A burger joint in Singapore is serving plant-based meat backed by Bill Gates – here’s what it really tastes like

The “Future Burger”.
Sean Lim / Business Insider

The world’s only plant-based burger with patties that look, cook and supposedly taste like real meat have officially hit town.

On Friday (Oct 5), Singapore restaurant Wolf Burgers launched “Future Burgers” in partnership with Beyond Meat, offering what it calls a “truly sustainable green meat alternative”.

Beyond Meat is a Bill Gates-backed California-based startup that uses ingredients such as plant-based proteins, fats and minerals to make fake meat.

If you are an absolute burger fanatic, you might not need to resist those cravings for the sake of your health anymore. The patties by Beyond Meat are supposedly way healthier than regular meat.

According to Beyond Meat, the patties are completely free of cholesterol, soy, gluten, antibiotic and genetically modified organisms.

Not only are these patties healthier for the human body, they are a lot healthier for the environment too. According to a study cited by Wolf Burgers, the Beyond Burger generates 90 per cent less greenhouse gas emissions, has 99 per cent less impact on water scarcity and 93 per cent less impact on land use, as compared to a quarter pound of United States beef.

Eating burgers guilt-free? The future is here.

I tried a “Future Burger” (S$18) to see if it tasted as good as it sounded. Here’s what it was like.

Biting into the burger, an explosion of flavours hit me – the sweetness of the buns, the buttery, creamy cheese, and the fresh, crisp lettuce – they were a perfect blend. And then, I tasted the star of the show – the “meat” patty.

Wolf Burgers

Was it really fake meat? I could barely tell the difference. I was left checking and re-checking the tag. They recreated the “meat” patty down to the smallest detail. It tasted slightly charred, juicy and it even looked bloody. 

Wolf Burgers

How did they manage to replicate the taste and appearance of real meat?

Beyond Meat says that it uses beets to provide the meaty red hue, peas for the protein, and coconut oil and potato starch to ensure juiciness and chewiness.

That said, although they successfully created a burnt, grilled texture on the outside, the texture was a little too soft on the inside, as compared to real meat. I wasn’t a big fan of the raw, mushy texture. 

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All in all, I think “Future Burgers” is a breakthrough and could potentially be the next big health food craze here.