top of page

3 Insect Burgers Worth Trying in 2023

Updated: May 9, 2023


insect burgers worth tasting cover image

You've probably heard of new insect burgers out there. But have you considered trying one? If you haven't yet, we’ve also been there: if you're not the adventurous type, considering tasting an insect burger is a big step out of your comfort zone.


This is normal! If you're from the Western world, the odds are insects have probably not been a part of your culture and diet as you grew up. We don't blame you if you’re not eager to taste insect burgers: you’re not (yet) familiar with their contents and their taste.


This article presents 3 burgers that you can consider trying out. They are tasty, easy to cook, have interesting nutritional values and are more environmentally friendly.


Check them out!


What are the ingredients of an insect burger?


First of all, when imagining an insect burger, don't picture a whole insect. Why? Because you won't even see the insects: there are merely used as ingredients for the burger patty. Indeed, the companies below did a terrific job at creating insect patties which almost look like meat or plant-based patties.


In addition, most insect burgers aren't made 100% of insects: they often contain other ingredients such as onions, mushrooms, herbs, and many other spices!


In sum, when thinking about an insect burger, don’t picture whole insects in your bun, next to lettuce and tomatoes: you can expect a normal patty, like any other meat or plant-based patty out there!


3 Insect burgers worth trying in 2023


1. Zirp Zuper burger

zirp insect burger image

Zirp is an Austrian company creating and producing a variety of insect-based products including insect protein powder, snacks, protein bars, whole insects, and…burger patties!


While the company uses a variety of insects in its products, including mealworms and crickets, its insect burger contains buffalo worms, the larvae of small black beetles. As explained in our previous section, like most insect burgers, buffalo worm powder is one of many ingredients in Zirp's insect patty.


Check out the ingredients below. Tempted to give it a try?


Ingredients

Ground Buffalo Worms (Cultured Buffalo Worms, Alphitobius Diaperinus), Calcium Alginate, Rosemary Extract), Mushrooms, Fried Onions (Onion, Sunflower Oil), Pea Protein, Water, Seasoning Salt (Salt, Spices), Stabilizer: Methylcellulose, Parsley, Linseed Flour, Caramel Sugar, Beetroot Juice Powder, Smoke Flavoring, Sauce Made From Fermented Rice Flour And Onion Juice (Rice Flour, Onion Juice Concentrate, Quinoa Flour, Salt).


Average nutritional values for 100g

Energy: 660 KJ/159 Kcal

Fat: 8.8 g

Of Which Saturated: 3.8 g

Carbohydrates: 2.3 g

Of Which Sugar: 0.8 g

Dietary Fiber: 9.4 g

Protein: 13 g

Salt: 1.6 g


2. Essento Insect Burger

essento insect burger image

Essento is an insect company based in Switzerland. The company, founded in 2013, develops and commercializes different types of insect-based ingredients and products, including flavoured snacks, protein powder, protein bars, and insect-based burgers.


Essento’s insect burger contains organic mealworms grown in its partner insect farm, also located in Switzerland. Apart from mealworm powder, the patty contains other ingredients such as onions, pepper, carrots and bulgur and a variety of spices including paprika and coriander. Why not give it a try?


Ingredients

Organic mealworm (Tenebrio molitor) 24 % from Switzerland, onions, wheat gluten, rapeseed oil, water, bulgur, carrots, tomato powder, mushrooms, spices (paprika, salt, garlic, coriander, pepper, allspice, parsley), soy sauce (water, soybeans, wheat, salt), lemon juice, stabiliser: methylcellulose, beetroot powder.


Average nutritional values for 100g

Energy: 1184 kJ/283 kcal

Fat: 16 g

thereof saturated fatty acids: 2,3 g

Carbohydrate: 17 g

thereof sugar: 3,6 g

Protein: 15 g

Food fibre: 3,4 g

Salt: 1,1 g


3. De Krekerij Hopper Burger

de krekerij insect burger image

Netherlands-based company “De Krekerij” combined farmed crickets and vegetables to create a tasty insect burger. As crickets are known to taste of what they are fed, De Krekerij works with farmers who feed their crickets with natural green products such as grass and vegetable leaves.


Like Zirp and Essento, De Krekerij added flavoury ingredients to its patty to make it tasty and enjoyable from a texture standpoint. Additional protein ingredients also constitute the patty, including pea and wheat protein. Healthy and worth tasting!


Ingredients

Rehydrated vegetable structure (Wheat protein (GLUTEN), pea protein), field bean, Cricket (Acheta domesticus) 20%, palm fat*, thickener (potato starch, egg protein, guar gum, methylcellulose), herbs and spices, lime juice, salt, nutritive acid: ascorbic acid. *sustainably produced


Average nutritional values for 100g

Energy: 935 kJ (219 kcal)

Fats: 13.5 g

Saturated fatty acids: 10 g

Carbohydrates: 9.9 g

Sugars: 0.3 g

Proteins: 15.2 g

Salt: 1.32 g


Why consider tasting an insect burger?


We hope this article piqued your curiosity when it comes not only to insect patties but also insect-based products in general.


Besides being tasty and fast and easy to cook, insect burgers are a healthy source of protein. They constitute a great alternative to beef and chicken patties: they offer close to the same nutritional values and are far more sustainable. To learn more about the potential impact of replacing your meat patties with insect patties, read our article about the benefits of consuming edible insects.


Curious about other insect products? Check out our list of insect food companies.

In the meantime, it was nice having you here and see you soon on Intersect!


Comments


bottom of page