How to Cook Beyond Meat (Explained!)

Beyond Meat looks and taste like meat, but do they cook like meat?

Do they require special equipment or techniques? Are there special ways to cook Beyond Meat products?

The truth is that Beyond Meat products are cooked like traditional meat products, with fewer special techniques and preparation than other vegan protein products.

So, let’s take a closer look at how to cook Beyond Meat products in various ways.

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How to Cook Beyond Burger

You definitely have to cook Beyond Meat, so it’s important to know all the ways you can go about it.

The Beyond Burger is famous for cooking, looking, and tasting like a traditional beef burger while being better for you and the environment.

Beyond Burgers come pre-shaped into patties, making them fast and easy to use.

To cook Beyond Burgers, follow these steps:

  1. Keep the burgers frozen until you are ready to use them
  2. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before cooking

Pan

  1. Pre-heat a nonstick pan to medium-high
  2. Cook for 4 minutes on the first side
  3. Flip and cook for 4 minutes on the second side
  4. Cook to an internal temperature of 165°F

Grill

  1. Pre-heat grill to medium-high
  2. Lightly oil the grill grates
  3. Cook for 4 minutes on the first side
  4. Flip and cook for 4 minutes on the second side
  5. Cook to an internal temperature of 165°F

Oven

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400° F
  2. Line a baking sheet or sheet pan with lightly-sprayed parchment paper
  3. Add Beyond Burgers and cook for 12-15 minutes
  4. Flip and cook for an additional 12-15 minutes
  5. Cook to an internal temperature of 165°F

Air Fryer

  1. Pre-heat air fryer to 380°F
  2. Add parchment paper or lightly spray the fryer basket with oil
  3. Add Beyond Burgers and cook for 5-7 minutes
  4. Flip burgers and cook for an additional 5-8 minutes
  5. Cook to an internal temperature of 165°F

How to Cook Beyond Burger from Frozen

You can use all these methods to prepare a Beyond Burger without thawing it first; simply cook the burger for an additional 2-3 minutes per side.

Thawing Beyond Burgers before cooking improves their texture and juiciness but is not absolutely necessary.

How to Cook Beyond Sausage

The Beyond Meat company makes several types of sausages, from plant-based brats perfect for grilling to vegan breakfast sausage patties.

They have all the flavor of traditional sausages and are just as convenient to prepare.

To cook Beyond Sausage, follow these steps:

  • If your Beyond Sausage product was frozen, keep it frozen until ready to use, and then thaw in the refrigerator.
  • If you purchased your Beyond Sausage product unfrozen and refrigerated, keep it refrigerated until you are ready to cook it.

Pan

  1. Heat a nonstick skillet to medium-high
  2. Add Beyond Sausage to the pan and cook for 3 minutes
  3. Flip sausage and cook for an additional 3 minutes on the other side

Grill

  1. Pre-heat a covered grill to 500°F
  2. Lightly brush sausages (instead of grill grates) with oil
  3. Grill Beyond Sausages for about 3 minutes
  4. Flip and cook for an additional 3 minutes on the other side

Griddle

  1. Turn a nonstick griddle to the highest heat setting (between 450-475°F)
  2. Cook Beyond Sausages for 7 minutes, turning frequently
  3. Check that sausages have reached an internal temperature of 165°F before serving

Air Fryer

  1. Pre-heat the air fryer to 400°F
  2. Place sausages in the air fryer basket
  3. Cook for 5-6 minutes, shaking periodically

How to Cook Beyond Sausage from Frozen

Beyond Meats recommends thawing their sausages before cooking them.

For Beyond Sausages that are shaped like links or brats, they won’t cook or brown properly when cooked from frozen.

However, Beyond Sausages shaped like patties can be cooked from frozen in a skillet or on a griddle by simply cooking them for longer.

How to Cook Beyond Meat Italian Sausage

Beyond Meat’s Italian Sausages are flavorful and delicious and come in hot or sweet varieties.

They can be prepared the same way as any other Beyond Sausage, with the different cooking methods described above.

How to Cook Beyond Meatballs

Beyond Meat’s Italian-style meatballs are delicious and convenient to use since they’re already prepared, seasoned, and shaped for your favorite meatball recipes.

They’re a great way to make your favorite Italian dishes plant-based without sacrificing flavor.

To cook Beyond Meatballs, follow these steps:

  • If your Beyond Meatballs were frozen when you bought them, keep them frozen until ready to use, and then thaw them in the refrigerator.
  • If you purchased your Beyond Meatballs unfrozen and refrigerated, keep them refrigerated until you are ready to cook them.

Pan

  1. Pre-heat a large nonstick skillet to medium-low or medium heat
  2. Add meatballs to the pan
  3. Cook for 7-8 minutes, turning continuously
  4. If cooking meatballs to add to a sauce:
  5. Lightly sear meatballs in the pan for 3 minutes
  6. Add to the sauce and cover
  7. Simmer the sauce for 45-60 minutes, stirring occasionally

Oven

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 375°F
  2. Line a baking sheet or sheet pan with aluminum foil
  3. Bake for 6-7 minutes
  4. Turn over the meatballs
  5. Bake for an additional 6-7 minutes

Air Fryer

  1. Pre-heat the air fryer to 400°F
  2. Cook meatballs for 7 minutes, shaking periodically
  3. Check that meatballs have reached an internal temperature of 165°F before serving

How to Cook Beyond Meatballs from Frozen

It’s not recommended to cook Beyond Meatballs from frozen to preserve the texture.

However, it’s possible (although also not recommended) to quickly defrost Beyond Meatballs in the microwave on low power for about 30 seconds.

How to Cook Beyond Meat Crumbles

Beyond Meat Crumbles have the flavor and texture of ground beef and are designed to be added to your favorite recipes, including tacos, salads, sauces, and more.

Beyond Meat Crumbles come in Original and Feisty flavors to enhance your Mexican-inspired meals.

To cook Beyond Meat Crumbles, follow these steps:

  • Always cook Beyond Meat crumbles from frozen

Pan

  1. Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat
  2. Add vegetables and aromatics to the pan
  3. Add frozen Beyond Meat Crumbles to the pan
  4. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring continuously until Crumbles are heated through

Air Fryer

  1. Pre-heat the air fryer to 370°F
  2. Add a liner to the air fryer basket to prevent sticking
  3. Cook frozen Crumbles in the air fryer for up to 5 minutes, shaking frequently

How to Cook Beyond Meat Crumbles from Frozen

Beyond Meat Crumbles should be cooked from frozen and added to other ingredients (vegetables, sauces, etc.) as you prepare your recipe.

In Summary

Beyond Meat continues to launch innovative plant-based foods that are convenient and delicious.

The company provides detailed recommendations on storage and cooking methods, which should be followed to preserve the flavor and texture of Beyond Meat.

There are also some things to note when you want to reheat your Beyond Meat.

However, it’s always good to experiment and discover new recipes and cooking methods that work for you.