News

Texas Vegan Burger Shop Grows into Mini-Chain

San Antonio-based Earth Burger will expand its vegan fast-food concept across Texas and to Minnesota with a location inside Mall of America this spring.

San Antonio, TX-based vegan eatery Earth Burger will open three new locations in 2018. Earth Burger founder chef Michael Behrend and his mother Luann Singleton pioneered the vegetarian movement in Texas with the opening of San Antonio’s first vegetarian restaurant Green Vegetarian Cuisine. In 2014, Behrend, with the help of his brother Chris, founded the first location of Earth Burger—then a fast-food vegetarian concept—located in the North Star Mall. In July, the family-run eatery removed all remaining dairy from its menu. “The only thing holding us back from being a fully vegan menu was the cheese options,” Behrend told VegNews, “and we weren’t happy with the offerings on the market four years ago when we opened. But now, with Follow Your Heart cheese and Chao cheese, we feel the quality meets our expectations.” Earth Burger serves vegan American classics such as fish-less sandwiches, grilled “chik-n” protein wraps, “beefy” burgers, and “chik-n” tenders, along with coconut-based vegan soft serve for dessert. “Our goal is always to reach more customers and share the benefits of a plant-based diet,” Behrend said, “as we feel every meal is not only better for the person and planet but also the animals.” Earth Burger will open its second location in San Antonio in late January, followed by a third location in San Marcos, TX in spring 2018. The growing chain will open its first location outside of Texas during spring 2018—a vegan burger stand in Minnesota’s Mall of America, the country’s second largest shopping mall. While Behrend is looking at other expansion opportunities in Baltimore, New Jersey, Atlanta, and Florida, he plans to continue opening new locations in Texas, stating that there are “plenty more animals to be saved by spreading the word here in our home state.”

More News

Mosa Meat to Debut Slaughter-Free Meat by 2020

The European company that made the first lab-grown hamburger—for a cost of $325,000—will soon debut on menus at upscale restaurants.
Read More »

Grass is Running Out for Grass-Fed Beef

High demand for what consumers think is healthier cow meat, along with climate change, is creating a shortage in nutritious grass.
Read More »

Impossible Burger Prompts Eatery to Offer Vegan Options

After overwhelming interest in its newest menu item, Hell's Kitchen Minneapolis launches vegan buns and designates non-meat cooktops for the Impossible Burger.
Read More »

Plant-Based Acquisitions Quadrupled in 2017

Companies such as Nestlé, Maple Leaf Foods, and General Mills continue to diversify their portfolios with profitable plant-based brands.
Read More »

Vegan Senator Cory Booker Launches Podcast

The senator launched his Lift Every Voice podcast on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to elevate the voices of activists fighting for social justice.
Read More »

This Week on VegNews TV: The secret to these delightful sweet treats is white beans! Aylin Erman shows you how to make these simple blondies.

More Videos »