Review: Beyond Sausage Sandwich at Dunkin’

After having tried the Impossible Whopper by Burger King and the Beyond Meat burger by TGI Fridays with mixed results — you will need to read the articles to find out what I mean by that — I recently had the opportunity to try the Beyond Sausage sandwich by Dunkin’.

Review: Beyond Sausage Sandwich at Dunkin’

Both Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat have been developing alternatives to meat — such as beef — using plants and other ingredients to emulate the texture, taste and overall experience to real meat as closely as possible…

…but could substituting meat with alternative foods whose ingredients are derived from plants help not only satiate the great hunger for beef which Americans have had for centuries — to the point where it has been ingrained in the culture in the United States — but also repair and reverse what has been called the great nutrition collapse?

Consider the Where’s the Beef? advertising campaign from Wendy’s back in 1984 and the repeated vexatious chant from 1981 known as T Bone by Neil Young, which is nine minutes and 14 seconds about how our Canadian protagonist has mashed potatoes but none of that satisfying meaty goodness attached to the bone.

Providers of food — such as restaurants and supermarkets — have been seeking to offer alternatives to beef chiefly due to the increase in prices, which have been fueled by simultaneously record increased demand with decreased production. As one example, increases in beef prices have been cited as part of the reason for the decline of Kosher delicatessens over the years.

Furthermore, the production of beef is increasingly harmful to the environment overall. “Ninetieth-percentile GHG emissions of beef are 105kg of CO2eq per 100g of protein, and land use (area multiplied by years occupied) is 370 m2∙year”, according to this study from 2018 by Joseph Poore and Thomas Nemecek as accepted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. “These values are 12 and 50 times greater than 10th-percentile dairy beef impacts (which we report separately given that its production is tied to milk demand). Tenth-percentile GHG emissions and land use of dairy beef are then 36 and 6 times greater than those of peas. High variation within and between protein-rich products is also manifest in acidification, eutrophication, and water use.”

To offset the negative aspects of beef production and consumption, alternatives have been provided for traditional beef — and, to devoted meat eaters, have mostly failed. Alternatives to beef with ingredients based from plants are consumed mostly by those who follow a vegetarian or vegan diet; but most beef eaters remain skeptical…

…which is one of the reasons why I not only tested the taste and texture of the Impossible Whopper sandwich from Burger King and that of the Beyond Meat hamburger offered by TGI Fridays; but also that of the Beyond Sausage sandwich from Dunkin’.

The Beyond Sausage Sandwich Taste Test

Dunkin’ was formerly known as Dunkin’ Donuts — but the company wanted to be known for more than just donuts and coffee as it expanded its menu to include such items as breakfast sandwiches years ago.

I have never been partial to sausage in general — primarily because of the typically low quality of meat which is used to make sausage, which usually includes a copious amount of fat and gristle — but I have liked the taste and aroma of certain sausages in the past…

…so I wondered to myself if I would like something with the flavor and aroma of sausage but without the fat and gristle which is normally associated with it. I sometimes encountered an inordinate amount of gristle with both the Whopper sandwich from Burger King and the traditional hamburger from TGI Fridays, which impeded upon any enjoyment I might have had out of eating an otherwise insipid hamburger. I do not like fighting with my food; and having to pick gristle out of my mouth every couple of minutes is not exactly appetizing.

A location of Dunkin’ is within walking distance of where I am based; so I decided to try the Beyond Sausage sandwich — but as I do not like cheese or some type of formed scrambled egg, I requested that they be left off of my sandwich.

Beyond Sausage sandwich Dunkin’

Photograph ©2020 by Brian Cohen.

I was given a big bag emblazoned with the Dunkin’ logo…

Beyond Sausage sandwich Dunkin’

Photograph ©2020 by Brian Cohen.

…but this small bag was what was inside that large bag.

Beyond Sausage sandwich Dunkin’

Photograph ©2020 by Brian Cohen.

I opened the small bag and found the Beyond Sausage sandwich upside down.

Beyond Sausage sandwich Dunkin’

Photograph ©2020 by Brian Cohen.

I turned it right side up to reveal the top of the multi-grain bun. Although I thought that the bread for the sandwich would automatically be an English muffin, I was told that I had a choice of bread for the sandwich; so I chose what I thought might be the healthiest option.

For example, I could have chosen a bagel or croissant instead of the multi-grain bun; but the sausage patty would have been dwarfed by the croissant…

…and do not get this New Yorker started on bagels — especially if the bagel is not an authentic one from New York.

Beyond Sausage sandwich Dunkin’

Photograph ©2020 by Brian Cohen.

I opened the sandwich and found an irregularly shaped patty which had stained the inside halves of the bun — and it definitely did not resemble meat upon first glance.

Beyond Sausage sandwich Dunkin’

Photograph ©2020 by Brian Cohen.

I then took a bite out of the sandwich, which was rather small when compared to the size of my hand.

Beyond Sausage sandwich Dunkin’

Photograph ©2020 by Brian Cohen.

