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100% horse meat free burgers – No Horse, no Bull!

Submitted by on February 8, 2013 – 11:42 am3 Comments

It has been widely reported that horse meat has been found in frozen beef burgers sold by the supermarket giant Tesco. Other supermarkets like Asda, Aldi, Iceland and Waitrose have also removed products from their shelves after tests confirmed that contaminated meat came from two Irish meat factories, abp food group and Liffey Meats.

Further investigation also revealed that up to 85% of 27 beef products tested were positive for pig DNA, which is not only misleading but a major issue for religious groups like Muslims and Jews who cannot consume pork.

On the 7th February, Findus revealed that up to 100% horse meat was found in their beef lasagnes.
With many reported cases and perhaps more to follow it all leaves a bit of a bad taste in your mouth, and raises concerns about the safety and quality of meat entering the food chain. But is there a way to avoid all this horseplay?

Many vegetarians and vegans will feel comforted that the horsemeat scandal does not affect them. Some consumers will indeed feel uncomfortable about the thought of eating horse labelled as beef, and will challenge and rethink their attitude to eating meat entirely.

One of the rising trends in UK food culture is vegetarianism. How far this has been influenced by recent food safety scares is impossible to say. What is certain, however, is that more people are cutting out meat and animal products from their diet. Whether you are a vegetarian, vegan, or simply choose to eat less meat, you can be sure there is no horse meat in our top 10 best selling vegetarian burgers.

Top 10 vegetarian burgers, guaranteed horse meat free!

1. Viana Robinson Burger

Two gourmet tofu burgers. Viana’s vegan burgers are made from a combination of their quality tofu and wheat protein to give a good texture with a satisfying chewiness.
The Robinson burger is packed with fresh sweetcorn, carrots, peas, onions, leek and almonds, making a burger with a nicely seasoned flavour and sturdy texture. Suitable for vegans.

2. Goodlife Spicy Bean Quarterpounders

A lively one this one! Full of beans and colourful vegetables with a kick of chipotle chilli. We love that this product is both fairly traded and is Vegan.

3. Redwood Quarterpound Meat Free Burger

Vegideli gourmet meat-free burgers are naturally flavoured with fresh onion and seasonings. The result is a succulent burger with an amazingly authentic taste and texture. This product is also free from gluten, hydrogenated fats and oils. Suitable for vegans.

4. Amys kitchen all American veggie burger

Firm, hearty, and perfect for grilling or barbecuing. Made from fresh organic grains, vegetables and protein rich soy. Just the thing to satisfy the most avid burger fan. Suitable for Vegans.

5. Cresson creative foods watercress burgers with spices

Vegan burgers made with watercress and exotic authentic Middle Eastern spices. Delicious served in a pitta with a crisp salad and tahini sauce.
Cresson use locally sourced seasonal ingredients and combine fresh flavours to bring you healthy and tasty traditional foods with their own unique twist. Suitable for vegans.

6. Dragonfly Mushroom Beany Burgers

A savoury and filling burger made with soya beans, brown rice, herbs and mushroom. Delicious shallow fried in sunflower oil, or baked in the oven, served with some mayo or chutney and a side salad. Even though these are really good for you, they don’t taste ‘worthy’ or bland – they are utterly delicious! Suitable for Vegans.

7. Frys Traditional Burgers

These chunky delicious Fry’s Burgers are not only pre-cooked for your convenience, they also have an authentic flavour, texture and a char grilled pattern. Enjoy a traditional burger in a sesame bun with vegan mayonnaise, salad and chips – or try serving with mushrooms, onion rings, guacamole, or with roasted vegetables. This product is suitable for vegans.

8. Quorn Burgers

Quorn Burgers are made with mycoprotein, onion and a savoury flavouring. Mycoprotein is a nutritious member of the fungi family, and is naturally low in fat.

9. Linda Mccartney Burgers

A vegetarian burger flavoured with onion and seasoning.

10. Vegetarain Choice Meat Free Burgers

4 meat free burgers with no hydrogenated fats, suitable for both vegetarians and vegans. These burgers retail at just 99p a pack, and are a great budget option.

For more details on all of these vegetarian burgers visit

Suma are one of the few businesses in the UK that sell only vegetarian produce. You can be assured that all of our products are 100% vegetarian from our sweets to our toothbrushes. That means no meat, no fish and no animal derived nasties like gelatin or rennet. We are a workers’ co-operative committed to ethical business.

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  • Adey says:

    Bocca in the US do wonderful Spicy Chik’n Burgers, suitable for vegans too.

  • John Warren says:

    Re Burgers

    I’m an omnivore but this is making me think again. These veggie burgers from SUMA sound great, must give them a go – what’s to loose?



  • Nat says:

    While I’ve not tried many in the list, my current favourites are Linda Mccartney’s recent chilled vegetarian burgers (different to the frozen ones in the list). Nice and juicy!

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