On the surface, it would seem that the meatless burgers would be a natural for the kosher consumer since the kosher certified product is pareve and can be eaten with dairy. Non-kosher chains are quickly adding the products for health reasons as shortages are being reported for both Impossible and Beyond.
Both Impossible (OU) and Beyond (Star-K) are claiming their products contain less cholesterol and saturated fats than meat. But kosher food sources say that while plant-based replacement products have been around a long time, “they are legitimately not giving meat a run for the money.”
Some kosher foodies say that the meatless burgers are yet another example of how kosher often lags behind general food trends, witness sushi which took years to take hold and foods like ramen that are still distant for most kosher consumers.
“We ultimately get there but we frequently crawl rather than leap,” one expert said.
Some restaurants said that they simply could not get the products as it appears that there is a real shortage. One example is Benny’s Brick Oven Pizza which was the first restaurant in Crown Heights to add the parve Impossible Burger to its menu, but is now waiting for the supplier to provide more.