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dear joan,
How tasty are the new veggie burgers? What's in them and how many calories and fat grams do they contain?

--burgers or bust

dear burgers or bust,

Veggie burgers recently passed the ultimate food connoisseur's New England taste test: My son likes them.

These non-meat, perfectly molded frozen patties are your answer to a quick burger on a bun at a fraction of the calories, fat, and saturated fat of regular hamburgers. Boca Burgers, which are stacked high in my freezer, cook in minutes in the microwave. These approximately 90-calorie, 3 grams of fat (1 gram is saturated fat), soy-based burgers have the flavor of meat and are super on the grill. Ditto for Harvest Burgers, which weigh in at 140 calories, four grams of fat, and less than two grams of saturated fat for one of their orginal flavored patties.

Gardenburgers are another tasty favorite. These can be a medley of grains, veggies, soy cheese, mozzarella or cottage cheese, and seasonings. The orginal flavored Gardenburger has 90 calories, 2 grams of fat, and less than one gram of saturated fat for each patty. The original flavored Gardenburgers may not have that meaty burger flavor, but these patties of chopped vegetables turn crisp and golden in the toaster oven and are absolutely delightful.

Compare these burgers to a three-ounce, medium-broiled, hamburger which flip 212 calories, 13 grams of fat, and 5.5 grams of saturated fat on your bun.

Look for veggie burgers in the frozen food section of your supermarket.




Updated: September 2005