OZO Plant-Based Burgers
Planterra Foods, a Colorado-based start-up, has launched its first line of plant-based protein products with its new consumer brand, OZO™. The new line is available at Safeway with plant-based proteins including burger patties and a plant-based ground product.
OZO joins the plant-based protein movement started by Beyond Meat and Impossible in offering a sustainable plant-based protein that is better for the animals and better for the earth.
According to CEO, Darcey Macken “our goal is to delight people from vegans to flexitarians to meat-eaters by giving them more delicious plant-based protein choices. Our goal is to grow flexitarian consumption by offering a positive protein solution and reimagined protein sources for everyone.”
Growth of plant-based protein and meat alternatives is projected to increase from $4.6 billion in 2018 to a whopping $85 billion in 2030, according to investment firm UBS.
Unique to the category, OZO uses a high-quality pea and rice protein that relies on the fermentation of shiitake mycelia (root) to create a nutritionally superior product that enhances the taste and minimizes the flavor impact, while improving the digestibility of the plant-based protein.
OZO products contain no cholesterol and fewer calories, fat and saturated fat than 80 percent lean ground beef, as well as other leading plant-based protein brands currently in the market. OZO products also have up to 22 grams of protein per serving, are soy-free, non-GMO, and vegan.
OZO Burgers Review
OZO sent me a package of the burgers and the Mexican ground product to review. I have tried all the other plant-based burgers on the market, and I will say OZO has a delicious flavor that is unique to this brand.
By cooking in a skillet, you get a nice caramelization on the patty that brings out the rich umami flavors from the shitake mushrooms. The texture is similar to a ground beef burger, as it’s chewy, has a good bite to it, and doesn’t fall apart easily. The burger definitely does not taste like beef. To me, that is a benefit because the flavor is better than beef. It was juicy, full of seasoning, and delicious.
It even contains vegetable and fruit juices that seep out during the cooking process, so you get that feeling like you are cooking ground beef, which may be a benefit if you are making the transition to including more plant-based foods in your diet.
I topped my burger with pepper jack cheese, roasted Hatch green chiles, avocado slices, tomato, and red onion. I paired it with baked sweet potato fries. It was a perfect meal that was filling and satisfying. You can print a recipe card for the green chile burgers at the end of this post.
Be sure to also read our review of the OZO Mexican seasoned plant-based ground and get a recipe for delicious vegetarian enchiladas.
OZO Burgers Nutrition Info
OZO Burgers are made pea and rice protein and with non-GMO ingredients. Each patty contains 210 calories, 10 grams of fat, 350 mg. of sodium, 6 grams total carbs, and 22 grams of protein.
The ingredients are Water, Textured Pea Protein (Pea Protein, Pea Fiber), Canola Oil, Wheat Gluten, Sustainable Palm Oil, Pea and Rice Protein Fermented by Shiitake Mycelia, Methylcellulose, Malt Extract Flavor, Natural Flavors, Yeast Extract, Ascorbic Acid, Salt, Vegetable and Fruit Juice (color).
How to Cook Plant-Based Burgers:
The burgers are best cooked in a skillet, rather than on the grill.
Heat a non-stick skillet and spray with a non-stick cooking spray, or add a touch of oil to the pan. Cook the burger patty for 3-4 minutes per side until the internal temperature reaches 165°.
The OZO Plant-Based Burgers Retail for $6.99 a package at Safeway. You can use a new digital Just for U coupon to save $2.00 on the OZO products through October 11th.
You’ll find the OZO Burgers and ground product in the fresh meat case next to the other plant-based protein options.
Hatch Chile Plant-Based Burger
- 1 package OZO Plant-Based Burger Patties
- non-stick cooking spray
- 2 slices pepper jack cheese
- 1/2 beefsteak tomato sliced
- 1/4 red onion thinly sliced
- 1 avocado sliced
- 2 tablespoons roasted, diced green chiles
- 2 burger buns toasted
- 1 leaf green leaf lettuce
Heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat and spray with non-stick cooking spray
Add the burger patties and cook 3-4 minutes on each side. Turn off the heat and add the pepper-jack cheese. Cover the skillet to allow the steam to melt the cheese (about 1-2 minutes).
Toast the buns over medium high heat in a skillet or grill pan.
Remove the burgers from the skillet and plate by layering the bun, green leaf lettuce, sliced tomato, burger patty with cheese, red onion, sliced avocado, then top with diced green chiles.
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This is a sponsored post on behalf of OZO Foods to introduce you to the new plant-based proteins available at Safeway. As always, opinions and images are my own and I appreciate and encourage your support of the brands that make this site possible.
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