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Taste testing the best vegan burger

We visited White Castle, Shack Shack, and By Chloe to put these hyped plant-based burgers to the test.

Taste testing the best vegan burger

What is a veggie burger, if not an oxymoron? Burgers are meat on a bun, inherently. How could you ever crave a burger if you didn’t want the meat inside? Believe me, you can!

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As a semi-reformed carnivore who eats vegan most of the week, it’s a question I’ve asked myself a lot, as I’ve attempted to scratch my burger itch without overloading my arteries. It’s led me to eat more disappointing black bean burgers than I can count–frozen, mushy patties that get stuck in the back of your throat like underseasoned Play-Doh. But times are changing. White Castle has now announced plans to sell Impossible Burgers nationwide. Shake Shack makes a vegan burger out of beets. And you have hip, boutique restaurants like By Chloe and Superiority Burger doing big business by solving that paradox, one bun at a time: A veggie burger can exist, so long as it’s decadent and delicious.

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Mark Wilson is a senior writer at Fast Company who has written about design, technology, and culture for almost 15 years. His work has appeared at Gizmodo, Kotaku, PopMech, PopSci, Esquire, American Photo and Lucky Peach

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