Impossible Burgers Are Officially Available in Stores, So Who's Up For Vegan Cheeseburgers?

It's time to get excited, plant-based-food-lovers, because the Impossible Burger is hitting shelves in stores nationwide, and healthy vegan meal prep just got a little easier. Primarily made of water, soy-protein concentrate, coconut oil, and sunflower oil, the Impossible Burger is a versatile food that packs in nearly as much protein and iron as ground beef from cows. It's also kosher, halal, plant-based, and gluten-free.

Best of all, this launch marks the first time the burgers have been available for us to buy and cook in our own homes, so excuse me while I heat up the BBQ. Previously available only at over 17,000 restaurant locations across the country — including Burger King, White Castle, Red Robin, Umami Burger, Qdoba, and The Hard Rock Café — the Impossible Burger is (finally!) no longer a restaurant-only food. It's time to get creative and recreate your favorite lasagna, chili, stew, and spaghetti and meatball recipes at home with a more vegetarian-friendly twist.

The lab-grown faux beef patties will make their grocery store debut on Sept. 20 at 27 different Gelson's Markets in Southern California, with East Coast availability and stores to be announced sometime in September. Sold in 12-ounce packages for $9, the plant-based burgers are expected to be available in every region nationwide by mid-2020. Scroll ahead to see how an Impossible Burger compares nutritionally to a ground beef patty.

4-Ounce Impossible Burger Nutrition Facts
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4-Ounce Impossible Burger Nutrition Facts

A 4-ounce Impossible Burger has:

  • 19 grams of protein
  • 4 milligrams of iron
  • 0 milligrams of cholesterol
  • 14 grams of total fat
  • 8 grams of saturated fat
  • 240 calories

It is also important to note that a standard 4-ounce beef patty contains 75 milligrams of sodium, while the Impossible Burger averages 370 milligrams of sodium per serving.

4-Ounce Ground Beef Patty (80/20) Nutrition Facts
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4-Ounce Ground Beef Patty (80/20) Nutrition Facts

For reference, a 4-ounce beef patty (80 percent lean, 20 percent fat) has:

  • 19 grams of protein
  • 2 milligrams of iron
  • 80 milligrams of cholesterol
  • 23 grams of total fat
  • 9 grams of saturated fat
  • 290 calories