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The History of the Veggie Burger

In 2019, the plant-based, lab-grown burger is king. This is how the meatless marvel rose to fame. 🍔🥦

Meet the Veggie Burger

This burger is not made with real meat. Once upon a time, veggie burgers meant veggies on top of a hamburger. In 1982, Gregory Sams launched a new kind of burger — the Vegeburger. By 1992, Gardenburger had become a commercial success. A year later, the Boca Burger hit the shelves. Between the original dry mix and the frozen VegeBurger that made its debut in 1984 through a licensing agreement, approximately seven million are eaten every year. That’s one every four seconds, 24 hours a day. By the time Sams sold Realeat in 1988, the total went up to 13 million. Now, companies like Impossible Foods / Beyond Meat are out to make the most realistic meatless meat — with the main protein source being pea protein / soy protein. Several fast food chains are testing out menu items featuring meat substitutes to attract consumers who want to eat less meat for health environmental moral reasons.

By 1985 (the VegeBurger was flying off the shelves at this point), Portland, Oregon, restaurant owner Paul Wenner founded Gardenburger, Inc. and released its first vegetable-based burger commercially by 1992. The following year, Boca Burger Inc. was founded. By 2002 Boca, which was acquired by Kraft Foods, was bringing in more than 70 million dollars annually. The first vegan meat commercial was from Carl’s Jr — during the Super Bowl. Beyond Meat became the first plant-based meat company to go public in May 2019. Impossible Foods’ signature blood-red color protein soy leghemoglobin, or “heme,” was recently approved by the FDA — allowing the food items to be sold in grocery stores. Globally, beef is responsible for 41% of livestock greenhouse gas emissions, and livestock accounts for 14.5% of total global emissions according to FAO. A veggie burger is a burger patty that does not contain meat or any such kind of meat. These burgers may be made from ingredients like beans, especially soybeans and tofu, nuts, grains, seeds or fungi such as mushrooms or mycoprotein.

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08/23/2019 10:19 AM
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230 comments

  • Dianne J.
    08/23/2019 12:09

    ,

  • Ruben M.
    08/23/2019 20:11

    🤤Me dió ganas de comerme una vaca entera.

  • Anthony S.
    08/23/2019 21:01

    I hope vegans know what their bread was made out of for that Burger King hamburger

  • Budi S.
    08/24/2019 06:09

    Consider a meat burger as secondary vegetarian. Cow eat grass as vegetarian, we eat them, hence we eat vegetarian too; a secondary vegetarian.

  • Enan K.
    08/24/2019 08:37

    Plants has life also... They are not dead..so why they are killing Living creature

  • Irfan N.
    08/24/2019 13:28

    BIG NO!!!

  • Robert Y.
    08/24/2019 14:31

    that's cardboard you guya are eating

  • Syed A.
    08/24/2019 15:52

    Vegan meat ? What the hell is that thing 😂😂 Meat will always be an animal derivative and vegans should stop preaching their cancer to everyone. And if you're so allergic to meat why even trying to invent second rate alternatives ?

  • Pratikshya T.
    08/24/2019 15:59

    even though u hate burger

  • Yousif A.
    08/24/2019 18:46

    vegan meat جديدة هاي

  • Xavier D.
    08/24/2019 18:56

    Eeee da first one was raw wtf n it’s not even vegan niggas stoopid asf🤣

  • Ayush C.
    08/25/2019 06:46

    Why the hell vegans keep on finding substitutes to meat if they don't really want to eat meat products🤷🏻‍♂

  • Yusuf S.
    08/25/2019 07:31

    So vegans like the taste of meat!😉🤣

  • Catarina M.
    08/25/2019 08:42

    "lab grown". Sounds so healthy that I am gonna eat another real meat burguer today.

  • Belvin N.
    08/25/2019 09:47

    Okay so meat isn't healthy but this processed GMO ridden BS is healthy. Got it.

  • Valdeth F.
    08/25/2019 09:57

    já comeste? Quero provar kkkkk

  • Zitouni T.
    08/25/2019 10:20

    If its not meat it not burger ty

  • Joshua H.
    08/25/2019 11:19

    A think Burger King and Mc Donald serves that because those burgers doesn’t look as authentic meat and never looked perhaps though I heard they are made of soy and cardboard 😜

  • Peregrine T.
    08/25/2019 12:54

    Why people keep saying things like this as a vegan meat? I thought it made by mince some vegan

  • Moosa I.
    08/25/2019 13:12

    tf