Gardenburger Says: Avoid Grill Grief, Go Without Meat Meatless Grilling Recipes Offered at www.gardenburger.com

Portland, Oregon –

While Americans are dusting off their picnic baskets and firing up their grills in preparation for the outdoor eating season, they are being bombarded with news about the risks of Mad Cow Disease and other meat-borne illnesses. In his NY Times best seller, “Fast Food Nation”, author Eric Schlosser cautions readers who bring ground beef into their kitchen to “regard it as a potential biohazard”-- a thought that may cause revelers to look twice before diving into summer holiday favorites.

Meat risks highest in summer

According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 76 million Americans get sick, more than 300,000 are hospitalized, and 5,000 die each year from food-borne illnesses. Summer is the highest risk season for contracting food-borne illnesses. As temperatures rise, illness-causing pathogens in animal products multiply at an increased rate.

Alternatives to meat

The folks at Gardenburger offer grain and soy-based burger and rib products that deliver consumers that hot-off-the-grill taste even if they are steering clear of meat. Gardenburger’s new Meatless Riblets, beefy tasting Diner Deluxe burger, and classic grain-based Original veggie burger offer vegetarians and meat-lovers alike a satisfying solution to traditional summer foods. Gardenburger products are also lower in fat and cholesterol than their traditional counterparts.

"People need choices, even at the informal family barbecue," said Wendy Preiser, vice president of marketing for Gardenburger. "That is why Gardenburger offers an assortment of yummy meatless alternatives that will satisfy cravings for traditional backyard favorites."

Gardenburger grill-friendly summer recipes

Backyard BBQ Sandwich

Ingredients:

1 hoagie roll

1 Gardenburger Meatless Riblet, heated in microwave

1/4 cup coleslaw*

1 T. chopped red onions

Directions:

Preheat a grill on high. Lightly spray Riblet with cooking spray. Heat frozen Riblet approximately 4-5 minutes on each side until hot in center. Lightly toast each half of hoagie roll. Place heated Riblet on one half of bun. Top with chopped red onions and coleslaw. Add top half of bun and serve immediately.

*Food safety tip: be sure to keep refrigerated until use.

Reubenesque

Ingredients:

2 slices dark rye bread

2 T. Thousand Island dressing*

1 grilled Gardenburger Original patty

1 - 2 oz slice Gruyere

3-4 grilled red onion slices

1/4 cup sauerkraut, drained

Directions:

Preheat a grill on high. Lightly spray patty with cooking spray. Heat frozen patty approximately 4-5 minutes on each side until hot in center. Spread dressing on bread. Add Gardenburger, cheese, onion and sauerkraut. Top with second slice and grill to heat through.

*Food safety tip: be sure to keep refrigerated until use.

Onion Burger

Ingredients:

1 hearty hamburger bun or crusty roll

1 Gardenburger Diner Deluxe patty, grilled

2-3 French-fried onion rings

Your favorite barbecue sauce

1 slice cheddar cheese

sliced pickles

Directions:

Preheat a grill on high. Lightly spray patty with cooking spray. Heat frozen patty approximately 4-5 minutes on each side until hot in center. You know the build - stack it up.

For more tasty, grief-free summer grilling recipes, visit www.gardenburger.com.

About Gardenburger, official “missionaries of meatless” Founded in 1985, Gardenburger Authentic Foods Company pioneered the original meatless patty, and has been pushing the meatless category to new levels ever since. An independent company, Gardenburger’s vision is to promote pure food and a healthy environment. From the classic, grain-based Gardenburger Original to the groundbreaking barbeque Riblets, the company distributes its meatless products to more than 35,000 foodservice outlets throughout the United States and Canada. Retail customers include more than 30,000 grocery, natural food and club stores. Based in Portland, Ore., the company employs approximately 185 people.

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