I’m a big fan of Beyond Meat, and the burgers are probably my favorite product.
At this point, I’ve cooked hundreds of patties in different ways, so I hope that experience can be useful here.
I’ll go over the best ways to cook Beyond Burgers in my opinion, and how to cook them in different ways.
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What Is The Best Way to Cook Beyond Meat Burgers?
There are 3 viable ways to cook Beyond Meat burgers:
- On a Skillet
- On a Grill
- In an Oven
Microwaving is not good, and air frying isn’t great either (although passable).
Regardless of which method you use, I highly recommend seasoning your patties with salt and pepper on top. A few pinches of each really improves the taste.
How To Cook Beyond Meat Burger on a Skillet or Grill
The cooking instructions for cooking Beyond Burgers on a grill or skillet are virtually identical:
- Preheat grill or pan on stove to medium-high heat
- Put patties on cooking surface and season (if you haven’t already)
- Cook for about 4 minutes each side (6 if patties cooked from frozen)
- If adding cheese (vegan or otherwise), do it after flipping the first side
- Continue cooking if necessary until an internal temperature of 165 F has been reached
While you can add oil, it’s not necessary since the burgers have a high fat content already and will leak out some.
How To Cook Beyond Meat Burger in Oven
There are some situations where you might need to cook Beyond Burgers in the oven. While not quite as good as a grill or pan, they turn out pretty well in the oven.
Here’s what you’ll need to do:
- Preheat the oven to 400 F
- Put Beyond Burgers on a cooking tray (no oil needed)
- Cook for 12-15 minutes (or until an internal temperature of 165F) and remove. Flip halfway to two thirds of the way through.
It’s a nice way to cook a whole bunch of patties at once if you have a big tray or the stovetop is occupied.
If you’re cooking the patties from frozen, stick to the upper range of that time (i.e. 15 minutes).
Do You Need to Thaw Beyond Burgers Before Cooking?
It is recommended to thaw Beyond Burgers ahead of time, ideally at least 12 hours in the fridge (they can remain in the fridge for up to 10 days).
However, you can cook burgers from frozen, you’ll just need to cook them a bit longer. It will take longer for the center to cook, so you’ll end up with very well done sides (which some people like anyways).
How Do You Cook a Frozen Beyond Burger?
If cooking a Beyond Burger on a grill or skillet, add approximately 2 minutes to the cooking time on each side. Using a slightly lower heat can help cook patties more evenly if you’re finding the centers too undercooked.
Can You Overcook Beyond Burgers?
It’s extremely hard to overcook Beyond Burgers to the point that they don’t taste good. In fact, I “overcook” them all the time because I like them well-done, but personal preferences will vary.
Can You Undercook a Beyond Burger?
Technically, Beyond Burgers can be eaten raw without much risk (although I wouldn’t recommend it).
Try to cook them until the internal temperature reaches 165 F. At this point, the patty may still look undercooked (i.e. pink on the inside), but this is what it’s supposed to look like.
It is okay to cook them on the rare side if that’s what you prefer, there’s no significant health concerns or warnings on the packaging for that.
Can You Get Food Poisoning From Beyond Burgers?
Food poisoning from Beyond Burgers can occur if they are expired, stored improperly, or contaminated. In most cases, this would result in symptoms like nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting.
Like pretty much every food, Beyond Meat can go bad. However, it’s less likely to get food poisoning from Beyond Burgers than actual beef.
Can You Cook A Beyond Burger in an Air Fryer?
Beyond Meat specifically recommends against frying or microwaving Beyond Burgers. However, air frying does work, it’s just not optimal. If you do want to air fry your patties, preheat your air fryer to 400 F and cook for 4 minutes on each side.