Fry’s goes beyond the impossible with their new plant based burger
The Fry Family Food Co. have gone beyond the impossible with their most important innovation to date, The Big Fry Burger. The 100% plant-based burger by the proudly South African company has 20g of protein and looks, sizzles and tastes just like a ground beef burger. Unlike other imported plant-based burgers, this one is locally made making it a lot more accessible to South African consumers.
“We have been making plant-based meat alternatives since 1991, and we have lovingly nurtured and grown the vegetarian and vegan food market in South Africa. As a result, we have been at the forefront of the boom around plant-based eating, leading the charge with accessible, convenient and delicious plant-based products for all our consumers – from omnivores, flexitarians and pescatarians to vegetarians and vegans,” says Fry Family Food Co. International Marketing Director Tammy Fry.
The Big Fry Burger took the company three years to develop. “Our development team, along with Wally Fry, had to push all their innovation boundaries – which is any we are calling it beyond the impossible. It challenged us to be better, and to raise the benchmark of plant-based meat products locally and globally,” explains Tammy.
Tammy goes on to explain that one of the key development yardsticks was taste. “We wanted a patty that cooked and tasted just like a ground beef burger. The Big Fry Burger literally sizzles on the grill and is most definitely going to satisfy the cravings of the most avid meat eater – except, unlike its beef counterpart, this burger is much better for consumers, for the planet and for the animals.”
The Big Fry Burger, like all Fry’s products, in non-GM, naturally cholesterol free and low in saturated fat. The burger is exceptionally high in protein with 20g per 112g patty. Notably higher than the average beef burger, which has 17g of protein per 112g. The Big Fry Burger only has 4g of fat per 100g compared to the average beef burger that has 14g of fat per 100g.
The benefits extend beyond health too. Choosing a plant-based burger instead of a meat burger just once a week is the easiest way for consumers to halve their greenhouse gas emissions. Studies also show that by swapping out one beef burger with a plane-based burger, we save 5 530 litres of water which equates to a seven-minute shower every day for 50 days. For the animal lovers, swapping one beef burger for a plant-based burger just once a week would save, on average, 15-20 cows a year.
The Big Fry Burger is made up of a blend of non-GM plant protein and is flavoured with coriander seeds, paprika cilantro, white pepper, parsley and turmeric. “The texture is quite different to the other Fry’s products. It’s a lot meatier and feels a lot like ground beef. The Big Fry Burger is also the only Fry’s meat-alternative that is sold uncooked and it therefore has quite different cooking instructions which can be found on the packaging,” explains Tammy. “This burger is a great one for the braai and I anticipate it’s going to cause quite a stir around Souths Africa’s coals,” she adds.
The burger’s packaging is also a leap forward for the company. Every element of the packaging is 100% and is a very important step for Fry’s. “Our packaging is a huge priority for us at the moment. We are hoping to have plastic free packaging in the next few years and we are working day in and day out to achieve that goal,” concludes Tammy.