What to Eat: Backyard Burgers

Looking for a new veggie burger to stand in for beef? Give Lightlife Backyard Grill’n Burgers a whirl.

For starters, each burger has 20 grams of protein. Middle-aged and older people need about that much at each meal in order to prevent muscle loss, according to some studies.


Some veggie burgers, especially those that don’t try to mimic the taste of meat, are low in protein. Gardenburgers, for example, have just 3 to 5 grams. The meat stand-ins are higher. Most Boca Burgers have 13 to 15 grams of protein. MorningStar Farms Grillers Prime have 17 grams.

But Backyard Grill’n Burgers have even more. That’s partly because of ingredients like soy protein isolate and wheat gluten, and partly because of size. They’re “25% bigger than the leading national brand,” as the label boasts. That means more calories (190) than you’d get in, say, a MorningStar Farms Grillers Original (with 130 calories and 15 grams of protein). But if you can spare the calories, you may find the bigger burger more satisfying.

Backyard Grill’n Burgers aren’t low in sodium (350 milligrams). Few veggie burgers are. But they beat (smaller) Grillers Prime (360 mg) and Boca All American Flame Grilled (380 mg).

Then there’s taste. “Fire up some backyard barbeque deliciousness with this veggie burger that more than lives up to its name,” says Lightlife. Bingo! You can’t beat that fresh-grilled, meaty flavor, especially when you cook them in a skillet (rather than the microwave).

Don’t look now, but there’s a backyard in your kitchen.

To learn more about the product or find a retailer near you, call Lightlife: (800) 769-3279.

Lightlife Backyard Grill'n Burgers


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5 Replies to “What to Eat: Backyard Burgers”

  1. I have a number of concerns about your promoting this product. First, vegans should know that this product contains egg whites, something you did not disclose. Aside from the health concerns about eggs, I’m sure that those eggs come from factory-farmed, battery caged hens.

    Second, getting adequate protein is not an issue for most Americans, who consume far too much protein, leading to a range of health challenges (including osteoporosis when large amounts of milk are concerned). Even vegans get far more protein than they need.

    Third, while I appreciate you sharing non-meat alternatives, I think there are far better, healthier choices than this. Amy’s has vegan, organic burgers. They have a Light in Sodium – California Veggie Burger that’s delicious with half the salt and 95% organic ingredients, mostly mushrooms and vegetables that should should have a lot more of in their diet. They also have a 75% organic Quarter Pound Veggie Burger that has 20 grams of protein. I hope you’ll promote both organic and vegan. I am quite frustrated that Light Life doesn’t offer organic burgers or hot dogs, although I do appreciate their wide range of delicious organic tempeh products.

    Fourth, I’m not sure why you feel it’s healthy or positive that they include soy protein isolate, which is mostly used to pump up its protein claims. There are a number of challenges with it. First, the process used to make it is concerning. A slurry of soy beans is mixed with an alkaline solution to remove fiber, then precipitated and separated using an acid wash and, finally, neutralized in an alkaline solution. Acid washing in aluminum tanks leaches high levels of aluminum into the final product. The resultant curds are spray- dried at high temperatures to produce a high-protein powder. What’s healthy about that? Soy has many nutrients but not after this process,which strips out all of the other nutrients the original bean contained. At the same time, it contains unhealthy additives we don’t want to be eating, like aluminum and hexane. And the spray drying method used can also form nitrites, compounds that can form carcinogens. Finally, the soy is probably genetically modified since more than 90 percent of the soybeans grown in the U.S. are.

    So this product is chemically modified, processed, and involved pesticides. I don’t think it’s the kind of product you should be promoting.

  2. That light blue type on emerald green background cannot be read on my computer. Have you tried reading it? I have 79-year old eyes but I doubt if young eyes can read it much better! It’s pretty but not effective.

    1. Hi Shirley,

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