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Plant-based burger joint, Earth Burger, opening at Mall of America in June

Earth Burger claims its vegan burgers taste just like beef burgers.

The Mall of America is opening a healthy burger stand at the end of June, bringing in Texas-based Earth Burger. 

Earth Burger debuted in San Antonio in 2014 and its new location on level 3 (south side) of Mall of America will be the first of its kind in the Midwest. 

All meals at Earth Burger are made with nutrient rich, plant-based ingredients, and they have kosher items and gluten-free options to boot. The only thing on the menu that isn't vegan-friendly are slices of cheese, which are optional of course. 

With nearly 500 reviews on Google, Earth Burger has an impressive 4.6 stars out of a maximum of five, and owner Mike Behrend recently told MySanAntonio.com that 85 percent of his customers "don’t identify as vegetarians."

According to BloomingtonMN.org, there are currently five vegan-friendly restaurant options at Mall of America, including Chipotle, Masu Sushi Robata, Pita Pit, Naf Naf Grill, and Freshii. 

"All of us at Earth Burger are excited to bring tasty plant powered fast food to our friends in Minnesota," said Behrend. "Vegans, vegetarians and meat eaters alike will love our take on healthier burgers, shakes and fries.". 

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The menu is fairly limited but the prices are reasonable, based on the menu from the restaurant's website. Main options include:

  • Spicy Chik-n Sandwich, $5 or $8.50 for the meal
  • Fishless Sandwich, $5.25 or $8.50 for the meal
  • Earth Burger, $5.25 or $9.75 for the meal
  • Grilled Chik-n Protein Wrap, $5.50 or $8.75 or the meal
  • Chik-n Tender basket, $5.25 or $8.50 for the meal
  • BBQ Pulled Jackfruit, $5.50 or $8.75 for the meal
  • Roasted Quinoa Burger, $6.25 or $9.50 for the meal

The "fish" sandwich is actually crispy breaded tofu, which one food critic in Texas found to be her favorite item on the menu.

Side options include french fries, edamame, apple slices, hummus with carrot sticks, or a kale salad with sunflower seeds and carrots. All soda options are sweetened organically, and they have a plant-based corn dog option for kids

Earth Burger's arrival comes on the heels of an explosion of Twin Cities restaurants adding the "Impossible Burger" to their menus, a plant-based burger that uses a protein found in meat to mimic the taste of beef.

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