For National Hamburger Week, Local Eatery Is Honored for Tasty Vegan Patty Made From Black Beans, Lentils, and More
For Immediate Release:
May 8, 2019
Moira Colley 202-483-7382
Grand Rapids, Mich. – PETA has selected the 2019 winners of the Top 10 Golden Burger Awards from restaurants across the country—and Stella’s Lounge has nabbed a spot on the list for its Hippie Stuffed burger.
The award-winning burger features a house-made black bean and lentil patty stuffed with tempeh sausage and flavored with pesto. It’s topped with vegan Thousand Island dressing, plus optional Daiya cheese and pickle slices.
“This zesty burger packs a flavorful punch while leaving gentle cows in peace,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “All the satisfying burgers on PETA’s national Top 10 list are proving that compassion can be a delicious business.”
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, which is the human-supremacist view that other species are nothing more than commodities. The group notes that sensitive, gentle cows destined to become hamburger patties are transported to slaughterhouses in all weather extremes. Then, they’re strung up by one leg and their throat is slit, sometimes while they’re still conscious. Eating meat and other animal-derived foods has been conclusively linked to a higher risk of suffering from heart disease, strokes, diabetes, obesity, and cancer. Every person who goes vegan saves the lives of nearly 200 animals every year.
Stella’s Lounge will receive a framed certificate. Other winners include the Bac’n Cheezeburger at Arlo’s Curbside Kitchen in Austin, Texas; the Black Bean Burger from Sunspot in Knoxville, Tennessee; the Whiskey BBQ Mushroom Burger at Kahiau’s Bakery & Cafe in Virginia Beach, Virginia; and the Big Wac at Green New American Vegetarian in Phoenix and Tempe, Arizona.