Where’s the Meat?

Flexitarians—those living a semi-vegetarian lifestyle—have rejoiced at the now mainstream availability of innovative meatless burgers. While the protein count may be the same and the products have the taste and texture of real beef, the change to plant-based alternatives could make a staggering impact on health. Beyond and Impossible Burgers don’t use GMOs and they are gluten-free, and the environment, as well as the billions of      animals killed on factory farms, has become unsustainable for the climate, from water use to the increase in antibiotic resistance.

Last year, Whole Foods Market predicted mock meat would be one of the biggest food trends of 2019. They were correct: Sales of meat alternatives jumped by 268% from mid-2018 to mid-2019, according to a report from the restaurant industry group Dining Alliance.

At Montage Hotels & Resorts, meatless burgers have not only found a home on the menu, but they have been crafted with top-notch ingredients. Montage Magazine has the inside scoop on some of their meatless creations that even meat eaters can’t resist.

Shitake Mushroom Burger, The Loft, Montage Laguna Beach

Chef Joosung Lee, who leads the culinary team at The Loft at Montage Laguna Beach, says, “Our shiitake mushroom burger is one of our most-requested vegetarian menu items at The Loft, offering guests a satisfying meat-free option.”

This plant-based patty is made from brown rice, sunflower seeds, quinoa, shiitake mushrooms, onion and garlic with a sprinkle of sea salt, then sautéed in olive oil.

Impossible Burger, The Rooftop Grill, Montage Beverly Hills

Dine al fresco while noshing on a healthy vegan burger inspired by local Californian ingredients such as chipotle hummus, tomato, onions and sprouts presented on a whole-wheat bun. The burger is grilled on a flattop to sear both sides before cheddar cheese is melted on top. The brioche bun is toasted and then house-made chipotle hummus spread, sliced Roma tomatoes, red onion and alfalfa Sprouts are layered on top to create a bright and colorful burger with a lot of textural contrast to keep it from feeling mushy.

Not Burger, Buffalo’s, Montage Palmetto Bluff

Specializing in southern Italian cuisine, Buffalo’s at Montage Palmetto Bluff features an original take on a meatless classic with a gluten-free bun, a fresh zucchini and radish slaw, and vegan gypsy, pepper aioli.

Choose your Burger

At Montage Deer Valley’s Burgers & Bourbon, savor the large variety of options.

Classic: Gold Creek Farm’s aged cheddar

Blue: Point Reyes blue cheese

Smoke House: bourbon BBQ sauce, smoked cheddar and caramelized onions

Southwestern: hatch green chile, Oaxaca cheese and guacamole

Double Decker: double meat patties, bacon, cheddar, tomato jam and a fried egg

Naked: a bunless burger, baby iceberg lettuce, vine-ripe tomato, onion and sprouts

Lux: foie gras, truffle cheese, bourbon onion and arugula

Lux Burger in Burgers & Bourbon at Montage Deer Valley.

Patty Melt: caramelized onions, aged Gruyere and marble rye

Wild Turkey: organic ground turkey, cranberry relish and citrus slaw

Tatanka: free-range bison, lettuce, tomato and onions

Tuna Burger: teriyaki glaze and Asian chili-tahini slaw

Veggie: black bean and brown rice patty and green goddess dressing

By Jessie Dax-Setkus