What are Applegate® Well Carved™ products?
The chef-crafted Well Carved™ product line combines juicy, organic meat with whole, organic vegetables, legumes and grains. The result: a portfolio of blended burgers and meatballs that deliver on taste, nutrition and convenience, while satisfying the needs of consumers mindful of their meat intake and its nutritional, ethical and environmental impact.
What’s in the Applegate® Well Carved™ products?
Applegate® Well Carved™ products blend organic, Applegate humanely raised meat with vegetables you can see and taste in every delicious bite. The product line includes two blended burger varieties and two blended meatball varieties.
The Organic Grass-fed Beef Burgers consist of 100 percent grass-fed beef mixed with organic cauliflower, lentils, spinach, butternut squash, sea salt, organic spices, garlic and rosemary extract.
The Organic Turkey Burger consist of turkey mixed with organic sweet potato, white beans, kale, roasted onion, sea salt, organic spices, garlic and rosemary extract.
The Organic Asian Style Meatballs consist of organic pork mixed with organic brown rice, green onion, carrot, parsley, ginger, garlic, spinach, sea salt, rice starch, lemongrass and black pepper.
The Organic Mediterranean Style Meatballs consist of organic turkey mixed with organic yellow lentils, feta cheese, spinach, sea salt, rice starch, dill, garlic, black pepper and olive oil.
What is the ratio of meat to non-meat (vegetables, grains, legumes) ingredients?
The Organic Grass-fed Beef Burgers are 60% meat and 40% non-meat.
The Organic Turkey Burgers, Organic Asian Style Meatballs, and Organic Mediterranean Style Meatballs varieties are 65% meat and 35% non-meat.
How many servings of vegetables are in the Applegate® Well Carved™ products?
The Organic Grass-fed Beef Burgers provide 1/3 cup of vegetables per serving*.
The Organic Turkey Burgers, Organic Asian Style Meatballs, and Organic Mediterranean Style Meatballs varieties provide ¼ cup of vegetables per serving*.
*One serving of this product does not provide a significant amount (1/2 cup) of vegetables. USDA dietary guidelines for Americans recommend eating 2 ½ cups of vegetables daily.
How and why were the different vegetables within the Well Carved™ products chosen?
Our research and development team consulted chefs and everyday consumers to create the ideal blend of meat, vegetables, legumes and grains that would deliver on both taste and texture. Our goal was to allow eaters to see and taste the veggies, rather than try to “sneak them in.”
Do all the ingredients meet strict ingredient standards?
Yes, all the ingredients in the Well Carved™ burgers and meatballs are USDA Organic and non-GMO. As with all meat used to make Applegate® products, the meat used to create our Well Carved™ product varieties are from animals that are Appelgate humanely raised without antibiotics, added hormones or growth promotants
Were any ingredients sourced from Asia or the Mediterranean?
The majority of ingredients are sourced within the United States, but there are a few spices and vegetables sourced from Asia or the Mediterranean. All ingredients, whether sourced in the United States or outside of, meet USDA and FDA standards and are sourced from suppliers who are required to follow a HACCP plan, which assures food safety from harvest to consumption.
How do Well Carved™ burgers and meatballs compare to 100% meat burgers and meatballs?
Applegate® Well Carved™ burgers and meatballs provide the juicy, meaty, and well-seasoned taste you expect from 100 percent meat burgers and meatballs, but a nutritional analysis shows that Well Carved™ burgers and meatballs have fewer calories, fat, and saturated fat than conventional counterpoints.
When will the Applegate® Well Carved™ burgers and meatballs be available and where can I find them?
Applegate® Well Carved™ meatballs are available now at select retailers and will soon be sold online via Fresh Direct and Amazon.
How much do the Applegate® Well Carved™ burgers and meatballs cost?
The suggested retail price for the Applegate® Well Carved™ burgers is $9.99 for a package.
The suggested retail price for the Applegate® Well Carved™ meatballs is $6.99 for a package.
Can I eat them right out of the package?
The meatballs are fully cooked. You just need to reheat.
However, the burgers are raw and need to be cooked before eating.
How should I cook the burgers?
Our burgers are sold raw and must be cooked on the grill or in a skillet prior to serving.
Preheat grill. Place frozen burgers in a single layer, grill until well browned on each side and the internal temperature registers 165⁰F, about 6 minutes per side.
Cook frozen burgers in a single layer in a nonstick or lightly oiled skillet over medium heat until well browned on each side and the internal temperature registers 165⁰F, about 6 minutes per side.
Never microwave raw meat!
How should I cook the meatballs?
They can be reheated via stove top, oven, or microwave. We prefer stove top.
Stove Top (Preferred) –
Lightly coat a medium sized saucepan with cooking oil. Heat 9 – 11 minutes over medium heat, while stirring occasionally.
Preheat oven to 375⁰F. Place meatballs on a lined baking sheet and bake 15 - 20 min or until hot.
Place 2 meatballs on a microwave safe plate and cover with a paper towel. Microwave on High for 50 – 60 seconds or until hot. Let stand for 1 minute before serving.
Why did Applegate decide to launch the Well Carved™ product line?
Many consumers are trying to reduce their meat intake for nutritional, ethical or environmental reasons, but ready-to-eat options that are both responsible, as well as crave-able, were limited. Applegate® Well Carved™ products offer a delicious twist on the conventional meat category, combining juicy, Applegate humanely raised meat with whole vegetables, legumes and grains. These pairings don’t include mysterious ingredients, that are found in heavily processed plant-based alternatives, and will satisfy conscious carnivores looking for an environmentally responsible and crave-able option.
What is the environmental impact of Well Carved™ products?
When comparing the Well Carved™ Grass-Fed Organic Beef Burger to a conventional all-beef burger patty, the Well Carved™ Grass-Fed Organic Beef Burger has 51 percent fewer greenhouse-gas emissions.