naturally high plant fat, but in this beef-style patty, it isn’t cloying or greasy. The beetroot juice gives the burger succulence and a juicy finish, along with the characteristic ‘pink’ centre which echoes slightly rare beef cooked just right.

 

Toppings

The burger certainly isn’t short of toppings, it has a vegan mac & cashew ‘cheese’, as well as smoky mushroom ‘short rib’ and espresso-spiked BBQ sauce.  The mac and cheese is generously ladled on, and appealingly spills out the sides of the bun. The cashews make the sauce creamy and satisfyingly smooth; the pasta was so good it could be enjoyed as a stand-alone dish. Hands down, it was amongst the best vegan mac and cheese we’ve ever tried.  The pasta wouldn’t be everyone’s first burger topping choice, but it’s fun and very American so fits in with this kind of restaurant. To summarise, it’s hearty, excessive, and delicious! The mushroom short rib was a good addition, too, as it gave a contrasting flavour and texture to the pasta. The only complaint would be that the coffee flavour might not be to everyone’s taste.  We loved the daring combination of flavours, but it does cut through the overall taste of the B12 burger. If you weren’t a fan, it could affect your enjoyment of the B12 burger itself.

 

Taste

The flavour of the burger is hard to pin down; it’s savoury, meaty, and akin to other high quality meat-free burgers we have tried.  Despite the use of ingredients like beetroot and coconut oil to form this burger, you can’t taste even a hint of these somewhat distinctive flavours.  Although the Impossible burger may slightly beat this one in terms of overall taste, texture and having the perfect pink centre, the fact that the Moving Mountains burger is served in a much better bun and with far more imaginative toppings, it makes it more than just a worthy contender.  It is well worth a try, and an exciting addition to the other convincing beef burger alternatives out there, it definitely has earned its place at the forefront of the plant-based revolution.

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