From MetroNews.ca | May 6, 2015
Wendy’s has become the latest fast food chain to launch a vegetarian-friendly menu item.
The burger chain has been spotted quietly testing out a meat-free burger made with black beans at select restaurants in the company’s birthplace of Columbus, Ohio, reported Columbus Biz Insider.
The test product includes a black bean patty served on a multigrain bun with asiago ranch sauce, Colby-pepper jack cheese, tomato and spring mix.
News of the vegetarian burger comes amid the launch of a petition on Change.org by stuntman Steve-O of MTV’s “Jackass” and “Wildboyz,” which asks the fast food chain to add a veggie burger to their menu.
The appeal has garnered more than 24,700 of the requested 25,000 signatures in about a week.
Likewise, health and wellness author, Kathy Freston launched a similar petition on Change.org appealing to McDonald’s for healthy meatless menu options.
Were Wendy’s to add the vegetarian burger to their menus systemwide, it would join chains like White Castle, Chipotle and Burger King in catering to meat-averse, health-conscious consumers.
White Castle, which claims to be the first fast food chain in the US, made a vegetarian version of its popular slider sandwich a permanent menu item this year.
Burger King offers a vegetable and grain-based, meat-free burger; Chipotle added shredded, spiced tofu sofritas to their roster of fillings for vegans and vegetarians earlier this year; and Subway too has a veggie patty.