Ever since Burger King’s Impossible Whopper landed in Charlotte, social media feeds from vegetarian and meat eaters alike have been buzzing about this plant-based meat alternative.
The Impossible Burger and the Beyond Burger are designed to mimic the taste, texture and experience of beef burger. Plant-based foods contain lower cholesterol and take up fewer resources, including water and land, to produce. Even meat eaters have been experimenting and making the switch for personal and environmental benefits.
To meet demand for vegan and meatless alternatives, local restaurants have started adding these plant-based meat substitutes to their permanent menus.
“We wanted to make sure we had something thoughtful and creative. We picked Beyond Burger for its flavor and consistency,” Chef Greg Collier of Uptown Yolk told CharlotteFive.
Want to try one for yourself without going through a drive-through? Here are 10 locally owned restaurants where you can sample these faux-meat meals.
330 N. Tryon St.; 14015 Conlan Circle; 9805-D Sandy Rock Place; 16609 Statesville Rd., Huntersville; 560 River Hwy., Mooresville
Duckworth’s was the first local restaurant to bring the Impossible Burger to Charlotte last summer, and since then, the burger has earned a permanent place on the menu. The Duckworth’s Impossible Burger ($16) is served like a classic beef burger, topped with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle and mayo.
7110 Brighton Park Dr., Suite 405, Mint Hill
This family owned Mint Hill restaurant allows you to customize your impossible burger ($14.50) with eight bun options such as Texas toast or a croissant and creative topics like wing sauce or marinara.
3102 Eastway Dr.
East Side Local offers the Impossible Burger as a burger or as sliders ($13). The sliders feature caramelized onions and aioli on pineapple buns and served with a side of chips.
3213 N. Davidson St.
Jack Beagles’ vegan paradise features a quarter-pound Impossible Burger with lettuce and tomato on a kaiser bun ($11).
1906 Commonwealth Ave.
You can pair your Legion Brewing beer with a classic Impossible Burger ($10.50), topped with lettuce, onion and tomato.
1212 Pecan Ave.
This take on the Impossible Burger ($14) is served with Boursin cheese, mixed microgreens, pickle, tomato and green goddess dressing.
1315 East Blvd.
Stop by the People’s Market for its decadent vegan take on an Impossible Burger ($11.50), complete with vegan cheddar cheese, vegan bacon, lettuce, tomatoes and pickles on a toasted bun.
1600 W. Morehead St.; 9818 Gilead Rd., Suite B-101, Huntersville
Pinky’s Beyond Burger ($9.50 for a single, $14.50 for a double) is pan-fried, served with lettuce, tomato and vegan mayo, and has the option to add vegan pimento cheese ($2). Pinky’s also can make a beyond burger version of its Patsy Melt ($10.95), which is topped with Swiss and American cheese, grilled onions and 1000 island dressing served on Texas toast.
933 Louise Ave.
Trade and Lore’s Belmont location has four Impossible Burger options on its menu, with prices for a burger and a side of chips or fruit ranging from $11.99-$13.99. The Old Crow ($11.99) is served with lettuce, tomato and cashew mayo, and the Young Cardinal ($13.99) will please meat eaters with a slice of bacon and fresh herb mozzarella. Sub a collard wrap for a bun ($1) for a low-carb option.
224 E 7th St.
Uptown Yolk’s vegan Kush Burger is a Beyond Burger patty served with a seasonal slaw, burnt beet BBQ and sweet potato mustard ($12.50).