In countries where wealth is not as prevalent as the Western World, relying on meat for protein can be dangerous: Less nutritional education means it’s hard to know what other foods to put into your body,  meaning when you can’t afford meat, you can’t afford protein.

More and more, ethical companies like Beyond Meat have turned their attention to combating hunger, and meat’s larger role in food insecurity. These companies are exploring market-based solutions for global health and nutrition that world leaders have, so far, been unable to address.

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Infinite Foods has developed a new, low-cost alternative to meat in South Africa. The country has already warmed to the Beyond Burger, and now Impossible foods hopes their product can become popular with a broader market.

South Africa struggles with rising meat prices leading to less and less meat making into people’s diets.  Infinite foods believes they can change the status quo. The once catch? Their burger has to taste the same, or better, than meat products, says Founder and CEO Michelle Adelman. As vegan meats become more popular in the higher-income parts of society, over the next three years the cost will be able to decline enough for more people to afford to take better care of themselves.

Build Your Own Plant-Based Burger!

Of course, you can build your own vegan burger in the comfort of your own home! Check out these recipes, courtesy of the  Food Monster App.

Tandoori Masala Black Bean Cheeseburgers With Caramelized Onions and Chips

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These Tandoori Masala Black Bean Cheeseburgers With Caramelized Onions and Chips by Carla Rendon and Jessica Ruizprovide a delicious savory crunch. Just make sure you get the perfect bite: a mouthful of caramelized onion, black-bean patty, potato chip and cheese sauce. You’ll be glad you did.

Mushroom and Zucchini Burger With Radicchio Slaw

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

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A meaty and filling burger, this Mushroom and Zucchini Burger With Radicchio Slaw by Jennifer Rose Rossano is extremely flavorful and made from mushrooms, onions, carrots, and a lot of spices for a real treat at the barbecue!

Double Black Bean Tofu Cheeseburgers

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Almost too tasty for words. For anyone missing the old drive-through burgers, Rhea Parsons‘s Double Black Bean Tofu Cheeseburgers  are custom made for you. Cheesy and meaty, these burgers will make you forget all about the burgers back before you saw the light!

You can find more vegan burger varieties by 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 10,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to new recipes every day. Check it out!

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