There are very few times, if ever you will see me pop in here and tell you why the world needs fast food. But we start where we are, and this is a vast improvement from what we have available to us currently. We have a favorite vegetarian restaurant here in town that my whole family loves. They just launched a kickstarter campaign to open up Earth Burger, a vegetarian burger stand here in Texas.
This is big folks. Vegetarian fast food IN TEXAS! We had a chance to try out many of their items this week and folks … I really think they can do this, and if they can make vegetarian fast food work in Texas, well then it can work anywhere!
Let me show you 10 reasons I think the world needs Earth Burger right now.
1. Vegetarian fast food that looks & tastes like real food.
That’s not a stab at vegetarian food, more so at fast food in general. Earth Burger may be promoting itself as a fast food, but the items coming out of their kitchen don’t look like your typical fast food fare. The burgers are THICK, the buns are amazing, the fries are fresh. These fast food options put many sit down locations to shame. The food looks and tastes so good I would have no problem getting my meat and potato loving husband to eat here.
2. The Elusive Fish Sandwich
My SIL has been vegetarian for more than a decade. She’s quite accustomed to her vegetarian way of life, but there are still some things she misses. A crispy, juicy fried fish sandwich is one of them. I had my eight year old taste test this beast for her this week. His favorite food in the world is FISH, any kind of fish. So I knew he was the perfect guy for this challenge. He gobbled this sandwich up almost before I could photograph it. This is a man’s size sandwich … he is only eight. That should tell you how good it is, finger licking good people. This one’s a winner for sure.
3. Burgers that make other burgers feel bad.
Just look at these burgers. They’re like the burgers from the good old days, when food was real and tasted good. My only concern about Earth Burger opening up in San Antonio is how often I’ll want to stop and get fast food! Good thing these burgers have 61% fewer calories than a typical fast food burger.
4. Amazing, healthy sides
There are a few foods I could eat every single day, for every single meal. French fries, kale salad, edamame, and carrots and hummus all fall in that category. Being able to order them on-the-go means I can stress a little less when I’m out and about with the kids and haven’t pre-packed a lunch. I could make an entire healthy meal out of Earth Burger sides alone! Picnics in the park are about to get a bit more fancy folks.
5. The Gluten-Free Burger I’ve been waiting for
I’ve been gluten-free for about 16 months. That means I haven’t had a proper burger (with bun) in at least that long. This burger was worth waiting for – made of organic brown rice, sunflower seeds, and quinoa it was a magical moment I can’t wait to have again. Like I said, the issue here will be limiting myself on how often we eat here.
INSIDER TIP: I’ll let you know this is a burger you’ll want to savor and enjoy. The bun is soft and the goods are too, you are going to get messy eating this burger and that is completely fine and acceptable in this circumstance. Your taste buds will thank you for it.
6. A Wrap That Will Keep You Satisfied
I love a good wrap, but this is more than just a good wrap. This is tangy hummus, and crunchy kale salad, surrounding grilled chik-n that actually really does taste like chicken. This is a vegan meal you can feel good about. The kind of wrap you’ll need after a day of mountain biking or mall shopping for that matter!
Dear Earth Burger, please add a gluten-free tortilla to your menu so I can enjoy this wrap in all it’s glory too. Thank you!
7. Seriously crispy chik-n tenders w/ agave mustard dipping sauce!
This one doesn’t need tons of explaining. Here’s a meal your whole family will love. You can feel good knowing these have fewer calories, half the fat and more protein than those “chicken” tenders other fast food joints call dinner.
8. WHOLESOME KIDS OPTIONS
Apple slices and a flame-broiled patty with nothing but ketchup and a pickle on the side, just the way they like it. Not pictured here is the big, ooey gooey crusty grilled cheese my daughter thoroughly enjoyed. They also offer a vegetarian corn dog for kids we can’t wait to try.
9. Kids LOVE Earth Burger!!
We took 5 kids to the pop up tasting event this week and all of them enjoyed their meals. I’m not saying all of them cleaned their entire plates … they are children people! but they did all leave satisfied and us moms did too knowing they got a healthy serving of grains, fruits and veggies after a hard day of play.
10. The Facts
You don’t have to take it from me, here’s some nutritional information about why Earth Burger is a better fast food choice for your family. A few facts that mean a lot to me — no hydrogenated oils, no artificial colors, whole wheat bread, organic cheese. Thank you Earth Burger for not only making food options like this available for busy families, but also for keeping them at price points we can afford. Earth Burger can compete with most fast food chains and for the benefits you get, why wouldn’t you choose Earth Burger first?
I’m so excited for the possibility of a vegetarian fast food option, but it’s not a done deal yet. They need our help to make this dream a reality. The Earth Burger kickstarter runs through 28 April. They need to raise $40,000 for drive-thru equipment, fryers and coolers and freezers, etc and they are just about half way there. It’s going to take donations from people like us who generally care about the food we feed our families to make this dream a reality.
Who knows you might have an Earth Burger or other vegetarian fast food option near you in just a short time.
Want to try Earth Burger for yourself? Now you can! Anyone can enter, but keep in mind the Earth Burger location will be in San Antonio, Texas.
For the record I am NOT a vegetarian, but I do eat a primarily plant-based diet and limit the amount of red meat my family eats. We do eat meatless several nights a week.