So, as you probably already know, Tim Hortons just added two new burgers to their menu. That's right, Tim Hortons does burgers now.
There are two different burgers, which are actually made with Beyond Meat patties: the original beyond burger and the BBQ beyond burger.
The news was announced this morning, to both excitement and derision from loyal Tim Hortons customers. Curious to know what all the hype was about, I went to the nearest Tim Hortons to give the new burgers a try. Here's what I honestly think.
A bit of context: I've been vegetarian for almost five years now, and I'm pretty excited by all of the new options that people on plant-based diets have now when it comes to dining out.
Gone are the days were a vegan meal at Tim Hortons consisted of a sad bagel and a black coffee. There are now a ton of food options out there, and I appreciate that.
I'm especially excited by the Beyond Meat hype. Though I tend not to buy "fake meat" on the regular because it's expensive and often full of weird stuff, making a good vegetarian burger patty at home is almost impossible.
Nine times out of ten you end up with a sad, crumbly mess that doesn't taste like anything.
The new burger at Tim Hortons, however, promises customers a "a treat for taste buds with Beyond Meat's delicious 100% plant-based patty topped with processed cheese, fresh tomato slices, shredded lettuce, ketchup, mustard and mayonnaise on a sesame seed bun."
The photos make it look pretty appetizing. But what does it look like in real life?
Obviously, ads never look like the real thing, and I can honestly say that I was expecting worse. The bread retained some fluffiness and there were an ok amount of vegetables piled on.
As for the taste, I can honestly say I liked it. I had two carnivorous friends taste the burger, and they agreed. It's very similar in taste to one that you would get at another fast-food joint like A&W, for example, but for a much cheaper price.
The Tim Hortons burger only sets you back about $6.54 with taxes (I'm giving you an estimate because they got my order wrong and charged me for a breakfast wrap instead: their website says $5.69 plus tax). The A&W one, by comparison, is $8.04.
That being said, if you asked me if it was a good burger, I would probably tell you no. It was a little too cold, with not enough veggies and a pretty plain sauce.
However, for the price point, it's just as good as any other fast-food burger while being a lot less expensive. And, as one of my friends put it, "it's probably the best lunch option Tim Hortons has."
So I think that I'd slot these burgers in the "good drunk food" category. It's a satisfying, cheap and served in a restaurant that is usually open pretty late.
I'd recomment trying it for yourself!
Find out more about the Tim Hortons burger here.