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‘It’s Good Y’all!’ Local Eatery ‘Bean Vegan Cuisine’ Wins National PETA Award for Cowboy Burger

For Immediate Release:
May 19, 2023

Sara Groves 202-483-7382

Charlotte, N.C. – In honor of National Hamburger Month, PETA has named its picks for the best vegan burgers in the U.S., and Charlotte’s own Bean Vegan Cuisine has won a top spot with its juicy Cowboy Burger.

Located at 3001 E. Independence Blvd., the eatery—which opened in 2012 as Charlotte’s first all-vegan sit-down restaurant—puts a vegan spin on Southern comfort food classics, dishing up Southern fried tofu fingers and waffles, Pimento Cheesish Dip, and a BBQ Jackfruit Sandwich. The award-winning Cowboy Burger is a hand-formed patty (made with Harmony Valley vegan burger mix) with house-made seitan bacon, Daiya vegan cheddar, onion rings, pickles, ranch dressing, and BBQ sauce.

“This plant-powered patty is a hot mouthful of flavor and the perfect animal-friendly answer to those comfort food cravings,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “All the winning vegan burgers on PETA’s national top 10 list prove that serving plant-based foods is a smart business decision.”

Bean Vegan Cuisine will receive a framed certificate from PETA in honor of its culinary achievement. The other top burgers receiving the group’s recognition are the Ménage à Trois at Slutty Vegan (Atlanta), the Mushroom Swizz Burger at Modern Love Omaha (Omaha, Nebraska), the Love Life Burger at Love Life Cafe (Miami), the Dirty Secret at J. Selby’s (St. Paul, Minnesota), the Flatiron at Meta Burger (Boulder, Denver, and Edgewater, Colorado), the Garlic Mushroom Burger at Mark of the Beastro (Salt Lake City), the WAP-er at Houstatlantavegan (Houston), the Deluxe Vurger at Vurger Guyz (Los Angeles), and the Beet Burger at Three Carrots (Indianapolis).

Every person who goes vegan spares nearly 200 animals each year daily suffering and terrifying deaths and reduces their risk of developing heart disease and cancer. PETA’s free vegan starter kit can help those looking to make the switch.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit, listen to The PETA Podcast, or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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