Can You Eat Beyond Meat Raw or Undercooked? (Burger, etc)

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Yes, you can eat Beyond Meat raw, but you shouldn’t. Even though there’s no meat in it, Beyond Meat specifically says that you should not eat Beyond Meat raw to be as safe as possible.

Raw Beyond Meat will taste gross, won’t digest as easily, and there’s a small chance of it having bacteria or something that could make you sick.

Undercooked is a different story. When properly cooked, Beyond Burgers often look raw inside when the outsides seem cooked.

Beyond Burgers Should Be a Bit Pink On the Inside When Cooked

If you cook a Beyond Burger properly, whether in a frying pan or in the oven, it will look undercooked, but won’t be.

On their website, it even says:

DO NOT OVERCOOK. INTERIOR OF PATTY WILL STILL BE RED OR PINK WHEN FULLY COOKED.

If you follow the cooking instructions (3 minutes on each side, cooked to an internal temperature of 165), the sides will be a bit crispy, and the inside will still look “raw.”

oven cooked beyond burgers inside

It’s perfectly safe to eat at this point.

If you want to keep cooking it more, you can, but it will start to affect the texture and taste. You may find you like it like that, so don’t be afraid to experiment.

Finally, here are the best lettuces for lettuce wraps if you want to eat your Beyond Burger without a bun.

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Dale Cudmore

Your friendly neighborhood vegan from Toronto. Chemical engineer turned semi-professional soccer player and freelance nutrition writer. I've been vegan for years and try to make life easier for others by sharing what I've learned.

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