California Chain Tells Consumers It Can't Serve Beyond Burger 'Vegan-Style'

The chain says it can't avoid cross-contamination
Luna Grill Beyond Burger
The feta cheese on the burger can be removed but cross contamination is a concern (Photo: Luna Grill)

When California's chain restaurant Luna Grill released a burger containing a plant-based Beyond Burger patty this week, it added that it would not be veganizing the burger by customer request.

Extra work

The company normally tops the burger with feta, and while this can be removed, most of Luna Grill's burgers are cooked in butter and the company is unwilling to cook the Beyond Burger patties on a separate grill.

The website simply states: "Not able to prepare vegan style."

It also says, however, that the sandwich is the 'perfect option for Flexitarians' - and highlights that the patty is 'made directly from plants'.

Beyond Burger
The Beyond Burger is fully plant-based and can be found in the meat section of certain grocery stores (Photo: Instagram)

Vegan options

Luna Grill does offer a few fully vegan options - and both vegan and vegetarian dishes are clearly marked on the chain's menus.

The primary concern with their Beyond Burger is apparently cross-contamination.

A Luna Grill Spokesman said: "The Beyond Burger is not cooked in butter. Beyond Burger can be made with just plant-based ingredients, but it is prepared on the same grill we use for our other menu items, which means it might come in contact with animal products."

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