My first impression was that it did have a flavor reminiscent of sausage — what seemed like sage as one of the seasonings was strong to the point of almost overpowering — but although the patty contained no gristle or globules of fat, its texture was dry and yet somewhat spongy.

The rather thin bun was decent; but the seeds initially resembled gristle to me due to the difference in texture from the patty itself.

Because I had the cheese and eggs removed from the sandwich, I found that it was missing something unctuous and complementary in flavor — perhaps a sauce or maybe some condiments. Could pickles or tomato have helped improve this sandwich?

Beyond Sausage sandwich Dunkin’

Photograph ©2020 by Brian Cohen.

Nutritional Information and Comparison

Ingredients of the Beyond Sausage Patty include water, pea protein isolate, refined coconut oil, expeller-pressed canola oil, natural flavors, rice protein, sunflower protein isolate, mung bean protein, methylcellulose, nutritional yeast — which includes dried yeast, niacin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamin hydrochloride, riboflavin, folic acid, and cyanocobalamin — salt, apple extract, vinegar, lemon juice concentrate, potato starch, and sunflower lecithin.

If you are thinking that the Beyond Sausage sandwich at Dunkin’ is a healthier alternative to its original Sausage, Egg and Cheese Sandwich, you may actually be correct…

Nutrition Facts Per Serving 1 Beyond Sausage Sandwich
Calories 510
Percent Daily Value
Total Fat 26 grams 33 percent
Saturated Fat 10 grams 50 percent
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 185 milligrams 62 percent
Sodium 820 milligrams 36 percent
Total Carb 40 grams 15 percent
Dietary Fiber 2 grams 7 percent
Total Sugars 3 grams
Includes 3 grams Added Sugars 6 percent
Protein 26 grams 45 percent
Caffeine milligrams
Vitamin D 2mcg 10 percent
Calcium 245 milligrams 20 percent
Iron 5 milligrams 30 percent
Potassium 244 milligrams 6 percent

…as compared to the original Sausage, Egg and Cheese Sandwich

Nutrition Facts Per Serving 1 Sausage, Egg and Cheese Sandwich
Calories 720
Percent Daily Value
Total Fat 52 grams
67 percent
Saturated Fat 20 grams 100 percent
Trans Fat 0 grams
Cholesterol 220 milligrams 73 percent
Sodium 1120 milligrams 49 percent
Total Carb 42 grams 15 percent
Dietary Fiber 2 grams 7 percent
Total Sugars 6 grams
Includes 5 grams Added Sugars 10 percent
Protein 21 grams percent
Caffeine milligrams
Vitamin D 5mcg 25 percent
Calcium 152 milligrams 10 percent
Iron 4 milligrams 20 percent
Potassium 261 milligrams 6 percent

…the Beyond Sausage sandwich at Dunkin’ has:

  • 210 fewer calories
  • 26 fewer grams of total fat
  • Ten fewer grams of saturated fat
  • No trans fat at all for either sandwich
  • 35 fewer milligrams of cholesterol
  • 300 fewer milligrams of sodium
  • Two fewer grams of carbohydrates
  • The same amount of grams of dietary fiber
  • Three fewer grams of sugar
  • Five more grams of protein
  • 93 more milligrams of calcium
  • One milligram more of iron

Vegetarian Diet Advantages and Disadvantages

“Multiple studies have linked vegetarian diets to a reduced incidence of chronic disease and cancer. Excluding meat or animal products makes a diet healthier, but there are other factors to consider”, according to this article written by Liza Torborg for the Mayo Clinic…

…but “there still aren’t enough data to say exactly how a vegetarian diet influences long-term health”, according to this article published from Harvard Medical School. “It’s difficult to tease out the influence of vegetarianism from other practices that vegetarians are more likely to follow, such as not smoking, not drinking excessively, and getting adequate exercise.”

Regardless, both articles cite that some evidence exists that vegetarians have a lower risk for cardiac events — such as a heart attack — and death from cardiac causes; that eating lots of fruits and vegetables can reduce the risk of developing certain cancers even though the evidence that vegetarians have a lower incidence of cancer than non-vegetarians do is minimal; and that a predominantly plant-based diet can reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes.

This abstract from the United States National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health suggests that hypogonadism — which is a condition in which the body does not produce enough testosterone — and erectile dysfunction are associated with soy product consumption.

Summary

The Beyond Sausage sandwich cost $4.29 plus tax, which totaled $4.55 and is approximately the same cost — as well as a decent alternative, but too expensive, in my opinion — as the original Sausage, Egg and Cheese Sandwich if you can get past the texture issues. The differences between the two sandwiches would probably be less significant had the egg and cheese — and perhaps at least one condiment of some type — remained on the sandwich.

I was told that the Beyond Sausage sandwich rarely sells because it is not popular with customers at that specific location. I can understand that. I thought that the sandwich was not bad and ate the whole thing, and I would cautiously recommend it — even though I was not thrilled with the way it sat in my stomach for a while…

…but I still think that Dunkin’ should stick to doughnuts.

All photographs ©2020 by Brian Cohen.

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