When my daughter was ~4, she decided to be a vegetarian because my wife was (I wasn't at that time). *She lasted a couple days until she asked to for a hamburger one night and we said that's meat. *She thought about it (not very long) and decided she wouldn't be a vegetarian anymore. *Now I'm a vegetarian (of the ovo-lacto variety), my wife eats a little fish to boost protein, and my daughter hardly eats a vegetable. *And the only meat I eat - smoked gamebirds once per year - is something my daughter won't even get close to.
I know vegetarians and vegans who say they dislike the taste and texture of meat too. *As for the veggie burger and so on trying so hard to be like meat, I don't think they're aimed at vegetarians and vegans. *They're aimed at people who want to eliminate meat from a few meals. *The best veggie burgers make no attempt to be like a hamburger and load up on vegetables or black beans or whatever. *And, since food on a bun is the highest form of our culinary tradition, a lot of veggie foods are shaped for that too. *But I've recently had veggie meatballs that are exactly like the fine-ground Italian meatballs available around here. *We have them on pasta one night and then make meatball sandwiches the following day.
By the way, only vegetarians are expert enough to be in on this discussion and the rest of you should get lost.