To the casual observer, it might have looked like fast-food icon, McDonald’s was lagging stubbornly behind the times. Other burger chains like White Castle, and Carl’s Jr. have welcomed plant-based eaters by partnering with vegan startups to offer their classic patties with a plant-based twist. As their competitors forged ahead, the red-haired clown dragged squeaky heels.

Recently, though, the Golden Arches have been getting greener.

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After rolling out vegan burgers in India and the UK, McDonald’s Sweden announced they will begin serving their own vegan happy meal which comes with the McFalafel. As the name suggests, the McFalafel is made from ground chickpeas and mild spices. It can be ordered as a sandwich and in smaller happy meal form for plant-based kids. According to Brand Eating, customers ordering the McFalafel can choose from two new side dips: a dairy-based yogurt sauce or vegan pepper dip.

For plant-based eaters, news like this causes a wide range of reactions. Much as they court vegan eaters, fast food giants still contribute to obesity and put unsustainable strain on the planet. Others will almost certainly view this news as a sign of changing times, a happy harbingers of bright things to come. While mention of McDonald’s might inflame, this infectious optimism is hard to ignore. Plenty of fast food executives have already defected to the plant-based revolution already. Love or hate fast food, there’s no denying they will have to adapt, or face the consequences.

Make Your Own Plant-Based Burgers

Of course, you don’t need to head all the way up to Sweden (even leave your home) to have great chickpea burgers. Here’s a sample of chickpea burgers that will blow any fast food item out of the deep-fryer. We’ll make it easy for you with these recipes from our Food Monster App:

Quinoa and Chickpea Burgers With Burger Sauce

Source: Quinoa and Chickpea Burgers With Burger Sauce

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How about a scrumptious burger with a crispy grilled quinoa patty, delicious burger sauce and fresh salad greens? Yes, please! This Quinoa and Chickpea Burgers With Burger Sauce recipe from The Ultimate Vegan Barbecue Cookbook.

Herby Chickpea Burgers

Herby Chickpea Burgers [Vegan, Gluten-Free]Source: Herby Chickpea Burgers

Jean-Philippe Cyr‘s yummy Herby Chickpea Burgers are crispy like falafel, herby like falafel. Essentially, they’re everything you love about falafel sandwiched between two hamburger buns with all the dressings. Chickpeas are blended with fresh parsley, almonds, sun-dried tomatoes, and herbs, then fried to make them crispy. These burgers would be amazing paired with vegan tzatziki sauce and sweet potato fries.

The Best Veggie ‘Big Mac’ With Radicchio SlawThe Best Veggie "Big Mac" With Radicchio Slaw [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

Source: All-Veggie “Big Mac” Burgers

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Forget about fast-food and make Jennifer Rose Rossano‘s All-Veggie “Big Mac” Burgers instead. That’s right – nothing that hasn’t grown straight out of the ground was used to make these incredibly flavorful and hearty burger patties. To make them even better, the burgers are topped with a crunchy and tangy radicchio slaw and creamy avocado. We’re Lovin’ it

Do you like stories about plant-based business We hope you enjoy these delicious burgers. For more recipes, download our Food Monster App where we have over 15,000 vegan and allergy-friendly recipes for you to enjoy!