Summer is synonymous with backyard barbecues and burgers.
And what better excuse to honor this seasonal staple than National Burger Day this August 25th?
With just a bit of creativity, plant-based eaters can successfully commemorate Burger Day.
What Is a Burger Day Celebration Doing on a Plant-Based Blog?
You might be wondering what burgers have to do with whole food, plant-based eating. They do not exactly fit the criteria, right?
By the strict definition, you are correct.
However, nowadays there are many non-meat options available to you.
Instead of a regular burger, you might try a veggie burger, a mushroom cap, or a black bean burger.
And if you are looking to add more veggies, you can pile on the tomatoes, pickles, onions and avocado, then replace the bun by wrapping everything up in a leaf of lettuce instead.
Veggie burgers are just another example of how following a whole food, plant-based diet can be delicious and delightful.
Veggie Burgers—A History
The now world-wide popular veggie burger was originally invented by Gregory Sams, the owner of the London-based SEED macrobiotic restaurant in the late 1960s. Inspired by Japanese cuisine, his restaurant (and veggie burgers!) were beloved by well-known celebrities like John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
His first meatless burger was made by kneading flour under a running tap for 30 minutes, flavoring it with tamari, mixing it with adzuki beans and oat flakes before making a patty. Later he created the first commercial veggie burger (he called it a ‘vegeburger’) with four ingredients: wheat gluten, sesame, soy and oats.
Today veggie burgers are available around the globe, including most fast food outlets. In fact, in India, you cannot even get a ‘regular’ burger at McDonald’s!
4 Ways to Celebrate Burger Day This Year
If you are looking for some celebration ideas, give one of these a try:
- Visit Your Local Burger Restaurant: Most restaurants have vegan-friendly options available, so take the family out to your neighborhood burger place and try their veggie patty or mushroom cap.
- Invite Friends Over for a Backyard Burger Cookout: During the summer, there is nothing better than a backyard barbecue with friends and family. Plus, it is a great opportunity to introduce your loved ones to plant-based eating via delicious veggie burgers!
- Use the Hashtag #NationalBurgerDay: Whether you are going out to eat or staying in to grill, take a picture of your burger creation and post it on social media using the National Burger Day hashtag to help spread the word about this awesome day.
- Cook a Plant-Based Burger: And last but not least, try out a brand new plant-based burger recipe!
Here is our recipe for Yummy Black Bean, Beet, and Shiitake Burgers. By combining the flavors of black beans, beets, and shiitake mushrooms you create a mouthwatering burger that is sure to become your new summertime grilling favorite.
Give it a try – and celebrate National Burger Day in style.