Vegetarian options have been popping up on fast food menus for awhile now, but typically they include some form of faux meat or patty meant to mimic the taste of real beef or chicken. Wendy's is breaking through the status quo by creating a burger with two types of protein that set it apart: black beans and chickpeas.
During a recent press event, John Li, Vice President of Culinary Innovation at Wendy's, explained that the certified vegetarian spicy black bean burger has been in the works for some time to make it perfect. "Just because something is meatless doesn’t mean it needs to be tasteless," he said. "With our Spicy Black Bean Burger, we crafted it to feature texture, flavor, and a nutrition profile we were looking for."
The patty—made with a blend of black beans, chickpeas, and spices—will, of course, have Wendy's signature square shape. It will come layered with chipotle jalapeños for texture, melty pepper jack, spicy chipotle sauce, tomatoes, sweet onion slices, and romaine all inside a toasted bun. The sandwich is said to be a little less hot than Wendy's spicy nuggets or spicy chicken sandwiches. It will be available starting June 28 in select test markets in Columbus, Ohio; Jacksonville, Florida; and Pittsburgh.
Until now, we've seen big name fast food joints simply add Impossible burgers or Beyond Meat to their menus for plant-based options, so Wendy's stepping into the flexitarian ring by including their own crafted black bean burger is a welcome change. That, along with new innovations like the summer strawberry chicken salad and ghost pepper ranch (which is delicious, BTW) make for a summer that will definitely bring the heat.
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