What is the Starbucks Impossible Breakfast Sandwich?
Starbucks has entered the plant-based sausage revolution with its new Impossible Breakfast Sandwich.
How is it?
Burger King’s reign on top was short, because one week after claiming the Impossible Croissan’wich was my favorite plant-based breakfast sandwich, Starbucks has already dethroned it.
I’d put the new Starbucks Impossible Sausage on par with any breakfast meat – cow, pig, chicken, or plant – currently on a fast food menu.
Right out of the gate, I was relieved that the sausage patty didn’t have that “vague sagey Stove Top” flavor I always whine about.
Flavor-wise, I’d say it toed the line between a standard breakfast sausage and Italian butcher shop spiral sausage links, or as my mother would call them (my apologies for the phonetic spelling) “Shiv-a-lots” (pronounced with a bastardized Brooklyn Italian accent).
I took a bite of the patty isolated, and while the texture is still not 100% where I’d like it to be, it was less chewy than the others I’ve had to this point.
I give Starbucks credit for its eggs as well. It’s a fried egg, but the yolk was closer to soft-boiled, and the whites weren’t plastic, like the stuff McDonald’s serves.
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I expected the bread to be the downfall because I usually think ciabatta is a trash-tier sandwich bun, but it was perfect. The shell was crispy while the inside was pillowy soft. It was like eating a bagel that came out of the oven two minutes before you ordered.
I could have easily just caught them at the right time, but every ingredient, including the aged cheddar, paired perfectly to make a delicious and perfectly sized sandwich. It curbed my hunger without that immediate fast food regret we all know so well.
I won’t pretend I get a lot of food at Starbucks, but this is easily the best savory menu item I’ve ever ordered there.
We’re now at the point where you won’t even notice you’re not eating meat, and I continue to think that’s an exciting prospect for the future. Not to push an agenda, but if science can further distance plant-based proteins from real meat nutritionally, we’re all gonna be better off in the long run.
Absolutely pick up one of these next time you get a coffee.
Purchased Price: $4.95
Rating: 9 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: 430 calories, 23 grams of fat, 8 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 830 milligrams of sodium, 36 grams of total carbohydrates, 4 grams of total sugars, 3 grams of fiber, and 22 grams of protein.
15 thoughts to “REVIEW: Starbucks Impossible Breakfast Sandwich”
I thought it was a little bland
I could understand that. If this had a sauce on it, like say the stuff in taco bell breakfast crunch wraps, it would be perfect.
Interesting review. I’m a big meat eater but have been curious to try these Impossible recipes just to see how close they are to the real thing.
But my other question is what’s the benefit to switching. The nutritional information is nearly the same for McDonald’s Sausage Egg and Cheese McMuffin… 480 calories, 30g fat, 12g saturated fat, 0.5g trans fat, 830mg sodium, 30g total carbohydrates, 3g of total sugar, 2g fiber and 21g protein.
Don’t know much about this, just wondering if I should try to make the switch, especially with my low vegetable diet.
The benefits are multi-faceted. The most forth coming being carbon footprint. And curious, why do you have a low veggie diet? And also, if you’re a meat lover/eater you can opt for more responsibly raised products and just limit your intake and start exploring more veggie substitutes or meat alternatives (if you find yourself missing the texture.)
For most people, myself included, it is for the animals. These “meat alternatives” are not meant to be eaten every day. They are more for omnivores looking to reduce their intake. Many vegetarians and vegans like cooking and exploring plant based recipes, and use these alternatives as a treat every now and then. Just because someone is vegetarian or vegan doesn’t mean they don’t like the taste of animal products; they just do not agree with how they obtained.
The Impossible Burger contains the following ingredients: Water, textured wheat protein, coconut oil, potato protein, natural flavors, 2% or less of leghemoglobin (soy), yeast extract, salt, konjac gum, xanthan gum, soy protein isolate, and an assortment of vitamins. Heme, or soy leghemoglobin, is the ingredient said to set the Impossible Burger apart from other plant-based burgers. It adds to the flavor and color of the burger and makes it “bleed” like a beef burger does when cut. It’s also perhaps the most controversial ingredient in the Impossible Burger. Unlike the heme found in beef, the heme in the Impossible Burger is genetically engineered by adding soy protein to genetically engineered yeast…….Why would you eat a genetically engineered food nowadays??
Unless you’re eating a 100% clean diet of heirloom vegetables, you’re eating genetically modified/engineered foods lol
Because you love the taste of meat, but are against killing them.
Out of 5,616 native protein-coding genes in yeast, why would you care if they add one more from a plant? There’s no reason to find issue with soy leghemoglobin (just a cousin of animal hemoglobin in red blood cells). Critics of genetic engineering act as if the added genes somehow selectively enter your human DNA like a virus. Rather, you’re *eating* it, digesting it, breaking down as a tiny, tiny part of the millions upon millions of kinds of plant/animal/fungal cells and their genomes and proteins all down into the common 20 amino acids and nucleotides and innumerable other biochemicals.
Excellent!! I’ve been eyeballing this and will pick it up.
I can buy a Boca burger or one of Amy’s veggie burger’s and it would be less calories and saturated fat and probably taste just as good. I would still try this though but I would stick with the spinach egg white wrap at Starbucks.
Spot on review! CIABATTA = trash tier bun tho?! sacre bleu! glad this hit the mark for ya!
I enjoyed it. I’ve had it 3 times or so, I thought the flavor was really satisfying, it tastes like sausage, it’s great on my plant based diet.
I think the impossible breakfast sandwich was an excellent choice for me, it’s tasty, and very satisfying if you are looking for a healthy sandwich I will give this one a 10.
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