For the past year and a half or so, I’ve been working to develop a prepared veggie burger (which is one reason I hope you’ll excuse my poor maintenance of this blog), and at long last, I’m pleased to announce that it is here. May I please introduce you to Made by Lukas Fresh Veggie Burgers!
These are a little different from most other prepared veggie burgers out there. First off, each package contains a pound of the veggie burger mix, so they’re “ready-to-shape”—you form them into patties, kid-friendly bites, or whatever you please. Second, they’re made from fresh vegetables—almost entirely (85%), in fact—and the other ingredients are nuts, quinoa, and spices. There’s nothing freaky going on in there. Lastly, as you may have gathered from the name, they’re fresh, sold in the refrigerated section of the grocery store rather than the frozen foods aisle.
Yes, Made by Lukas Fresh Veggie Burgers are vegan, gluten-free, and also soy-free—but the flavor! That’s the most important thing to me. I wanted to develop a prepared veggie burger that tasted the way I like my homemade ones to taste, which is like vegetables. And that’s what I got. They’re sweet and earthy, and taste as close to homemade as you can get. To start, we’ve got two varieties, Beet and Hazelnut, and Carrot, Parsnip, and Almond.
We’re a very small operation right now, but our burgers are happily on the shelves of a few stores in the NYC-Metro area, and we’re adding new accounts almost every week. (And beyond NYC: we’re working on it!) I invite you to check out the Made by Lukas website for more info about the burgers, where to find them, recipes, events, FAQ, and more. (You can sign up for our newsletter, and connect on Facebook and Twitter, if you’d like.) Over the next few weeks I’ll be around town doing tastings and demos that I’d love to see you at, and we’re starting to plan a launch celebration, to which you will be invited.
(Last thing: We’re going to be hiring for a few part-time positions in the next couple weeks—we’re eager to bring some veggie burger enthusiasts on board. Send me an email, lukas (at) madebylukas.com if you live in the NYC area and are interested!)