This recipe was inspired by a few things…. First and foremost, it was inspired by Ben, who constantly complains that they stuff I air fry doesn’t have the type of breading that he’s used to having on fired foods. Secondly, it was inspired by Ben criticizing my YouTube thumbnails for not being decadent enough. It’s his prediction that if I make a sloppy sandwich and take a sultry pic of it, then I’ll have a perfect YouTube thumbnail “hunger trap”. Third, it was inspired by Wendy’s discontinued Jalapeño Fresco Spicy Chicken Sandwich, which had a long run as Ben’s favorite fast food sandwich. Fourth? Yeah, fourth, it was inspired by my dinner at Donna Jean in San Diego, and Chef Roy Elam’s Nashville Hot Shrooms, which changed Ben’s mind about mushrooms, and change my perspective on vegan meat alternatives. Finally, it was inspired by Healthy Junk Food’s recipe for the aforementioned Wendy’s chicken sandwich. Combined, all of these inspirations have created a friggin’ impressive, although not at all healthy, and over-the-top spicy fried vegan sandwich.
Convenience is the number one reason why people say they “can’t” go vegan, followed closely by price and accessibility. And when you look at what drives the fast food industry, it’s the convenience, the price, and the accessibility. So, what better way to prove how easy it actually is to be vegan, than by veganizing the most ubiquitous of fast foods: the McDonald’s Hamburger. Retailing for less than a dollar, and found pretty much on every continent, I wanted to show just how easy it is to recreate that almost-too-salty, real-but-fake-tasting burger. Using the same dirt-cheap condiments, I was able to recreate this burger in about the same time it would take you to drive-thru McDonald’s, and costing less than $2 a pop. Sure, Beyond Burgers are still a slightly niche item here in the states, but give it time.
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Hi! I’m Michael, and I’m obsessed with cooking vegan food and developing vegan recipes. I love reinventing my childhood (and even my adulthood) favorite foods into vegan works of edible art. I’ve been vegan for just over two years now, so join me on this journey of discovery in the plant-based world of incredible food. Click the YouTube link above to watch all of my videos, and don’t forget to follow me on Instagram.
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