You can officially add Wendy’s to your list of fast-food restaurants with vegan-friendly options— now that’s better! The nation’s third largest fast-food burger chain is currently testing a veggie burger that is available in select locations.
What’s in the Veggie Burger?
The new item, classically named the Black Bean Burger, contains 14 grams of protein and is made with wild rice, brown rice, farro, onions, carrots, corn and red and green bell peppers. It is served on a toasted seven-grain vegan bun with tomato and a spring mix of leafy greens.
How To Make Your Order at Wendy’s Vegan-Friendly
The veggie burger is cooked separately from the meat products and is considered fully-vegan when you order it without the pepper jack cheese and parmesan-ranch sauce it traditionally comes with. You can also add other vegan-friendly items to your order, like a plain baked potato, a garden side salad or french fries.
Ohio Gives Two Green Thumbs Up!
Wendy’s new plant-based item was initially introduced in Columbus, OH in early 2015, where it received rave reviews. Reviewers from Columbus Underground said the veggie burger was “pleasant and savory” and “shockingly beautiful.” They judged its overall presentation as looking actually as “gorgeous” as the typically glammed-up print advertisements. The publication also noted that the restaurants were struggling to keep up with high demand for the cruelty-free option.
Current Participating Locations
After the successful test in Ohio, actor, stuntman and proud vegan Steve-O, started a petition on Change.org to get Wendy’s to promote the veggie burger on a national level. As of now, you can find the Black Bean Burger at Wendy’s locations in Salt Lake City, UT, Columbia, SC and Columbus, OH. *Fingers-crossed* that there will be more locations adding the veggie burger to their menu in the near future!