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Wendy’s Spicy Black Bean Burger

Wendy’s recently announced a new vegetarian option to is menu: the Spicy Black Bean Burger. Instead of including some sort of faux meat or patty to evoke the real taste of beef or chicken, the fast food mainstay is opting for a burger with two types of protein instead: black beans and chickpeas.

John Li, Vice President of Culinary Innovation at Wendy’s, explained in a press event that the certified vegetarian Spicy Black Bean Burger has been in the works for quite some time to make it perfect: “Just because something is meatless doesn’t mean it needs to be tasteless,”

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Wendy’s announces black bean vegetarian burger, international expansion

Wendy’s is the latest fast-food chain to jump on the vegetarian bandwagon, announcing the release of a black bean burger to be sold on a limited basis in three cities, including Columbus.

At the same time, the Columbus-based burger giant announced plans to open dozens of stores in Central Asia and Eastern Europe.

Wendy’s, which is headquartered in Dublin, will launch the Spicy Black Bean Burger in Columbus, Pittsburgh and Jacksonville next week.

The newest sandwich includes a black bean vegetable patty with chipotle jalapenos, melted pepper jack cheese and spicy chipotle sauce. It will be available while supplies last,

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