For many meat eaters, the idea of swapping their juicy beef hamburger with a veggie patty seems unthinkable. Much as they may want to improve their health, rescue animals, or protect the environment, the taste of the All-American burger is too good to leave by the wayside. Much like cookies, ice cream, and fried Oreos, the taste of meat produces a chemical overload in your brain which is hard to resist.

In the last few years, however, food producers like Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods have begun taking the plant-based bull by the horns. These adventurous companies have embraced the challenge of building a better burger, not just a meat substitute, but a plant-based burger that tastes even better than the real thing. As vegan and flexitarian diets become more and more mainstream other food giants are taking notice.

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Until now, White Castle‘s partnership with Impossible Foods was the most telling sign of plant-based burger’s popularity, but today, Beyond Meat may have stolen the title.

In an official statement today, Carl’s Jr. announced it’s official partnering with Beyond Meat, to deliver the Beyond Famous Star. According to the official announcement, the new sandwich will be “A quarter pound plant-based patty cooked top-to-bottom on an open flame in the Carl’s Jr. charbroiler.” The Beyond Famous Star will be available in 1,000+ Carl’s Jr. locations in the New Year starting at only $6.29. The announcement is the latest in a string of big moves from Beyond Meat, who went public earlier this year after a collaboration with Del Taco.

For some plant-based eaters, this news comes as a heartening reminder that their way of life is growing in acceptance. For the meat-eating world, however, seeing a vegan burger side by side with their favorite sandwiches may peak curiosity. And sometimes, a little curiosity is all it takes.

Your Own Plant-Based Fast Food!

Of course, you don’t need to leave your kitchen to have tasty plant-based burgers. Check out these vegan versions of fast food classics, courtesy of the Food Monster App.

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

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.

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When it comes to food, the only way to really “have it your way” is to make it yourself. Miriam Sorrell’s Vegan Burger King is a soy-free, cholesterol-free, optional gluten-free, faux meat-free burger that tastes so good, you might look for the take-out wrapper. We’ll have it THAT way!

Crispy, Crunchy Cornmeal, and Pepita Onion RingsCrispy, Crunchy Cornmeal and Pepita Onion Rings [Vegan, Gluten-Free, Oil-Free]

Goodbye, greasy, fast-food onion rings! Say hello to Sophia DeSantis’ lovely baked Crispy, Crunchy Cornmeal and Pepita Onion Rings instead! A mixture of cornmeal and crushed pepitas gives these unique onion rings a crunchy coating and a unique blend of flavors. Dip them in your favorite sauce for an extra special treat!

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Enjoyed these recipes? We highly recommend downloading our Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 8,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to ten new recipes per day. Check it out!

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