Photo: Elizabeth Hait
Summer means grilling season -- burgers, steaks, hot dogs, and chicken are the usual suspects. So what's a vegetarian to do? The good news is that there are lots of meat-free products on the market -- from "hot dogs" to garden burgers, even faux chicken patties. Problem is, they can vary wildly in how good they are.
We invited a few friends over, fired up the grill and taste-tested meat-free burgers and dogs. We opened up 16 products: a mix of varieties and brands.
Our top nine picks are below (including our favorite), taking into consideration the texture, flavors, seasonings and overall taste in each.
Keep reading for the seven products that did not pass our taste test -- and why.