Summer is the season of burgers. And just because you aren't a meat eater doesn't mean you should miss out on the pleasure of a beautifully barbecued burger, with everything-overflowing-between-a-bread-bun.
Vegetarian and vegan burgers often get a bit of a hard time, compared with what meat-hungry carnivores term 'The Real Thing'. But a good vegetarian or vegan burger needn't be a second-rate take on a classic – and Fatto Bene Burger succeeds in making a 100% vegan number that is every bit as flavoursome as its meaty forerunner.
The master of disguise, vegan burgers have been around forever, going incognito in koftas, fried meatballs and patties.
However, the first official vegetarian 'burger' – named the 'VegeBurger' – is thought to have been created in London's Paddington in 1982 by Gregory Sams. He ran a natural food restaurant with his brother Craig, and together they helped pave the way for mainstream vegetarianism in the UK.
Today, more people than ever are flying the flag for veganism – shunning the meat is now bang on-trend. Even if it's not a full lifestyle choice, going meat-free every now and then is pretty popular too, with vibrant and exciting meatless dishes that prove vegan food isn't a sacrifice.
The spicy bean version is probably the most famous meat-free burger. Mashed up beans – cannellini, broad beans or butter beans are the most common – make that dense, sink-your-teeth-into patty, brought to life by a wealth of colourful ingredients, fragrant herbs and super spices.
Garlic and chilli are often present as a base, and curried flavours are common too – spices like cumin, garam masala and turmeric add depth. European classics are often aromatic and herby, with thyme or sage, plenty of parsley, and a twist of zesty lemon juice. And smoky flavours are looking like the next big thing – ingredients such as smoked paprika or chipotle paste now help give that flame-grilled barbecue-charred edge that's often missed in vegan burgers.
At Fatto Bene Burger, you've got an authentically Italian take on the vegan burger – a towering creation that serves up sunshine on a plate. Though we'd expect nothing less from these guys, who set up this restaurant as a passionate project to give 'a full Italian reinterpretation of the famous US sandwich', and offer a massive menu of gourmet burgers.
Their 100% Vegan Burger is a 'meatball' of Mediterranean flavours. Fresh tomatoes. Tangy olives. Salty capers. Sweet wilted spinach, sautéed in high-quality olive oil. Silky shallot 'cream'. All brought together with a sharp mustard seed dressing. It's now official – missing meat doesn't mean missing out.
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