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Flip flip, hooray, for National Burger Day

Thursday 25 August is tipped to be a sizzler, and it’s not the British summer that’s on our minds. National Burger Day is upon us, promising thrills and grills, and not just for the carnivores in town.

No longer the virtuous choice, veganism has got in on the burger act with relish (tomato, extra chillies), to meet growing consumer demand for comforting, gluttonous, dirty vegan food.

The latest MCA Eating Out Report shows that veganism and vegetarianism as a dietary choice is stable at 8% of the population. However, add ‘flexitarians’ into the mix – people who eat a primarily vegetarian/vegan diet, but occasionally eat meat and fish – and that figure rises to 18%. We’re seeing flexitarian veganism become an eating out norm. And when you consider that the premium burger is the most prevalent cuisine in 2016, it makes for an opportunity for vegan fast casual food that hasn’t passed the foodservice industry by.

V Revolution in Manchester and The Waiting Room in Deptford both offer famed vegan burgers, and don’t overlook the street food trade. This year’s British Street Food Awards (proudly sponsored by Santa Maria) include finalist Rupert’s Street with its beetroot and chickpea burger. And street food trader Mooshies are planning a vegan burger supper club in September, for a whole tasting menu of naughty but nice vegan nosh.

So roll out your patties and prepare for a bumper National Burger Day – but don’t forget to include meat free alternatives in your planning. And if you need an extra zing, check out our World-to-go street food sauces to perk up your vegan burger recipe.

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