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Thanks, Yoda.

Posted by w7ngman | June 10, 2008 4:04 PM

Both Six Arms and Honey Hole had no Gardenburgers last week. This might explain that. Weird that it isn't in the news.

Posted by Amy Kate Horn | June 10, 2008 4:13 PM

So, the outbreak means that real hamburgers are safer than veggie burgers?

Posted by joykiller | June 10, 2008 4:16 PM

Is that why the veggie burger I got from Scooter's the other day was this icky breaded bullshit?

That's really weird. A little head's up would've been nice.

Posted by Megan Seling | June 10, 2008 4:19 PM

Gardenburgers should be illegal.

Posted by Mr. Poe | June 10, 2008 4:21 PM

Thanks... I thought I was going crazy in the grocery store this weekend ("I could have sworn the gardenburgers were stocked in this aisle..."). Normally the store puts up a note when something like that happens. Weird.

Posted by Julie | June 10, 2008 4:26 PM

A conspiracy for sure.

Posted by umvue | June 10, 2008 4:40 PM

They realized the formula wasn't converting enough vegetarians to eat meat so they pulled them off the shelves to suck out more of the moisture and fat. It's the same people behind "tofurky," which is really made by a wing of the American Beef and Poultry Council.

Posted by boxofbirds | June 10, 2008 4:49 PM

There is no truth to the rumor that beef from the USA is still banned in South Korea and Japan.

Except for the fact that it is.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 10, 2008 4:49 PM

Burgerville was the first to notice, apparently.

It wasn't a health safety issue, but a product quality issue.

So they say.

The withdrawal is voluntary and is not a recall per se. But that hasn't stopped major supermarkets and smaller restaurant chains from pulling it.

Posted by K | June 10, 2008 4:55 PM

Oh man, I was in the Ballard Fred Meyer the other day and saw a notice posted inside the freezer-door which provided a reasonable explanation of the shortage, but I can't remember for the life of me what it was.

Posted by MarkyMark | June 10, 2008 5:10 PM

I like Morningstar Farms better, have you had their black bean burger or or the tomato basil pizza burgers?

Posted by mikeblanco | June 10, 2008 5:25 PM

You can get pretty much the same thing by breaking off slices of those pressed-sawdust fire logs they sell in the grocery stores.

Posted by Fnarf | June 10, 2008 7:34 PM

boxofbirds and fnarf: yes, that explains and sums it up, respectively. if you can't stand to eat meat, why not just eat avo and tomato on toast? but gardenburgers!? why, oh god why!?

Posted by ellarosa | June 10, 2008 8:58 PM

Their "Flame-grilled" soy burgers used to be, um, the bomb. But now they suck. Must be Kellogg's buying 'em. All fall to The Man.

Posted by Greg (different Greg) | June 10, 2008 10:10 PM

"Must be Kellogg's buying 'em."

Ding, ding!

Posted by Flemish | June 10, 2008 11:29 PM

@9 - I would like to correct my prior statement - at the time I posted it I did not know that South Korea's government had just agreed to allow US beef into their country, even if a few hundred thousand of their citizens were protesting against it.

Probably trying to protect their dog meat industry ... or maybe the "true" source of gardenburgers?

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 11, 2008 12:34 AM

A note in the "health food" section of my local department store informed me that (unfortunately) there were "issues" with the "supply chain" for Gardenburger and the store wasn't sure when they would be available again. They also said they had no detailed information as to why. For further information we were to contact customer service.

Damn, I guess I'll just have to start gnawing on big hunks of raw beef now, since Gardenburgers are the ONLY vegitarian thing out there...

Posted by SDizzle | June 11, 2008 7:56 AM

a few commenters have hit the nail on the head (fnarf and boxofbirds, I'm looking at you).

If being a vegetarian is so great then why do you fucking fake hamburgers to trick your body into believing that it is eating meat?

maybe because meat is fucking delicious and necessary for a truly healthy existence (in moderation and non-factory farmed, of course) give it up vegetarians.. you know you want some BACON!! mmmmmmmmmm

Posted by high and bi | June 11, 2008 8:45 AM


If being a vegetarian is so great then why do you fucking EAT fake hamburgers to trick your body into believing that it is eating meat?

etc etc =)

Posted by high and bi | June 11, 2008 8:47 AM

Hmmmph. I'm a vegetarian, and even I hate Gardenburgers!

Posted by My Other Car's the Tardis | June 11, 2008 10:14 AM

garden burgers dont taste like meat. they arent supposed to taste like meat. people dont eat them because they want something that tastes like meat.

Posted by khakiskort | June 11, 2008 11:39 AM

Silly people. Gardenburgers (not any 'ol veggie burger) are yummy and I am a total meat eater. As to them missing - yup, the last two boxes I bought were odd - the burgers a little darker than normal and tasting slightly different - no problem to eat though. They were gone from the stores long before this tomato retardedness. Bummer bought by Kellog. Ack.

Posted by seriously | June 15, 2008 10:56 AM

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