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The Halal Guys Just Launched PLANT-BASED GYROS

As plant-based options continue to increase at restaurants globally, many companies have defaulted to teaming up with big plant-based names to make faux meat products.

The Halal Guys just went the extra mile, however, and created their own plant-based gyro cones that are cooked on a rotating spit, just like regular gyro meat would be.

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Their new Meatless Gyro, a limited-time offering, is a gluten-free and plant-based alternative to the standard gyro meat. The Halal Guys version is made with pea protein, brown rice, coconut oil, Halal Guys spice mix, beets, mushrooms, and paprika. A serving of the Meatless Gyro comes with 21 grams of protein.

Of course, when at The Halal Guys, there’s all of the toppings you can add to the rice, lettuce, and protein option. One of those is tzatziki, which normally contains dairy, but The Halal Guys has created a plant-based version of that as well. That iteration uses aquafaba, the leftover liquid from cooking chickpeas, to get to a similar texture on the sauce.

Foodbeasts Elie and Oscar got a chance to try the Meatless Gyro early. To Elie, the plant-based gyro version held up texturally to the original, while Oscar loved that it could be shaved off the cone the same way as regular gyro meat would. It had the same level of flavor since it uses the same Halal Guys spice blend, with Elie noting it was a tad more “earthy.” 

As for the plant-based tzatziki, it was a little thinner than the original due to the aquafaba, but it paired really well with the vegan gyro meat. For the overall meal, both Elie and Oscar noted that they felt really good and not bloated after eating it. 

“I’m definitely gonna be getting this meatless gyro into my rotation,” Elie noted afterwards.

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Also joining The Halal Guys menus is a refreshing eggplant hummus, which combines eggplants and chickpeas for a refreshing snack, dip, or addition to your meal. Oscar even dipped his sandwich into it, combining the two for what he described as a “nice addition.”

The new Meatless Gyro and Eggplant Hummus will be available at participating Halal Guys locations nationwide starting for a limited time. You can get it in sandwich or platter form with all of the usual fixings, including that plant-based tzatziki for those looking to keep everything animal free.

Created in partnership with The Halal Guys.

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Peets Is First Major Chain To Release A 100% Plant Based Breakfast Sandwich

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One of the biggest questions surrounding fast food for 2021 was which chain would make a 100% plant-based breakfast sandwich first.

With spots like Burger King and Starbucks switching their meat options, and major vegan egg and dairy suppliers available, we knew the addition was coming to give plant-based folks a true breakfast sandwich option.

However, none of the major chains that were fielding plant-based breakfast meats were the first to go fully plant-based for breakfast. Instead, it was Starbucks rival Peet’s Coffee and Tea.

Peet’s combined vegan cheddar, Beyond Breakfast Sausage, and vegan JUST Egg into their new Everything Plant-Based Sandwich, which puts all of the above into a fully vegan Everything Bagel thin.

It’s a simple combination of already existing plant-based options, but it’s the first amongst major fast food players, which means everybody else will likely follow suit in the immediate future.

Peet’s Everything Plant-Based Sandwich is now available at participating locations nationwide.

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This Vegan Chain Is Literally Replacing Your Favorite Fast Food Locations

Conversations and quotes in this article have been transcribed from the Foodbeast Katchup podcast: “#105: The First Vegan Drive-Thru,” out now on Spotify, the Apple Podcasts App, and all major platforms where podcasts are heard.

The plant-based movement has been making big shifts lately, as the thought of meatless meals have become a lot more common. One of the more ambitious moves have come from a San Diego, California-based fast food chain called Plant Power.

In 2017, Plant Power decided to fully embrace the essence of fast food and opened a location with a drive-thru. The easiest way to do that is to take over spaces that were already built for drive-thrus.

 

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While on the Foodbeast Katchup Podcast, Plant Power co-founder Jeffrey Harris spoke on trying to make plant-based fast food a normal thing, and doing so by taking over former meat-based fast food locations.

“There’s great poetic justice in taking over these existing meat-based restaurants,” Harris said. “We’ve already converted a Burger King. In Fountain Valley we’ve got a Carl’s Jr. converting. In Riverside we’ve got a Wienerschnitzel converting. “

Harris went on to explain how they expect Plant Power to be the first plant-based fast food restaurant to reach 100 total locations, an ambitious goal that means they’d have to jump Canadian-based Copper Branch, who already has over 60 locations, and have similar goals of expansion, according to Plant Based News.

Regardless, what Plant Power is doing in California is good for fast food, and if they keep taking over big chain locations that are closing down, it might just be telling of what is to come in the future for plant-based restaurants becoming the norm.

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White Castle’s Impossible Slider Is So Successful They’re Making Limited-Edition Versions Now

With Del Taco, Qdoba, Burger King, and everyone else in fast food adding plant-based meat, it’s clear that vegan substitutes are the way forward for the industry. If that wasn’t enough proof for you, take a look at what White Castle is doing.

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The slider chain has been teaming up with Impossible Foods for a while now to create a ground-breaking vegan slider. Apparently, that partnership has proven to be such a big hit that they’re making limited-time offerings that feature the Impossible meat as part of their regular lineup.

For White Castle, that first Impossible Burger LTO is a BBQ Impossible Slider, which takes the vegan meat and slathers on barbecue sauce and crispy onions. It’s a pretty simple item, sure, but to add it to a lineup of BBQ sliders as part of an LTO speaks volumes as to how well the faux meat is performing for the chain.

To put that in context, test locations that ran the slider for White Castle saw a 250% jump in sales initially. Since then, sales of the meat-free item have been 30% higher than initial expectations, according to a Restaurant Business Online report.

More importantly, it’s huge that a fast food chain isn’t just creating a single meat-free burger alternative, but multiple using the same substitute. That shows how much this Impossible Meat is resonating with consumers, and if the trends are any indication, it’ll continue to dominate all of fast food for years to come.

White Castle’s OG Impossible Slider is still on menus everywhere, but the BBQ Impossible Slider will only be around for a limited time.